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“To govern is to choose”

One of the first aphorisms I learned when studying history and politics was: ‘To govern is to choose’. It was Pierre Mendes-France’s maxim when Premier of France in 1954-5, cutting through the morass of postponed decisions left by weak coalition governments and negotiating the withdrawal of French troops form Indo-China. Good government means taking decisions, even when they are hard decisions.

Which underlines how appallingly incompetent Britain’s current government is. It has raised the art of postponing decisions to an art form. If it could postpone presenting Parliament with a clear choice on Brexit until the afternoon of March 29th, it …

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  • User AvatarOnceALibDem 23rd Apr - 9:39pm
    Her MEP mailings on at least one occasion included material written by her husband (and employee) close to the MEP selection. When he came second....
  • User Avatarfrankie 23rd Apr - 9:23pm
    Intresting https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Wallis In 19 January 2012, two days after failing to become the Parliament president, Wallis announced her resignation, which took effect from 31 January...
  • User Avatarnvelope2003 23rd Apr - 8:46pm
    Innocent Bystander: I did not say those who voted Leave were fooled. All the information I have seen seems to indicate that they are mostly...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 23rd Apr - 8:25pm
    Katharine although your optimism is to be applauded, by all objective measures our growth has stalled and we are now in danger of sliding back...
  • User AvatarYeovil Yokel 23rd Apr - 8:25pm
    Wow, she is very impressive. William Hague is a year younger than me, and I remember his speech aged 16 to the Conservative Party Conference...
  • User AvatarNick Baird 23rd Apr - 8:13pm
    At the moment, CHUK is a blank slate appealing mainly to opportunists and those whose interest in politics runs little deeper than "Ooooh, shiny!".