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A Christian Country?

It feels a grotesque irony that this is being written on the day on which Christians witness to the punishment of a blameless individual. That is how our government proposes to treat the victims of people-smugglers; punished for aspiring to a life in the United Kingdom, punished for putting their lives at risk in theContinue reading “A Christian Country?”

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”

Sleaze Is Back

Last week showed that the main reason Johnson and his Leave colleagues wanted to “Take Back Control” of power was so that they could then abuse it.

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”

The Tribes of Brexit

This is the first of a short series of articles, by EM Oxford Region member John Walker, that looks at the different groups of people behind Brexit. Part of the difficulties found in countering the pro-Brexit narrative has come from the diverse nature of the various groups and individuals involved. Arguments used in countering oneContinue reading “The Tribes of Brexit”


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