14 March 2019 Lens on the Week UK MAYDAY: Mrs May’s revised Brexit agreement was defeated by 391 to 242 with 12 abstentions. That clearly marks the end of her attempts to make it sufficiently palatable to MPs to pass the Commons. Three green bottles were left on the wall; No Brexit, Hard Brexit and
7 March 2019 Lens on the Week UK NOT SO FRANK: Mrs May’s comment on Monday that there is no direct link between the fall in police numbers for England and Wales by 20,000 since 2010 and the growth in violent crime such as stabbing was described as “delusional” by the Police Federation. Mrs May’s
28 February 2018 Lens on the Week UK BREXIT CONFUSION: Chaos it certainly is, with Mrs May forced into offering a vote on Brexit postponement if there is no agreement of a deal by 12 March. But where exactly does that leave us? Assuming that Brussels accept it, it is only a delay. How does
21 February 2019 Lens on the Week UK LABOUR: Pandora’s box opened? The crack in the dyke? Is the Labour split the beginning of something bigger? Where the gang of seven (now eight, plus three Tories thrown in for good measure) have trod will others follow? It all depends if they can seize the initiative.
14 February 2019 Lens on the Week UK BREXIT: The position becomes ever more complicated with: Olly Robbins, the UK’s chief negotiator being overheard predicting that the EU will agree to defer Brexit to give more time; the Prime Minister insisting that we will leave on 29 March and lifting the rule that international treaties
31 January 2019 Lens on the Week UK BREXIT POKER: So yet again Ireland forms the lynch pin of British politics. The House of Commons rejects the backstop and asks the Government to fight for alternatives. The Government paradoxically votes to renegotiate an agreement which it itself proposed and approved. Odd enough to provide food
24 January 2019 Lens on the Week UK TIME FOR REALITY: We have always thought that Brexit would remain uncertain to the last possible second and we weren’t wrong about that. Now, though, the participants are waking from their slumbers as the courtiers did when the prince kissed Sleeping Beauty. For a start, there are
17 January 2019 Lens on the Week UK BREXIT: Mrs May’s deal has been rejected by a majority of 230 votes in the House of Commons. That leaves her with three days to come up with a proposal. See comment article. Meanwhile the Government has survived a no confidence motion with a majority of 19.
10 January 2019 Lens on the Week UK BREXIT: The year got off to a confusing start with 22 Tory MPs voting to restrict the Treasury’s power to prepare for a no deal exit. Michael Fallon and Oliver Letwin were among the rebels, politicians who regard a no-deal exit as something which should be avoided
20 December 2018 Lens on the Week UK BREXIT: So there we have it. The cabinet is dusting down its no deal plans and all parties are rejecting the idea that an exit without an agreement could be softened by practical measures. Does that mean that everyone is coming to the conclusion that the hardest