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Marching Against Brexit

A gallery of photos from the People’s Vote March last weekend.

30 June 2018 · Comment · Politics

Some more thoughts from the Mefi thread I started this week.

Read More · 27 June 2018 · Comment · Politics

My post to Metafilter about the People’s Vote March and the latest Brexit developments has spawned a vibrant thread (and was even featured in the Best Of sidebar, quite an honour). Here it is, with some of my subsequent comments in edited form.

Read More · 27 June 2018 · Comment · Politics

The March

I made it down to London in time for the People’s Vote March on Saturday, and was proud to have been there. It may be ignored by the government and mocked by Leavers on social media, but when we’re all scrabbling around for our last tin of beans next year, those of us who were there can at least take some solace from having tried.

I took a ton of photos, and will put up a gallery of them here in the next few days. But first up, here’s a compilation of the short videos I took, as posted to YouTube.

27 June 2018 · Comment · Politics

Au Revoir, Airbus

Look, up in the sky: it’s another home-made #StopBrexit graphic (to go with this one and this one), prompted by this all-too-predictable news.

Read More · 22 June 2018 · Comment · Politics

Alarmism

A breathtaking opinion piece at ConservativeHome advocates “preparing for what’s best called a No Deal deal now—to kick in from next March, rather than the spring of 2020”. They’re getting themselves psychologically prepared (if not actually, y’know, prepared) for something that was supposedly unthinkable a year ago. The comments thread shows the Brexiter strategy of Remainer-blaming in full flight. It’s an intriguing thread, because you can also see in it plenty of Conservative panic.

Some commenters there still cling to the idea that this is all a masterly game of double-bluff: “Those of us who ‘bang on’ about no deal do not necessarily want no deal; we just want a good deal, which can only be obtained if we threaten no deal.”

We’ll end up with no deal because they’re speeding down the motorway playing chicken with an oncoming brick wall labelled 29 March 2019. The EU doesn’t have to cower before such “threats”: it’s resigning itself to our departure and preparing for the worst, which will hurt our neighbours (except, unfortunately, our closest neighbour) far less than it hurts us.

Read More · 21 June 2018 · Comment · Politics

The Camps

Last February I wrote some limericks inspired by my fears for America’s future. I left another in draft at the time, as it seemed premature, and I wasn’t entirely happy with how it scanned. This month’s events have—terribly, infuriatingly—given me the B-rhyme to nail it.

Read More · 20 June 2018 · 2 Comments · Politics

Hit the Road

I’m getting up early next Saturday to catch the train down to London for the March for a People’s Vote, with my UK/EU-born son. We need to shout louder than Johnson, Davis, Rees-Mogg, Farage and all the prominent Brexiters. Time is running out.

Read More · 18 June 2018 · Comment · Politics

It Could Be You

This is only one of a decade’s worth of reports about the impact of austerity on disabled people in Britain. Disabled people were an early target of welfare cuts, and have suffered increasing social prejudice as voters have rationalised their support for them.

Read More · 18 June 2018 · Comment · UK Culture

The Rains

Forget Weezer’s Toto covers, what you need is “Africa” played by a chicken.

Flashheart as a Jedi master posing suggestively with a fully lit lightsaber.

The fate of a kid in a ’70s public information film.

From scraps.

Read More · 18 June 2018 · Comment · Weblog

Use It or Lose It

Prompted by weeks (months, really) of reading about it, and specifically by a tweet by journalist Glyn Moody, I just sent this email to all six of my MEPs using the handy forms at WriteToThem.

Read More · 14 June 2018 · 3 Comments · Net Culture

“It’s Still Normal to Want Controls”

I wish we had politicians to honestly say we need to encourage a hell of a lot more working age immigrants to come to the UK, but it’s still normal to want border controls. It’s the scapegoating of immigrants which is shit.

We aren’t in Schengen; we have and always have had border controls. We need to stop calling immigration restrictions “border controls”. And if we need “a hell of a lot more working age immigrants” then why do we need immigration restrictions?

Read More · 12 June 2018 · 1 Comment · Politics

“You Lost, Get Over It”

A Letter to a Leaver

If democracy is about anything, it’s about ensuring that political outcomes are a fair reflection of people’s views. Many elements of the British system of government stray from that ideal: first-past-the-post voting distorts the representativeness of parliament, for example. But if anything ought to reflect the people’s views in a fair and undistorted way, it’s a national referendum about the constitutional future of the country.

Read More · 12 June 2018 · Comment · Politics

Far Above the Clouds

I’ve done pretty well this year with my new year’s resolution of not listening to the Today programme on Radio 4, to avoid raising my blood pressure by hearing John Humphrys and Nick Robinson pander to Brexiters, but made the mistake this morning of switching it on. Sure enough, Iain Duncan Smith was talking about how terrible it is that the EU forced the UK to negotiate in this linear fashion, rather than being able to discuss trade in parallel with everything else, and all I could think about was David Davis’s “row of the summer” over the negotiating timetable which lasted all of a day. At every point, Brexiters want some magical negotiation process where everything goes perfectly for them and their irreconcilable aims are all met, rather than accepting that the reality of the situation is nothing like that.

Read More · 6 June 2018 · 1 Comment · Politics

Wooden Bananas

Cat food.

A giant cat photoshopped around London.

Counterfeit bananas.

A conference call in real life.

TIME FOR SOME STORIES.

Read More · 1 June 2018 · Comment · Weblog

Go Home

The Home Office ruined this woman’s life because her accountant messed up her tax return. The Home Office failed to return this woman’s passport, then detained her for failing to leave the UK. The Home Office destroyed this man’s life for thirteen years for no good reason at all. The Home Office isn’t fit for purpose. “My job is to piss you off.”

In praise of Diane Abbott. A whole new generation of Windrushers. Theresa May alone is responsible for the hostile environment.

1 June 2018 · Comment · Politics

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