Entries by Malcolm Bracken

All Over Bar The Shouting?

Article 50 can be unilaterally revoked by parliament. Ironic that a European court can make the British Parliament sovereign again. Here’s what I think will happen. May’s deal has about as much chance of passing as Elvis’s last dump. Five days of debate will not change the fact that over 100 Tory MPs, who’ve mostly […]

Brexit: What Next?

With at least 100 Tory rebels, the DUP, the SNP, collected others and most of Labour planning to reject ‘The Deal‘, it’s hard to see it getting through parliament on the 10th December. What happens then? Anyone who might know is keeping their options open. Bim Afolami, My local MP, held a town hall meeting […]

How To Lose Weight. It’s Simple, But it’s Not Easy.

Apparently there’s an obesity epidemic, and it’s because naughty restaurants and “the food industry” are trying to overfeed us as part of a conspiracy to, um… something. And I think everyone knows, deep down, that this is theory is nonsense. Beating up the “food industry” is easier than something that might work, and won’t cost anyone […]

Internal Party Democracy is Undemocratic.

The Labour left have had a peculiar mental tic since at least the days of Tony Benn (Man of the people and 2nd Viscount Stansgate, 1925-2014). They do not see Members of Parliament as representatives, who use their own judgement when legislating. They see the MP as a delegate of a party, to be selected […]

Cleverly isn’t clever. “No Deal” isn’t an Option.

Braintree’s local Conservative association appears in the dictionary of nominative determinism under “counterexample”. Their last MP was Brooks “underpants” Newmark, and their current one is James Cleverly. Maybe they thought they could live up to their Brainy name by choosing a candidate with ‘Clever’ in his… Alas…. Brexit negotiations aren’t like buying a house, where […]