The UK’s “Novice” Foreign Secretary: Boris Johnson’s Big Challenge:

“The magic has gone. It’s no longer one of the great offices of state”. For the columnist Jonathan Friedland in The Guardian on July 16th, the new job allotted to the former London mayor is “merely symbolic” – mainly because “on any topic which counts, prime ministers make their own foreign policy”. He also expressed […]

Filed under: Politics | Posted on July 24th, 2016 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Update: On The Brink Of New Leadership: Britain’s Very Temporary Power Vacuum:

There’s a cartoon in the latest edition of the satirical magazine “Private Eye” which encapsulates the UK’s current political situation. An extra-terrestrial , having just landed its space-craft on Earth, is consulting a passer-by for advice: “Take me (it asks) to anyone who remotely resembles a leader”. Assuming this conversation is taking place in London […]

Filed under: Politics | Posted on July 11th, 2016 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Searching For New Leaders: Britain’s Temporary Power Vacuum:

There’s a cartoon in the latest edition of the satirical magazine “Private Eye” which encapsulates the UK’s current political situation. An extra-terrestrial , having just landed its space-craft on Earth, is consulting a passer-by for advice: “Take me (it asks) to anyone who remotely resembles a leader”. If this conversation was taking place in (for […]

Filed under: Politics | Posted on July 11th, 2016 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Britain After Brexit: The Waning Influence Of Celebrity Endorsement:

When you go to your local supermarket or chemist for  your soap, shampoo or toothpaste, which brand do you choose? And why? Perhaps it’s your familiarity with the product: It’s the one you always use, you like the smell, the texture and (in the case of the toothpaste), the taste. However – according to the […]

Filed under: Media, Politics | Posted on June 30th, 2016 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

After The Referendum: The Uncertain Future Of The UK Justice System:

“We must recover control of our own destiny”: This has been the predominant theme on which the “Out” supporters have focused throughout their campaign over the past few months. What they have meant by this is that all decisions on key issues relating to the economy, immigration measures and the way the country is run […]

Filed under: Politics, Society | Posted on June 21st, 2016 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

“Foreign Companies Rule Britain”: So What’s The Point Of The Referendum?

“One of the main obligations of a Government is to protect the nation’s sovereignty. If it fails to do so, it forfeits the right to rule”. So Richard Perle, the American political advisor & consultant, has declared. His compatriot Noam Chomsky, the renowned philosopher, historian and social critic, has expressed unease about the potential consequences […]

Filed under: Politics | Posted on May 31st, 2016 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The Vote For London’s Next Mayor: Does It Really Matter Who Wins?

“Winning an election is a good-news, bad-news kind of thing”. This was the reaction of the American actor & film director Clint Eastwood when he became the Mayor of the small Californian village of Carmel-By-The Sea in 1986. “The bad news”, he reflected “is that now you’re the Mayor”. In other words, from that moment […]

Filed under: Politics | Posted on March 21st, 2016 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Referendum Boiling Point: Kettles & Toasters Next On The European Union’s “Hit List”?

What’s the first thing you do when you go into your kitchen in the morning? If you’re partial to a traditional British-style breakfast, you probably put water into your kettle for your tea and a couple of slices of bread into the toaster. According to the Daily Express, the UK continues to enjoy “an intimate […]

Filed under: Politics, Society | Posted on March 12th, 2016 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Boycotting The Ballot Box: The Real Democratic Deficit?

Voting, in the opinion of US Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, “is the most precious right of every citizen”. She considers that we all have “a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process”. Russell Brand, the British “comedian and revolutionary”, disagrees. For him, politicians are “frauds and liars” and it’s a waste of […]

Filed under: Politics | Posted on May 4th, 2015 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The Result On A Plate? Making A Meal Of The UK General Election:

What are the key issues that will decide who will be Britain’s Prime Minister after May 7th? The future of the National Health Service (NHS) is certainly near or top of the list for most of the electorate. Other concerns revolve around immigration, the European Union, cuts in spending on welfare and defence and the […]

Filed under: Politics | Posted on April 25th, 2015 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

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