Opinion – Former David Davis aide announces new pro-EU party – POLITICO

Politico reports that James Chapman, who has worked for David Davis and George Osborne, will officially announce the new party at a march in London on September 9.

Source: Former David Davis aide announces new pro-EU party – POLITICO

I wish James Chapman luck but he’ll have his work cut-out.

For sure, Chapman has outstanding political skills but he’ll need to make Nigel Farage look like a character in a children’s pantomime to reverse the Brexit damage. Chapman will have to lead the heavy-hitters. Watch for big names to commit to Chapman, especially Conservative & Labour senior politicians.

Fear will be the dominant factor in UK politics in twelve months. The public are tired, hard-up and angry and at the moment they’re taken in by the Pied Piper of Islington. Meanwhile, the Conservative Party has been hijacked by shadowy right-wing politicians who are looking out for the best interests of the privileged.

james Chapman is staking his name to the middle ground of UK politics but can he reverse the magnetism of Far Right and Far Left populism?

Thoughts?

 

 

 

Opinion – Trump could be out of office within a year – but the US’s problems would be just beginning | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan aboard an Ameri...

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan aboard an American boat in California, 1964. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a good read from Paul Mason in the Guardian. Speculating that Trump could be out of office in a year, he suggests that the ultra-right will have a tough choice between sticking with Trump or switching to a socially conservative, libertarian presidency headed by Mike Pence

Source: Trump could be out of office within a year – but the US’s problems would be just beginning | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian

The article explores the two forces propelling the agenda of America’s Far Right and compares it to the Brexit agenda.

The speculative conclusion that acceptance of a market-driven economy will lead to revolution is rather flaky. The neoliberal conservative ideology has seen enormous growth and social improvement since WWII, most notably in Reagan’s America & Thatcher‘s Britain. I favour a compassionate neoliberalism with effective social nets for the generally underprivileged and those at risk. There’s still a respectable argument in favor of individualism, rather than propping up the discredited welfare state.

Is Mike Pense, possibly the next US president, really an ‘America First’ neocon or will he return to Reagan’s success formula? Then there’s the UK, surely the next Conservative Prime Minister can’t expect to win an election with a ‘traditional conservatism‘ platform?