#StayAlert Announcement: it’s absurd

Last night (Sunday 10th May) Johnson made an announcement to the UK about the plans for the UK lockdown, going forward. Before the announcement, the “Stay Home > Save Lives > Protect the NHS” slogan was swapped out for “Stay Alert > Stay Safe > Control the Virus”, which is why I am calling it… Continue reading #StayAlert Announcement: it’s absurd

Cyclists – registration and taxation

On the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 the other day there was a conversation about how we are going to recover from the economic stagnation as a result of lockdown. One of the suggestions was a Registration and Road Tax scheme for cyclists. The random member of the public who proposed this (we… Continue reading Cyclists – registration and taxation

Coronavirus: the economy and life

Introduction I think it is evident that a conversation is being had around Coronavirus that is attempting to measure the economy against lives. That framing makes it look as if a life can be reduced to a cost; that although it may be acceptable to wipe £1 billion off of the economy to save 1,000… Continue reading Coronavirus: the economy and life

The Family, Brexit and the Right Wing: George Lakoff’s ‘Moral Politics’ applied to Brexit

Introduction In this post, I want to summarise the key points of the book ‘Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives think’ by George Lakoff (1996). (Don’t worry, I’ll leave enough out to justify you buying the book.) In it, Lakoff explains how differences of perspective on the family can go a long way to explaining… Continue reading The Family, Brexit and the Right Wing: George Lakoff’s ‘Moral Politics’ applied to Brexit

The State of Brexit: Thoughts following the EU elections

Although The Brexit Party won the greatest number of seats in the UK for the EU election, it’s not accurate to see them as the ‘winners’. It is undoubtedly impressive: a party that has existed for only a few weeks has gotten 32% of the seats. However, the European Parliament isn’t something that is ‘won’,… Continue reading The State of Brexit: Thoughts following the EU elections

The UK: A sovereign EU member state

“Whilst Parliament has remained sovereign throughout membership of the EU, it has not always felt like that.” (UK Government, 2017) Foreword One of the questions I have in my own head is why I don’t deal with the ‘reality’ of Brexit. These would be questions of achievable Withdrawal Agreements, the party politics, and what I… Continue reading The UK: A sovereign EU member state

Why was the 2016 EU Referendum an affront to democracy

Introduction The purpose of this post is to explain how the 2016 EU Referendum didn’t just fail to be democracy at its best, but was democracy delivered so poorly that no democrat should be offering it lip service. Issues of the lies told in the campaigns and breaking of electoral law are both key points… Continue reading Why was the 2016 EU Referendum an affront to democracy

The People’s Vote: a betrayal of who, exactly?

Introduction - breaking faith and riots Theresa May has stood up in Parliament to insist that politicians would “break faith” (BBC News, 2018) with the public if they called for a People’s Vote. It’s a sort of dog whistle for the predictions that a People’s Vote followed by a Remain victory (should we be so… Continue reading The People’s Vote: a betrayal of who, exactly?

It’s not just a level playing field; it’s an ethical one, too

There is a phrase that pops up occasionally when talking about free trade, economics and ― increasingly ― Brexit. And it’s a phrase I don’t like: a level playing field. It refers to the idea that different economic entities should trade fairly with each other, where if one country pays its workers fairly, its produce… Continue reading It’s not just a level playing field; it’s an ethical one, too

If a campaign breaks the law?

There is significant evidence that pro-Leave campaigns in the run up to the British EU Referendum broke the law. Leave.EU has already been fined £70,000 for failing to declare its spending, and Scotland Yard has dossiers of evidence that there were breaches of spending law by Vote Leave and Leave.EU (Grayson et al. n.d.; BBC… Continue reading If a campaign breaks the law?