EU latest: to leave or nor to leave; or No More Treaties, please!

Two of the latest heavy comments on the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty show signs of thinking outside the box. So then, after sticking two fingers at the EU, Irish voters might be inclined to say next: “see if I care” and quit the whole sheebang? Not if they have half a wit, says Wolfgang Munchau of the Financial Times. On the other hand, Ireland might be left off the hook, according to Hugo Brady of the pro-EU and …

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Gordon Brown can do human, he says – revelation

I’m intrigued to see that the ambitious new website of the Westminster village Total Politics, has a certain local interest on its editorial board . Nurtured by leading Conservative blogger Iain Dale, Total Politics launches with an interview with Gordon Brown on the importance to the political process. of Parliament, the internet and social networking . This is in marked contrast to his predecessor Tony what’s ‘is name, who all but despised Parliament and was a technophobe of the first …

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More national and regional News on BBC Networks ( re-posted)

I‘m re-posting this because of technical problems with links in the earlier version. Many apologies. Do you feel the BBC in London have forgotten all about Northern Ireland now that the Troubles are over? That an “ordinary” murder in NI doesn’t get the same coverage as a stabbing in England? The BBC Trust, the corporation’s regulator, may well agree with you. In a recent review of UK-wide coverage, the Trust has made a “must do better” order to London newsdesks …

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More nations and regions on BBC national networks

Do you feel the BBC in London have forgotten all about Northern Ireland now that the Troubles are over? That an “ordinary” murder in NI doesn’t get the same coverage as a stabbing in England? Well, the BBC Trust, the corporation’s regulator, may well agree with you. In a recent review of UK-wide coverage, the Trust has made a “must do better” order to London newsdesks to improve reporting from the other Nations in particular. http://http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/research/impartiality/nations.html The review applies to …

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A NEW LONG WAR?

I’ve been mulling over a recent encounter with Phillip Bobbitt, now regarded as the Free World’s greatest anti-terrorist guru and author of his latest work “Terror and Consent The Wars for the Twenty-First Century. 672 pages. £25, Allen Lane.” WW2, the Cold War, dealing with the IRA are all yesterday’s wars and give us few clues for dealing with present and future wars (and “wars” is what they are, he insists). The internet, a global world and science generally give …

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The next referendum twist, for the Brits this time

Another twist I’ve just noticed in the Great Referendum Saga. It could take up to two years for the Irish to decide to hold another referendum or whatever, leaving the Lisbon Treaty unratified by the EU as a whole for all that time. In the meantime, a UK general election could well bring the Conservatives to power, leaving Cameron holding a very unwelcome European baby. For at that point, the whole idea of a British referendum would spring to life …

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