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5 things about this week (7 October 2019)

by Stephen Tall on October 7, 2019

PODCAST LIVE! I solo-hosted the first live ‘Never Mind the Barcharts’ podcast this weekend. Regular co-host Mark Pack was husting to be Lib Dem party president (a fact the party had failed to mention to him until the week before) (…)

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5 things about this week (29 Sept 2019)

by Stephen Tall on September 29, 2019

Embed from Getty Images I’m old enough to remember a time when the attempted putsch against Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson was the big news. Then struck Tuesday’s unanimous Supreme Court decision to rule Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament “unlawful, (…)

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5 things about this week (10 Sept 2019)

by Stephen Tall on September 10, 2019

Embed from Getty Images BORIS IS WINNING! (PERHAPS) On the face of it, this has not been a great week for Boris Johnson. He has suffered an humiliating defeat in Parliament, which scuppered his no-deal threat, instead requiring the prime (…)

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5 things about this week (29 August 2019)

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 2019

WHAT’S THE PLAN? Lots of things have happened in the last month, but nothing’s really moved on. We’re still none the wiser about the answer to any of these questions… Is Boris Johnson genuinely intent on a no-deal Brexit? Or (…)

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5 things about this week (31 July 2019)

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2019

Embed from Getty Images BORIS “Imagine Trump doing Brexit. He’d go in bloody hard … There’d be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he’d gone mad. But actually you might get somewhere. It’s a very, (…)

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5 things about this week (18 July 2019)

by Stephen Tall on July 17, 2019

Embed from Getty Images BORISIBLE It didn’t help her bludgeon her Withdrawal Agreement through parliament, but Theresa May’s refrain — “It’s my deal, no deal, or no Brexit” — was a fair summary of the Hobson’s choice still facing the (…)

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5 things about this week (25 June 2019)

by Stephen Tall on June 25, 2019

Embed from Getty Images I had thought the most depressing thing about this week would be the near-inevitability of Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister. A man who failed disastrously as foreign secretary — of whom his old boss at the (…)

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5 things about this week (17 June 2019)

by Stephen Tall on June 17, 2019

Embed from Getty Images Rory Stewart is the undisputed breakout star of the Conservative party leadership election. What started out, seemingly, as a quixotic tourist excursion into the Westminster souk – with his random Rory Walks filmed for Twitter – (…)

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5 things about this week (8 June 2019)

by Stephen Tall on June 8, 2019

Embed from Getty Images So it’s going to be Boris Johnson, then. That’s more of a comment than a question. His momentum in the race to succeed Theresa May appears unstoppable. Pundits mostly caveat that with a “unless he makes (…)

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5 things about this week (11 April 2019)

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2019

Is this the way Brexit ends, not with a bang, but a whimper? Last night the EU27 agreed to the UK’s plaintive request for another extension to Article 50, deferring our departure for the second time, this time by six (…)

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