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Brexit Shorts

Brexit Shorts

– being a compilation of instant, sometimes off-the-cuff reactions to the day-to-day Brexit saga ……     Brexit ‘deal’ or ‘no-deal’ decisions risk becoming irrelevant 30/01/2019. As I look out at a snowy winter garden, last night’s weather in the UK House of Commons has at least cleared some of […]

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15/04/2018 at 11:27Brexit EU

Brexit from College Green – time to decide

Brexit from College Green – time to decide

    Thursday 15/03/2019 should have been a momentous day in the UK’s long-running Brexit saga. The third of three days of key Parliamentary votes, on how the UK withdraws from the European Union, was meant to determine if the political deadlock in the House of Commons and the country […]

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17/03/2019 at 15:31Brexit EU

This week an EU ‘Big Brother’ administration became almost inevitable

This week an EU ‘Big Brother’ administration became almost inevitable

Brussels, 08 February 2019. While Brussels politicos spent yet another day thrashing about the future form of Brexit amid today’s visit from British Prime Minister Theresa May, the EU Council quietly announced this week that it has reached preliminary agreement with the European Parliament on interoperable information systems in justice […]

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08/02/2019 at 01:10EU Life&Liberty Travel

Brexit – what is needed is confidence in the government

Brexit – what is needed is confidence in the government

Update, 10/12/2018, evening. It seems Prime Minister Theresa May decided to postpone the vote – no surprise there. What happens now is anybody’s guess. Brussels, 10/12/2018. Channel 4’s excellent ‘The Real Brexit Debate’ last night was thought provoking. Four UK Members of Parliament; James Cleverly, Barry Gardner, Jacob Rees-Mogg and […]

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10/12/2018 at 12:51Brexit EU

The First World War trenches – mud, blood and ….. music

The First World War trenches – mud, blood and ….. music

Brussels, 07/11/2018. My abiding image of the First World War is of the trenches. The fortifications that marked the front line between 1914 and 1918 spanned much of Europe, yet in Britain the strongest folk memories come from those in France and Belgium, the appalling carnage of the Somme and […]

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06/11/2018 at 23:54Life&Liberty

Why I ride …

Why I ride …

      Oxford, 15/10/2018. I was musing on the consequences, mental as well as physical, of having an ‘off’ in the last few days. My incident happened last Saturday at dusk, when in a moment of lost concentration on a road I didn’t know, I failed to see a […]

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15/10/2018 at 20:42Auto Life&Liberty

Real pension returns across the EU are dangerously low – they will not meet future pension needs

Real pension returns across the EU are dangerously low – they will not meet future pension needs

Brussels, 09/10/2018. Europe’s pension savings gap remains dangerously large, exceeding €2 trillion a year, which is about equivalent to 13% of Europe’s GDP (Mind the Gap 2016, Aviva). This is by far the biggest financial issue facing EU citizens, their children and grandchildren, believes Better Finance in Brussels. With government […]

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09/10/2018 at 17:00EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

PACS or Political Action Groups are thugs – we ignore them at our peril

PACS or Political Action Groups are thugs – we ignore them at our peril

Brussels, 19/09/2018. It was at the Byline Festival in August 2018 that I first became acquainted with the term PACs, or Political Action Groups, when American journalist Caroline Orr discussed the baleful influence of so-called SuperPACs on the American democratic process. I had not heard the term before, though had […]

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19/09/2018 at 13:27EU Life&Liberty

Explore the world by motorcycle – but don’t forget the comfy seat

Explore the world by motorcycle – but don’t forget the comfy seat

Oxford, Sept 2018. Overland Event at the end of August 2018, in Hill End camp near Oxford, was inspiring and mundane in equal proportions. Inspiring because it brought together the largest gathering of long-distance motorcycle travellers I have seen, and mundane because in other respects it was a normal, if […]

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09/09/2018 at 11:42Auto Share the vibe

Climate change – could my warming cellar warn of a future struggle for survival?

Climate change – could my warming cellar warn of a future struggle for survival?

The cellar in my old house has reached a wall temperature of 20 degrees. For the first time in 28 years, it is actually warm. My local climate has changed – does such climate drying warn of future human disaster, or is this too far-fetched? 13/08/2018. The climate change ‘is […]

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13/08/2018 at 12:06Climate EU Life&Liberty

EU/US Privacy Shield agreement failing – US must correct by September, say MEPs

EU/US Privacy Shield agreement failing – US must correct by September, say MEPs

Brussels, 12/06/2018. The Civil Liberties committee of the European Parliament (LIBE) has called on the EU Commission to suspend the EU/US Privacy Shield agreement on data exchange of personal data, since this (relatively new) agreement still fails to provide sufficient data protection for EU citizens. Privacy Shield should be suspended […]

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12/06/2018 at 11:07EU EU_Business Life&Liberty