Uncivil War

It seems impossible to have a sensible, civilised political debate these days, especially when it comes to Brexit. Recently, it was MP Anna Soubry, a Remainer, who was being abused by a crowd of Leavers for being a ‘Nazi’. More usually, it is Remainers who accuse Leavers of being Nazis, so it may have been … Continue reading

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

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

Selfish or Impeded?

Justice minister Phillip Lee has proclaimed the British too selfish to care for the elderly and argues that people should be looking after elderly parents and grandparents rather than relying on the state, citing the example of Muslims and Hindus as one to follow. (Given that the government usually demands immigrants ‘assimilate’ into British culture, … Continue reading

Spanish Practices

Spain has demonstrated the stupidity and nastiness that characterises the European ruling elite by brutally cracking down on Catalan separatists in scenes reminiscent of third-world dictatorships. Yes, the Catalan independence isn’t constitutional, but that is no reason for violence. The Spanish government could just have ignored the result, just as they might any opinion poll, … Continue reading

Unimpressed

I wasn’t surprised that the AfD did well in the German elections, nor was I that surprised to see ‘anti-fascists’ protesting at their success. Nor can I say I was impressed. Besides the fact that complaining that the democratic process produced the ‘wrong’ result being dangerously close to fascism, once again, the ‘anti-fascists’ demonstrated that … Continue reading