The Great Debate

To solve Europe’s migrant crisis, give them a place of their own

By John Lloyd
August 21, 2015
Migrants disembark from a dinghy after their failed attempt to sail off for the Greek island of Kos from the Turkish coastal town of Bodrum, Turkey

Migrants disembark from a dinghy after their failed attempt to sail for the Greek island of Kos from the Turkish coastal town of Bodrum, Turkey, August 20, 2015. REUTERS/Kenan Gurbuz

Great empires have ended with a song

By John Lloyd
August 14, 2015
Britain's Queen Elizabeth (C) reacts as she arrives in the parade ring at Ascot racecourse on day one of the Royal Ascot horse racing festival, in Ascot in southern England June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth (C) reacts as she arrives in the parade ring at Ascot racecourse on day one of the Royal Ascot horse racing festival, in Ascot in southern England June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Will a member reportedly caught with two prostitutes bring down the UK House of Lords?

By John Lloyd
July 31, 2015
Guests sit in the Royal Gallery before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords, at the Palace of Westminster in London Britain May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Geoff Pugh/Pool

Guests sit in the Royal Gallery before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords, at the Palace of Westminster in London Britain May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Geoff Pugh/Pool

from Hugo Dixon:

Will UK leave the EU? Election may help decide, but it won’t be simple

By Hugo Dixon
April 27, 2015

Britain's Prime Minister Cameron joins local supporters in a 'selfie' photograph whilst campaigning in Norton Sub Hamdon near Yeovil, south west England, Britain

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (C) joins local supporters in a 'selfie' photograph whilst campaigning in Norton Sub Hamdon near Yeovil, south west England, April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville

from John Lloyd:

No gimmicks, just 10 good reasons why Scotland shouldn’t leave the UK

By John Lloyd
September 11, 2014

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Readers of a romantic bent, perhaps Scots or descendants of Scots, may think that it would be cool for Scotland to vote for independence from the United Kingdom next Thursday.

Scotland can expect one heckuva hangover after independence vote – yes or no

By Bill Coles
September 10, 2014

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Scotland will soon be suffering from a monumental hangover. There will be a lot of hurt heads, a lot of tears and, without a doubt, an immense amount of anger that will last who knows how long — weeks, months, maybe even years — if Alex Salmond’s dream of independence comes true.

Rioters without a cause

By John Lloyd
August 10, 2011

By John Lloyd
All opinions expressed are his own.

On Sunday evening, a middle aged woman waded into a crowd of rioters in Hackney and shouted that she was ashamed to be black, ashamed to be a Hackney woman – because of the destruction and fear the rioters were spreading about them. But she went further. She said – Get real black people! I am ashamed to be a Hackney person! If you want a cause, get a cause! (See video below; contains graphic language.)

from The Great Debate UK:

The economy: reasons to be miserable

June 2, 2009

Laurence Copeland- Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School. The opinions expressed are his own. -

from The Great Debate UK:

A reality check from Standard & Poor’s

May 21, 2009

REUTERS-- Neil Collins is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own --

Standard & Poor's could have chosen a better day to kick the British economy, by placing the UK onto "negative outlook", the usual precursor to a downgrade of S&P's rating of an issuer's debt.

from The Great Debate UK:

Darling gambles with Britain’s credit

April 23, 2009

REUTERS-- Neil Collins is a Reuters columnist. Christopher Fildes is a guest columnist. The opinions expressed are their own --