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“A European Ukraine is in Russia’s national interest”

“A European Ukraine is in Russia’s national interest”

Following Parliament Street’s ‘Russia vs the West’ debate in the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, Paul Nizinskyj speaks to former BBC World Service, now freelance, Ukrainian journalist Bogdan Tsioupin about Putin’s ‘Anschluss’ and why a prosperous Ukraine in NATO and the EU is in Russia’s best interests. As a third generation Ukrainian, I did not at any point tell Mr […]

by · 11th May 2014 · Interviews
Maybe it’s time to believe in the Big Society after all

Maybe it’s time to believe in the Big Society after all

The Big Society, a term no longer used by the Tories or anyone else, was all about voluntarism. The idea that, after years of seemingly terminal decline, those Burkean little platoons could be reinvigorated and all sorts of social ills tamed by their hands. A rotten campaign platform, but also a difficult practical policy; the problem was that many supposedly […]

Today marks 12 months until the general election – and we have plenty to be excited about

Today marks 12 months until the general election – and we have plenty to be excited about

This time next year, under the terms of the Fixed Parliaments Act 2011, the polls will be open for the 56th general election of the United Kingdom. Just let that sink in. In exactly 12 months time, this country will be choosing its next government. Of course, to some people, ‘choosing’ may be seen as a little generous as not […]

by · 7th May 2014 · Home Affairs
Ex UKIP deputy on Farage’s ‘celebrity lifestyle’

Ex UKIP deputy on Farage’s ‘celebrity lifestyle’

Nigel Farage is guilty of gross hypocrisy over UKIP election posters, former deputy leader Craig Mackinlay tells Paul Nizinskyj, as well as being the primary reason so many ‘kippers seem to leave.  There’s perhaps a poetic significance that UKIP’s ‘celebrity lifestyle’ poster – featuring a suited man in a limo under the slogan “Your daily grind…funds his celebrity lifestyle” – […]

by · 4th May 2014 · Interviews, UKIP in Focus
The Dark Continent

The Dark Continent

Beginning in the late 1940s, The State of Africa by Martin Meredith looks at the development of the continent through time, as democracy replaced colonial rule, and this in turn was moulded into personal dictatorships and tyrannies, right up to the modern day. An excellent and thought-provoking book, and,  as the narrative wore on, I became increasingly disconcerted by what […]

by and · 27th April 2014 · Foreign Affairs
DCB – why UKIP don’t want a referendum

DCB – why UKIP don’t want a referendum

UKIP should not be written off as a protest party in the European elections, former deputy leader David Campbell Bannerman tells Paul Nizinskyj, as more MEPs means more cash to fund a Westminster campaign – scuppering any chance of Britain finally having a referendum on the EU. David Campbell Bannerman is a member of one of the fastest growing clubs […]

by · 27th April 2014 · Interviews, UKIP in Focus
Expecting a long life?

Expecting a long life?

Expecting a long life? The latest proposal from the Pensions Minister may help you here. Steve Webb has announced that the Government is considering a proposal to provide pensioners, upon retirement, with an estimate of how long they might live.  Morbid stuff, perhaps, but the thinking is that people tend to under-estimate how many years they might get before they shuffle off […]

by and · 23rd April 2014 · Economy & Tax
Alan Sked: Putin is Farage’s role model

Alan Sked: Putin is Farage’s role model

In the first of our interviews probing Nigel Farage and UKIP, the party’s founder Prof Alan Sked tells Paul Nizinskyj about their first meeting, Farage’s poor grammar and why he isn’t surprised Putin’s his pin up. “Putin is clearly a nasty piece of work and Nigel probably identifies with that,” says Prof Alan Sked, London School of Economics professor and, […]

by · 20th April 2014 · Interviews, UKIP in Focus
For a party so opposed to hereditary peers, Labour is surprisingly dynastic

For a party so opposed to hereditary peers, Labour is surprisingly dynastic

For a party hellbent on removing the hereditary element from the House of Lords, Labour is a surprisingly dynastic party. Euan Blair, 29-year-old son of the three-term Labour PM, has been touted as the next candidate for the safe seat of Bootle, Merseyside, presumably on the understanding the  incumbent Joe Benton, 81, does the decent thing and takes back his vow […]

by · 15th April 2014 · Home Affairs
Who regulates the regulators?

Who regulates the regulators?

Tuesday’s Times brought news that the Financial Conduct Authority has managed to land itself in some hot water with the Chancellor.  The FCA—set up by the Coalition Government to draw a line under the Brown-era Financial Services Authority—has been accused of “precipitating a disorderly market in insurers’ shares” by leaking to the press that it intended to review whether closed […]

by and · 7th April 2014 · Economy & Tax