Hackney Council manages, arguably, London’s most creative borough. Through its young population, combined tech and creative businesses and consequently rich art scene and nightlife, from Shoreditch High Street through Dalston to Stokey and Clapton, it epitomises the fluid fiesta of thinking drinking which 24 hour licensing was meant to herald.

Yet, rather than nurture positive adventure in a city that would like to call itself 24 hour, a regressive council has voted to choke the transforms energy that has forged a multi-cultural success story of innovation, goodwill and creative fun.

The music of the night pulls workers of the week, and their money, to the area. Switching it off at Cinderella midnight is destructive of vitality and prosperity — and needless for a city that needs more late venues, as European cities have from Norway to Spain, not fewer.

If this sorry, petty, ill-considered policy is not reversed, the borough’s rise as a creative hub will be damaged by those briefed to safeguard its wellbeing and free its potential.




Amidst the woes of Teresa May’s Soft Brexit betrayal, Britain needs the executive muscle of Trump’s ideological intellect.


Trump’s MAGA momentum is sorely needed in Britain now.

The island monarchy’s suspicion of ideological liberty entrenches its expensive and irrational deference to the establishment, supporting destructive Ancienne Regimes, both dynastic and bureacratic.

The ‘whet’ Tory Left — the UK’s establishment Rino’s — are epitomised by PM Teresa May and Chancellor Philip Hammond. Their aimlessness creates incompetence through inconsistency, as opportunism sees them ever on the back foot. Where Trump takes chances to reach his real goals, of sovereignty, liberty and prosperity, May simply patches holes to keep power.

Her patrician desire to destroy the Brexit that she is briefed to implement, that could see the UK needlessly and farcically tethered to the EU’s back door, sits in miserable contrast to Trump’s winning determination in foreign dealings, powered by authenticity of aim, and palpable depth of self-belief.

Britain’s Remainer MPs, whose career options often benefit from absorption by the EU, yesterday openly fêted May, this most complacent of cheats — after she had told a powerful Tory group, the ‘1922 Committee’, that a ‘no confidence’ vote (the mechanism for ousting her) would let Laboour in through the Tory split.

Coming from the author of the turgid treachery that has caused the split, that is rich — and ironic, since it is May, not her yearned for departure, that will see the Tories stamped to a muddy pulp at the next UK election.

Trump’s integrity, robust intent and remarkable executive efficiency have spread, even further, the global people power that elected him. If Britain’s Tories care for themselves, let alone their Brexit promise to democracy, they might recognise that this awakening force is better on their side.

That should be reason enough to eject their aimless and incompetent though destructively tenacious leader for someone with intelligence, principal and courage — before her brief period of failure harms the country for decades or centuries.