Post-Brexit Blues

Punctured By Her Own Stiletto: The Story Of The 2017 General Election

Amid the uncertainty of a hung parliament, what can hardly be overstated about the 2017 general election result is just how much of a disaster it represents for Theresa May. Having called an unnecessary election believing herself in a position of barely-precedented strength – despite repeatedly vowing no snap election, with her spokesman reiterating the point less than a month before…

Did The Tories Just Invent Dementia?

Entitled ‘Forward, Together: Our Plan for a Stronger Britain and a Prosperous Future’, less of a wish than a command, and superficially attempting to shift the focus away from domestic policy and back towards Brexit, much of the Conservative Party manifesto released last Thursday seemed brazenly wrong or patently false. There was the scrapping of free school lunches for infants; another…

Referendum To Be Called On The Death Of Queen Elizabeth

The recent early morning rumblings of an impending announcement from Buckingham Palace had royal correspondents not to mention the general populace in a highly undignified stew. Was somebody dead or on the verge of dying, was the palace crumbling down, was Harry getting married or William a new head of hair, or were they all departing for somewhere new? Alas…

The Prime Minister And The Juncker: A Chronicle After Kleist

Every story has already been told, and so it is for Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, who recently endured a dinner with the terrible Juncker, European Commission President Jean-Claude. The following account serves as a warning should the EU continue to obfuscate and prevent the Prime Minister from getting precisely her own way: ‘About the beginning of the twenty-first…

Theresa May Finds Chips ‘Bloody Difficult’, Wraps Election Up In Threats

Theresa May keeps defying expectations, only each time in the worst possible way. After flip-flopping with remarkable haste over Brexit, her party’s budget, and the need for a snap general election, and reducing her already limited capacity for speech to a single slogan, ‘Strong and stable, strong and stable, strong and stable’ a dozen times a day, this week she…

Diane Abbott Unveils Labour’s New Living Wage

Attempting to salvage the frittered away year and a half of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, and deal an unlikely blow to the Conservatives in next month’s snap election called by Theresa May – has ever a task appeared more hopeless? But to their credit the Labour Party are at least trying, in their own characteristically dishevelled way. And having promised the…

Higher Education And Research Bill Teaches Students An Expensive Lesson

Given that the government’s own representative, Jo Johnson, the younger brother of Boris and the Minister of State for Universities and Science, described it as ‘the most significant legislative reform of the sector for twenty-five years’, you would be forgiven for presuming that the Higher Education and Research Bill just passed by parliament at least possessed some semblance of academic…

Theresa May Strong And Stable On The Stump

The Shimmering Ostrich just a few short months ago went to the awful trouble of putting together a template for any Theresa May speech. While her limited worldview and penchant for repetition shouldn’t have made this an especially onerous task, having to dwell upon and draw out her use of a few broad and middling, yet at the same time…

Theresa May Out For Election Day Blood

As Theresa May decided after all to call a snap general election, which will now take place in just seven weeks’ time on 8 June, too few commentators called May out for what amounts to a brazen and deceitful display of political opportunism. Rather than questioning the strength of her leadership or calling her a liar, they simply threw up…