Surrender Terms

20th July 2018 7

At a press conference this lunchtime (20th July) Michel Barnier welcomed the receipt by the EU commission of the British White paper on Brexit. This is not surprising since before taking it to the House of Commons Mrs May flew to Germany to lay it before Frau Merkel. A considerable amount of planning went into the timing to ensure the House will … [Read on]

Battle of the Blimp Babies

13th July 2018 1

We seem to have lost what used to be England’s resilient sense of fun. A grand event in political theatre is unfolding and being slowly filled with hot air. A giant blimp representing US President Honey Monster aka Donald Trump as a baby in nappies  was launched this morning in the air above London. A rival blimp representing London Mayor … [Read on]

Donald Trump; Despised by our vile political class, hugely popular among the voiceless

13th July 2018 8

The spectacle this evening in the great courtyard of Blenheim Palace, its honey-coloured stone glowing in the evening light, where a nervous looking British prime minister hosted the American president for dinner, was indeed magnificent. The president must have been impressed, and no doubt moved by the sound of the solitary piper. The birthplace of Winston Churchill, half American, champion … [Read on]

Donald Trump. Kicking a close friend in the face.

12th July 2018 12

It’s now common knowledge that mass rallies are planned against Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to the UK. While it would be easy to dismiss these plans as the infantile tantrums of an activist left so long dissociated from power that it’s reverted to an interminable adolescence, the level of energy which characterises the British ‘progressive’ animus against Trump still surprises … [Read on]

Shepherdess May’s pen awaits the Tory Faithful

12th July 2018 8

As Mrs May’s ‘Brexit means Remain’ was given to Mrs May by Fuhrerin Merkel for presentation to the British Cabinet, talk of the EU rejecting it is a diversionary tactic to steer British attention away from what the EU really wants; an annual external membership fee either equal or, as a concession, 10% less than what we were paying before … [Read on]

The Vicar’s Daughter’s Betrayal.

11th July 2018 4

There is no doubt that Mrs May is delivering Brexit – on a plate, skewered, disembowelled and garnished with fig leaves, with the promise of more extractions to come. The resignations of Davis and Johnson have predictably provoked a media frenzy with fevered talk of turmoil, implosion and a leadership crisis. The 1922 Committee of backbenchers was, we were told, … [Read on]

Sidling up to Michel Barnier’s boot leather

8th July 2018 9

A few years ago a colleague of mine attended a Conservative Garden Party on the south coast in search of new readers for our magazine. ‘I wish,’ she said to the local Chairman of the Conservative Party, ‘your members would read The Salisbury Review.’ ‘My dear lady,’ replied the comfortable, avuncular figure in whose head the lights had long gone out, … [Read on]

Vichy; Chequers 2018.

6th July 2018 44

Boris Johnson, Rees Mogg and Mrs May can meet all they like at Chequers. The EU will refuse any British terms except the withdrawal of our notice to quit and the payment of a heavy ‘fine’. Their only fear might be that this may precipitate a hard Brexit, but they know Mrs May and the Treasury – The Beating Heart of … [Read on]

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