Author Archives: Andrew Defty

Cameron’s gone. What will he do and what is his legacy?

A slightly shorter version of this article was published in The Lincolnshire Echo. _________________________________ In a period of political upheaval David Cameron’s announcement that he is leaving the House of Commons with ‘immediate effect’ is not the most surprising news … Continue reading

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Not too late for an informed debate on EU membership

This article first appeared in ‘The Business’ supplement to The Lincolnshire Echo, June 2016. The European Union has changed beyond all recognition from the economic community Britain joined in 1973. It is now an economic and political union with a … Continue reading

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Have Police and Crime Commissioners been value for money?

This post first appeared on The New Statesman’s staggers blog, and also in The Lincolnshire Echo. Next month voters in England and Wales will go to the polls to elect Police and Crime Commissioners. The first PCC elections which took … Continue reading

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EU referendum myths: prisoners’ voting rights and EU membership

The most frustrating, but perhaps inevitable, feature of the EU referendum campaign is the wealth of ill-informed comment, and straightforward untruths, being disseminated by those campaigning. In some cases it is possible to argue that differences of opinion might lead to understandably different perspectives … Continue reading

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Should Britain be having a referendum on EU membership?

This is a slightly extended version of my ‘First Person’ column in The Lincolnshire Echo (Thursday 3 March – Wednesday 9 March edition). The forthcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU will be David Cameron’s third significant referendum since … Continue reading

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