21 December 2017 Lens on the Week UK HAPPY TO LOSE: Last week Dominic Grieve, Conservative MP and ex-attorney general, forced through an amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the teeth of Government opposition. Now any Brexit deal will have to be approved by statute after a full debate in both Houses. Does
21 December 2017 Remaining, Hopefully Expecting the unexpected by J.R. Thomas David Lloyd George had a cruel wit: when Neville Chamberlain followed Stanley Baldwin as Prime Minister in 1937 he undermined Chamberlain’s moment of glory by saying that he had made “not a bad Lord Mayor of Birmingham in a lean year”. Oh, that the
21 December 2017 Herr Strache and the Freedom Party The far-right in power in Austria. By Neil Tidmarsh I was in Vienna three weeks ago. It was the first time I’d visited the city, and I was delighted to find it as beautiful as I’d hoped. Grand imperial palaces, splendid baroque churches, intimate cobbled streets,
21 December 2017 Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on Trial Rape in the spotlight again. By Lynda Goetz Readers who have followed this magazine over the last two years will know, firstly, that I am female, secondly that I am no longer, sadly, a spring chicken, and thirdly, that like Luke Gittos*, accused.me.uk+ and Allison Pearson (the novelist
21 December 2017 Hitting The Vulnerable The increase in PCNs. By John Watson It is particularly disappointing, because I am something of a fan of Sadiq Khan. He is the first Labour candidate for whom I have ever voted and I did so because he seemed moderate, sensible, decent forward-thinking and just the sort of
21 December 2107 Diary of a Corbynista The PM shows her resilience by Don Urquhart 14 December The Department for Education (DfE) has published Primary School League Tables. Schools Minister Nick Gibb is pleased with the results: “Pupils are now leaving primary school better prepared for the rigours of secondary school and for future success
21 December 2017 2018: A Bull Market – For Complacency. A herd mentality with lazy thinking is a dangerous recipe By Frank O’Nomics It’s that time of the year when economists and analysts come up with their predictions for growth, inflation and the best performing asset classes for next year. The almost universal positive outlook
21 December 2017 Christmas Cards A matter of engineering. By Chin Chin Job interviews are like games of chess. After a number of preliminary moves, and with a bovine smile of self-satisfaction wreathing his fleshy face, the interviewer delivers the ace question. “Do you have any weaknesses?” he asks. That of course is a trap.