Dirk Singer

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Take it from a Vote Leave staffer - there is no mandate to quit the single market

The official Vote Leave campaign never made such a claim.<p>I am often criticised by both Remainers and hard Leavers for my commitment to staying in the …

How Brexit cost the Conservatives their majority

My report shows how tactical voting by Remainers proved decisive – and that the Tories cannot win with Leave voters alone.<p>The stunning result of the …

Why is there so little Bregret and what might change that?

Polling shows relatively little evidence of ‘Bregret’ (Brexit Regret). There has only been a small shift towards people thinking that in retrospect …

Brexit and the coming food crisis: ‘If you can’t feed a country, you haven’t got a country’

Britain’s food production depends on seasonal migrant labour from the EU. What will happen to those workers after Brexit? And how will it change the industry?<p>On 24 June last year, the few hundred residents of a temporary village, hidden from view in the middle of a West Sussex soft fruit farm, …

UK needs more immigrants to 'avoid Brexit catastrophe'

Ageing population, labour shortages and low productivity mean UK needs net inward migration of 200,000 a year, says thinktank<p>The British economy needs a net inward migration flow of 200,000 people a year, double the Conservative target, if it is to avoid the “catastrophic economic consequences” …

UK Economy

Reality Check: Conservatives - where's the money coming from?

<b>After weeks of hearing about strong and stable leadership, we've finally got some numbers to look at.</b><p>But unlike Labour and the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives have not released their overall costings in a single table in their manifesto.<p>What they have said is that they will aim to balance the …

There is one place where Labour's campaign is strong: radio

Labour's poll share has increased since the election was called. A brief listen to the radio helps to explain why.<p>Jim Messina, a campaign strategist …

Great Britain

Theresa May’s immigration duplicity exposed | Maya Goodfellow

The prime minister knows the British economy needs migrants. And yet she still peddles her inflammatory anti-immigrant rhetoric<p>Theresa May is fond of making promises she knows she won’t keep. She promised there would be no early election and now we’re in the midst of one; she says a large majority …

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Media painted bleak picture of immigration before Brexit vote, study finds

Report into UK news media shows 79 of 99 front page stories about issue in run-up to EU referendum were published by leave-supporting outlets<p>Media coverage of the EU referendum campaign was dominated by “overwhelmingly negative” reports about the consequences of migration to the UK, according to a …

Tories’ ‘imperial vision’ for post-Brexit trade branded disruptive and deluded

Top official slams Whitehall notion of colonial-style trade deals and says devising pact between UK and African, Caribbean and Pacific states would take six years<p>The head of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of nations has ruled out a free trade deal with the UK until at least six years …

Britain's energy supply is in jeopardy after Brexit, warn MPs

Business committee says leaving EU means exiting European atomic power treaty, which could ‘threaten power supplies’<p>The future of Britain’s power supply has been jeopardised by Brexit and the government must act urgently to ensure nuclear power stations stay open, MPs have warned.<p>The influential …

Brexitland: So much for the fractured nation – I haven’t found it | Owen Jones

As he concludes his journey round leave-voting areas in his home town of Stockport, Owen Jones finds voters now want to come together. For Labour, he says, that’s an opportunity<br>• With pay so low for this long, no wonder there’s anger in Sheffield<br>• The truth from Fareham: this was no working-class …

When journalism becomes propaganda

A few days ago I took part in a Royal Economic Conference session on the implications of the Brexit vote. There is no need for me to describe how it …

Pointless soft Brexit, suicidal hard Brexit

By Brendan Donnelly<br>Director, The Federal Trust<p>In a controversial article last week the associate editor of the Financial Times Wolfgang Muenchau …

A reminder of how little the public know about politics

Perhaps the most common mistake political campaigners make is to think that it’s boring, unnecessary and Luddism for political campaigns to keep on …

Great Britain

The problem with the English: England doesn’t want to be just another member of a team

<b>PUBLISHED:</b> 08:59 17 January 2017 | <b>UPDATED:</b> 15:42 07 April 2017<p>British Army snatch squad used in riots to grab suspects for interrogation during The …

The Backfire Effect

<b>The Misconception:</b> When your beliefs are challenged with facts, you alter your opinions and incorporate the new information into your thinking.<p><b>The</b> …

Can Elections Be — Bot?

<b>🗣The megaphonic power of social networks</b><p>Towards the end of the recent election, there seemed to be “bots” everywhere; I decided to take an in-depth …

Hull after Brexit – will the City of Culture regret voting out?

It’s riding high as the UK City of Culture and beneficiary of huge investment from Siemens. But Hull voted overwhelmingly for Brexit, and uncertainty after the referendum led the German giant to put expansion plans on hold. Should residents be worried?<p>At the start of this year, the civic columns …

'There could be no flights to and from UK for months after Brexit' - Ryanair chief

Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary has revealed that flights to and from Britain could be cancelled in the weeks immediately after Brexit.<p>Speaking to Ivan …

Theresa May held private dinner for Daily Mail editor at No 10

Paul Dacre was only media figure to get hospitality from PM in her first six months, government reveals<p>Theresa May hosted a private dinner for the Daily Mail editor, Paul Dacre, at 10 Downing Street last year, the government has disclosed.<p>Dacre was the only media figure to receive hospitality from …

Brexiters must lose if Brexit is to succeed | Financial Times

On March 29, the British government is to notify the EU of its intention to leave. This will be a big moment in a tragedy; it will be a tragedy for …

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The Problem With Facts

1.Just before Christmas 1953, the bosses of America’s leading tobacco companies met John Hill, the founder and chief executive of one of America’s …

Critical Thinking

The leave fanatics will have their hard Brexit – even if the price is the union | Jonathan Freedland

Though hardliners are pursuing the most destructive version of Britain’s divorce from the EU, there may be a way to avoid the breakup of the UK<p>What a paradoxical story we shall tell our grandchildren about Brexit. The little ones will climb on our knee and we will recall how we bravely seized our …

Hard Brexit

James Calls Out The Leavers Who Are Dodging Tough Brexit Questions

16 March 2017, 12:25<p>Brexit Secretary David Davis admits he doesn't know the full economic impact of a hard Brexit. James O'Brien picks his jaw up …

Great Britain

Blue Feed, Red Feed - WSJ.com

Methodology<p>What is this?<p>Recent posts from sources where the majority of shared articles aligned “very liberal” (blue, on the left) and “very conservative” (red, on the right) in a large Facebook study.<p>In 2015, the journal Science published a research paper by Facebook scientists (Bakshy, Eytan; …

Social Media

Our Government has absolutely no idea how many EU citizens live in the UK – but it's a different story for British expats

Government spin doctors are busy planting stories that the nice caring Prime Minister who wants all Europeans here to live happily ever after amongst …

A Labour MP Wants An "Urgent Investigation" Into Vote Leave's £625,000 Donation To A 23-Year-Old

Stephen Kinnock has called on the public standards watchdog to establish whether the official pro-Brexit campaign used a "front organisation" to get round spending limits.<p>A Labour MP has called for an "urgent investigation" into claims that Vote Leave and its allies used legal loopholes to increase …

How Brexit offers a surprising opportunity for a new immigration consensus

'Can the desire for more control be combined with the aim that Britain will remain globally-engaged, in a common ground approach to post-Brexit …

Great Britain