Ladies and gentleman. Take your seats for the fight of the century. In the left corner is the champion of the Labour rank and file. The Maximus Decimus Meridius of the working classes. Defender of the weak. Protector of the poor. The politician unafraid to be unpopular in his quest for what he sees as doing the right thing. In the right corner is the Mighty Eagle. Adamantine claws ready to rend the flesh of those unworthy of the mantle of Labour leadership. Her battle cry able to tear the very soul out of those who disagree with the wisdom of the PLP. Her voting record proudly displays her, apparently, more electable political views. Yes, we are in for a[…]

The interesting times continue for British politics… In the Labour corner….. We have Jeremy Corbyn at bay. His MPs mostly queuing up to slide the metaphorical blade into his back. The rank and file Labour supporters, apparently, like Corbyn, his “old” Labour approach and are seen as the insurmountable barrier to the removal of The Big C. In the Tory corner…. We have a bit of girl on girl action as May and Leadsom battle it out for the heart of the Conservative Party. May is seen as the dull pair of dependable hands and Leadsom is seen as more in touch with the Tory rank and file – who seem to be far more right wing than the average[…]

There’s a vocal group of people bemoaning the fact that the UK dared to vote for Brexit during the recent EU Referendum. (And I don’t really have a problem with that, they’re just exercising their right to freedom of expression.) But I was left wondering exactly who the Remainers should be blaming for their failure to win that infamous referendum. Let’s look at the three centres of Pro-EU feeling in the UK, as shown by the EU Referendum results. Data sourced from the Electoral Commission website. Here’s what I found. Northern Ireland Vote for remain: 440,707 Total Electorate: 1,260,955 Percentage of the total electorate that voted remain? 34.9% Scotland Vote for remain: 1,661,191 Total Electorate: 3,987,112 Percentage of the total[…]

Those who dared to vote for Brexit (I admit I did so) now seem to be the focus of a backlash. Who’d have thought that could happen? Apparently, old gits like me (strangely enough, my twitter name is Mike Old Git Hodges) have stolen the futures of the young whingers, sorry I mean young voters and young people in general, by voting for Brexit. Apparently I voted for Brexit because: I am senile. I am a racist. I am ignorant. I am old (49 years old, bald, wrinkly, ugly and terminally uncool). The fact that I made my decision based on a wide variety of factors including my own research, life experience and weighing up the pros and cons doesn’t come[…]

(My apologies for using the title of an American film about the aftermath of a nuclear attack but it does seem appropriate.) So the UK voted to leave the EU and the world freaked out. The financial markets have bounced like a rubber ball. The Pound has suffered a pounding (sorry, I couldn’t resist that) and David Cameron has fallen upon his sword. The Labour Party, possibly inspired by recent events, is preparing to call its own referendum on leaving Jeremy Corbyn. Truly, we are living through interesting times. But does all this fallout from the referendum result mean that the world is ending? No. I can assure you that civilisation isn’t about to fall. No matter what you might[…]

I’ve noticed that a lot of Remainers have used the idea that the EU, or its ancestors, has been responsible for a lack of European conflict since World War II. Now call me old fashioned but I was under the impression that Europe, okay Western Europe, has been kept conflict free due to the actions and existence of NATO rather than the European Coal and Steel Community, or the European Economic Community or even the EU itself. After World War II Germany was partitioned and shared out like a birthday cake – although one that had been bombed to bits and left in ruins. Part of that partitioning included the presence of military forces from the UK, France and the USA (God[…]

After long consideration I have decided to vote for Brexit in tomorrow’s EU Referendum. There a number of reasons for this but my main one is related to how the EU works. Basically, Germany and France (France being the junior partner) run the EU and the rest of the member states are a bunch of johnny-come-latelies. Why do I think this? 1. Mama Merkel and her open arms approach to refugees. Merkel basically invited the world and its dog to head for Germany. She did this without, as far as I can tell, consulting with her own political leaders, the EU or the heads of the EU member states. She precipitated a immigrant crisis that no country in Europe is[…]

Nobody really knows how Thursday’s EU referendum vote will turn out (I especially don’t trust the polls after the hash they made of the last general election.) so I wouldn’t dare to make a prediction myself. We’ve had lots of predictions about what will happen if we hapless peons vote for Brexit but little about what will happen if we vote for Remain. Again, I don’t know what will happen either but there’s one thing I’d say about the fallout from a Remain result. If we, the British people, vote to Remain in the EU then we have to start taking our membership much more seriously. We need to keep a close eye on what our MEPs are doing, saying[…]

…..is for the UK to leave. Sounds crazy? Perhaps. But I have noticed that much of the Remain campaigning seems designed to upset and annoy rather than encourage waverers to vote for the UK to continue as a member of the EU. Just look at what the Eurocrats, political leaders and even the IMF have been saying: If we dare to leave the EU then our economy will die, World War III might result, Western Civilisation might collapse overnight, the EU might disintegrate (I actually believe that “threat”), the UK will become a political and economic backwater and we will be placed at the end of the line when it comes to trade deals etc. In addition, various EU types[…]