Posted on: November 11, 2020 Posted by: Spectator Team Comments: 0

Chagos decision a win for lily as much as a win for Brain – but will the new PM sieze it?

Tory and LPUK MPs had good news this week, they would be consulted on the decision around The Chagos Islands and the crucial military base on Deigo Garcia. The governing parties had originally planned on giving the islands away, but do not have the support of the commons in doing so. This week the Prime Minister penned a letter, stating that the government would allow for a commons vote before…

Posted on: November 9, 2020 Posted by: Spectator Team Comments: 0

Have loose lips already sunk the Phoenix Ship… and our deal with the European Union?

Not even 24 hours into the new administration, the country is facing a cabinet listless and divided. Will they squander all of Blurple’s good work, and ignore the will of the British people, by pursuing a dog’s breakfast of a Customs Union deal? The Spectator has seen leaked cabinet communications that have taken the wind out of the sails of any cohesive front on a Brexit deal, with the cabinet…

Posted on: November 9, 2020 Posted by: Spectator Team Comments: 0

Phoenix or Phoney Coalition?

Former International Trade Secretary raises concern over lack of detail on Brexit. After the collapse of the 26th Government (Blurple), a new coalition entered Whitehall, but concerns have already been raised by the Former International Trade Secretary. We caught up with them after their successor was appointed by the new Phoenix ‘Phoney’ Coalition.  The Coalition Document seen by The Spectator gives a total of fewer than 20 words to our…

Posted on: November 9, 2020 Posted by: Spectator Team Comments: 0

Is nothing sacred? The politicisation of Remembrance Sunday

There is much to bemoan about modern politics. While some of said lamentations are trite and juvenile and irritating, others really do ring true. Yesterday, on Remembrance Sunday, a complaint that belongs in the latter category reared its ugly head. Namely, that nothing is sacred anymore, not even Remembrance Sunday.  On this hallowed day, on which the nation comes together, transcending political divides, to recognise and pay homage to the…

Posted on: November 8, 2020 Posted by: Spectator Team Comments: 0

Chagos: an injection of objectivity

The maelstrom of argument surrounding the increasingly contentious issue of British sovereignty over the Chagos Islands has covered a broad range of points, enough so to sustain political interest in the dispute for many weeks. Indeed, the matter has safely dominated the headlines for longer than the collapse of Her Majesty’s 26th Government. Despite the intense attention dedicated to the issue, one facet of the discussion has not received the coverage…

Posted on: November 7, 2020 Posted by: Spectator Team Comments: 0

What’s next for the Union?

In the last 20 years, since the devolution referendums our union has changed dramatically, as to some degree to be expected. If 20 or so years ago you told someone there would be a dormant SNP, justice devolution in Wales and devolved corporation tax in Northern Ireland they may look at you like you’re slightly mad, and you would be. So what changed? With our political makeup changing rapidly and…

Posted on: November 6, 2020 Posted by: Spectator Team Comments: 0

Style over substance

The most striking thing about this new, self-styled “Phoenix Coalition” is exactly that – its name. It appears to have taken the most peculiarly unorthodox decision in British politics to select a soubriquet for itself, and designed a logo to boot.  Can you imagine David Cameron and Nick Clegg swaggering into the Downing Street rose garden in 2010, and unveiling, proudly, to the gaggle of obstreperous hacks, not only a…

Posted on: November 4, 2020 Posted by: Spectator Team Comments: 0

Moving On

Skullduggery12’s last article as International Trade Secretary I vividly remember walking up Downing Street to Number 10, where I would accept the position of International Trade Secretary, succeeding u/CheckMyBrain11 – who had become Prime Minister. Shortly after, I began travelling around the world visiting our international partners to work to unlock new markets for British Businesses and negotiate with our European friends on our future relationship. A crowning achievement of…

Posted on: October 27, 2020 Posted by: Spectator Team Comments: 0

“Increase in costs” associated with devolution – Cuth

Today the Spectator can reveal, despite the Yes campaign attempting to deny the £175 million cost to devolution, that lead campaigner cuth has admitted there would be an increase. “The agreed increase in Welsh Funding can more than cover any…increase in cost associated with policing and justice devolution.” – cuth The revelation also comes after cuth exclaimed in the referdendum debate that: “the Welsh taxpayer will bare the burden”. Both…

Posted on: October 25, 2020 Posted by: Spectator Team Comments: 0

“Counter productive” to rule out tax rise to pay for devolution – Welsh FM

The Welsh governments figures show that justice and policing devolution would cost at least £175 million, potentially more given they did not cost the pay of the extra politicians, nor did they cost the pensions. When asked if the First Minister could rule out tax rises to pay the cost, he said it would be “counter-productive to rule out a tax rise”. The cost of £175 million would mean an…