Post Reality Politics with Matt Damon

Me in France 3Here is a wonderful clip involving Matt Damon and libertarian journalist at an education rally in the US. It perfectly summarises the issue with politics in the world right now. Truth, reason and reality have all been thrown out the window.

The key point of the exchange comes in the middle of the clip, where Matt Damon says this: Continue reading

Leaving – Via a Greek-Style Cliff Drop

Me in France 3Leave will lead you out the door, and over a cliff. It is incredulous that the leadership of the Leave campaign doesn’t grasp the most basic lessons of the Greek crisis.

And it’s not as if they haven’t been studying it. Throughout the referendum campaign, Leave repeatedly pointed to Greece as an example of how twisted the EU is. Citing the maltreatment of the Greek population through austerity as an example of how the EU doesn’t take care of its citizens.

But when the discussion switches to the UK, they imagine an entirely different circumstance. Continue reading

The UK Still Can and Should Remain

Me in France 3Over the weekend, whilst reeling from the shock news that the UK has voted to leave the EU, I was monitoring and consistently promoting an online petition to call for a repeat vote. Many people have signed it, but most insist that change is not on the cards. I disagree, and here I will explain why I believe the UK should reconsider its decision to leave the EU. Continue reading

Post Referendum – Letter to the UK

meDear Fellow Brits

The night of 23 June, I went to bed confident that I would wake up the next day as a member of the EU. For months the polls had been close, but I rested confident that polls are entirely unreliable. I had talked to many people and saw most of them grappling with the responsibility of their decision to vote on whether or not to leave the EU. I am sure most people I spoke to worked out that there was only one safe and sensible choice, to remain.

But now it seems that a large part of the Remain campaign brushed off the risk of a Leave vote, and with typical apathy left it up to others to take care of going to the polls. As a result, on 24 June, it was declared that the UK will leave the EU, thanks to a plebiscite that gained the support of less than 35% of the nation.

Shocking as this result was, it doesn’t seem to have overly troubled too many people at this early stage. But I would like to take a minute to explain what’s going on. Continue reading

Why You Should Vote Remain

meFresh from watching the Sky TV debates for and against leaving the EU, my view has shifted a bit. Previously, I took the position that the question is too difficult to be fully understood by the general public, that I personally would vote remain, but I wouldn’t blame anyone from abstaining because of the difficulty of the question.

After watching Michael Gove’s pitch to Leave, my position has moved. The decision to Leave is beyond the abilities of most people to fully analyse, myself included. But the decision to stay isn’t. And the Leave campaign is truly dangerous. Therefore, it is my responsibility to recommend anyone willing to listen to vote Remain.
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Referendum Debate Continues

meI came across a very well written post on Facebook about voting leave. It’s well written so it took some time to spot the biases. Below I’ve added my replies to key points. Again, these are just my opinions, there are no hard fixed rules to this. But every vote counts and the media is making a mess of the discussion, so I hope that some honest thoughts can help. Continue reading

Why I Would Vote Remain

meOK, at the risk of alienating myself from all sides, I’m going to take a crack at the referendum nut. I don’t get to vote because I’ve lived outside the UK for too long. If I did, I’d vote “Remain” and then everyone would tell me that I’m just expressing my self-interest, because I live in continental Europe. And that’s an interesting place to start thinking about how to vote. Continue reading

The US is Starting a Real Currency War, the World Faces Real Consequences

imageUnless the US Federal Reserve starts implementing fundamental policies soon, the world faces a real currency war that may reverse globalisation & wreak economic chaos on us all.

By now, it’s an old story: Central banks are engaged in “currency wars” competitively devaluing their own currencies to steal global trade from their neighbours – at least, if you believe the mainstream media, which makes a living selling fear and anxiety in a time of difficult global transition. For years, I’ve argued against such a juvenile assessment, which is an affront to the painful economic lessons of the 20th century. But recent actions by the US Federal Reserve make currency war an ever increasing threat to global economic stability. Here is why. Continue reading

Brexit Notebook – A Self-Exiled Brit’s Perspective

Untitled1Europeans seem to view Brits as an irascible nuisance. Proud but pragmatic individuals ready to do whatever it takes to get their own way, and doggedly resistant to the common interest. Perhaps even a modern-day Trojan horse within the EU for the purpose of destroying it. For their part Brits see Europeans as obsessed with imposing their definition of common interest, unwilling to accept dissent or disagreement. Both sides are probably wrong, the European view of Britain certainly is.

The UK population today is less proud of its colonial history than of its 20th century actions, where it sacrificed its global dominance to twice save Europe from utter catastrophe. The UK is far more affectionate toward Europe than Continue reading