The Day Theresa May Insulted My Identity

Reading Time: 3 minutes Never underestimate the power of words because their psychological impact can be quite disturbing. The day after the EU referendum I felt, like many, that my whole world had changed. Having been born in the UK where I obtained my professional qualification, moved to France in 1984 and living in the Netherlands since 1999, my […]

ROYAUME-UNI: Les Revenants – La Politique Sombre de Boris Johnson

Reading Time: 3 minutes Le conseil de Boris Johnson au parlement britannique sur la meilleure façon de rendre hommage Jo Cox est tout simplement honteux. Jo Cox, députée du Labour, a été brutalement assassinée lors de la campagne référendaire de 2016, par un fasciste dérangé qui cria “La Grande-Bretagne d’abord” lors de l’attaque. Pour un homme aussi puissant, Boris […]

Populism In Manchester

Reading Time: 3 minutes Boris Johnson was simply being himself at the Conservative party conference in Manchester. Full of energy and wild metaphors, he captured an already captive audience, sent Jeremy Corbyn into orbit and got Brexit done. All this, and more, with a panache that Cyrano de Bergerac would have been proud of and a sense of optimism […]

The Brexit Fundamentalists

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Populism and dogmatism have replaced empiricism and pragmatism, leading to an ideological frenzy, the perpetrators of which are in a constant civil war with their opponents. It is a psychodrama that has cut through political divides, carved apart families and neighbourhoods, to finally break its way through to the very top of the State and […]

Three Men In A Vote – Cameron, Johnson, Gove (And Larry)

Reading Time: 4 minutes If we are going to play a blame game like David Cameron does in his memoirs, I would personally blame Mrs Pickleworth who lives in Sunderland, and the people like her who voted Leave in a frenzy of anti-European fantasies. She has never held a UK passport because the furthest that she has travelled is […]

Has Europe Lost Control Of Democracy?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Up to now it has been a harsh year for European politics. For the UK, Brexit has resulted in Westminster losing its grip on a political process and, if it is not careful, will also lose control over its representative democracy. Elsewhere in Europe, the populist AfD is progressing in Germany, the Italian coalition is […]

Operation Yellowhammer: A Hitchhiker’s Guide To No-Deal Brexit

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Reading Time: 5 minutes The leaked Yellowhammer report evokes “EU exit fatigue” but it is the English who are tiresome.     “Readiness will be further limited by increased EU exit fatigue caused by the second extension of Article 50” How my heart bleeds for the English who having been knackered by a farcical referendum and exhausted by negotiations […]

“Mother Democracy, Shut The F*ck Up”

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Forget about Boris Johnson’s comforting words reassuring us that MP’s will have sufficient time to do something about avoiding a no-deal Brexit, the prorogation of parliament is an affront to democracy. In delaying the Queen’s speech until October 14th, Johnson is doing nothing less that bypassing democracy. In shutting up Westminster, he has effectively forced […]