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I have always supported the principle of devolving power as closely to the people as possible, and never has the case for that devolution to a North West Assembly been more necessary nor more starkly illustrated than now.   There are just over 7 million people in the North West, that is nearly 11% of […]

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Many commentators have been shocked to hear Boris Johnson, the Brexiteer Foreign Secretary, calling on the EU to go softly on president Erdogan’s proposals to re-introduce the Death Penalty for treachery and to allow the Turkish application for EU membership to continue. Perhaps they would be less shocked if they looked at Boris’s heritage and […]

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Politics: Dynasty

by Iain Donaldson on 11 November, 2016

The election of Donald Trump has been coming for a long time, possibly even long before Mr Trump decided to stand for president, and the simple truth is that had it not been him it would have been someone else. The simple truth is that America has for decades been run by two powerful families, […]

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I am both a citizen of Britain and a Citizen of Europe.  All my adult life I have had a passport that declares me to be both a British Citizen and a Citizen of Europe.  I have never found myself conflicted by that notion. Now though I face the prospect of losing my European citizenship […]

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Politics: Retaking control of our Sovereignty

by Iain Donaldson on 5 November, 2016

Yesterday the High Court ruled that the Government must consult Parliament prior to triggering Article 50 and starting Brexit negotiations.  That is, under British Law, the right decision. Let us be absolutely clear on this, it turns out that the same people who have been droning on their meme of ‘getting back our sovereignty’ do […]

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Politics: That was the year that was

by Iain Donaldson on 6 October, 2016

With the Party Conference season now over and our Westminster MP’s due to retake their seats in the mother of all parliaments I thought I might indulge myself with a little summary of where the parties active in my part of the world are up to. Labour With more security inside the hall than outside […]

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When the front page of the Times newspaper refers to government proposals to divide workers not by their ability to perform the job in hand, but rather by their country of orign, race or nationality, then we live in dangerous times. Martin Niemöller was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe […]

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We’ve had running water for over 10 years, an underground tunnel that links us to Peru and we invented the cat.  Little Britain series 1, episode 1 Having united around their new leader over the concept of a soft Brexit, Theresa May has suddenly come to the shocking realisation that she cannot deliver on membership […]

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Politics: End the obfuscation on Trident

by Iain Donaldson on 19 July, 2016

I have often described the current Lib Dem policy on Trident as confused.  The Party effectively supports “a part time submarine on a zero-hours contract” and I have said that this is to all intents and purposes an abolition policy on Trident.  In last night’s debate on the UK’s Nuclear Deterrent my argument was vindicated. […]

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Politics – that scary clown dream

by Iain Donaldson on 14 July, 2016

When I was younger I used to write down my dreams in case any novel ideas came out of them that I could turn into stories.  Last night I had a dream so comical that I thought I might just repeat that exercise, lets face it nobody would ever come up with this as a […]

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