No Movement

I’m a non-EU migrant to the UK, so know how stressful it is to deal with the Home Office even when your case is uncomplicated, but it staggers me to think how much additional stress has been added for migrants by the fee increases since we arrived.

Read More · 30 November 2018 · Politics


Theresa May has just appeared before the Liaison Committee in Parliament and talked of preparing for No Deal:

May suggested that, if MPs vote down her Brexit deal, she will activate full planning for a no deal Brexit. This came in response to questions from the Labour MP Rachel Reeves, who repeatedly asked May to rule out a no deal Brexit. May would not give that assurance. Instead she said:

“If the House votes down that deal at that point, then there will be some steps that will be necessary. Obviously we have been doing no deal planning as a government ... the timetable is such that actually some people would need to take some practical steps in relation to no deal if the parliament were to vote down the deal on December 11.”

Does this mean martial law, prime minister? Please let it mean martial law, ooooooo, can’t wait. Tanks rollin’ down the ’igh street, it’ll be lovely. Lovely-jubbly martial law, that’s wot I voted for, that’s wot those Brexit buses promised us. 350 million quid a week to spend on our proper British army, none of yer EU army here, just our fine British lads marchin’ down the ’igh street, touslin’ our British nippers’ ’air, ’anding out tins of beans and iodine tablets to purify our drinkin’ water. Delicious.

Read More · 29 November 2018 · Politics

Harshing my Mellow

What does the Marshmallow Test really measure? Not what we thought.

Remembering my Oxford interview.

New Labour was far more leftwing than it is given credit for.

How China made its own Internet. Beijing will judge every resident on their behaviour by the end of 2020.

“You descend into hell by coming here.”

Swiss activists “decided to never sing the populist’s song”—only their own.

Fascism is not an idea to be debated, it’s a set of actions to fight.

Read More · 24 November 2018 · Weblog

Rage Against the Nadines

Depressing Brexit developments over the past fortnight have outpaced my attempts to sit down and construct a post about them. First I was going to write about Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab’s ignorance about the volume of trade passing through Dover. Then a week later he was gone, resigning over the withdrawal agreement. The latest float in the mad parade is his concession that Theresa May’s Brexit deal would be “even worse” than staying in the EU. Well, of course. Now all we need is a concession that no deal at all would be “even worse” than staying in the EU. Don’t hold your breath.

Read More · 23 November 2018 · 1 Comment · Politics

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