A More Definitive guide to the DUP

It is general knowledge that there are two broad groups in Northern Ireland, the Protestant /Unionist /Loyalist (PUL) community and the Catholic /Nationalist /Republican (CNR) community. Historically  the PUL community has been the majority and the CNR community the minority, but they are now getting very close to par. Nationalists tend to see themselves as… Read more

Is Italy the white hope for European reform?

The radical reformist and largely Eurosceptic coalition parties in the Italian government are declaring radical views. They have asked for 250 billion of Euro debt to be written off. Although it has been subtly since denied, it is entirely in character with their previous pronouncements and they still maintain that a pre-Maastricht system would be… Read more

Picture for the side of a bus

This is from MapPorn (I know, it’s sad, I cannot manage the real stuff). It shows the actual major trading import partners of European countries. The German takeover of European trade, including those countries not in the Euro, is pretty much complete… This indicates the flimsiness of Brexiters assumption that Britain is such an important… Read more

Président Macron’s government to sell Paris’s airports

I was most impressed with a journalist’s summation on France 2 of the proposal by Président Macron’s government to sell Paris’s airports. They are currently owned by just a shade more than 50% by the state.. The Prime Minister has said it is not part of the government’s purpose to extract dividends from infrastructure. Though… Read more

Continental Differences – again…

Thinking about my legal reflections on Napoleonic Europe, differences are very often about philosophy. This sounds grand but isn’t really. We just need a little more thought. When I worked in France I encountered roadsigns that seemed to me completely doolally. Some pointed across the roads to which they were supposed to indicate the destination,… Read more

At last! The Japanese speak out (but too late to stop disaster)

And so, at last, members of one of the major manufacturing sectors in the UK – Japanese car makers – backed up by their government, meet with our powerless Prime Minister to publicly express their concern at the direction in which Brexit is heading. In so doing they unambiguously emphasise that should it come to… Read more