Jeremy Corbyn, despite what many supporters believe, has historically been opposed to the EU. When this is discussed however generally rail nationalisation is raised as an example and it’s then pointed out that the EU doesn’t prevent state owned railways. It's then also pointed out that Labour policies aren't really that radical and that many … Continue reading Why is Corbyn Pro-Brexit?
Twitter thread in blog form by request: 1 of the most bizarre aspects of the UK's current direction is that none of the Brexit Leadership expected this hard brexit. Looking back prior to the referendum, there were 2 schools of thought from Brexit leaders, and this drove 90% of their thinking: We would stay in … Continue reading The Brexit no-one wanted
Consistent message from Conservatives is "Vote for May to get a steady hand during EU negotiations". But of course it'll be David Davis who'll be our chief negotiator, not May so how much faith can we put in him to get us a good deal? Presumably, a key requirement for success in that deal would … Continue reading David Davis & Brexit Negotiations
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Note: Credit to an article on infacts. for inspiration. When is a democratic vote not a democratic vote? When there's 3 or more options but only 2 on the ballot paper. 10 work colleagues, who don't know each other particularly well, find themselves in the pub round the corner from the office and after a few … Continue reading When is a Majority not a Majority? Brexit and Korean Restaurants
Brexit: May should invoke Article 50 'within weeks', says John Whittingdale Scary headlines are coming thick and fast for those of us who are not exactly excited about Brexit, in fact many people are thinking it's all over for Brexit bar a few minor details. But it's not, not by a long chalk. Whittingdale can … Continue reading Brexit battle over? Not even close
Roland Smith, a fellow of the Adam Smith institute and a self described Brexit "Liberal Leaver", has produced 3 documents which together present the mainstream Liberal Leaver position. But what is this position, what compromises are its supporters comfortable with in order to bring it about and what does this say about the democratic validity … Continue reading Liberal Brexit – It’s Democracy, Jim, but not as we know it
Not my usual stuff but came out of a conversation following announcements from Corbyn. Warning: May contain rants. This is a story with 2 versions. The start of the 2 versions is exactly the same. A man called Jeremy is a politician of principle who has believed in Nuclear Disarmament, wide-scale social housing, rail and utilities … Continue reading The 2 tales of Jeremy and Brexit
Red lines are the new thing. Red lines make politicians sound resolute and assertive. This Red line however means the UK is prepared to risk its economy & spend billions to keep 90,000 people a year out of the country. Theresa May has agreed with her cabinet that restricting immigration will be a red line … Continue reading Is 0.14% of the Population really more important than the Economy?
I fully support OpenBritain in fighting for our place in the EU, if that is what they are fighting for. We need strong voices to push back against the simplistic and damaging rhetoric of the hard right. However these voices should not help perpetuate the most damaging false choice of all, that we can choose single market membership … Continue reading OpenBritain & False Choices