Author: Jon

Brexit

One man holds the future of Brexit in his hands: Philip Hammond

In these febrile political times since the UK’s General Election it feels like something could break any moment in Britain’s arduous EU departure process. Rather than the inexorable track towards a Hard Brexit (with the threat of “no deal”) that looked likely prior to 8th June, the past few weeks […]

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The Brexit Bullshit Asymmetry Principle

It has been a pretty normal week in matters Brexit. On Sunday on the BBC’s Marr show, Michael Gove announced he was withdrawing the UK from the London Fishing Convention that dates from 1964. What’s that got to do with Brexit you may well ask. It’s about taking back control […]

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Vote Leave Bus Meme Generator #TakeControl

Years ago when I ran the Atheist Bus Campaign, a guy I’d never met made a Bus Slogan Generator, so you could see what your slogan would look like on the side of a bus. But what about that other, rather more famous and more controversial bus, the one that […]

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How The Sun has distorted Christian Lindner’s words on Brexit

The Sun published a story with the rather far-fetched title “Germany’s kingmaker who is set to prop up Merkel says Britain CAN slash migration while keeping EU trade” earlier today. So who’s this supposed kingmaker I wondered, and what has he said? Turns out it is the FDP’s Christian Lindner. […]

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4th June 2017: Ferme Olivier Cemetery (Part 2)

(Part 1 of this remembrance story explaining the background can be found here. This blog entry recounts the trip.) The train from Kortrijk to Poperinge rumbles its way through little villages and across the potato fields and pastures of West Flanders. Past the obligatory Frituur beside each small station. Cows munch […]

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General Election outcomes – short term impact on Brexit

Note the date of this piece: 1st June 2017. One week prior to the UK’s General Election. This is written in response to the current state of the election debate and opinion polls. I cannot judge which of these outcomes will now come to pass – I instead am plotting what will […]