Category Politics

Schrodinger’s Brexit and the Thin Sliver of Optimism

A few years ago I read a piece that looked at one’s attitude towards the world and how that corresponded to your political allegiance. Generally the more optimistic you were, the more likely you were to vote for left-wing parties, and the more pessimistic you were, the more likely you were to vote for right-wing […]

Suffragettes

If you’ve not seen the film Suffragette, you should do so. It’s the story of how one women gets drawn into the battle for women’s votes in the 1910s, and how she was excluded from her family and community as a result. It’s a sharp reminder of how activism often has a high personal cost. […]

What, exactly, is no platforming?

Earlier this week I was asked whether I would go on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show to discuss freedom of speech and no platforming in universities. This comes on the back of giving evidence in December to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights on the same topic. Sadly, I had to turn the BBC […]

Bans on Military Personnel and Brexit – the link

I’ve run my own software company for the last 13 years. While still small, we have looked for new markets for our software. Two years ago I started looking at expanding into Europe – it was close, we had contacts there, and the trading rules were clear, so it wasn’t going to be hugely expensive […]

Gender Recognition Reform – A Real Possibility?

One of the things anticipated for this Parliament is that Brexit, and its associated legislation, will dominate everything. That’s not to say that legislation for other things cannot happen – there is still space allocated for Private Members Bills, for example. But the scope for other Government-sponsored legislation is small. The other complication for Government […]

What Future for Liberalism?

Today has been an interesting day, with a regional review of the recent General Election campaign (from a Liberal Democrat perspective) and then listening to a Radio 4 programme describing a “thirty year itch”. The theory behind the latter was that a consensus is broadly established in British politics which lasts for about 30 years, […]

Lessons from Ebbw Vale

The deed is done. The letter is sent. Article 50 is triggered. And the EU has confirmed that we may still have a way back. My reading of the runes is that attitudes towards and against Brexit have hardened, and there’s a good chunk of people who aren’t closely aligned with either but would quite […]