Labour Should Set Its Own Spending Agenda

21 November 2022 Rob Watson 0

Following the budget last week, in which Richie Sunak and Jeremy Hunt massively increased taxes to pay for their parties cumulative incompetence, some commentators suggested that the delayed spending cuts outlined by Hunt would be a trap that Labour would find it difficult to avoid. The bulk of the proposed spending cuts have been budgeted […]

Unpicking the British Cult of Narcissism

2 November 2022 Rob Watson 0

It is a truism in politics that the people get the leaders they deserve. This must mean that the British people – well, the English at most – are a bunch of delusional narcissists who have no idea that their inflated egos do not accord with the reality of their circumstances! Watching the political scene […]

In Politics We Need to Remeber That What Goes Up Must Come Down

7 May 2021 Rob Watson 0

Politics is a rough business. The worst job is the Leader of the Opposition. Sir Keir Starmer must be feeling the squeeze this morning as the Tories celebrate their win in Hartlepool, and left-wing Labour MPs collectively pile-on calling for a strategy change. Both the Tories and the Corbynista wing of the Labour Party feel […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]