Avanti La Musica – The Italian Flop

Reading Time: 2 minutes There’s good news, and bad news, coming from Rome. The good news is that Italian coalition governments don’t last that long. Since WWII, there have been 19 general elections, but more than 60 different governments. The chances are, then, that the latest coalition will not last very long. Now for the bad news. The latest […]

Brexit Musings (21) – Why The Dalai Lama Should Replace David Davis

Lama

Reading Time: 4 minutes   And how many of even the most besotted Tory Europhiles would risk bringing down the Government, when the alternative is national ruin under Marxism? On the long march to Brexit, this was a critical moment. She and her war cabinet should take pride in a decision that puts Britain’s interests first. – Daily Mail […]

Brexit Musings (20) – Online EU Registration And Gartner’s Hype Cycle

Registration

Reading Time: 5 minutes     According to UK home secretary, Amber Rudd, an application system for EU nationals wanting to remain in the UK after Brexit (are there any?) will be, “as easy as setting up an online account at LK Bennett”. If you are anything like me, you won’t have heard of LK Bennett, yet alone opened […]

Brexit Musings (19) – The Federal Train From Lisbon

Europe

Reading Time: 3 minutes The EU is a community of values and a partnership of 27 sovereign member states, that make each other stronger, when a joint approach is needed…The EU is not an unstoppable train speeding towards federalism. – Mark Rutte    Just as Theresa May was thanking the heavens for Brexit, in Mansion House, a little known […]

Will Facebook Comply With European Data Regulations?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Whilst some of us are busy trying to implement the new European data regulations that will come into effect on 25th May, Facebook is just as busy as we are, in clearly breaching the same regulations. Facebook’s carelessness concerning private data has been well reported elsewhere. However, there is one aspect of this fiasco that I […]

The EU’s Problem Is Not Brexit, It’s Eastern Europe

Europe

Reading Time: 4 minutes Jean Monnet, one of the fathers of the Union, had a vision of a unified Europe, probably a federal one. For Monnet, Europe was an ongoing process, a “work in progress”, aiming to create the best possible future for our children and grand-children. We must be honest, and admit that certain member states are not economically […]

Brexit Musings (14): Emmanuel Macron – Jupiter Or Icarus?

Macron

Reading Time: 4 minutes He’s quite articulate, isn’t he? – Andrew Marr French president, Emmanuel Macron’s television interview, broadcast on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, was nothing short of impressive. Macron showed a degree of confidence and self-belief, that were quite bewildering – especially if you consider that he was speaking to Andrew Marr, in English. From a linguistic […]

Brexit Musings (8): Ain’t Britain Got Culture, No More?

Culture

Reading Time: 5 minutes Riches And Stitches in the EU It’s quite interesting to see how different European countries tackle the outcome of a general election that didn’t quite go to plan. It seems that, nowadays, the electorate want a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and end up getting nothing. Dutch politicians rhymed their way […]