A USA Protest That Should Resonate in the UK

From MoveOn.org Civic Action: News broke today that Donald Trump plans to issue more toxic executive actions to: Follow through on his promise to build a wall along the U.S. and Mexico border.1 Freeze the U.S. refugee program for 120 days, cut the current refugee quota by more than 50%, and take steps to initiate a “Muslim Ban”—targeting and banning

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Us, Anti-Trump-ers, stopped thinking too; time to start again.

Proving like with Brexit that the electorate splits between those who can foresee the consequences and those who cannot, too many Americans stormed behind Trump not thinking about the mendacities, value-trampling, contradictions and false hopes of his demagoguery. Us, anti-Trump-ers, did not think either, me included, by not reading the tea leaves of the little red flags when they came

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Holding Local MP to Account: Greg Hands

Disproving the thesis that there is no principled Member of Parliament left, Zac Goldsmith resigned from the Conservative Party over, well, a point of principle: his conviction on Heathrow. With that, Zac stands in laudable contrast to every other Tory MP who campaigned for Remain and then, faster than a leaf turns into the wind, switched allegiance to implement Brexit,

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Non-existent voting rights for global citizens.

Twenty-seven years as EU national in the UK paying taxes, yet no right whatsoever to vote in the EU Referendum. Thus is the fate of transnationals: taxation without representation. People mounted revolutions over that… Look at the numbers: three million EU nationals living in the UK, roughly 5% of the population, have no parliamentary representation. In my constituency 17% are

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Let’s talk turkey (uh Turkey)

This is to those Brexiteers who were thinking: “With some luck we might now avoid having half the population of Turkey over here.” The Dutch have 50 years of experience with Turkish migrants and they are not the problem, not a social problem, not an ISIS problem! Many go back home having made their money. It is the reason why one, when

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The use of Regulation & sitting at the rule-making table

My wife had food poisoning last year due to bad oysters. However, in 99.999999999% of the oysters eaten in Europe, whether they come from Normandy to Spain to elsewhere in the world, you do not get sick thanks to common regulations and standards. In fact, thanks to EU regulations & standards. Dyson is undoubtedly correct in saying that German vacuum cleaner

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Real-Politik in trade negotiations

Some young, bright, new Dutch finance minister had a clever idea: if I remember correctly, it was to eliminate exemption from dividend tax if a corporate holds more than 5% of the shares in a Dutch company, including those held by foreign entities. Huge vote getter, until the grizzled expert (read civil servant) on the matter came up from behind his desk.

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EU Referendum: all about nationalism & xenophobia

It was frightening to see in the EU Referendum the effectiveness of a single slogan being repeated over and over and over and over again: ‘Let’s take back control’ with ‘over immigrants’ being the sous-entendu. Therein lies by the way my slight nuance that the decision was largely taken by people who have felt left behind. A very close look at and

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Geopolitics argue for belonging to a ‘Block’

Extrapolating current population growth trends on a 50 year horizon, the UK and Europe will have further diminished in global significance. My view is that the world will gravitate towards power-blocs of nations. China will dominate the narrative in Asia and if we are not careful, in black Africa too through massive investment. Iran will write the narrative in the

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Democracy in the UK: really???

The House of Lords is the largest, non-elected Parliamentary body in the world, after the National People’s Congress of the Chinese Communist party. If one believes that the multi-layered, committee driven election of the NPC is actually democratic, the House of Lords leads the list of non-elected law-setters. (That would be funny, with the NHS being the third largest employer

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