Guy Verhofstadt MEP Addresses European Parliament on Brexit (28th June, 2016).

December 21, 2016

It is often argued by people who wish to remain part of the European Union that the fears expressed by people who wish to leave because they fear a federalised United States of Europe are just fear-mongering and there is no substance to it. What few federalists exist, they argue, they have little voice and […]

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Applying “least harm” to every meal.

December 21, 2016

I believe in a clear hierarchy of sentience with us at the top followed by mammals, general vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and then bacteria, and I do my best to keep the suffering I cause for the sake of my own survival as low on that hierarchy as possible, as self-awareness and feelings of pain and […]

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Specific Things I Don’t Like About The European Union

June 27, 2016

Originally posted to Facebook, 26th June, 2016. Edited for clarity. I was asked: “What are examples of things that the EU have control over that you don’t like? When you say, “we get considerable sovereignty back over stuff that I think is important”, do you have examples of things ? Like, I don’t think I […]

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Lexit: The Case for the European Economic Area

June 26, 2016

Posted to Facebook on the 26th June, 2016 as two separate responses to a comment on this post. Edited for clarity. What Is the European Economic Area? Here’s exactly how the EEA works: http://www.efta.int/eea/eea-agreement/eea-basic-features Essentially, we retain access to the common market, and in return we have to provide the Four Freedoms, “the free movement […]

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Lexit: A response to this weekend.

June 26, 2016

Posted to Facebook 25th June, 2016. Edited for clarity. So, it’s been a couple of days since we decided to leave the European Union. Many people have had extreme feels on the result, but I think the shock is wearing off. So some thoughts on what people have been saying: 1. Democracy doesn’t start or […]

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Lexit: The Morning After

June 26, 2016

Posted to Facebook 24th June 2016. Some edits for clarity. Today was always going to be a day of recriminations and backlash for millions of people, whatever the outcome. Maybe you just weren’t expecting you would be one of them. But I was one of the most prominent people advocating a Leave vote that many […]

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The EU Referendum: Do you REALLY want to vote with [person I hate]?

June 22, 2016

I had a much, much longer blogpost that was going to rebut the main arguments of both the Leave and Remain campaigns and make my own case for why we should vote Leave on grounds of democracy, but technical problems got in the way and it was never finished to the standard that would have […]

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Some thought on that British Muslim social attitudes survey.

April 12, 2016

I started reading through the ICM Unlimited survey for Channel 4 on British Muslim social attitudes just to nose around and then suddenly I’d gone through 600 pages of data tables and it seemed a shame to not post it here. The context is that this poll is being made into a TV programme with […]

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Letter to the Observer on Assisted Suicide

September 6, 2015

Written 6th September, 2015. For more information on why assisted suicide is not a good thing, please visit Care Not Killing, an organisation campaigning for better palliative care and resistance to assisted suicide laws. Dear Editor, In regard to your September 5th editorial on Assisted Dying, I found this sentence particularly telling:”Many see a man […]

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An Alternative Mourner’s Kaddish

August 30, 2015

The Mourner’s Kaddish is the traditional Jewish prayer for the dead. This is mildly ironic, as it doesn’t mention death as all; instead it affirms the power and majesty of the divine. It is usually said by relatives in the presence of a public prayer service: as to stand in public and praise God as […]

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