Monthly Archives: March 2016

A history lesson for David Cameron: EU referendum won’t heal splits in Tory party

This piece was first published over at The Staggers. David Cameron has borrowed Harold Wilson’s tactics. He may get the same outcome. When Harold Wilson announced in early 1975 that he would hold a referendum on Britain’s EEC membership, the … Continue reading

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Euroscepticism: a brief history

This piece first appeared at The Staggers on 9 March 2016. As homework for Mr Cameron’s Brexit referendum, I’ve been reading about the history of Britain’s relationship with the EU (and its predecessors the EC, EEC and ECSC – don’t … Continue reading

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How do you solve a problem like ENO?

There are very few companies I’d be genuinely sorry to see go out of business. In fact, if I exclude sadness caused by disruption to my life – my bank or my employer going bust tomorrow would, I admit, be … Continue reading

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How one man changed how British politicians felt about Europe – forever

This piece first appeared at The Staggers on 29 February 2016. Margaret Thatcher’s former adviser Lord Powell caused a furore when he asserted that the Iron Lady would have been opposed to Brexit. Assorted biographers and other stewards of the … Continue reading

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