Blogs from Downtown in Business

Grasping defeat from the jaws of victory

Last Thursday afternoon I sat down and wrote my weekly blog criticising Theresa May and her government for their failure to make any meaningful progress on Brexit. The following morning, as that blog was being published, a significant breakthrough by May and her team was being reported, with issues such as the Irish border, EU […]

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Good cheer for foes of Brexit and Trump

Over the last year, it has often felt that the hard right is leading the UK and USA over the cliff. President Trump’s boorish behaviour was excused by his supporters. In this country, the narrow vote to leave the EU was being used by hard-line Brexiteers as a licence to cut us adrift from our […]

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Brexit isn’t working – Why won’t the PM tell us straight

Another round of Brexit negotiations, and another week of chaos and shambles from a group of politicians who, laughingly, describe themselves as the government. The past seven days have confirmed what many of us have suspected for months. Theresa May is, as described by her former colleague George Osborne ‘a dead woman walking’. She is […]

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From Balfour to Trump

A hundred years ago a western statesman intervened in the cauldron of Middle East politics and we’ve been living with the consequences ever since. I fear Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, with no simultaneous effort to broker a general settlement to the Palestinian issue, will lead to another century of […]

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Petty & Unnecessary

During the Summer this year, my family and I enjoyed a holiday in Paphos, Cyprus. At the time Paphos was celebrating its status as the European Capital of Culture, as a member of the European Union. Why am I telling you this, I hear you ask. Well, because this week I was surprised and deeply […]

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