Tag: EU

Election surprises, do they come in threes?

Surprises come in threes, be they election surprises or some other form of surprise. It’s an old saying, and like most old sayings sometimes it’s true and sometimes it isn’t. Of course this may or may not prove that old…

United Kingdom? Don’t make me laugh.

We are leaving the EU. The referendum is history, the arguments have ended and we must now move forward. Unfortunately, as it happens, it’s not that simple. For starters, the leading Brexiteers have now started to back-pedal on some of the things…

Paddling in dangerous waters

I’ve avoided making any comments on the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership up until now, but with the assassination of MP Jo Cox, I felt that I had to write something, and not leave it until after the vote. She was…

Beware the smiling bear

Vlad the Invader, Russia’s President Putin, freed from the bothersome necessity of having to fight any meaningful election campaigns, has been playing a long game. After successfully annexing the Crimea and cowing any Crimean opposition by the tried and tested, Stalinist…

It’s OK to mention the war

This last weekend, the VE day celebrations were overshadowed, in the UK at least, by the General Election on Thursday and the aftermath of what was an unexpected–in some quarters if not here–outcome. There is a train of thought that says the…

How to –probably—lose an election

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later—and now it has. The (British) Labour party has developed a habit of ‘kebabing’ itself when it comes to elections. I well remember the 1992 election, when the Tories were going to…

Strange bedfellows

Oh what a tangled web we weave: The BBC have been airing a series of programmes this week about Syrian refugees. In the main, presenter Mishal Husain has been doing a balanced job. Until this morning when it became subtly…

Och aye the (maybe) noo

Some people are annoyed. Some of those people will be Scots who read the title of this piece. Me too. I’m as mad as hell and I won’t have to take it much longer. Those resident in Scotland will have…

Racist Britain?

A recent survey: Indicated that 30% of those asked regarded themselves as describe themselves as either ‘very’ or ‘a little’ prejudiced against people of other races. A racist party? In recent local government and EU elections in the UK, UKIP…

The impatience of being Putin

Ukraine: I’m not too sure what Oscar would have made of it but here’s my take. Macho-man mucks it up: It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Let’s face it, it had everything to recommend it. You’d…

Cross-eyed in Danga

Proof-reading: Job done How to choose a title: Suggestions wing their way through the ether Ukraine It’s all a conspiracy Proof reading: I’ve finally finished both the manuscripts the publisher sent back to me. Leaving aside the problem with the…