Issue 133:2017 12 14:Lens on the Week

14 December 2017 Lens on the Week UK GRENFELL TOWER: Today’s memorial service for those who died in the tragedy of Grenfell Tower brings focus to some of the pressures to which the disaster has given rise.  Two are worth noting.  The first is that as part of a campaign to appoint a panel representing… Continue reading Issue 133:2017 12 14:Lens on the Week

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Issue 132 :2017 11 07:Lens on the week

07 December 2017 Lens on the Week UK AN IRISH KNOT:  Forget when and what the DUP knew.  Forget whether the choreography of Mrs May’s meeting with Mr Juncker was premature.  The problem of the Irish border which currently bedevils the Brexit negotiations is a real one and the best way to disentangle the strands… Continue reading Issue 132 :2017 11 07:Lens on the week

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Issue 131:2017 11 30:A lens on the week

30 November 2017 A lens on the week UK BREXIT:  Posturing, grandstanding and a smattering of mischief making, all the usual ingredients of the U.K.’s relationship with the Republic of Ireland, have been on display in relation to Brexit.  The problem is the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.  While no physical border is… Continue reading Issue 131:2017 11 30:A lens on the week

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Issue 130:2017 11 23:A lens on the week

23 November 2017 A lens on the week UK BUDGET: Yesterday’s budget speech was delivered against disappointing figures from the independent Office of Budget Responsibility.  Forecast growth has been marked down, from 2% to 1.5% for the current year with a further decline in the four years after that.  The drop is driven by expected… Continue reading Issue 130:2017 11 23:A lens on the week

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Issue 129:2017 11 16:Lens on the Week

16 November 2017 A Lens on the Week UK   BREXIT: There is gang warfare in the Cabinet.  Foreign Secretary Johnson and Environment Secretary Gove have got over the animosity caused by Gove undermining Johnson’s leadership bid and now stand back-to-back in their shared concern that the Government is not putting sufficient energy into the… Continue reading Issue 129:2017 11 16:Lens on the Week

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Issue 128:2017 11 09:A lens on the week

9 November 2017 A Lens on the Week UK SEX SCANDAL: Just six MPs and one official!  The list of Labour activists subject to sexual allegations is much shorter than the list of Tories.  Goodness knows why.  Perhaps they haven’t got to the bottom of it all yet or perhaps Labour members are too busy… Continue reading Issue 128:2017 11 09:A lens on the week

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Issue 127:2017 11 02: A lens on the week

02 November 2017 A lens on the week UK SEX AND THE COMMONS: Political leaders are falling over each other to call for new standards in the Commons and for an end to sexual harassment.  May, Corbyn, Harman, Leadsom and even the Speaker himself, line up to condemn predatory practices – and of course they… Continue reading Issue 127:2017 11 02: A lens on the week

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Issue 126:2017 10 26: News Highlights

26 October 2017 A Lens On The Week UK BREXIT: Something somewhere seems to be moving but what it is and in which direction it is really very hard to say.  The rumour mill whirls in Brussels.  Did Mrs May plead with Juncker for help over the dinner table or didn’t she?  If she did,… Continue reading Issue 126:2017 10 26: News Highlights

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