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Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

November 28, 2006
by James Clive-Matthews
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The EU’s mid-life crisis

Everyone’s focussing on the collapse of the talks about Turkish entry (Guardian, Independent, Times, Financial Times, Le Monde (in French), Le Figaro (in French), EU Observer, Deutsche Welle (German press review – in English), EurActiv) – but, let’s face it, … Continue reading

November 24, 2006
by James Clive-Matthews
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Blair and the death of society

He really just doesn’t get it, does he? “A new contract between the state and the citizen setting out what individuals must do in return for quality services from hospitals, schools and the police is one of the key proposals … Continue reading

August 24, 2006
by James Clive-Matthews
18 Comments

The politics of hope (but mostly fear)

Finally, an admission from the government, in Ruth Kelly’s speech launching Britain’s own Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Commission on Integration and Cohesion: “Muslims feel the reverberations from the Middle East. Wider global trends have an impact.” So despite all … Continue reading

August 10, 2006
by James Clive-Matthews
52 Comments

Oh, come on…

Yesterday: Major terrorism policy announcement by Home Secretary John Reid Today: A ‘plot to blow up planes’ is apparently foiled, and Heathrow airport shut down. And my first reaction? Utter disbelief and a sigh of resignation. They’ve simply cried wolf … Continue reading

June 1, 2006
by James Clive-Matthews
19 Comments

The EU – one size fits all?

It has been a full year since the rejection of the EU constitution by France (29th May) and the Netherlands (1st June) – and still the European “political elites” (their phrase, not mine) can seemingly agree on only one thing: … Continue reading

May 15, 2006
by James Clive-Matthews
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A constitutional note to Tony Blair

The way the British system works is that the legislature makes the laws, and the judiciary then applies them. If, as head of the executive (and therefore the person responsible for ensuring that new laws that pass through the legislature … Continue reading

February 23, 2006
by James Clive-Matthews
42 Comments

Magna Carta and Civil Liberties

A quickie to try and clear up a confusion I’ve seen on a few blogs around the place who seem to think that Magna Carta guarantees British (well, English) people certain freedoms: The Magna Carta “rights” thing is a complete … Continue reading

February 16, 2006
by James Clive-Matthews
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A bit of over-the-top historical/constitutional pedantry

Talk Politics on top form once again, highlighting the details of deliberately confused legislation: “The provisions which appeared in the first draft of the Bill, when glorification was a separate offence, which limit its applicability to terrorist attacks in the … Continue reading

November 16, 2005
by James Clive-Matthews
4 Comments

The EU – evil Catholic antichrist conspiracy

The EU flag is apparently 50 years old today. Hurrah! The great thing is, the flag is a bloody confusing little object. First up, you can’t even get an agreement on who designed it – either Irishman Gerard Slevin or … Continue reading

October 17, 2005
by James Clive-Matthews
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The EU and Tony Blair, the ineffectual loser

Another load of Blairite EU-nonsense? An attempt to make it look like we’re actually making an effort after the US farm subsides offer and ahead of the WTO meeting this week? Or is this just Prescott picking up his notes … Continue reading