What Happens After Trump?

Posted Posted in Policy, US

There have been a great number of words, some may say too many, written about Donald J. Trump over the last three years. Well, here are some more. From his shock entry in the Republican Primary race, through his stunning victory in November 2016, to pulling out of multiple international agreements that sought to reduce […]

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A deal no one can believe in

Posted Posted in Brexit, Policy

Barnier’s eleventh hour pronouncement that the Chequers deal is unacceptable to the EU should come as no surprise to anyone.     Life is a series of lessons. We learn from our own lived experiences and by observing the varied fortunes of those around us. Unfortunately, when it comes to contemporary British politics, people have […]

How customs reform could rebuild Britain

Posted Posted in Brexit, Budget, Financial Services, Maritime, Policy, Ports, Royal Navy

Barndoor Director Chris Alley sets out how free ports could revolutionise trade and manufacturing in the UK For thirty years Britain staggered on after the war.  The “sick man of Europe” weighed down by militant unions, rampant inflation and obsolete business practices, Britain was locked into a spiral of decline. At its zenith the dead […]

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Can a conservative defeat Sadiq Khan

Posted Posted in London Mayor

London is now over half way through Sadiq Khan’s term of office. The months have flown by, the Mayor has racked up lots of photo opportunities with celebrities but his record looks less glamorous. Transport for London struggles with a deficit caused by falling passenger numbers and an ill- considered fares freeze. Housebuilding figures remain […]

Regardless of Brexit, Britain must escape Europe’s decline with a maritime commitment to Asia

Posted Posted in Asia, Brexit, Defence, Policy, Royal Navy

With EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier reportedly driving a hard bargain, Brexit will likely consume Westminster’s attention for some time, leave hard feelings on both sides of the Channel and trigger Britain’s geopolitical drift away from the Continent with no clear political and geographic aim in sight to date. That aim should be Asia with its steep […]

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The UK resurgence East of Suez

Posted Posted in Asia, Policy

Without question the UK withdrawing from the EU will fundamentally impact UK foreign, defence and economic policy. The question is, now that the UK has broken away from the EU how will this policy shift manifest itself? Well it is quickly looking like a pivot to the East, the UK is looking to reassert itself […]

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Is the Royal Navy ready for Brexit?

Posted Posted in Brexit, Defence

Brexit is propelling the United Kingdom like a torpedo out into uncharted waters. The world, as most would agree is an increasingly unstable place. Smouldering conflicts in the Middle East, Russian expansionism, China’s imperial ambitions in the South China Sea and elsewhere; coupled with President Trump’s America First doctrine, we could see a myriad of […]