David Frost – the man who took a knife to a gunfight – calls it a day

Just as the ghost of Christmas past was coming back to haunt the Prime Minister, the ghost of Brexit Britain future, Lord Frost, dealt him a hammer blow. As we approach our fifth Brexit Secretary in as many years, our ‘Whitehall Correspondent’, John Walker, takes a lighthearted look at what may have driven the resignation.Continue reading “David Frost – the man who took a knife to a gunfight – calls it a day”

…And the results of the 2024 general election are just coming in

The last week in politics has been remarkable, even in a period that has been noticeable for remarkable weeks. The revelation of a series of ‘business meetings’ in Westminster last Christmas, replete with wine, cheese, presents and games has led to what seemed impossible just a few days ago, the possible end of Boris Johnson’sContinue reading “…And the results of the 2024 general election are just coming in”

Out-of-control shopping trolley – or a laser-guided plan?

By John Walker It was so easy to believe Dominic Cummings’ description of Boris Johnson as an errant shopping trolley. The bumbling, incoherent ineptitude fits our picture of Johnson and his government. Yet we should never forget that he achieved his aims, Brexit and premiership, despite incompetence. Perhaps we should start to examine what liesContinue reading “Out-of-control shopping trolley – or a laser-guided plan?”

The Tribes of Brexit Part 2 – The Bruised Pride Chancellors

Last month, John Walker began his series looking at some of the origins of Brexit by examining those who traced their Brexit roots back to their animosity towards Europeans. In this next instalment, he considers the smallest, but maybe one of the most overlooked groups, Tory Chancellors of the Exchequer who were closely engaged withContinue reading “The Tribes of Brexit Part 2 – The Bruised Pride Chancellors”

The Conservatives’ Friends on the Council of Europe Stoop Even Lower

We have written before in this blog about the dubious company kept by the Conservatives on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), one whose main tasks is to propagate human rights across Europe. It is also the body where Henley MP, John Howell, serves as Treasurer of the Conservatives’ grouping, the EuropeanContinue reading “The Conservatives’ Friends on the Council of Europe Stoop Even Lower”

“Take Back Control?” – For our Critical National Infrastructure, we just lost it

Critical National Infrastructure is, by definition, critical. As such, there are groups tasked with protecting and defending the infrastructure against external attacks and mitigating against any failures or flaws. John Walker has been one of those people for most of his working life.  In this important article he lifts the lid on how decisions takenContinue reading ““Take Back Control?” – For our Critical National Infrastructure, we just lost it”

Settled Status: MPs Give Their Views. Or Do They?

Following our post on the impending deadline for settled status, one reader took up the challenge and wrote to her MP, Greg Smith (Conservative, Buckingham).  She then kindly shared her reply with us here in Oxford Region.  That reply rang immediate bells with the response that our own Roy Motteram had received from his localContinue reading “Settled Status: MPs Give Their Views. Or Do They?”

Did Your MP Understand the Withdrawal Agreement Bill? Why Not ASK Them?

As if mimicking an episode of Yes Minister, recent days have seen the UK and EU bickering over the future of chilled sausages being sent from the mainland to Northern Ireland. Obviously, this has presented a few problems for some Conservative MPs. Where once they were heartily backing (and voting for) the PM’s Withdrawal AgreementContinue reading “Did Your MP Understand the Withdrawal Agreement Bill? Why Not ASK Them?”