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Brexit silver (dead)lining playbook

Sometimes one has the impression that everyone involved in European politics is a big fan of Douglas Adams: certainly, as far as Article 50 goes, each new day brings absurdity piled upon absurdity. The last week has made this point better than most, with the sudden rush to agreement on Monday then brutally undercut and […]

The government of long noses

Today in Parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May said of Brexit, “The negotiations are in progress and very good progress has been made in those negotiations.” Did you notice her nose grow an inch? We can’t believe anything this government tells us. The Brexit negotiations are going disastrously wrong. Did Mrs May fly to Brussels on […]

Unbelievable! The no-deal option's lack of credibility

In my house, “rock’n’roll” has a very specific meaning. When uttered in the context of getting people out of the house it denotes that we have arrived at the actual moment of departure and no more delays will be tolerated: everyone is moving to the door.* Put differently, I have established a credible set of […]

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Jon Danzig |

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PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

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Jon Danzig |

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Jon Danzig |

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  Is there a connection between the rise of right wing parties in Europe and America, and the devaluation of and the debasement of our languages?  Mike Ungersma thinks there may be a link Words. They are stones shaped to the hand. Fling them accurately. They are horses. Bridle them; they’ll run away with you. […]

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Jon Danzig |

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Jon Danzig |

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We need a new vote on Brexit now

Jon Danzig |

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If the talks fail, will we stay in the Single Market?

Jon Danzig |

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Jon Danzig |

• Click photo to enlarge   All except one of Theresa May’s first Brexit Cabinet were in favour of the EU or its Single Market prior to last year’s Referendum. Now, all her Cabinet are taking the country on the road to Brexit, even though most of them had previously urged that such an action would […]

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Brexit silver (dead)lining playbook

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood | | 1 comment

Sometimes one has the impression that everyone involved in European politics is a big fan of Douglas Adams: certainly, as far as Article 50 goes, each new day brings absurdity piled upon absurdity. The last week has made this point better than most, with the sudden rush to agreement on Monday then brutally undercut and […]

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