Alexandra Swann

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Thornberry: A Perfect Illustration of the Out-of-Touch Political Class

Emily Thornberry had an absolute howler. Forget Rochester, she’s had a full on Weston-super-Mare. In fact, I imagine she might be the only gleam of light on David Cameron’s dark horizon, after an ill-thought-out tweet by the Labour MP provided the Conservatives with a twig with which to beat Labour and deflect attention from their own woes. Nov 21, 2014 9:32 AM PT

The Rochdale Cab Firm Offering 'White Only' Drivers is Just Responding to Demand

This week a Rochdale cab firm admitted providing “local” – read white – drivers on request. Stephen Campbell, manager of Car 2000, 60 percent of whose drivers are Asian, admitted that, since the child abuse scandal that rocked the borough, there had been an increase in requests for white drivers by white residents. Oct 24, 2014 4:11 AM PT

Politics Is Becoming Fun Once Again

Of all the opportunities my accidental career in politics and such have afforded me, one of the greatest pleasures remains giving talks to sixth form pupils. Oct 3, 2014 7:29 AM PT

What Doncaster Says About The Mood And Direction of UKIP in 2014

Conference season is in full swing. For a few days each through September and early October, the four main British political parties and their accompanying army of press, lobbyists and the occasional delegate embark en masse to far-flung English cities for prolonged boozing and debauchery. Policies are unveiled, initiatives launched, but what every politico remembers of conference season, whatever the party, venue or year, is the four day hangover and inevitable post-conference flu. Sep 26, 2014 4:13 AM PT

Salmond Resigns, His Dream in Tatters

This week Scotland voted “No Thanks” to independence, choosing in record numbers to remain part of the United Kingdom. After a two and a half year campaign and a last-minute leap in the polls, Salmond and his party just missed the mark, losing to the Better Together campaign 55 percent to 45 percent. Sep 20, 2014 6:56 AM PT

Eurosceptics Must Learn from the Scottish Referendum Campaign

Next week Scotland will vote to decide whether or not to break free from the rest of Britain and go it alone as an independent country. The referendum has dominated this week’s news, divided Scotland and caused violence on the streets of Glasgow, yet somehow, for the first time since I turned nine and cried as I witnessed Tony Blair walk into Downing Street, I am entirely ambivalent about the result of a British election. Sep 12, 2014 3:22 AM PT

Carswell's Defection Has Made me Rejoin UKIP, says Former Tory Youth Star

Douglas Carswell has joined UKIP. About bloody time; this is a long awaited move. Carswell has been in closer political alignment to UKIP than to the Conservatives for years; on Europe, on climate change, on localism, on restoring public faith in politics… and his assurances that a move to UKIP was not imminent were noticeable by their absence long before this week Aug 29, 2014 4:06 AM PT

UKIP Faces Internal Divisions Unless It Gets Its Act Together

That UKIP is a party of contradictions is news to no one within the bubble, and something I have written about here previously. The party once attracted predominantly former Conservatives, both of small ‘c’ and large ‘C’ ilk. With the golf club lobby safely on-board, disillusioned with Cameron’s wetness and Conservative modernisation, Farage drew in the classical liberals and some libertarians with promises of lower taxes, school vouchers – then replaced with a commitment to grammar schools, a sensible energy policy, freedom from Europe, maybe even legalisation of some recreational drugs. Aug 14, 2014 9:10 AM PT

Sacre Bleu! Now 'Public Health Campaigners' Want to Regulate Your Cheese

Charles de Gaulle, the great French war time leader, famously asked “How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?” Well, he gave it a solid shot, but clearly he was unaware of the sheer dogged fervour of the European health fascists in the British medical lobby and CASH (Consensus Action on Salt & Health) the most singularly miserable bunch since Cromwell’s parliament banned Christmas Aug 8, 2014 8:32 AM PT

Cameron Secretly Planning to Turn Private Landlords into a Border Police Force

David Cameron wants to put Britain first. Not by giving the British people a long awaited referendum on their future in Europe, nor by cutting taxes and protecting civil liberties, but by promising for perhaps the sixth time over the past year to break European law by limiting benefits for EU migrants in the UK after three months. Jul 31, 2014 6:16 AM PT

Britain Has Far More in Common with the Commonwealth than the EU

The Commonwealth Games have started and I am here in a surprisingly warm and gorgeous Glasgow for the Opening Ceremony. After London 2012 the pressure is on for Scotland: 6500 athletes from 53 countries, 71 if you include other territories, competing in 17 sports over 11 days as part of one massive celebration of the shared history, friendship and future vision of the Commonwealth. Jul 25, 2014 5:32 AM PT

Cameron Has Created A War Cabinet

Understandably, recent British headlines have been dominated by Prime Minister David Cameron's sweeping and divisive reshuffle of his cabinet, just ten months away from a General Election that could turn into one of the bloodiest in history. Jul 18, 2014 12:30 AM PT


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