Negotiating Brexit

The EU has played a blinder. From the beginning the EU took the position of buyer and so forcing the UK to come up with deals and offers that they would accept or not.  This gave them the upper hand. The counter to this would have been the UK adopting the position of buyer instead.…

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Brexit and theTrump Effect- Why the collapse of the EU may be next

Since Brexit those who voted Remain have been trying to understand what happened and profess to be confused. They are equally perplexed by Trump succeeding in the US presidential election. They have resorted  to explaining it as ignorance, stupidity, masochism, gullibility (taken in by apparent lies of the Brexit campaign), xenophobia and the racism of the people who voted…

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If we vote leave-written pre Brexit

People ask what will happen after the referendum if we vote leave. The honest truth is that a process will begin. But no country has ever done it before. So no-one can tell you what it will look like or how long it will take. Nor can anyone can tell you how the EU will…

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Immigration – written pre Brexit

Immigration is a big issue for some. Every person seems to have their own reasons. Some are of course racist. In contrast some are people of colour who have experienced racism from European migrants. Some are thrown off balance because their communities have been swamped. It doesn’t matter where the people are from. It would…

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The economy- written pre Brexit

For me the Vote isn’t about the economy. Sure a lot of the talk is about it. Sure the Remain side are trying to scare us into voting on that one subject. But for me it is about democracy. Remain promising a better economy than if we leave is a bribe to buy my vote,…

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On Democracy- written pre brexit

Democracy relies on the will of the people being represented. Democracy is fragile and has stalled is a matter of current mainstream discussion. An official UK government research paper of 2014 ‘The European Union; a democratic institution?’ (link downloads the document as PDF) describes the European Union as having ‘a democratic deficit’ (page 17). EU…

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Theresa May – the Continuity Candidate?

During Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing in 1972, the Chinese premier, Zhou Enlai, was asked about the impact of the French Revolution. Speaking of an event that took place nearly two centuries previously, Zhou famously commented that it was ‘too early to say’. And yet 12 days after the most momentous democratic expression of distrust…

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Theresa May or may not!

The media successfully hijacked the Brexit campaign and turned it into a fight between Boris and Dave for Prime Minister with a big part of the anti Boris narrative being that his Vote Leave membership was solely in the interest of his own career. This narrative is now in tatters as are the careers of both. During the whole…

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An end to Vanilla Politics?

In post Brexit times parties are ripping themselves apart. Some say it is in response to the electorate voting to leave the EU, but the window of opportunity for democracy opened by Brexit seems to be closing fast. Some of us argued that Brexit was needed because of the lack of democratic representation in Brussels,…

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Cry wolf and you’ll get eaten!

Don’t cry wolf when there is no wolf or people won’t respond when there really is one. That way people get eaten. Or so the fable tells us. People become deadened to fear when their fears are continually played on. And boy have our fears been played on over the last 30 years. In very recent memory,…

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