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Article 50: the final countdown
Brexit

Article 50: the final countdown

Time until Theresa May triggers Article 50 (announced it will be 29th March – I assume 0900 BST / 1000 CET)     Time until the UK crashes out of the European Union     Time since polls closed in the UK’s EU Referendum     Time since Theresa May […]

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 […]

Do I “accept” that Britain is leaving the EU?
Brexit

Do I “accept” that Britain is leaving the EU?

Iain Dale has penned a pretty flimsy piece trying to justify May’s current Brexit course in light of what happened before the referendum here. I am not going to revisit why that argument is weak as I have already dealt with post-referendum reinterpretations here. Instead he rolled out the old line […]

A rail postcard from Brussels
Transport

A rail postcard from Brussels

(this is part of my Rail Postcards to the Transport Commissioner series – you can find all the other postcards here) Dear Violeta, I’d hoped to not have to write another one of these postcards to you so soon after my last one. But things go wrong all too regularly […]