When Democracy Is Bullied By… Democracy

Reading Time: 6 minutes   Some time ago I wrote a post entitled, “Democracy menaced by…democracy,” concerning what I believe are the dangers of holding a referendum in a parliamentary democracy. With March 29th 2019 fast approaching, and an EU/UK deal far from being certain, the demand for a second referendum – the people’s vote – is gaining momentum, and […]

The Dutch Cartoon Competition Was Wrong Because Geert Wilders Organised It

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Reading Time: 6 minutes The cancelled Dutch cartoon competition was not about Islam. It was all about Geert Wilders.   It was way too long since we heard from the flamboyant leader of the Dutch extreme-right-wing party PVV, Geert Wilders. Let’s face it, the Dutch parliamentary elections are a thing of the past, and the present coalition is doing very […]

Brexit Musings (24) – Monkey Business

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Before embarking on the perilous journey of trying to justify EU institutions, let me put two things straight. First, Theresa May and Jean-Claude Junker are not my two favourite characters in Euroland. In fact, I would go as far as saying that I don’t like them as political figures, at all. They just haven’t got […]

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 […]