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Ewen Stewart
Why the Chequers plan will deliver a Corbyn government

Why the Chequers plan will deliver a Corbyn government

GLOBAL BRITAIN has commissioned polling to determine what the Chequers Agreement will mean for the Tory MPs who will ultimately face the electorate. Across the forty-four most marginal Conservative Party constituencies – including Ayr, Gordon ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela’s tragedy: Economic collapse predates US & EU sanctions

Venezuela’s tragedy: Economic collapse predates US & EU sanctions

SUPPORTERS of the Venezuelan regime promote the idea that sanctions on Venezuela are responsible for its current economic woes, and that if the US and EU would withdraw these sanctions then everything would return to ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela's tragedy: how zoos, pets and strays suffer too

Venezuela's tragedy: how zoos, pets and strays suffer too

ANIMALS IN VENEZUELA are suffering from acute malnutrition in a country where even most people find it difficult to feed themselves. They are often simply allowed to starve to death, despite efforts to transport them ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela's tragedy: Censored speech and independent expression

Venezuela's tragedy: Censored speech and independent expression

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION and of the press is under attack in Venezuela.  The Government is cracking down on any perceived opposition. The ongoing humanitarian crisis has made these responses more brutal, as food becomes scarce ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela's tragedy: Corruption and cronyism in plain sight

Venezuela's tragedy: Corruption and cronyism in plain sight

RUNNING A COUNTRY in crisis is challenging for even the most capable politicians. When thinking of those that have successfully led a country out of crisis, you might think of a leader with the vision ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela’s tragedy: the regime's policies deliver malnutrition and death

Venezuela’s tragedy: the regime's policies deliver malnutrition and death

SINCE HUGO CHAVEZ declared his ‘Bolivarian Revolution’ in 1999, Venezuela has become entirely dependent on imported food. 

In 2014, it was estimated that 70 per cent of all goods, including food, ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela’s tragedy: the unreported refugee crisis

Venezuela’s tragedy: the unreported refugee crisis

SOUTH AMERICA has a new refugee crisis. Nearly a million Venezuelans have left their home country in the last 2 years, some claiming that the number may be as high as 4 million. On the ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela’s tragedy: Now as dangerous as war-torn Afghanistan

Venezuela’s tragedy: Now as dangerous as war-torn Afghanistan

FOR THE SECOND YEAR running Venezuela is the world’s most dangerous country. More than 40 per cent of Venezuelans have been victims of robbery or theft, leaving just 17 per cent of Venezuelans feeling ...

Jonathan Stanley
An Amazon Tax! Really? Imagine if Maggie had taxed Argos?

An Amazon Tax! Really? Imagine if Maggie had taxed Argos?

I UNDERSTAND 1979 was a rather tough year. The high street was full of bin bags the unions wouldn't collect. Cheap crinoline skirts, flared jeans and only Mrs Slocum's pussy to console us.

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Jonathan Stanley
Are you local? Edinburgh's charity shops need a thorough clear-out

Are you local? Edinburgh's charity shops need a thorough clear-out

EDINBURGH is a rather special city. There is no other in the UK like it. A capital, a village, a tourist theme park, a financial centre. It has a lot going on and a lot ...

Murdo Fraser
Rt Hon Sir Alex Fergusson – an appreciation

Rt Hon Sir Alex Fergusson – an appreciation

THE SAD DEATH this week of my great friend and former colleague, Sir Alex Fergusson, leaves the Scottish Conservatives – and Scottish public life – without one of its most significant, and well-respected, figures.  Alex ...

Eben Wilson
Spanners and Bananas – or how smart meters used a dumb approach

Spanners and Bananas – or how smart meters used a dumb approach

IT IS REPORTED that an expert adviser to the Department of Energy and Climate Change thought the civil servants in charge of the smart meter initiative were so technically ignorant that they “couldn’t tell the ...