Author Archives for Rachel Cunliffe

2019 Articles

Kinks aside, the porn block was a puritanical attack on sexual expression
Kinks aside, the porn block was a puritanical attack on sexual expression
Farewell to the porn laws, one of the worst thought-through pieces of legislation ever to have been at risk of [...]
October 18, 2019
MPs must unite to save Britain from no-deal
MPs must unite to save Britain from no-deal
Three months ago, EU leaders were adamant that, whatever the new Prime Minister claimed, the withdrawal agreement hashed out with [...]
October 18, 2019
Rory walks on with a campaign to spice up the race for London mayor
Rory walks on with a campaign to spice up the race for London mayor
Watch out London, your favourite selfie-taking, tie-rejecting, accidental-opium-smoking, politician/rambler is coming to a Tube station near you. Yes, it’s Rory [...]
October 11, 2019
Could the Prime Minister’s fledgling Brexit plan end this paralysing uncertainty?
Could the Prime Minister’s fledgling Brexit plan end this paralysing uncertainty?
“Unrealistic and damaging proposals”, or a “genuine attempt to bridge the chasm”? That was the debate raging in parliament yesterday, [...]
October 4, 2019
Blame the Fixed-term Parliaments Act for this utter chaos in Westminster
Blame the Fixed-term Parliaments Act for this utter chaos in Westminster
The BBC podcast series The Political Butterfly Effect explores the theory that even the tiniest of events can have vast [...]
September 27, 2019
Could MPs on all sides please stop acting like unruly school kids?
Could MPs on all sides please stop acting like unruly school kids?
The end of the school term goes hand-in-hand with discipline being somewhat relaxed. Lessons focus on pointless activities, farcical excuses for [...]
September 13, 2019
Neither tragic nor hero, Boris is simply in thrall to the Brexit fates
Neither tragic nor hero, Boris is simply in thrall to the Brexit fates
When a Prime Minister who has spent his career leaning heavily on his classical education – peppering speeches with references [...]
September 6, 2019
This epic proroguing gamble shows that Boris is not about to let dithering be his downfall
This epic proroguing gamble shows that Boris is not about to let dithering be his downfall
Countless criticisms were levelled at Theresa May during her final months in power. She was accused of being stubborn, blinkered, [...]
August 29, 2019
The summer is over, now it’s back to Brexit
The summer is over, now it’s back to Brexit
The board is set, the pieces are moving, to quote Gandalf from The Lord Of The Rings. Next week, MPs [...]
August 28, 2019
Republicans have no clue how to handle their deranged ‘Messiah’
Republicans have no clue how to handle their deranged ‘Messiah’
Imagine you are a serious US politician. What do you do when the man your party put in the White [...]
August 23, 2019
Has Priti Patel thought through the implications of abruptly ending free movement?
Has Priti Patel thought through the implications of abruptly ending free movement?
Priti Patel, fresh from announcing that she wants criminals to feel “terror” at the thought of breaking the law and [...]
August 20, 2019
Meat Loaf Remainism is just a return to politics as usual
Meat Loaf Remainism is just a return to politics as usual
I’ll give fellow journalist John Rentoul the credit for coming up with the term “Meat Loaf Remainism”, although he is [...]
August 16, 2019
John McDonnell has put a nationalist cat among the Scottish pigeons
John McDonnell has put a nationalist cat among the Scottish pigeons
Labour has a problem – and for once it isn’t antisemitism. This time, it’s second-in-command John McDonnell, who this week [...]
August 9, 2019
A truly radical and pragmatic Prime Minister would let parliament get a cat
A truly radical and pragmatic Prime Minister would let parliament get a cat
Parliament is infested with vermin. According to an internal report seen by the MailOnline, the Westminster war on mice is [...]
August 2, 2019