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Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

July 1, 2010
by James Clive-Matthews
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Britain’s new foreign policy approach

As regular readers of this blog will know, my single biggest worry about the Conservative party taking office in the UK was the prospect of arch-eurosceptic William Hague taking over the Foreign Office (the man who, as leader of the … Continue reading

May 9, 2010
by James Clive-Matthews
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Amusing UK election aside: The EU question and UKIP

In the unusual Buckingham constituency*, UKIP’s Nigel Farage – advocating withdrawal from the EU – ended up in third place, despite a high-profile (non-fatal) election-day plane crash**. The amusing news for pro-EU types? Farage was beaten into second place by … Continue reading

May 8, 2010
by James Clive-Matthews
25 Comments

UK election: Where next?

Just back from Japan, from where I was closely following the UK election on Twitter (your best place for my day-to-day political commentary these days, though be warned they’re usually more jokey – and sweary – than here…) After 30 … Continue reading

April 3, 2010
by James Clive-Matthews
12 Comments

Britain, the Conservative Party, David Cameron and the EU

If you want to understand Britain’s rather odd relationship with the EU, you could do far worse than read this really rather good overview in this week’s Economist, especially considering its focus on the Conservative party – likely to form … Continue reading

November 27, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
17 Comments

UKIP’s new leader, Lord Pearson

UKIP, love them or hate them, have been fairly consistent in one thing over the years – arguing against the EU because it is run by unelected bureaucrats. Just one of their arguments, perhaps – but the democratic deficit claim … Continue reading

November 4, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
54 Comments

“No one under the age of 52 has had the chance to vote on the EU”

So runs the argument of increasingly prominent anti-EU Tory, Daniel Hannan MEP – still advocating a UK referendum despite the final ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. This is, of course, very true. Since the 1975 referendum on EEC membership, the … Continue reading

August 22, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
1 Comment

EU regionalism on the decline?

Following my recent posts on national vs European identity and regionalism and the EU (as part of a vague attempt to get an idea of the nature and importance of geographical/cultural identity), this may be of interest – Why the … Continue reading

August 17, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
44 Comments

Nation states, regionalism and the EU

In the comments to my National identity vs European identity post, where I’ve been arguing that it’s perfectly possibly to have a sense of belonging to multiple different groups, and thus to have multiple different identities, commenter WG notes: I … Continue reading

July 7, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
4 Comments

7/7 attacks, four years on

If you haven’t, read the liveblog from the day, have a look at the one year on post, much of which still stands (though, thankfully, this country seems to be rather less hysterical about terrorism these days), and flick through … Continue reading