As MPs prepare to vote over whether or not to accept the Brexit deal negotiated by Theresa May, we have the second post in the series on the tumultuous events of 1648-1649, as parliamentarians disputed with each other over a treaty which might end the civil wars. Dr Vivienne Larminie of the House of Commons 1640-1660 section moves on from 15 November to 6 December 1648, to look at a critical vote and a forcible change of direction…
Over the three weeks since the prime minister announced her Brexit deal, observers might have been forgiven for detecting unprecedented twists and turns in politics at Westminster. From day to day the balance has seemed to shift between rejection and acceptance of the proposed ‘divorce settlement’ with the EU, and between groups with radically different visions of the best way forward for a country where opinion is sharply divided. Yet while…
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No-one had ever thought of him as a potential Olympic performer but Iain Lees-Galloway’s back somersault with double twist this week would surely have qualified him.
If he doesn’t make it to Tokyo, he still won an award from the Prime Minister – he retained his job as Immigration Minister, despite calls from the Opposition for his resignation.
It may be something he comes to regret, for he now carries the stigma of a minister who is little short of a walking disaster, one who can’t be left to make a decision on his own.
He may be grateful that Deputy PM Winston Peters sought to defend him in the House, although Peters in effect gave the game away when he conceded Lees-Galloway had made a “mistake”.
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“Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the
equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.”
– Prof Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University/Royal Society fellow
“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” – Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
SEE now what their panic-making has inspired – symbolic global warming schemes that have hurt us infinitely more than any slight, and most probably beneficial, global warming ever could…
“More than 2,700 people are dying each year in England and Wales because they cannot afford to keep their homes warm, according to an official study.
The spiralling cost of gas…
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