A new survey of 5,420 voters in the United Kingdom carried out by the well-known polling company YouGov on behalf of Hope Not Hate, the anti-racism organisation, has shown soaring levels of support for hard-right and far-right parties in the country. While UKIP, the electoral standard bearer of radical British nationalism in the early 2000s, has seen a fall in popularity to just 5% this drop has been offset by the rise of Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party (BP), which now stands at 28%. The Faragists are expected to become the UK’s primary anti-European Union grouping in forthcoming elections to the European Parliament, drawing dissatisfied voters not just from the fringe UKIP base but from the mainstream Conservative and Labour parties too.
So far, the polling evidence points to significant levels of support for radical right politics in the north, south-west and south-east of England (for instance, in the…
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We, the people, inhabiting this north Atlantic Archipelago,
sit and await the UK Government’s pleasure in deciding what our futures will be
(Brexit Deal/No Deal/ Revocation)?
As PM May “jets off ” to meet President Macron and Chancellor Merkel and beg for a stay of England’s
self-constructed and self-administered Brexit axe
Meanwhile, let’s relax and enjoy a concert.
It’s been a long time since we’ve had one!
So here’s the music of Ireland’s last bard, said to be Ireland’s greatest composer
Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin (Turlough O’Carolan)
He spent his life travelling back and forth between Ireland and Scotland
playing and composing for the great and good!
He was born in 1670 and died in 1738.
Son of a blacksmith, he was a blind Gaelic harper, composer, and singer whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition.
His life overlapped with other great European composers: JS Bach, organist…
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Following another night of parliamentary chaos in London I’m reminded of the (apocryphal) demand by King Henry II of England, complaining about his legal and political troubles with Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1170: “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?”. Or as the peoples of Europe might be thinking right now, “Will no one rid us of these turbulent Brits?”.
Faced with four motions to help the United Kingdom extricate itself from its self-made Brexit mess the House of Commons opted instead to choose none of the suggestions as party factions and cross-party factions rallied around their favoured amendments in a circus of legislative buffoonery. No side won, no proposal got through with majority backing and the whole event became an exercise in futility. In the end pretty much the only consistent thing in the Palace of Westminster was the stubborn refusal of the Democratic…
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desperately hoping to un-pull a pulled trigger
It’s been a remarkable seventy-two hours for the Democratic Unionist Party. Its leaders have gone from being fêted as the “guardians of the union” by the ideological hard-right in the United Kingdom, revelling in two years of unprecedented influence over the elected Conservative Party government in London, to being decried by those self-same voices as traitors to the Brexit aspirations of the UK. Or at least, the real UK and not that bedraggled rump of its Medieval colony across the Irish Sea. Here is the staunch Brexiteer journalist and DUP critic Leo McKinstry writing in today’s Sun newspaper in Britain:
[The DUP] …is a movement that glories in its unwillingness to compromise and makes a virtue of its grim stubbornness.
But tragically for our nation, these are the qualities that now control the process of Brexit — with disastrous consequences for our hopes of independence from EU rule.
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