Still Botching Brexit

Back in July, I wrote that the biggest hurdle facing the UK leaving the EU was government failure to plan and here we are, just before Christmas, no further forward. Yes, the government is still botching Brexit and shows no signs of comprehending what it needs to do. It’s only now, late in the game, … Continue reading

A Waste of Paper

Back in the days of yore, before the Brexit vote, the government sent a booklet to every household to inform voters of the horrors that awaited if they opted to leave the EU, telling everyone that a vote to leave meant losing access to the common market, losing the right to free travel across Europe, … Continue reading

Champagne Socialist Brexit Delusions

I see that Polly Toynbee, writing in the Guardian, believes that Brexit is a right-wing plot to create chaos that will allow evil Tories to prune back the state. No, it’s not because people wanted to control immigration or wanted to be able to trade with nations outside the EU or were fed up with … Continue reading

A Victory for Good Sense

I am delighted to see that the UK Supreme Court has found in favour of the bakery in the so-called ‘Gay Cake Case’. Although everyone, regardless of who they are, should have equal access to a business, no business should be forced to make or sell products they don’t wish to, whether that is a … Continue reading

Can’t Leave It Alone…

A friend once asked me if it was possible to be critical of Israel or opposed to its activities without being an anti-semite. Of course. The way to tell if someone who is critical of Israel is an anti-semite is to see whether they criticise other countries for similar issues. Unless they’re an Israeli or … Continue reading

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