Monday, 27 February 2017

Why referendums and Parliament are incompatible

For the first time ever in a UK referendum, the electorate on 23 June 2016 rejected the status quo, the advice of the government and the consensus of Parliament.

The Brexit vote divided the country and pitched ‘direct democracy’ against ‘Parliamentary democracy’, with potentially disastrous consequences.

Friday, 27 January 2017

The photo that alerted the world

This is a photo shot on the streets of Munich, Germany on 10th March 1933; just six weeks after Hitler came to power.  The picture, published across the world and later in many history books, was a chilling portent of the hellish events that were about to consume Germany and much of the rest of the planet.  Many have seen this photo, but few know the background behind it.

Dr Michael Siegel, an eminent 50-year-old German Jewish lawyer, is shown in the photo, bruised, barefoot, trousers ripped, being marched by Nazi ‘brown-shirt’ auxiliary police.  The sign hanging from his neck was scrawled with the message,  ‘Ich bin Jude, aber ich werde mich nie mehr bei der Polizei beschweren’‘I am a Jew, but I will never again complain to the police’.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

70% of Mrs May's cabinet wanted Britain to remain in the EU

During the Referendum campaign, 70% of Theresa May’s cabinet advised Britain to remain in the European Union and the Single Market. That’s 16 cabinet ministers out of 23 who concluded and concurred that it was in the country’s best interests to stay a member of the EU.

Yet only three weeks after the Brexit result, those 16 Tory politicians volunteered to form a government to take Britain out of the European Union and the Single Market – going entirely against their own advice that this would be detrimental to the country’s interests. 

Monday, 9 January 2017

There is no mandate for a hard Brexit

It’s now clear beyond doubt that the new Tory government is planning a hard, hard Brexit for Britain.

In her first interview of the year, new Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sky TV that Britain couldn’t hold on to ‘bits’ of EU membership.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Obsessed by Brexit, while the world weeps

Britain is benumbed by Brexit. It’s as if nothing else is happening in the world. But beyond our shores, a kaleidoscope of horrific events is now crystallising across the planet. Are we too blinded by Brexit to see?

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Sunday, 4 December 2016

10 ways to stop Brexit

It’s impossible to explain pain to someone else. If you’re in pain, someone else might empathise, but if they can’t feel it, they won’t understand it, and they will not have a personal interest in stopping it. It's the same with Brexit.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

How Brexit became mainstream

Brexit used to sit on the sidelines of politics. Indeed, the word 'Brexit' was only invented in 2012, and until last year, most people didn't even know what it meant. (Now it's in the Oxford English dictionary.)