One of the few positive things to come out of the appalling affair is the way it revealed the British people are far from the anti-immigrant caricature some paint of them.
“If size were the key to success, China would be wealthier than Hong Kong, Indonesia would be wealthier than Singapore, and the EU would be wealthier than Switzerland.”
To me, it is clear that the UK could benefit from greater decentralisation. But, to repeat, that does not mean that new arrangements must be introduced now.
Also, a balanced Parliamentary Party requires a diverse pipeline of candidates – this means diversity of background and thought.
The message that some send to Brussels – that if the Eurocrats make it all painful enough then we can be bullied into changing our minds – is mistaken but harmful.
Amy Chua says they are blind to the decisive importance of tribal politics – an obliviousness which extends to America itself, and prepared the way for Trump.
We must not conflate the progress that scientific advancement offers us with the idea that debate becomes redundant in the face of an increased awareness of scientific fact.
From housing to university access, from the criminal justice system to the House of Commons, ethnic minority communities desire and deserve a fairer deal.
A century on from the granting of Votes for Women we should honour our manifesto pledge to deliver Votes for Life. A new Private Member’s Bill offers the opportunity.
Plus: Soubry may quit the Tories, which I would regret. And: Why Labour’s silence on 100 years of votes for working class men?
No council has ever held a referendum on tax rises over five per cent. Javid’s decision to raise the cap means taxpayers will be hit without the democratic chance to object.
Some of the powers it proposes to give to ministers are not democratically acceptable. But peers should correct these flaws, not seek to block Brexit itself.
And the Republicans have forgotten how to stop a demagogue from becoming their presidential candidate.
China is disregarding its pledge of ‘one country, two systems’ – as a result the rule of law in the territory is under threat from growing autocracy.
And here we end, by reflecting on what he might have thought about Labour’s move away from the tenet of democratic government.