Issue 59: 2016 06 23: A Jolly Voting Day (John Watson)

23 June 2016 A Jolly Voting Day Quiet, too damned quiet! by John Watson In most parts of Britain, voting day is an oasis of peace. Before it, came the last stages of the campaign, the opposing factions shouting their wares like coster-mongers in a Victorian engraving. Afterwards will come the recriminations and the wrangling… Continue reading Issue 59: 2016 06 23: A Jolly Voting Day (John Watson)

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Issue 59:2016 06 23:Anatomy of a debate (Don Urquhart)

23  June 2016 Anatomy of a Debate A different way of keeping the score by Don Urquhart The worst are full of passionate intensity wrote Yeats just after the Great War.  The words came into my mind just before the great EU referendum debate. On Tuesday 21st June 2016, David Dimbleby hosted a debate at… Continue reading Issue 59:2016 06 23:Anatomy of a debate (Don Urquhart)

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Issue 58: 2016 06 16:It’s the economy, stupid! (Frank O’Nomics)

16 June 2016 Brexit: It’s the economy, stupid! An economic case for Remain by Frank O’Nomics Information on the potential costs or benefits of Brexit has hit overload and most people just seem to want to get beyond the 23rd June referendum.  There are so many different claims and assertions that we struggle to know… Continue reading Issue 58: 2016 06 16:It’s the economy, stupid! (Frank O’Nomics)

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Issue 58:2016 06 16:Wachet Auf!(Neil Tidmarsh)

16 June 2016 Wachet Auf! International co-operation is the dream; supra-national coercion is the nightmare. by Neil Tidmarsh I lived and worked in Spain for a year in the early 1980’s.  It was an exciting moment.  Franco had died only a few years before, and Spain was anxious to make up for lost time after… Continue reading Issue 58:2016 06 16:Wachet Auf!(Neil Tidmarsh)

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Issue 58: 2016 06 16: Just Give Us The Facts (J.R.Thomas)

16 June 2016 Just Give Us The Facts Muddled politics after a Leave vote by J.R.Thomas Political events develop their own mythology.  So, it seems, do referenda.  That, for the referendum on Scottish independence, was that the Remain (in the UK) voters were compelled to that position by fear.  Fear of what would happen if… Continue reading Issue 58: 2016 06 16: Just Give Us The Facts (J.R.Thomas)

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Issue 57: 2016 06 09: Remain! (John Watson)

09 June 2016 Remain! The muddle after Brexit. By John Watson Personally I enjoy a little lowbrow family comedy and the excellent series “My Family”, starring Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker, is always good for a laugh.  A lot of the jokes, of course, are old ones and a recent episode centred on the contrast… Continue reading Issue 57: 2016 06 09: Remain! (John Watson)

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Issue 56:2-016 06 02: Europe – A Synergy-Free Zone (Neil Tidmarsh)

02 June 2016 Europe – A Synergy-Free Zone No cheer for Europe in the 21st Century. by Neil Tidmarsh The continent of Europe is not a very happy place at the moment. In Brussels last week, there were violent demonstrations against austerity measures and labour reforms.  Eight protesters and two policemen were injured (one of… Continue reading Issue 56:2-016 06 02: Europe – A Synergy-Free Zone (Neil Tidmarsh)

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Issue 55: 2016 05 26: Juncker’s intervention

26 May 2016 Juncker’s intervention How the European Commission could swing the vote by John Watson The successive initiatives rolled out by Remain, including salvos from the Treasury, from Obama, from US and NATO defence chiefs, from Corbyn and from every Tom, Dick and Harry who is anxious to be seen as part of the… Continue reading Issue 55: 2016 05 26: Juncker’s intervention

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Issue 55: 2016 05 26:Universities abusing their position (Lynda Goetz)

26 May 2016 Universities abusing their positions Concern about loss of EU funding behind encouragement to Remain by Lynda Goetz Exeter is my alma mater.  I, like many other alumni, donate the odd sum to keep the old place going; to help it keep up with its national and international rivals; to provide bursaries and… Continue reading Issue 55: 2016 05 26:Universities abusing their position (Lynda Goetz)

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Issue 54: 2016 05 19: The Non-Existent Carrot (Neil Tidmarsh)

19 May 2016 The Non-Existent Carrot What TTIP can tell us about the EU’s corrosive affect on Europe. by Neil Tidmarsh Last week, Greenpeace in the Netherlands leaked documents about the talks between the teams from the USA and the EU trying to negotiate a free-trade deal – a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). … Continue reading Issue 54: 2016 05 19: The Non-Existent Carrot (Neil Tidmarsh)

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Issue 53: 2016 05 12: Letters From Abroad (John Watson)

12 May 2016 Letters From Abroad The US has a different angle. by John Watson Another week, another salvo from Remain. This time it is the turn of the US defence industry to blaze away, with a letter to The Times from a selection of distinguished secretaries of state, defence secretaries, national security advisers and directors… Continue reading Issue 53: 2016 05 12: Letters From Abroad (John Watson)

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Issue 52:2016 05 05:The Gold Aureus of Carausius (Neil Tidmarsh)

05 May 2016 The Gold Aureus of Carausius What an ancient coin can tell us about Brexit’s potential by Neil Tidmarsh The UK gives £50 million to the EU every day.  That’s £350 million every week.  £18¼ billion every year.  Staggering sums. The EU does gives some of it back again – there’s that hard-won… Continue reading Issue 52:2016 05 05:The Gold Aureus of Carausius (Neil Tidmarsh)

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Issue 51: Another Volley From Remain (John Watson)

28 April 2016 Another Volley From “Remain” By John Watson Another week, another salvo from the guns of the Remain camp.  President Obama makes his contribution to the discussion but without, of course, telling the British how to vote. He is here as a guest for the Queen’s birthday celebrations and he is far too… Continue reading Issue 51: Another Volley From Remain (John Watson)

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