Tag Archives: Brexit

A Tale of Two Countries

Britain seems like two countries right now. I don’t mean England and Scotland (apologies to Wales – and Northern Ireland, assuming you take a liberal interpretation of “Britain”). Rather we seem to be divided into two tribes, those who voted Leave and those who voted Remain. And, like the UK and the USA, we are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Desire for Change

I guess the roots of our current politics started with the banking crisis of 2008. A massively under-regulated system had cost everyday people thousands, if not more – yet the response of the authorities was largely to bail out the banks and let the bankers walk free. The system looked after its own. Your everyday […]

Hope, not hate

It’s been 36 hours since three High Court judges ruled that Parliament must have a say in invoking Article 50. Just 36 hours. In that time emotions have run high across the land. Some of those who voted Remain feel as though they have some good news to celebrate – possibly the first for months […]