Brexit And EU Nationals (I) – The European Council’s Proposals

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The prospective deal that Theresa May offers EU citizens already living in the UK, is a minimalist view on an ideal world for EU nationals. Once again, she has failed to make a connection with ordinary people, this time with genuinely worried EU expats in the UK, and British expats living in the EU. Her […]

Article 50: “Je T’Aime, Moi Non Plus” (I Love You, Me Neither)

Article 50

A year after the Brexit vote, the long negotiations between the UK and the EU have begun. Having been deeply saddened by the referendum result and the UK’s triggering of Article 50, I now ask myself if the UK has ever been a true EU member and has European ideals. It is now clear that […]

The Evolution Of Brexit – (III) Vox Populi, Vox Dei

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In case you’re wondering where Part II has gone to, I’ve decided to post Part III of my Brexit trilogy before posting Part II. Just to keep in line with the illogical rationality of the Brexit vote. Or is it the rational illogicality of the EU referendum? Well, it’s the same difference, whichever way you […]

The Evolution Of Brexit – (I) The Rise Of Homo brexitus

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Doesn’t time fly when you are worried –gosh? It’s now twelve months since that “fatal” day in June 2016, when the UK voted by the narrowest of margins in favour of Brexit. It’s now time to take stock and analyse my own feelings – and everybody else’s- about the whole thing. I can proudly say […]

When Progressive Humanism Meets Terrorism

Democracy must not be threatened by terrorism

Islamic attacks on Western democracies pose a deep philosophical and moral problem to anyone sympathising with a progressive humanist vision of society. The Islamic fundamentalists are targeting the very heart of our democracies and, more importantly, our entire way of life. They are trying to drive a wedge between the Islamic community, which they are […]

Tolerance In The Attic

If ever a ranking of ordinary-looking houses that possess a universal value were made, the building situated at 38 Oudezijds Voorburgwal, in the centre of Amsterdam, would probably be near the top of the list. Whereas the Anne Frank House, situated on the nearby Prinsengracht, symbolises all that is bad about human nature, this house epitomises […]

Joan Of Arc And The Little Prince

Joan 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 […]

French Press (2) – A Coffee Drinker’s View On The French Presidential Election

(II) Marine Le Pen’s Splitting Headache Over Europe   The situation at the Whirlpool plant, situated in the northern town of Amiens, underscores the nature of the combat between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. The fact that the American owners want to relocate the plant in Poland, is, for Le Pen, the epitome of […]

Why You Should All Vote For Jeremy Corbyn

Plato And Jeremy Corbyn: “Whose Idea Was This Anyway?”     With the June election rapidly approaching, I’m going to dedicate a post to the current leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. I know that my views don’t matter one iota, and, what’s more, I cannot even vote. Well, that should make you listen […]

The UK’s Farewell to Europe: “Au Revoir les Enfants”

March 29th 2017 will be remembered as the day the UK officially triggered Article 50 of the European Constitution, signifying a two year slog to disentangle itself from the European Union. I have no intention of browsing the glorifying headlines on the front pages of the UK tabloids. I’ll let the Brexiteers rejoice in their […]