As in many other technical subjects, the Brexit debate uses common words but with specialist meanings and this can be confusing for non-specialists. For example, most people think ‘gutter’ has to do with drainage but a printer thinks of it as the extra margin space that will stop the binding … More The Brexit Lexicon (Part 1)
We know her as the constituency MP of one of this blog’s authors. We know she has a strong sense of public duty and works her stockings off trying to fulfil that duty. What she seems to lack is a clear vision of how to achieve things that really matter. We don’t like to judge … More May (The Force is still with Us)
We have been reading the Draft Withdrawal Agreement (DWA), soon to be presented to Parliament, by which the Government hopes to persuade us that we are leaving the European Union. We’ve searched the 585 pages trying to understand whether or not this Leave means Leave, as May is telling us. We are struck particularly by … More Draft Withdrawal Agreement: a Fatal Flaw
People’s Vote 2 For the sake of democracy the people of the UK should have another vote on whether to continue membership of the European Union when the terms of leaving are clear. Well, perhaps not clear but at least known, or expected as in the latest draft Withdrawal Agreement. What should it be called? … More Shorties-20
There is no example of absolute democracy; the term denotes some sort of ideal from which real nations fall short. However, we believe – and believe that many others share this belief – that the notion of democracy contains two elements that are clearly missing from the EU. These two notions are that democratic governments … More So What is Democracy?
Let us suppose that the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement is adopted, will Theresa May remain as Prime Minister to manage the next stage in the process of non-withdrawal? If so we are totally screwed. At every stage so far she has made terrible mistakes or caved in to EU demands despite clear, advance warnings of EU … More The Turn Of The Screw
The Conservative Government offers a list of what they want us to believe about their draft withdrawal agreement (now accepted by the European Council but not yet by the UK Parliament). They are trying to steal our support with underhand propaganda. https://www.conservatives.com/sharethefacts/2018/11/40-reasons-to-back-the-brexit-deal?utm_medium=email&utm_source=SCexm&utm_campaign=wr1096_november_members_newsletter&utm_content=member Below are some comments on a few of their 40 Reasons. We don’t … More 40 Reasons or 40 Thieves?
This is true but also a truism, it adds nothing we didn’t know but it’s a slimy statement from anti-Brexiteers. It presumes that leaving the EU will make us poorer without demonstrating it as a fact. It says that we, the voters, didn’t realise this so they, the experts, have a duty to save us … More Nobody Voted to be Poorer
…into that good night… A friend who decided to ask his children how they would like him to vote in the 2016 Referendum will be visiting this week. We keep harping on about this but it really irritates us that Brexit discussions could be banned because our friend might ‘frexit’ our home if we asked … More Do not go gentle
If there’s a hard Brexit the EU would expect to have: a hard border in Ireland rather than respect the Belfast Agreement (which says, no hard border and no change to the UK union without consent of the people in the North); no Brits flying to sunshine holiday spots by the Mediterranean (they can go … More Rules Are Rules
The Economist (TE) in its Charlemagne column of 13 October offers an explanation of why Europe (i.e. the EU) will “…never produce a Google”. https://www.economist.com/europe/2018/10/13/europes-history-explains-why-it-will-never-produce-a-google “Europe lacks large firms in areas like social media, e-commerce and cloud computing comparable in scale to America’s Google and Microsoft, or China’s Alibaba and Baidu.” “Europe’s history explains the … More Empire Building?