Entries by Malcolm Bracken

The Madness Stalking Democracy will Pass.

“Has there been a general election, Mr Blackadder” asked Mrs Miggins, unaware, until Edmund points it out, as neither she nor Baldrick have a vote. “Hardly seems fair to me” she says.“Of course it’s not fair — and a damn good thing too. Give the like of Baldrick the vote and we’ll be back to […]

The Eurosceptic case for voting ‘Remain’.

I came of political age as the ERM debacle and Maastricht ratification process corroded the Tory party. Saving the pound against its “inevitable” inclusion in the Euro project made me a Eurosceptic. The Queen on the money, the ability of the state to finance itself *is* sovereignty, and the ability to generate our own finance […]

Transgenderism

Every time I hear about Transgenderism on the radio, and it is nearly every morning, I ask myself “what are we talking about here?”. How has this become such a prominent issue in the public life of the nation? Let’s be clear, I have enormous sympathy for people with genuine gender dysphoria – the outward […]

Trump and Corbyn, Le Pen and Farage; Putin and the Crisis of Democracy

Vladimir Putin runs a managed democracy. He controls the media, he ensures that any opposition figures that make it to telly, are risible tosspots. Credible ones are killed, unless they’re too famous, like Gary Kasparov, then they’re just ignored. The country Putin governs responded to the collapse of its empire and subsequent “humiliation” by electing, […]

What is Putin up to in Syria?

First let’s get one thing clear, Putin is not making a principled, humanitarian intervention against Islamic State. Assad is Russia’s ally in the region. The major disagreement between Russia and the West is Assad’s place in the post-civil war Syria. Putin thinks it’s Damascus, the west thinks Assad belongs in The Hague. Failure by the […]

The Real Reason Drugs are Still Illegal.

I have outlined many, many times why drug policy is insane, and how a properly regulated supply-chain, generating taxes rather than spending them on the futile task of interdicting supply, would be better than the current system of prohibition. The arguments are compelling to all except those who cannot accept that “Drugs are bad” does […]

Prime Minister’s Questions: Whither the Bear-Pit?

Jeremy Corbyn’s first outing in the bear pit of Prime Minister’s questions went better than either man could have hoped for. Corbyn, a lousy speaker and poor debater got off lightly, and the Prime Minister avoided the obvious banana-skin of publicly beating-up a careworn old geography teacher who accidentally found himself at the dispatch box […]