Banning The Burkini

Plenty of reasons have been proffered for the ban on the so-called burkini in certain French holiday resorts, but not one of them stands up to scrutiny. I’ve never agreed with the intermittent calls to ban the burka and the veil in the UK, but there is a case, however weak, for doing so – … Continue reading

Post-Referendum Racism

Following the EU referendum, there were claims of a sudden surge in racist incidents. Remain campaigners made the inevitable claim that this surge was due to the Leave campaign, as if it had magically caused decent people to transform into racists. Which, of course, is nonsense: there were no more racists the day after the … Continue reading

Brexit!

If you’ve been following my recent posts, you won’t be surprised to learn that I’m delighted that Britain has, narrowly, voted for Brexit. The vote kept me up all night, watching at first with trepidation, then with elation as the Leave total climbed ahead of Remain. The first step towards the reformation of Britain has … Continue reading

Judgement Day

Well, today is the day that Britain goes to the polls and decides whether it wants to remain in the EU or leave, and if the flooding is anything to go by, it seems we’ve gone with Brexit and the apocalypse predicted by David Cameron is already upon us! Of course, the result remains far … Continue reading

Sovereign Power

As the referendum debate continues to meander on through fear and counter-fear, a new issue has been brought to the fore – the sovereignty of parliament. In part, this is due to a conflation of the sovereignty of Britain and the sovereignty of Parliament, which, while intertwined, are not the same, but it also derives … Continue reading

Can The EU Work?

On one of the televised debates about the EU, a youth stated, in reference to the EU, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Unfortunately, as a substantial number of people either can’t comprehend or are in denial of, the EU is severely broken. Now, as anyone who has been following this blog will know, … Continue reading

The Ins and Out of Racism

There has been a furore in the British media over a poster released by Operation Black Vote intended to encourage black and minority ethnic voters to register to vote in the EU referendum. Said poster features an Asian woman sitting serenely opposite a skinhead jabbing his finger towards her on a perfectly-balanced seesaw with the … Continue reading

Not The Same

Every so often, the media will get fired up with the story of some inequality or some group with get in a tizzy over a perceived injustice based upon comparing two things that are not the same. The most recent example was the short-lived furore over the news that Muslims would be advertising Islam on … Continue reading

A Force for Good?

When they aren’t arguing that houses prices will fall and trade nosedive into oblivion, the Stay lobby like to boast about how the EU has held war at bay in Europe for sixty years and World War III will occur if the UK leaves. Now, it’s obvious that, even if the EU was such a … Continue reading

The Evil EU

There’s something peculiar happening to the EU referendum debate: those who advocate remaining seem to hate the EU more than those who want to leave. Many who are calling for ‘Brexit’ have an amiable enough approach to the EU – they don’t hate or fear it, they just don’t think it’s a good fit for … Continue reading