Opinion

Your Trump/Russia briefing update (April 2018)

April 30, 2018

Originally posted to Facebook in April 2018. 1. Yesterday morning, Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen was raided by the FBI on orders from the South New York U.S. attorney’s office and made off with all kinds of documentation including attorney-client privileged communications. In retaliation, Donald Trump has threatened to fire the Special Counsel Robert […]

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Your Trump/Russia Briefing

January 9, 2018

Originally posted to Facebook in January 2018. So the Russia investigation story is now overspilling in so many headlines going in different directions that even I, who reads the news for a couple of hours every day, can now no longer keep up with it all. But if you would like a basic primer on […]

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On the Conservative Party-DUP agreement

June 28, 2017

Originally posted to Facebook. re the Tory-DUP agreement: I’m just going to be really honest and say I have absolutely no idea what the politics of our country is going to look like for the next six months. The Government has literally sold out the nations and thrown a billion pounds at Northern Ireland in […]

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On Croatia, Eurovision, and homophobia.

May 16, 2017

Originally published to Facebook.   I posted several times last night about Croatia’s Eurovision entry (which was ROBBED), and on each post someone different (LGBT and not) made sure to post that in 2005 Jacques Houdek gave an interview in which he made some unpleasant comments about gay people and same sex marriage and was […]

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Six Months After Brexit

December 21, 2016

Originally posted as a Facebook comment. Edited and updated for clarity. Six months on from Brexit, the debate is still raging over what we should do now. As the government continues to fight a court case to force it to pass Parliamentary legislation to invoke Article 50, many people who voted Remain have been accusing […]

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We need some new lefty post-facts.

December 21, 2016

Originally posted to Facebook, 13th November 2016. ‘Make America Great Again’ could just have easily referred to a platform built on free college education, equality before the law, universal healthcare, or TARP, or Barack Obama’s action to save the American auto industry. The handwringing on the part of liberals about whether the left did this […]

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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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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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