Pour L’Amour De La Nation (For The Love Of The Nation)

patriotism

Individualism, patriotism, nationalism?…A spectre of human interpretations of the world around us – each one a potential danger. Maybe I have no sense of patriotism due to my upbringing – loving two cultures and living in a third. However, more importantly, the world I live in is my representation and no-one else’s. For Donald Trump, […]

British and EU Expats – Our EU Citizen Status Remains In The Balance

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The European Union has a common mission to extend, enhance and expand rights, not reduce them. We will never endorse their retroactive removal. The European parliament will reserve its right to reject any agreement that treats EU citizens, regardless of their nationality, less favourably than they are at present. This is a question of the […]

Brexit Musings (II) – Whistle While You Work

Whistle while you work

Welcome to Brexit Musings – part II. Last week, the Brexit boys and girls stayed at home. 12th July Boris Johnson has an uncanny knack of coming out with great statements. Some time ago, in one of his more sober moments, he remarked My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances […]

How Much Is That DUPpy In The Window? – The Dutch Want One Too

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Even from this side of the North Sea, it’s pretty obvious that, after the elections, Theresa May bought herself and her party 10 Democratic Union Party votes, costing 150 million quid a piece, in order to survive the Queen’s speech and get “back to work”. The question that must now be asked is if Theresa […]

Rotten Apples

A few weeks ago, my iPad suffered a premature death. For my beloved tablet, it wasn’t a crash that transformed him to ash, it’s the update that sealed his fate. Or rather, it was the lack of updates that finally killed him. In fact, he wasn’t even dead yet, but I was forced by Apple […]

El Mismo Sol: Ordinary Lives In Peru

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In Memoriam: Our Peruvian great-grandfather, who died on July 3rd, aged 98   (Posted 02/17, Modified 07/17) A second international arrest warrant has been ordered for the former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo amidst allegations that he  received up to $20m in bribes from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. The former president would, in return, have […]

Brexit Musings 1 : “I’ve Started, So I’ll Finish”

Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, the Brexit negotiations are finally upon us. And this is where I get really busy because from now on, I’m going to follow what happens in Brussels very closely. Not surprising, because I’m one of those bargaining chips up for grabs – or, at least my UK qualification […]

The Evolution Of Brexit – (II) The Straw Man

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As promised, the second part of my “Brexit trilogy” to celebrate the first anniversary of the Brexit vote. A week late, I know. But the fate of EU citizens in the UK and Brits in Europe took precedence over celebrating the Brexit vote. In a similar fashion to Brexit, I got a bit muddled, overrun […]

Simone Veil And Abortion – A Woman’s Voice In A Man’s World

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Simone Veil (1927 – 2017) Simone Veil will be remembered as the health minister who gave women throughout France the right to abortion, as well as being the first woman to become president of the European Parliament. She represented the voice of women in a man’s world. Political figures who have had a profound influence […]

Brexit And EU Nationals (II) – The UK’s Proposals

brexit and EU

For over a year, Theresa May has prided herself in refusing to reassure EU nationals about the impact of Brexit on their personal lives, until the Brexit negotiations had started, and the EU had given similar reassurances concerning UK nationals in the EU. It must be said that she has kept to her word, and […]