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

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

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

Election Ho!

“You’re not going to vote Labour, are you?” I’ve been asked: The Labour manifesto has much that is in accord with what I’d like to see. Strip away Jeremy Corbyn and his coterie of terrorist-loving anti-Semitic incompetents, who’re strangely tolerant of racism in their midst, and the answer would be “yes.” But, as things stands, … Continue reading

Election Fever?

So, we’re having a general election. Has Theresa May guaranteed her premiership or made a terrible mistake? I can see why she did it: An election will silence those critics who claim she has no mandate, will avoid her having to fight an election midway through the ‘Brexit’ negotiations, preempts any downturn in the economy, … Continue reading

Brexit and Money

If there is one common denominator linking the majority of those opposed to Britain leaving the EU, it is money: They have it, they want more of it, and they’ll do anything to keep it regardless of the consequences. There may be a few genuinely-principled supporters of the EU who believe it is a good … Continue reading

Euro-Dumb

The EU referendum was hardly a pinnacle of informed debate, but, while there are those Leavers who were shaky about the issues, it seems to be a requirement that to be one of the Remain brigade who still cannot accept they lost, a Remainer must be stupid. This might, of course, explain their stubborn detachment … 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