The people have spoken by Angela Caldin

It is accepted wisdom that on 23 June 2016, the people of the UK ‘spoke’ in the referendum on whether to leave the EU or to remain. The verdict was in and there was nothing to do but abide by it.  However, it’s now becoming increasingly clear that the people probably didn’t know what they were talking about. Clear cut issues 72% of those eligible spoke, which means that 28% didn’t speak which amounts to quite a lot of people – 10 million or so by my calculation. The margin of difference in… Read More

What has the referendum done for us? by Angela Caldin

On 23 June 2016, the UK voted by a small majority of 52% to leave the European Union. In the three weeks since this rather unexpected result, the nation has experienced a number of equally unexpected happenings: the prime minister, David Cameron, has resigned, leaving to others the task of clearing up the mess he has so cavalierly created; the idea that he might lose the referendum having apparently not occurred to him the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has not resigned though most of his fellow MPs sincerely wish he… Read More

Alone again by Trevor Plumbly

A bad marriage? The great exit didn’t come as much of a surprise to me, or (much to Emily’s chagrin) that bigger disappointment. In terms of social services, England’s been bursting at the seams for some years, so something had to give. It’s all very well and good for Scotland and Northern Ireland to protest, but both have little or no overpopulation worries; therefore they largely escaped the stress caused by the huge influx of foreign workers and refugees adding to an already strained job market. It could be argued that the… Read More

Should we stay or should we go? By Angela Caldin

A strange thing is happening here in the UK – on one vital issue, politicians are not toeing any party line in the usual way. This is because on 23 June the nation faces the momentous choice of whether we should leave the EU or remain in it and because politicians have been given free rein to campaign for whichever side they support.   As a result, we have seen Jeremy Corbyn, Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson and Paddy Ashdown lining up with David Cameron, George Osborne and Nicola Sturgeon to support the… Read More