A Tale of Two Unions

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The last fortnight has provided a fantastic illustration of the two different paths open to European nations. On one side we had the EU, with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker delivering his ‘State of the Union’ address, in which he attempted to ignore the main challenges facing the EU. Following this was the meeting of the 27 other EU leaders in Bratislava for a summit. Rather than following the script and presenting a unified front, almost immediately the EU’s leadership started disagreeing over the future of the bloc. The summit itself might best be represented by the leader’s river cruise, which as a result of low water levels, saw the large craft going around and around in circles for two hours! A fitting metaphor for the EU.

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Major Endorsement Announcement

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Hillary Clinton stands opposed to everything the Tea Party stands for on the policy, political, and personal fronts. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has pledged to fight to uphold our core values.
The simple fact is this: With a Republican House, a Republican Senate, and Donald Trump in the White House, Tea Party members and supporters will be far more likely to see our preferred policy choices enacted into law: We are far likelier to see the future of the Supreme Court protected, the borders secured, terrorism fought effectively, ObamaCare repealed, the national debt reduced, and the tax code reformed in such a way that the economy is energized and job growth soars.

For those reasons, we are endorsing Donald Trump for President.

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Inferno

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The seventeenth episode of the Kydd and Renzi Saga is about to reach the bookshops and forward orders are running well. You know an author has arrived when his or her name appears on the jacket ahead of the title and in equal size font. This is another cracking yarn that will keep readers turning the pages to the end. It is as fresh as the first episode, “Kydd”. An exciting tale from the premier author of naval fiction. If you haven’t read an earlier book don’t delay, you won’t regret it. If you have read earlier episodes you don’t need me to tell you how good the story is. Most Highly Recommended.

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The End of Empire, The Cyprus Emergency: a Soldier’s Story

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The author is perhaps best known as a war reporter, campaigner and former Independent MP. This book is almost of another life. A life that is alien to those born after 1960, if they have even heard of it, but a life that was known to millions of Britons as they spent their compulsory period in National Service. A fascinating tale that is based on letters the author wrote home to his family during his National Service with the Suffolk Regiment in the 1950s.

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A Pauper’s History of England, 1,000 Years of Peasants & Guttersnipes

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The written word has robbed us of chunks of history. As long as history was an aural construct, anyone could record anything and it survived as long as it was repeated by subsequent generations. Historians always claim that only written history is legitimate and accurate, even though there is much evidence to the contrary. A written history requires literate people to record it and they are part of the privileged of their age. That privilege implied patronage and patrons always want to be well-remembered. That inevitably means that history is mostly about the famous, the rich, the powerful, the venial, the political, and the arrogant. The author has produced a very novel alternative history. It is a powerful and serious subject but it includes humour and irreverence. An engaging book that rewards the reader.

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