Botching Brexit

Leaving the EU is an essentially simple task – you say goodbye, reinstate custom controls and either agree a trade deal or adopt World Trade Organisation rules. Yes, there would likely be a bit of a ‘bump’, just as there is whenever any system changes, but nothing that a well-organised government couldn’t cope with. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

What, no warmonger?

I was amused when I saw a post on Facebook declaring that the Trump family hadn’t been in the military in the last 150 years (you can find details here and here). To be honest, when I first saw it, I really couldn’t tell if it was meant as a condemnation or a plaudit. (It … Continue reading

Freedom and Choice?

Normally, I make a point of not voting for a candidate who cannot be bothered to canvass for my vote on the basis that, it they can’t be bothered to put in that effort, they probably won’t do much once elected. But, given Labour’s recent trend towards antisemitism, I was keen to keep them out, … Continue reading

Windrush: Lies and Contempt

The so-called ‘Windrush Generation’ of Caribbean immigrants from the 1940s to 1970s (and, especially, the children of these immigrants, who arrived with their parents) has been in the news as many are being labelled ‘illegal immigrants’ and threatened with expulsion from the UK. The entire story is one of lies and contempt. Before I go … Continue reading

The Brexit Battle

While the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU had winners and losers, it is a shame to see that mentality carried forward to the process of withdrawal itself. It seems as if everyone, Leavers and Remainers, UK and the EU, is fixated on ‘winning’ what should be a co-operative process not a battle. Everyone … Continue reading

Not Comparable

Searching for answers to America’s school shootings, it is understandable that those seeking gun control should look to other countries that restrict gun ownership. As a result, it was, perhaps, no surprise that a post was being shared on Facebook pointing out that, post-Dunblane, Britain having banned handguns, there had been no further school shootings. … Continue reading

Another Referendum?

Despite the fact that most people, even most of those who voted ‘remain’ in the EU referendum, just want to get on with the process of withdrawal and end the confusion, there are those (mostly embittered remainers who cannot stand losing, but also a few leavers who believe a replay would shut them up) who … Continue reading

Brexit Blindness

Brexit should be a great opportunity, but it does seem as if the politicians in Westminster have been more interested in claiming their expenses and molesting one another than in preparing for Britain’s exit from the EU. Really, the initial steps should be quite straightforward: rather than the mess that is the Great Repeal Bill, … Continue reading

Love of Money

That the love of money is the root of all evil is as true now (allowing for the hyperbole of that translation) as it was 2000 years ago. Despite what a lot of people think, it never was said that “money is the root of all evil” and it is neither true that everyone who … Continue reading

Not the Crime they Claimed

After the EU referendum vote, there was a surge of accusations that Leave voters were racists. Strangely, at the time, I saw virtually nothing Leave-related that could be called racist, while Remainers were warning of the ‘brown tide’ that would overwhelm Britain if we left the EU and abusing anyone who supported the Leave campaign. … Continue reading