Brexit Musings (3) – Welcome To Amsterdam Schiphol

brexit

Well, not much to chew on this week, concerning Brexit. However, I do have an idea: with the tenors of the UK political landscape out of the country for the summer, maybe it is time to close the borders – before they get back. Wishful thinking I know, but it’s a nice thought. There is […]

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

citizens

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 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 […]

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

eu council

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

Brexit

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

evolution of Brexit

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 […]