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Cracking Up:  Brexit and the Seven Dwarves

Cracking Up: Brexit and the Seven Dwarves

  • February 19, 2019
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Fans of Titanic and other disaster movies will know what to expect from the genre.   In the first part of the movie the characters go about their business oblivious to what is about to happen.  They might be in an office building, a ship, a submarine, an oil rig or any other structure that the audience knows is going to collapse or break up.

The characters usually don’t know the disaster is coming, but we do – that’s why we showed up.  And so we watch out for the inevitable warning signs: the busting rivets,...

All the Devils Are Here

All the Devils Are Here

  • February 09, 2019
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It’s been a hell of a week, hasn’t it?   It’s fine for us to compare the EU to Hitler, the Soviet Union, the mafia, and a dictatorship.  It’s ok to accuse the EU of torturing us by ‘administering punishment beatings’, as the sixth form yob who bizarrely became our last foreign secretary once declared.

It was...

Parliament Passes the Bomb

Parliament Passes the Bomb

  • January 30, 2019
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Some of you may remember the family game called Pass the Bomb.   For those haven’t played it, the rules are simple: You pass a ticking bomb back and forth between the group and try to make sure you aren’t the one holding it when it ‘explodes’.

This is what parliament did yesterday, in a monumental dereliction...

Brexit: The Stab-in-the-Back

Brexit: The Stab-in-the-Back

  • January 24, 2019
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It’s now becoming increasingly clear, even to its most ardent defenders, that Brexit is not going swimmingly.  Having inflicted the most comprehensive parliamentary defeat ever inflicted on a British prime minister, parliament is in a state of fevered chaos, with MPs frantically trying to prevent the country from sliding towards no deal, yet unable to...

Brexit: Clowntime is Over

Brexit: Clowntime is Over

  • January 14, 2019
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‘In reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do,’ wrote Charles Mackay in his classic Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1852).  ‘ We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds...

Ceasefire:  Goddard’s ‘Westminster mob’ are a threat to our common future

Ceasefire: Goddard’s ‘Westminster mob’ are a threat to our common future

  • January 11, 2019
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Few people who pay any attention to British politics will be unaware of the small but vocal group of far-right demonstrators who have been gathering outside Westminster for the last month. Led by Tommy Robinson fanboy James Goddard and inspired by the ‘gilets jaunes’ movement in France, these protesters have heckled and abused MPs, journalists...

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