Nick Timothy: Remaking One Nation – The Future of Conservatism

21 November 2020 Rob Watson 0

Flicking through Twitter last Sunday, I was prompted to enter an exchange with Nick Timothy, the former special advisor to Theresa May during the time when she was at the Home Office and when she was Prime Minister. Timothy’s Tweet was one of his regular reminders to his followers that the nature of conservatism is […]

Does Labour Vote For or Against the Brexit Deal?

15 November 2020 Rob Watson 0

If reports in the press are to be believed, we are approaching the endgame of Brexit. Well, maybe not the endgame, but the point when we are denied access to the EU’s single market, customs union, and other benefits of membership which expire after the transition period on the 1st January 2021. After a period […]

Disrupting or Consolidating?

14 November 2020 Rob Watson 0

It’s welcome news that the United States of America has a President-Elect, with Joe Biden beating Donald Trump in both the popular vote and the electoral college. I’m relieved that the psycho-drama that Donald Trump unleashed each day, with his Twitter rants, may be drawing to a close. Even as an onlooker from afar, I […]

Is Patriotism Labour’s Secret Weapon?

6 September 2020 Rob Watson 0

Writing in today’s Observer newspaper, Will Hutton considers what the challenges are likely to be in a post-Brexit Britain. Top of his list is the breakup of the United Kingdom with another vote on Scottish independence looking entirely likely. Scotland seems on course to vote for its independence as a nation and secede from the […]

Security, Security, Security – Policy Themes for Labour

20 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

The first duty of any government is to keep its citizens safe and secure. This means protecting people from both external threats and from internal threats. It requires a basic level of governmental competence to ensure that the way of life that people take for granted is unhindered, unencumbered and uninterrupted. It is not the […]

Tory Bungs Are No Answer to Economic Necessity

10 July 2020 Rob Watson 0

The Tories are up to their old tricks again. This week’s budget from Chancellor Rishi Sunak supposedly offers the country a route out of the pandemic lockdown. But if the gimmicks are pushed aside, we can see that the budget embeds inequality, side-lines the most deprived, and reinforces the status of people who already have […]

After Covid19 Our Universities Have to Change

23 March 2020 Rob Watson 0

Many long-standing colleagues of mine, like myself, jumped at the chance to leave their employment at UK universities. A number of long-running factors influenced these decisions, and many have come to the fore in recent weeks. They have been on public display in the strike action that affected many courses recently. Low pay, insecure working, […]

Gloomy December Morning – The Present I Didn’t Want

13 December 2019 Rob Watson 0

I’ll be honest, this is not one of the best mornings to be waking up and looking at the news. The Conservatives have trounced Labour in the general election, and its pretty depressing news for me, and I’m sure for many others as well. I suppose I had done what you have to do at […]

Keep on Squeezing or Think About Investing

1 December 2019 Rob Watson 0

Elections are, or should be, the culmination of a period of reflection and consideration about how we might do things differently in the future. This election seems to be particularly odd, as it has been forced into a set of simple binary issues that don’t demonstrate the complexity of the issues ahead of us. Political […]

Why I am Voting Labour on 12th December

25 November 2019 Rob Watson 0

I live in the Leicester West constituency, with Liz Kendall as my MP. Leicester is a one-party state, with very little organised opposition that is capable of challenging the grip of the Labour Party on local politics. There are fifty-four councillors, all except for one are Labour. This makes for a pretty sterile political debate […]