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Feeling rather calm about the Article 50 notification
Brexit

Feeling rather calm about the Article 50 notification

“How do you feel after Brexit day?” a friend messaged me on Wednesday night. “You’ve closed that chapter already, haven’t you?” “I’m fine” was my response. The friend that sent me the message was right – I have closed that chapter. While the Article 50 notification was a significant and somehow […]

Article 50: the final countdown
Brexit

Article 50: the final countdown

Time until Theresa May triggers Article 50 (announced it will be 29th March – we think it is to be 1130 BST / 1230 CET)     Time until the UK crashes out of the European Union     Time since polls closed in the UK’s EU Referendum     […]

Scottish independence – now more compelling than before
Brexit

Scottish independence – now more compelling than before

Christian Allard, upon entering the Scottish Parliament after another MSP resigned in 2013, was sworn in to the Parliament in both English and French. Joanna, Polish in Scotland -"I feel like a patient on the operating table…and Scotland is holding my hand saying everything's gonna be OK" pic.twitter.com/NQUqtFd4iO — Leo […]

My new, less tolerant approach to Twitter
Technology

My new, less tolerant approach to Twitter

In mid January I was more or less offline for a fortnight as my laptop had a serious problem (more about that here). Yes, of course I have a smartphone, but I tend to access social media the old way through a web browser, and Twitter through Tweetbot on my Mac. […]

The Martin Schulz bounce
German Politics

The Martin Schulz bounce

What is going on in German politics, just 7 months ahead of the 24th September Bundestag election? How can a party, the SPD – that was consistently 10 points behind the CDU in the polls – suddenly be running neck and neck with Angela Merkel’s party? This graph from Wikipedia […]

The two versions of the £350 million for the NHS slogan
Brexit

The two versions of the £350 million for the NHS slogan

The lines in Iain Dale’s blog post about the EU referendum yesterday started to gnaw at me. Here are the lines in full: They don’t even really take on the argument that the £350 million a week “promise” wasn’t in any way a promise. The words on the bus actually […]