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Letter From England 2: Europe And The Culture War

If I were to draw up a list of the problems facing my country, and then to discuss their nature and possible solutions, I might be starting work on a rather long book. Instead, I will confine myself to what I think are the two most immediately pressing, and that are within the direct control of the British Government. These are our withdrawal from the European Union and the state of our so far uncontested culture war. I begin with Europe. When we voted, in June 2016, to leave the European Union, we were plainly willing an end without willing any means to that end. I think the consensus among those who voted to leave was that we should have a government, elected by and fully accountable to ourselves, that would set immigration and trade policies in our own interest. For various reasons, I choose not here to discuss immigration. Our most reasonable trade policy by my estimation involves free trade with the world in services and manufactured goods,… Keep Reading

History/Politics/World

Letter From England 1: Setting The Scene

I have been asked to write a weekly column on British politics. Since I am writing for a largely American readership, and since Americans mostly know little of what happens outside their own country, I think it would be best if I were to begin with a brief overview not only of what is happening here, but also of what has been happening for quite some time. David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010 at the head of a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. The Conservatives had won more seats than any other party in the House of Commons, but fallen short of an overall majority. Whether he governed the country well during the next five years is beside the point. What matters is that he governed effectively within the assumptions of British politics. He went into the 2015 General Election with the aim of getting an overall majority for the Conservative Party. His main difficulty was not in beating the Labour Party, which was in no position to beat him,… Keep Reading

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Trump To Attack EU, Call For Defending Civilization In Poland Speech

President Donald Trump’s much awaited speech in Warsaw, Poland later today is sure to satisfy his base, as he will call for a defense of Western civilization and criticize the European Union (EU) for its bureaucracy and lax immigration policies. In excerpts of the speech released by the White House, Trump is set to declare that Poland should be “an example for others who seek freedom and who wish to summon the courage and the will to defend our civilization.” Trump will then state, “While we will always welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism.” Keep Reading

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Trump Ally Nigel Farage Will Not Run For UK Parliament Seat; Instead Focus On Brexit

Former United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage officially squelched rumors that he will run for the House of Commons this year. He announced in a Telegraph op/ed today that although the prospects may be tempting, he will not be running for a United Kingdom parliamentary seat. Farage, who still serves as a member of the European Parliament for South East England, was expected by many observers to run for office after he engineered the stunningly successful Brexit vote last year. That victory gave him a great deal of political capital, but Farage is not ready to cash it in on a return to British politics quite yet. “I have decided that I will not stand in this election but fight for Brexit in Europe,” Farage said. The reasoning behind his decision is to ensure that the Brexit goes through appropriately without any deceptions. Farage has worked for decades on this project, and wants to keep international bureaucrats from sabotaging his hard work. “I have a front row… Keep Reading

Culture/World

Brexit Is Good – Here’s Why

On Thursday, British voters chose the uncertainty of independence over the certainty of bureaucratic morass, the vigor of self-reliance over the sluggishness of dependency, and risk of prosperity over the security of stagnation when they decided to leave the European Union. The Brexit victory offers Britain, Europe and the global economy a chance to redefine the global landscape, realistically assess whether governments and politics are working, and set the stage for a renewed economic dynamism. We find ourselves in a moment of global uncertainty and anxiety. Terrorism has made bloody inroads to the West, with attacks in Paris, Madrid, London and the United States leaving scores dead, survivors scarred for life, and many living in fear. The rise of refugees fleeing from war-torn, unstable countries in the Middle East (especially those that harbor terrorist networks) to western nations fuels rising (and in some cases, justified) fears of increased attacks against civilians and civil society. How The Shock of Brexit Changes the Paradigm Increasing globalization of trade, immigration and international cooperation generated both a rise in abundance and widening imbalances, which… Keep Reading

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