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The Riots: enough is enough, arm the police

Riots, Hackney

Police, Hackney

The riots in London are abating, but the thuggery has spread to other big cities around the country. Luke Graystone recommends arming the police and giving them carte blanche to fire.

Well, I’ve held my tongue for far too long already.

This unprecedented outbreak of violence, particularly in London, has Continue reading

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A Very British Problem: The High-Speed London to Birmingham Line

Chinese High Speed Train

Rail networks: The Chinese are way ahead of us

The proposed high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham will take at least another decade to complete. China has managed to connect Shanghai and Beijing within 36 months. It is not just rail networks, but entire infrastructures are taking the British ages to complete. Red tape is primarily to blame, writes Christopher Wheeler.

On the 27th of July 2011, 25 years after it was originally proposed and 4 years after initial building work began the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey was finally opened.  At the same time, debate in Britain Continue reading

David Cameron at PMQs – Is the PM losing his mojo?

Losing his gift of the gab?

David Cameron’s performances at Prime Minister’s Questions were better when he was Leader of the Opposition. As Prime Minister, he is alienating back-benchers and coming off second-best to Ed Miliband. Could this work in Cameron’s favour? Asks Ellis Wiggins.

Wednesday, 12 o’clock, and once again the attention of the House of Commons turns to Prime Minister’s Questions. David Cameron rises to the Despatch Box, and in solemn tones recounts the week’s casualties of war. Then, in a single breath, he lists his engagements for the day: the catchphrase of PMQs. With a supplementary of a backbencher easily swatted aside, Continue reading

A Middle Way for the Upper House?

One of the biggest issues currently vexing our Parliament and our politicians concerns the very nature and future of our constitution.Two old warhorses – Lord Ashdown and Baroness Boothroyd – have been wheeled out, each passionately defending their side of the argument. And the cause for which such passion is invested? The House of Lords. With the coalition pressing on in its desire to see genuine and thorough reform of Britain’s Upper House, some of the biggest supporters and opponents of the proposed changes are battling on the front lines of the debate, in an effort to further or defeat the government’s aims.

As a traditionalist, I’ve always been a strong supporter of the House of Lords, never quite able to escape the aura of history which surrounds it. And yet, as Britain heads deeper into the 21st century, it becomes harder to defend a chamber of appointed members, which, in the eyes of many people, is increasingly anachronistic. Continue reading

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