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The Folly of Referendums

The Folly of Referendums

Backbencher January 26, 2013 0

James Sharpe thinks referendums are rubbish! DAVID Cameron’s offer of an in/out referendum on the European Union after the next election is tantamount to constitutional vandalism. Referendums do not form part of the British

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The Weekly Report 11/01/13

The Weekly Report 11/01/13

Backbencher January 11, 2013 0

Andrew Thorpe-Apps reviews the week’s top stories. The coalition government has set out initiatives to mark its midway point. David Cameron promised more help on childcare costs, help towards care costs for the elderly

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Brussels is not worth the mass

Brussels is not worth the mass

Jon Stanley December 11, 2012 4

Jon Stanley,   The recent confirmation by Jose Manuel Barroso that an independent Scotland would have to apply to join the EU left me thinking there are now two leaders in British politics who

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Zero Credibility For The Chancellor’s Osbrownomics

Zero Credibility For The Chancellor’s Osbrownomics

Michael St George December 10, 2012 3

Only short political memories will have forgotten the damage George Osborne’s credibility as Chancellor suffered in the wake of the March 2012 Budget: the embarrassments and subsequent U-turns on his micro-economic blunders over pasty

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Enough is enough

Enough is enough

Oliver Demaine November 26, 2012 2

  The hot topic of everyone in the United Kingdom is Europe. You either love it, or loathe it, but whatever your opinion on it is, you know it isn’t currently running as smoothly

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If You Oppose the EU You Should Be An Anarchist

Olly Neville November 20, 2012 3

Some typical arguments against the EU: The UK has inviolable national sovereignty and sharing sovereignty dilutes, not strengthens it. The UK only has a minority of the votes, so we are forced to do

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CCHQ #EUDebate

CCHQ #EUDebate

Backbencher October 26, 2012 1

Welcome to The Backbencher’s live-blog from the House of Commons debate of Douglas Carswell’s Private Member’s bill for the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972, whose effect, if passed, would be to bring

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Merkel & European Federalism: An Argument Against Further Powers For Brussels

Merkel & European Federalism: An Argument Against Further Powers For Brussels

Michael St George October 22, 2012 10

The essence of the polity we call a nation-state can be a nebulous concept to visualise, let alone articulate. Yet, despite the apparent elusiveness of precise definition, for 364 years since the 1648 Treaty

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EU Referendum: The question that refuses a straight answer

EU Referendum: The question that refuses a straight answer

Backbencher October 10, 2012 4

By Tom Hagen In recent weeks, there has been constant background noise in political circles about a possible referendum on the European Union. First, we’re told the Conservatives will promise it as part of their 2015

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