The Origins of the English

26th January 2018 7

The English of 1927 were more than 90 per cent the descendants of the English of AD 927. The story of the English people used to be straightforward. In the fifth and sixth centuries, following the departure of the Roman legions, successive waves of Angles, Saxons and Jutes crossed the North Sea to settle in Britain. I remember drawing three … [Read on]

Brexit; WTO rules Ok?

7th December 2017 4

Poor Michel Barnier is getting a very bad press in Britain. The EU’s chief negotiator is variously depicted as an intransigent bully intent on delivering a punishment beating, a Gallic popinjay, and the sort of person who never loses an opportunity to admire his reflection in the mirror. But this is all most unfair. The charming Monsieur Barnier is, in … [Read on]

Who speaks for England?

6th December 2017 10

Listening to an LBC phone in on immigration earlier this evening, one caller went too far. It wasn’t that he argued that there was too much immigration or that uncontrolled immigration causes problems, a sentiment which is voiced commonly enough, but that he claimed that whole areas of East Anglia had ceased to be *******. Naturally, the host of the … [Read on]

Brexit; Not a penny more

15th November 2017 1

Poor Michel Barnier is getting a very bad press in Britain. The EU’s chief negotiator is variously depicted as an intransigent bully intent on delivering a punishment beating, a Gallic popinjay, and the sort of person who never loses an opportunity to admire his reflection in the mirror. But this is all most unfair. The charming Monsieur Barnier is, in … [Read on]

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