Houellebecq’s “Submission” – A Caliphate Fantasia In Rotterdam


Reading Time: 6 minutesMichel Houellebecq’s controversial novel, “Submission”, published in 2015, received a mixed reception from both the press and politicians. Not surprisingly, Marine Le Pen, leader of the right-winged “Front National”, described the work as, “fiction that one day could become reality.”  Michel Houellebecq’s political fiction is in nothing a visionary work, it’s just a succession of false provocations. […]

Brexit Musings (16) – Home-Made Customs Pie

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, starts talking about wanting to remain in a modified customs union, and big industry starts applauding him for such nonsense, you can be pretty sure that the UK is in trouble – big time. On this side of the North Sea, we must feel compassionate, and not mock the afflicted. […]

Brexit Musings (13) – Don’t Panic, Mr Farage, The UK Is Leaving


Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Leave side is in danger of not even making the argument. – Nigel Farage Nigel Farage is in a state of panic – big time. You know the feeling, I’m sure. You just know that something is going to go incredibly wrong in your life. Remember that summer, when you were having a romantic time […]

Play It Again, Nigel – The UK’s Second Referendum?


Reading Time: 6 minutesNigel Farage, former Ukip leader and Brexitmania guru, seems very confident that a second referendum would lead to a massive vote in favour of the UK leaving the EU. I think if we had a second referendum on EU membership we’d kill it off for a generation. The percentage that would vote to leave next time […]



Reading Time: 4 minutes(image: barcelonaconnect.com) It seems like a rotten sequel to an already very bad film. If you thought “Brexitmania” was bad, now we have the very latest cheap remake on a theme that is well past its “sell by” date. In deciding to go it alone, Catalonia has done exactly what the UK did, on 23rd […]

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

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Reading Time: 4 minutesEven 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 […]

UK Election: “And The Winner Is…Democracy.”


Reading Time: 6 minutesBy calling a snap general election, Theresa May took a gamble and failed miserably. From having a small majority in the last parliament and a 20-point lead in the opinion polls, she has ended up with neither. On hearing the news, on Friday morning, I got out of bed with a spring in my step. […]

Emmanuel Macron Must Stand Up And Deliver

Reading Time: 5 minutesEmmanuel Macron has won an unprecedented victory. The question now is, will he be able to deliver his promises?   The victory chants echoing all around the world famous Louvre museum underscore that, what was unthinkable a little more than 36 months ago, has just taken place. Emmanuel Macron quit banking, became finance minister and, today, […]

French Presidential Debate: Much Ado About Nothing

Reading Time: 6 minutesFrom time to time, there is such a build-up to a mid-week football match, that you cannot wait for the Wednesday night. The build-up to this week’s French presidential debate promised a night of high drama, philosophical insights and antipodal ideologies. Instead, I was forced to watch the debate on my iPad, my son having […]

Joan Of Arc And The Little Prince

Reading Time: 4 minutesJoan of Arc, having liberated France from English occupation in the 15th century, has become a symbol of ultra-nationalism expressed by  the French National Front Party. The Little Prince, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is a poetic tale, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a […]