In much of the EU the regions that wish to be independent are the richer parts of their present countries. In Spain Catalonia is the most enterprising and highest income part of Spain along with the Basque country which is also keen on having more self government and control of its own tax revenues.
By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
Europe’s response to the migrant crisis; SNP’s way with words; costly cancer drugs; the man who rescued the Proms; and why British lamb is a winner
His friends prosper; his enemies wither. But how long can it last?
Party members’ poll: Goldsmith holds on to majority in the mayoral race, while Kamall’s support climbs to a third
This is the first survey since the candidates for the mayoralty were whittled down to four.
Labourites have waffled on about their colleague’s fine principles without saying they would damage the country
In July 2012 Mr Clegg tried to go ahead with a wide ranging proposed reform of the Lords without sufficient support in either the Commons or the Lords. His proposal for a mixed House of elected and unelected peers did not proceed.
Those who believe that the world faces a catastrophe from global warming dismiss anyone who dares question their beliefs
A modern country must both welcome and impede immigration – so how will Mr Cameron deal with our current migrant paradox?
What would happen if the irascible Left-wing Labour leadership candidate actually became Prime Minister? Here’s one vision…
I was once told by someone in politics – I forget who – that governments pass through three basic phases. The first is when they are new, and they can blame everything that goes wrong on the last lot in power. The second is after a couple of years, when they have to take the blame themselves. The third is when the next general election approaches, and they have to tell voters why they’re the best pick for the future.
George Galloway has announced that he would like to return to the Labour party if Jeremy Corbyn is elected leader. The former Respect MP for Bradford West sees Corbyn as a comrade in arms and would feel at home alongside him.
We claim to love animals like Cecil the lion, while ignoring the plights of thousands of other species – not least our own
The Conservatives must become the champions of social mobility
Thought Ed Miliband’s victory over his brother in the last Labour leadership contest was a surprise? You haven’t seen anything yet
Plus: Farewell, Ivan Massow. How Eric Pickles cost me £50,000. David Laws’ new book. And: the rise of Jeremy Corbyn is my fault.
John McTernan is a Blairite who is not afraid to speak his mind. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the former Labour special advisor discusses the state of Labour’s leadership contest with Isabel and me. He believes the right of the party is struggling as it failed to put forward a suitably experienced candidate ‘because David Miliband left the Commons in the last Parliament’
In 2015 the Labour Party has been defeated in a second successive election, once more by a significant margin – and the contenders for leader don’t offer much hope.
The Prime Minister’s success springs from a preference, new to Westminster, for Cabinet ministers who actually know about their departments.
Imagine, for a moment, the following scenario. In 2017 Britain votes narrowly to remain within the European Union, despite the Prime Minister having achieved little in attempting to renegotiate the terms of our membership. The ‘out’ campaign — which after 2016 was no longer led by a marginal party, Ukip, but by the majority of the parliamentary Labour party, under its new leader Jeremy Corbyn — came mightily close to securing our withdrawal, and thus, as it is put by proponents, our independence.
Also: Scottish Labour fear far-left infiltration; Plaid debate fate of former leader; Welsh Labour criticise ‘toxic’ leadership race; and nationalists bid to rechristen Londonderry.
What’s the point in the party if it doesn’t even have the nerve to oppose the massive injustice of the welfare bill?
Why is it that we love making lists? And what does it tell us about democracy?
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