1. These are NOT Brexit ‘negotiations’, because the EU can’t negotiate

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    November 17, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In 2000, a document was released in which the Con O’Neill, the lead negotiator (from 1970-72) when Britain joined the …
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  2. Why you should care how Tertiary Legislation – the complete opposite of ‘taking back control’ – is hidden within the EU Withdrawal Bill

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    November 13, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I am going to explain how Clause 7 of the EU Withdrawal Bill this week takes away control from Parliament …
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  3. Universal Credit – a professional idea implemented by amateurs

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    November 9, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Sometimes it is important to differentiate between an bad policy and incompetent implementation. Universal credit gets a bad rap, but …
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  4. Why the UK has no financial obligations to the EU legally, but they do politically

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    November 6, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In the end it comes down to money and uncertainty. The one big card the UK has to play is …
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  5. Why interest rates should rise now

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    November 2, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Economies work in cycles. Yes yes I know Gordon a Brown said he had abolished Boom and Bust, but in …
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  6. Does a ‘meaningful vote’ on the Brexit deal mean it can be amended and rejected?

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    October 30, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Government has announced that the EU Withdrawal Bill will have its next appearance in Parliament on the 14th of …
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  7. Why Ireland might have to leave the EU too

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    October 29, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    At some point the people of Ireland are going to have to choose between Britain and the EU. There are …
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  8. Enough of the ‘You Brexit, you fix it’ team. It is time to put our best people in charge of Brexit.

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    October 19, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    It has become apparent that the chances of no deal happening between the UK and the EU are fast approaching …
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  9. Crazy people with guns kill people

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    October 3, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    When I heard that Stephen Paddock had stood on the balcony of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas and …
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  10. Why Labour will go into the 2022 promising to reverse Brexit

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    September 28, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are sharing many things at the moment. For the purposes of this blog is their …
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  11. The McDonnell Amendment to change Labour leadership rules shows a fear of democracy

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    September 25, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Labour conference is expected to vote on a change in the leadership rules that would require candidates to have …
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  12. Theresa May’s Florence Speech – shared history, challenges and future

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    September 22, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Theresa May’s appearance in the Church of Santa Maria Novello in Florence had much significance, not least because it is …
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  13. Like Thatcher in Bruges, the stakes are high for Theresa May’s Florence speech 

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    September 22, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    As Theresa May prepares to make a speech in Florence setting out the UK’s position and offer on Brexit, she …
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  14. A new political party doesn’t have to win seats in Parliament to be successful

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    September 18, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    During the August political news ‘silly-season’, James Chapman, former Chief of Staff to Brexit Secretary David Davis, started a one-man …
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  15. Explaining Tony Blair’s immigration proposals

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    September 14, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The ad hominem attacks were quick in coming, but the political and economic arguments were much slower to arrive. Former …
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  16. EU Withdrawal Bill: Is Henry VIII coming back?

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    September 11, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    So today sees the big debate on the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. This significant Act of …
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  17. What if the EU made laws we didn’t like?

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    September 7, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    It might surprise you that a speech by committed socialist Tony Benn was once identified by Conservative firebrand Norman Tebbit …
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  18. Explaining the Brexit negotiation impasse

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    September 4, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    You would be forgiven for thinking there is an impregnable impasse in the negotiations between Britain and the EU over …
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  19. If they want to ‘win’, Remainers will need to be patient

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    September 1, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    As you may know, there is a strong and well-supported movement to reverse the EU referendum result. In one sense …
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  20. Explaining Labour’s new Brexit policy 

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    August 29, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    At first it does look like a bit of a u-turn. After what has been reported to have been robust …
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  21. James Damore, Google, and the slow death of free speech

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    August 24, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Here is a fact about the gender gap in A-levels. Boys were 90% of Computing, 79% of Physics and 73% …
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  22. What Jeremy Corbyn could learn from Trump’s Charlottesville dissimulation

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    August 21, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Obviously it is highly dangerous for me to compare Jeremy Corbyn to Donald Trump. But in some areas their tactics …
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  23. A view from Iowa on why people voted for Trump

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    August 17, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The problem with refusing to listen to messages or engage in debates on issues that make us feel uncomfortable is …
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  24. #Wheresmy350mBoris – the lie that suggests Remainer desperation?

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    August 14, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Regular Goldblog readers will know that I believe that, like with ad hominem attacks, when you have to lie it …
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  25. The real Brexit Debate: Fairness between Consumers and Producers

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    August 10, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Since the Brexit vote, there has been a lot of talk about effect of immigration controls on our public services …
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  26. Explaining Moggmentum

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    August 7, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    It shouldn’t really be a possibility. As a response to the rise of Jeremy Corbyn and his anti-elitism and screeds …
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  27. Free trade: Why who gets the losses and gains makes it hard to defend

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    August 3, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    During his inauguration speech, Donald Trump made the case for instituting protectionist measures against free trade by claiming that ‘protection …
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  28. Russell Bretherton, Brussels 1955 – right place, wrong man. When we lost control.

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    August 1, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    As we enter August, it is worth reflecting on what Russell Bretherton was doing 62 years ago. He was a …
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  29. Should we tie our own hands behind our back on free trade?

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    July 31, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Pro-Brexit politicians and activists will constantly invoke the benefits of lifting our eyes to distant horizons, of heading out into …
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  30. Corbynism is impossible within the Single Market

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    July 27, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In 1986, Jeremy Corbyn voted against the Act of Parliament that created the EU Single Market. He saw it as …
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  31. Are some Brexiter politicians ignorant or are they lying?

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    July 24, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    You know that feeling you get when you can’t work out if a set of politicians are ignorant are lying? …
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  32. ‘Writing off student debt’ – maybe the Corbynistas are right about the MSM’s fake news

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    July 21, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I’ve never been a big fan of attacks on the ‘mainstream media’ (MSM), which have often come from Corbybistas upset …
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  33. Think a Free Trade Area in services is easy? Think again

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    July 19, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I wrote an article for Politics.co.uk last week (click here to read this) in which I pointed out that we …
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  34. Should we leave Euratom?

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    July 17, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The European Atomic Energy Community – commonly known as Euratom, was created in 1957. It established a single market for …
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  35. Grenfell Tower: What is ‘Social Murder’?

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    July 16, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    On the Andrew Marr Show this morning Labour Chancellor John McDonnell was asked whether he was prepared to take back …
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  36. The Reason the ‘Repeal Bill’ is so difficult to implement is why many wanted to Leave

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    July 14, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Like many things in politics these days, the response of the opposition parties to the publishing of the European Union …
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  37. So, what is this ‘EU Divorce Bill’, anyway?

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    July 13, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I have to hope that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson understands what the EU are actually asking for when it comes …
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  38. Which is more virtuous or effective: Paying Tax or Giving to Charity?

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    July 4, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Rather excitingly, we here at Goldblog Towers received a packed mailbag of responses to yesterday’s blog, particularly the final question …
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  39. So, are Tories wicked, wrong, or neither?

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    July 3, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In a very interesting article in the Sunday Times, Dominic Lawson opens with a tweet from Marcus Chown, who has …
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  40. How a one-size-fits-all EU regulation caused one person to vote Leave

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    June 30, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The other day I met a lady who used to work as a civil servant for the Department of Transport. …
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  41. Corbyn’s rhetoric sounds good, but does it help those most in need?

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    June 29, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Jeremy Corbyn’s ability to receive rapturous applause in an echo chamber whilst saying exactly what people want to hear continues …
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  42. Why the ‘£350m to the NHS’ controversy is not as clearcut as you think

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    June 28, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    ‘£350m to the NHS’ is one of the most controversial political slogans ever. Some say it was the ‘lie’ that …
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  43. The Conservative/DUP deal brings benefits that Northern Ireland needs

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    June 27, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    As soon as the Conservative-DUP deal was announced yesterday morning the pre-prepared press statements were being fired off by all …
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  44. The Conservatives need to step back and think again about their future leader

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    June 26, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    There’s something going a bit wrong with the discussions taking place around the leadership of the Conservative Party. People are …
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  45. Why there is no simple answer for the ‘3 million’?

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    June 25, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The latest incident of Theresa May managing to snatch a worse defeat from an already pretty bad one has been …
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  46. What is ‘anti-austerity’?

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    June 24, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    There are very few areas where proponents of a policy, or those who are against it, seem so incapable of …
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  47. History put a gun to David Cameron’s head – but he decided to pull the trigger

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    June 23, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Published today – available from here if you want a signed book and to donate to the Latymer Upper Bursaries appeal, …
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  48. This election was about education too

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    June 22, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Lots of focus has been put on the young vote and the old vote. The older vote might have been …
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  49. The 2,227 votes that are why Labour are pushing for another election

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    June 21, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Labour insiders are at the moment arguing that they are on an election footing right now. They will be gearing …
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  50. Finsbury Park: Terrorism, pure and simple

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    June 20, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    It was a terrorist incident at Finsbury Park mosque. Put aside some news organisations’ insistence in calling it a ‘white …
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