I had planned to watch last night’s World Cup match with a friend I don’t see all that often as he has moved out of London. We had planned to meet at a very large bar near London Bridge that has an outdoor screen. I had naively texted him to say I would get there […]
Archives for June 2018
This is the major thing that the anti-Brexit campaigners are getting wrong at present
After more than a hundred thousand protestors gathered in central London last weekend, Lord Adonis tweeted a picture of proceedings with the caption “The moment Brexit died?” It highlights how much the anti-Brexit group think they have slain the enemy, which I think may be very much be the product of bubble politics. Sure, Leave […]
Why the fallout from Brexit could end up hurting Labour more than the Tories
I read an article, at least one a week, about how Brexit is going to be the death of the Conservative Party. Beyond being very cavalier about the impending doom of the most successful political party in the history of mankind, I don’t agree with most of the analysis on a fundamental level. I think […]
What will the USA be like when it’s not the world superpower any longer? What will their “age of reflection” look like?
I’m developing an idiosyncratic theory on how Trump’s presidency will be viewed twenty/thirty years hence: that it will oddly be looked upon as something that was good for the world, but a total disaster for America itself. Given this is the exact opposite of how his presidency is often discussed, by many of his detractors […]
Has Labour officially stopped trying to bring down the government?
It’s certainly not my place to tell the Labour Party what they should and shouldn’t be doing, but aren’t they, by their own rhetoric, trying to bring down the government? Isn’t their main goal to end May’s premiership in the hopes of bringing on a general election and then winning that plebiscite? Given communication from […]
World Cup 2018: Thoughts on England v Tunisia
I suddenly remembered why I stopped watching England play football whenever possible about ten minutes before kick off last night. I can say with absolute certainty that I watched every single England senior men’s team football match between around 1998 and the 2010 World Cup. I know because often times, when England were playing say, […]
How Theresa May is employing the “weak kid” dodgeball tactic
I’m certain a lot of you reading this will not have ever played the game known as dodgeball; in fact, I would bet that if you have even heard of the game, it is only through the Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughan comedy motion picture of 2004, or through South Park. The game is thankfully easy to […]
A review of “The Orange Book”, 14 years later
In June of 2004, a bunch of up and coming Liberal Democrats together wrote “The Orange Book”, a publication which had the subtitle “Reclaiming Liberalism”. Within Lib Dem circles, it was highly controversial: most of its ideas and outlook were significantly to the right of your average Lib Dem activist (that not being particularly difficult, […]
Would May’s government really fall if the vote on the deal was lost?
Corbyn and McDonnell have long hoped the twists and turns of Brexit would not just end Theresa May’s premiership, but lead to another general election – one which they presume they’d win. This is now becoming a thing amongst Tory MPs as well. Tom Tugendhat, a rising star – as much as there are rising […]
Fundamentalist Islamism! Fake news! Suicidal pop stars! Consiracy theorists! A Slavoj Zizek wannabe! It’s all here, folks
June, 2018. A kid from the Deep South of the USA, Noah Hastings, is the biggest pop star in the world. One night on stage in New York City, Noah commits suicide by detonating a bomb attached to his chest, killing himself and ninety-one of his fans. The public and the media, both online and […]