Brexit will not break up the Union

Brexit will not break up the Union

So the EU has pronounced on the future of the island of Ireland; if there is a Border Poll – or referendum – in Northern Ireland in favour of Irish unity, then the Province can duly join the Irish Republic inside the European Union. Sensational news?  Hardly. In...
Scotland Discovers the Limits of Nationalism

Scotland Discovers the Limits of Nationalism

Nearly one-quarter of Conservative Party gains in last Thursday’s local elections were in Scotland which has just 8 per cent of the UK population. The result will have surprised many elsewhere who have been following  what has often appeared to be Scotland’s...
How to write a manifesto: don’t be too clever

How to write a manifesto: don’t be too clever

Read Article This article appeared on Times Red Box Parties have to write manifestos, promote them, and defend them – and then, should they win, deliver them. Having worked on a number of manifestos as a departmental adviser in Whitehall, I strongly suggest that...
All to play for

All to play for

Read Article This article was featured on Public Finance Brexit offers a chance to re-examine the UK’s economic objectives and do things differently. There are many reasons to be cheerful. When Britain entered the European Economic Community in 1973, there was a...