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Reader, I promise thee here such things, which ordinarily promised, doe seeme to challenge the greatest attention, and I lay them here before thine eyes, whether thou regard the dignity or profit of the matter treated of, or the right method of handling it, or the honest motive, and good advice to undertake it, or lastly the moderation of the Authour.

Brexit moment 1714

Brexit moment 1714

Britain was at the moment when a great change, believed to be settled some years earlier, might be overturned. It would only take a little push, ...
Tempestuous climate on QT

Tempestuous climate on QT

What a show – it was horrible. The panel was more balanced on last night’s Question Time than it used to be, and the fur flew.  Before the end, I ...
Burke on Ambitious Parliaments

Burke on Ambitious Parliaments

Edmund Burke watched the progress of the French Revolution not with the enthusiasm of the age but with an eye to cold reality. He was a Whig, to ...
Murmuring the (supreme) judges – 3

Murmuring the (supreme) judges – 3

A frequent reaction to the bizarre Supreme Court ruling in Cherry/Miller (the prorogation case) has been to demand the abolition of the Supreme ...
What happens next for Boris?

What happens next for Boris?

What happens next? The Surrender Act 2019 is law, the Advocate General has assured the Court of Session that the Government will comply, but the ...
Brexit moment 1688

Brexit moment 1688

All the efforts, the progress, the confidence built up and settled over many years was in sudden danger.  The establishment was reasserting ...
Rory Roars off into the sunset

Rory Roars off into the sunset

Rory Stewart dramatically today got noticed for a moment. Fed up with being spoofed on Twitter, Stewart set out his stall to be Mayor of London & ...
Are we European though, or Anglospherical?

Are we European though, or Anglospherical?

The one thing that met a glum response in Boris Johnson’s speech was a statement that “we are European”. Are we? We inhabit our ...