A Fond Farewell to the UK from an EU27 Citizen? Part III – politics, history and greatness

Introduction In part I, I discussed origins and in part II of this series three obvious differences between the UK and Ireland, which ultimately made Brexit more likely. The next three took longer to process: Political Culture and Structures Empire, WWII and Fake History Big vs. Small Country Syndrome First: Politically Ireland had a very… Read more

Impure thought

There is a lot to disagree with in James Bloodworth’s article here – yes, you read that right, in spite of his gripping book, ‘Hired’, I don’t agree with much in this piece at all! But I do think the conclusion is worth highlighting: Patriotism needn’t be flashy or tub-thumping. But it does begin with… Read more

‘Our government structures are derelict’

I think the sentiments in this Caroline Lucas speech during the European Withdrawal Bill debate are worth spreading widely. All the discretionary ministerial powers are in this bill. We have thrown away democratic control on the basis of just 44% of the total votes cast. The ‘mother of Parliaments’ is woefully unfit for purpose and… Read more

Progressive Patriotism

A few days ago Rebecca Long-Bailey, prospective Labour leader, built on an idea first mooted, I think, by Billy Bragg, and suggested that ‘Progessive Patriotism’ was a good idea… I’m surprised to find myself agreeing. Progressives have to embrace patriotism, even though to many of us, it is a fairly unwelcome concept, being perilously close… Read more

The poison of disinformation

Five years too late I have discovered this short piece on ‘non-linear warfare’. But its conclusions still hold true: It is very much links up with this thoughtful piece by Adam Ramsay on Open Democracy, which speaks of the ‘poison of disinformation’. Most people are thoroughly disorientated and the Mainstream Media are, intentionally or not,… Read more

In favour of a form of nationalisation – but with the co-operative dividend

I encountered an incisive summary of why nationalisation is a good idea – even though, personally, I consider it, as usually understood, often, less than ideal… There are five reasons in favour: Privatisation has failed Public ownership would save billions Public ownership is successful Public ownership is popular The NHS All of which I certainly… Read more