Mrs May: Sock puppet of Whitehall

24th September 2018 2

Olly Robbins, the grinning apparition you see at Mrs May’s side in Brussels, part of Whitehall’s ‘Beating Heart of Remain’ was given a bonus of £20,000 above his annual salary of £160,000 for his ‘good’ work in negotiating Britain’s withdrawal from Europe. I suspect it is for his influence over Mrs May. I wonder whether Mrs May is his sock … [Read on]

The NHS. Robbing the old and the sick

21st September 2018 4

Editorial in the current Autumn edition of the Salisbury Review The NHS can be thought of as a bankrupt insurance company whose directors are resorting to criminal means to stay in business. Founded in 1948, it promised its customers free health care for life in return for obligatory premiums taken from taxes. It began with high hopes. The much-feared doctor’s … [Read on]

Sargon; The Saviour from Swindon?

26th July 2018 9

King Sargon of Akkaad flourished in Sumeria between 2234 and 2279 BC. During his reign, he conquered Mesopotamia, parts of Syria, Anatolia and ‘Elam’, modern-day Western Iran. As well as being a considerable soldier and politician, he was a skilled polemicist and employed the arts of classical debate to silence his detractors. That such a civilised king could have lived … [Read on]

Orders from Berlin

24th July 2018 3

Mrs Merkel sacked Dominic Raab three days after her newly appointed Minister for Brexit announced we would not pay £39 billion to the EU if they tried to stage an economic shoot out with Britain at the Brussels corral at midnight on the 29th of March next year.  Mrs May probably tried to save him, but orders from Berlin are orders, as the … [Read on]

Surrender Terms

20th July 2018 7

At a press conference this lunchtime (20th July) Michel Barnier welcomed the receipt by the EU commission of the British White paper on Brexit. This is not surprising since before taking it to the House of Commons Mrs May flew to Germany to lay it before Frau Merkel. A considerable amount of planning went into the timing to ensure the House will … [Read on]

Shepherdess May’s pen awaits the Tory Faithful

12th July 2018 8

As Mrs May’s ‘Brexit means Remain’ was given to Mrs May by Fuhrerin Merkel for presentation to the British Cabinet, talk of the EU rejecting it is a diversionary tactic to steer British attention away from what the EU really wants; an annual external membership fee either equal or, as a concession, 10% less than what we were paying before … [Read on]

Sidling up to Michel Barnier’s boot leather

8th July 2018 9

A few years ago a colleague of mine attended a Conservative Garden Party on the south coast in search of new readers for our magazine. ‘I wish,’ she said to the local Chairman of the Conservative Party, ‘your members would read The Salisbury Review.’ ‘My dear lady,’ replied the comfortable, avuncular figure in whose head the lights had long gone out, … [Read on]

Vichy; Chequers 2018.

6th July 2018 44

Boris Johnson, Rees Mogg and Mrs May can meet all they like at Chequers. The EU will refuse any British terms except the withdrawal of our notice to quit and the payment of a heavy ‘fine’. Their only fear might be that this may precipitate a hard Brexit, but they know Mrs May and the Treasury – The Beating Heart of … [Read on]

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