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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.
17 January 2019 Brexit Moving forward. By John Watson Where now? The possibility of Mrs May getting her agreement through the Commons has disappeared, so what does that leave us with? Another round of negotiation with the EU? An exit without an agreement? A withdrawal of the article 50 notice? A general election? Everyone has
17 January 2019 Toxic What? More misery. By Neil Tidmarsh There’s been a lot of debate about ‘toxic masculinity’ this week, with three stories in the news: ballet dancer Sergei Palunin has been dropped from a starring role in a production of Swan Lake by the Paris Opera House because he’s twittered insults against gay
17 January 2019 Diary of a Corbynista The Country of the Blind by Don Urquhart 10 January 14 year old Jayden Moodie was stabbed to death in Leyton on Wednesday. If only the House of Commons showed as much outrage about this as they demonstrated when one of their own was verbally abused. 11 January
17 January 2019 Cunning Gamble or Cynical Gimmick? Will Macron’s town hall debates placate les gilets jaunes? By Richard Pooley Meanwhile, on the other side of La Manche… another embattled leader is trying to take back control of the democratic process and satisfy the contradictory demands of an angry populace. We all know what has
17 January 2019 Hostage Taking Back to the 14th Century. By Robert Kilconner In 14th century warfare, considerable importance was attached to the taking of prisoners. Important rich prisoners, that is, not the rank and file or “useless mouths” who generally got slaughtered. Still, a rich ransom might follow if you captured a noblemen, or
17 January 2019 Fighting on the Edge Viewing the EU. By J R Thomas We are never told how Moriarty viewed Holmes. Did the Professor actually see himself as the epitome of evil, but Sherlock as representing all that was right and good in the world? Or, did he see himself as a redistributor of
17 January 2019 Saving Regret Do you wish you had put more aside? by Frank O’Nomics If you wait long enough economists will come up with a term for almost every financial phenomenon. It should be no surprise then that some clever chaps at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the US have come
17 January 2019 Watch Out, Composers A War of Two Ed’s. By Jack Wippell On the 3rd of January this year, a US judge rejected Ed Sheeran’s call to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses him of plagiarising Marvin Gaye’s 1973 hit Let’s Get It On. Instead, the case will now be decided by a jury.