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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Smoke and mirrors between Theresa May and Nissan UK

Press barking up the wrong tree: The only deal probably was to exchange one vague, meaningless press release from Theresa for another vague, meaningless press release from Nissan. Theresa May must have been horrified and appalled meeting with Carlos Ghosn. Here is a Brazilian born, Lebanese and French national; French educated; fluent in those three languages, English and with working

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BofE interest rate cut: yet another Brexit stupidity or political?

‘For God’s sake, DO SOMEthing!’ must have been the thinking at the Bank of England when cutting interest rates to 0.25%. This appears to be knee-jerk monetary policy: leading economic indicators are way down, so let’s cut rates…. That the UK economy is slumping following the Brexit vote is obvious: PMI’s in services and manufacturing have shown the most rapid

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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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Did Farage & Villiers give up their EU / MEP pensions?

Dear Mr Juncker, Now that I campaigned for and achieved Brexit and do not want to have anything to do with the EU, I hereby respectfully request that you cancel my EU / MEP pension rights. I only find it intellectually consistent to take this step as I do not want to receive funds from an institution that I find to be a disaster.

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Wrong on the Pound Sterling, again.

‘Your currency is a disaster’ said Nigel Farage in his address to the European Parliament the day after Brexit vote. Well, maybe he should look again. The Euro has outperformed the Pound Sterling against the US Dollar in every relevant period over the last four decades. The Euro has been stronger against the US Dollar in the period from 1st January

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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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Fifth largest economy is a blip on the global radar

Technically, Boris Johnson was correct: the UK was the fifth largest economy in the world. But things move quickly these days. With the Pound Sterling declining 12% since Brexit vote, France has now overtaken as the fifth largest economy in the world. Even before the EU Referendum, to think that the UK economy is meaningful in a global context was ludicrous. At

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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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