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King Boris

by Iain Donaldson on 1 October, 2018

Imagine a future in which every devolved or independent part of the UK, and every British Crown Protectorate and British Crown Dependency with membership or Associate Membership of the EU is offered full membership of the EU in its own right. Imagine that the Stormont Government get agreement from the EU that they will be […]

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Politics: The right to be treated as human

by Iain Donaldson on 7 June, 2017

The use of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is prohibited under human rights law, as is the outsourcing of torture to other states.  Extraordinary rendition is the deliberate apprehension and transfer of detainees to foreign countries for interrogation, outside of the law, where there is a risk that the person might be […]

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Politics: The fall of the English Empire.

by Iain Donaldson on 3 April, 2017

When Spain entered the EU it was on the condition that they dropped their territorial claims over Gibraltar and re-opened the border. When Britain leaves the EU Spain will be at liberty to reinstate its claim over Gibraltar, and frankly if Britain were to do as Michael Fallon has hinted then she would find herself […]

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Politics: Britain bows out of the international community

by Iain Donaldson on 29 March, 2017

The triggering today of Article 50 signals the withdrawal of the UK from the international stage. What the protagonists for Leave have failed to understand is that this is not just about negotiating a new relationship with Europe, we will leave the EU with no trading relationship with the rest of the world.  It has […]

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As the price of food and everyday commodities continues to rise in our shops, the Conservatives have chosen to increase the National Insurance Tax on shopkeepers, local tradespeople taxi-drivers and anyone else who is self-employed.  Meanwhile the big businesses like Amazon, Costa and others who have evaded paying their full share of tax are getting […]

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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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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 – 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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Political Perspective – The Battle for Britain

by Iain Donaldson on 13 July, 2016

On 23rd June 2016 the British People voted against the advice of: Every Living Prime Minister Almost every economic expert Almost every scientific expert Almost every historian Almost every industrialist Almost every financier Almost every trades union And almost every foreign leader who isn’t seeking the demise of the UK and Western society The response […]

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