The only way for opposition parties to beat the Tories is to work together

Much has been written since Brexit about the need for a Progressive Alliance within British politics. This initiative has not materialised as opposition parties have failed to work together. Apart from Caroline Lucas of the Green Party, Labour moderates like Lisa Nandi, Chukka Umana and Dan Jarvis and Shirley Williams of the Liberal Democrats; no […]

Letter to Telegraph 11/12/16

SIR – It is not true that the judges in the Supreme Court hearing were asked to “rule on whether the Brexit-backing voters or Remain-backing MPs should have greater authority” (Leading Article, December 4). The President of the Supreme Court in his opening remarks, stated that “wider political questions are not the subject of this […]


Because so many of us focus on changing the past, we are allowing Theresa May to determine our future. Let’s start with some thoughts that will count as heresies in the Remain camp – but which we need to accept before we can campaign effectively or continued EU membership.   It was Good to Have […]

Jean Monnet Lecture: EU Budget, Egham, 6 December 2016

£350 million per week: Does Europe need a budget? Dr Giacomo Benedetto Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics Department of Politics and International Relations Following the award of his Jean Monnet Chair by the EU, Dr Giacomo Benedetto will give a public lecture on the controversy of the EU’s budget.  The figure of £350 […]


Liberal Democrat and some other MPs are planning to vote against the Bill to authorise the Article 50 notification if it does not provide for a referendum on the terms. I understand the sentiment but doubt that they are right to vote against the Bill. The starting point is that June provided a valid democratic […]