Europe

This post is in response to a posting by a friend on social media. I find it shocking that people I know are very intelligent fall for this stuff—it is no better than stuff peddled by tabloids. The meme in question is below and I have responded to each numbered…

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I can’t work out whether the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon is deceiving Scottish people through ignorance or prejudice, because it must be one or the other. An independent Scotland which rejoined the EU would not have much greater control over its affairs, all the more so since it would lose all…

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Last night’s Question Time made for depressing viewing, based on the exhibited level of public awareness around the European Union and fears over Brexit. The first example of stunning ignorance which jumped out was the audience member who once again parrotted the ‘three million jobs at risk if the UK leaves’…

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The C4 docudrama UKIP: The First 100 Days, which aired this evening and dealt with the imagined first hundred days of a Ukip government was bizarre and muddled. It would be easy to point out that production of the programme was funded by the EU or to make reference to…

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Commercial channels are becoming increasingly keen to produce the kind of programmes designed to polarise viewers and provoke angry debate; shows with dialogue which is overtly designed to divide. We recently had Benefits Street, and the latest attempt designed to stir up trouble has aired over the last few days….

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I’m writing this blog entry in respect to a Twitter exchange I’ve had. In the context of an exchange on Direct Democracy and Switzerland, it would appear that my correspondent has trawled the news for some ‘dirt’ on Switzerland and come up with a story on apartheid in Switzerland. The…

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French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, has used the following analogy regarding Britain’s attitude to The EU… “Imagine Europe is a football club and you join, but once you’re in it you can’t say, ‘Let’s play rugby’.” Clever, Monsieur Fabius, but here’s a more accurate analogy… You can’t say, “Hey, let’s…

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I’ve just read this article on the BBC news website. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20474120 I should declare at the outset that I am not a member of UKIP, nor do I share all their views, but that applies on my part to all political parties anyway. But… What the actual feck? Anyone who…

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David Miliband on Question Time this evening made an interesting point in relation to our membership of the EU. He asked whether we want a world of nations with bilateral agreements, or to be part of a larger bloc, with greater power to punch above the weight of its individual…

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