Articles

Article - Brexit and Parliament

We have had another couple of tumultuous weeks in Parliament. And the one thing that can be confidently predicted is that, though some things have become clearer, there will still be months of difficulty and debate ahead of us, before the great issue of Brexit is finally resolved. 

Article - Climate change

Often enough, in this column, I have sought to draw attention away from the national news of the day and to focus instead on aspects of the real life that is being led by all of us in the towns and villages of West Dorset. 

Article - "The Independent Group" (TIG)

It’s not every day of the week, or every week of the year, or even every year in the century that a new political party is born in Britain. 

Nor is the birth of every new party shortly followed by an opinion poll suggesting that it has 14% of the national vote before it is a week old. 

Article - Building trust and coalitions

I have been spending a certain amount of time over recent months trying to find the common ground between Members of Parliament from different parties and with different opinions on the best way to solve the Brexit impasse. 

Article - Civilised Conversation

Another week at Westminster, another turn in the extraordinary saga of Brexit. The battle that some of us are fighting to ensure that Britain does not crash out of the EU without a legal agreement on 29 March continues.

Article - Life goes on

At Westminster and in the national media, all the talk is of the prospects for Brexit. Each “historic vote” in the House of Commons, each phase of discussion with Brussels, and each strand in the complex fabric of Brexit politics is analysed and dramatised. 

Article - A common challenge

The last few days have been rather full of news - and, anyone sent to Westminster by the electorate, as a member of Parliament is bound to have spent a high proportion of their waking hours thinking about how best to secure a prosperous future for our country. 

Article - Brexit

I have almost never used this column to comment on national political issues. But this week the elephant in the room is so elephantine as to make any effort to write about something else seem positively bathetic.

I refer, of course, to the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal.