Analysis: Micro-politics isn't enough - we must address the partition of Ireland
Debates around the UK border in Ireland and the so called 'backstop' bring the crisis elements of the British state into sharper focus
AMONG the many hurdles facing the Brexit process and the British Government, perhaps the most intractable so far has proven to be the plans for a backstop plan covering a ‘open border’ on the island of Ireland - movement of people and goods across the UK state's border in Ireland.
Chester Cornford & Becki Menzies: Brexiteers are trying to conjure the WW2 'Blitz spirit' - but it's a myth
Chester Cornford, student at the University of Dundee, and Becki Menzies, blogger at Hum4nWrites, say that Brexiteers are trying to galvanise a ‘Blitz spirit’ behind the idea of a No Deal Brexit, where hardship is embraced and differences are put aside in the interests of national unity, is a myth, with the Blitz if anything exposing the deep divisions of British society during the Second World War
Long Read: The heroic story of Harry McNish and Shackleton's Imperial Transantarctic Expedition
Retired civil servant Margaret Cuthbert writes a special tribute to Harry McNish, a carpenter on the Imperial Transantarctic Expedition who had to resist his incompetent boss and maintain a broken ship almost single-handedly in freezing conditions to save the crew. Is there lessons from this story for modern day British politics?
Effie Samara: From Russia with Brexit Love
Effie Samara, doctoral researcher in Social Science at Glasgow Uni, writer and film maker, argues that there is a good reason why Putin is telling May to “respect the will of the people” when it comes to Brexit
THE sexy fantasy of Vladimir Putin embracing the statue of Brexit with Stalinist conviction and a soupçon of love for the will of the people is the stuff of nightmares.
Report: £250 billion fraud in UK tax havens greater sum than 20 years of foreign aid budget
Russia most common place of origin for fraudsters using British overseas territories
A NEW report has identified over £250 billion in fraudulent funds directed through UK tax havens, more than over 20 years of the UK Government’s foreign aid budget.
The report, by Transparency International, examined the UK’s overseas territories, many of which act as tax havens for companies around the world to launder illegally obtained funds through.
The analysis comes as the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council is set to meet in London.
Effie Samara: As Brexit enters its final episode, Sturgeon's courageous leadership can still win the day
Effie Samara, writer and doctoral researcher in Social Science at the University of Glasgow, says that Nicola Sturgeon’s clarity of thought and steadfastness means she is the only leader that looks capable of guiding a way out of the Brexit quagmire, which is slowly and painfully reaching its final episode
5 things you need to know about the UK-EU Political Declaration on Brexit
The Political Declaration has been described as “25 pages of waffle” and “an agreement to have an agreement” by opposition party leaders
THE UK and EU have agreed a Political Declaration on the future relationship between the two countries. EU member states will meet on Sunday [25 November] to decide whether they will accept the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration, and if they agree it will then go the House of Commons in coming weeks.
Robin McAlpine: We're letting history pass independence by - the movement should be angry
Robin McAlpine, Common Weal Director, says the independence cause is being let down by a chronic lack of leadership – if that doesn’t change soon the moment will be gone
“ONE small step for man – because these space-trousers are tighter than they look.”
“I have a dream – which I must remember to tell you about some day.”
“We shall fight them on the beaches – but we'll probably just give up after that.”
Rudd says she’s willing to listen on Universal Credit, but lashes out at UN poverty expert
The UN Special Rapporteur said that child poverty was “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster”
AMBER RUDD MP has spoken in the House of Commons for the first time in her new role as DWP Secretary, signalling a shift in tone on Universal Credit while denouncing the UN Special Rapporteur’s analysis that poverty is a political choice in the UK.