What follows is from my local MP’s monthly newsletter. Greg was part of the Remain campaign in 2016, has been a Government Minister and has significant connections with Germany. So he’s not an ardent Brexiteer. Which makes the following comments all the more interesting and I would say shocking about the process of Brexit. ConservativeHome […]
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Greg Hands: “The power is with us.” The two EU officials who want to punish Britain, crafted the deal – and claim they are winning.
The EC have released a proposal to move to qualified majority voting on tax proposals instead of the existing position where approval of all member states is required. This is not a surprise as the Commission have always expressed frustration that member states can stop tax proposals with their veto. I can see that this […]
On Brexit, I’m not surprised we are where we are and the vote on 15 January. There are probably 150 MPs who want to “remain” in the HoC and they won’t vote for a Leave deal. This means any deal needs to get over 300 of the remaining 480 votes to get through – which […]
In the UK the political issue is not “it’s the economy stupid” at present, it’s the Irish border backstop. The issue which is primarily likely to lead to the Withdrawal Agreement not being passed by the House of Commons is that backstop for the Irish border. Remove it, or allow the UK to withdraw unilaterally […]
This is a longer version of what was posted on LInkedIn. The Irish Border / backstop appears to be an insoluble problem in arriving at a Brexit deal or settlement. I find it hard to believe that the Good Friday Agreement is the main driver however much this is protested. Concerns about the resurgence of […]
The recent UK Political Party Conferences all focussed on the problems with the UK housing market. The shortage of social housing is clear and the policy to address this issue is clear – build more units and provide the finance to local authorities to achieve this. What I want to focus on the rest of […]
I’ve been reading the recent report by Transport and Environment “Mind the Gap 2016” about car fuel efficiency and it makes shocking reading for a number of different reasons. The report focuses on the difference between official tests which produce the emissions data on which we base decisions to buy cars in Europe and the […]
Today – 22 December – is the first day of Yule and the beginning of the new solstice year, so Happy Yule to all.
Experts have been getting a hard time recently, disparaged by a number of politicians. Their credibility diminished in the mind of the common man. Their pronouncements not believed by many. And yet given the complexity of the modern world we need experts to advise on issues, so how have we got here and why does […]
The hinges on a toilet seat broke and so I thought I would buy the hinges and replace them. Well the manufacturer’s website didn’t have the information and an email to them didn’t elict a response, so what I found myself doing was buying a new plastic toilet seat I didn’t need to acquire the […]