Stop blaming Russia for your failures

A British politician, Ben Bradshaw MP, of the Labour Party has spouted some utter nonsense. He has claimed Russia “probably” interfered with the EU referendum early this year. Not only does he make this claim but also admits that there is no evidence for it in the following sentence. If you hold this view privately,… Continue reading Stop blaming Russia for your failures

Austria Re-run Election Results

Finally Austria has re-run its election between the independent (former Green) candidate Alexander Van der Bellen and the Freedom Party of Austria candidate Norbert Hofer. The election was originally held in May this year. The Austrian Constitutional Court found that postal votes had been improperly counted, that votes had been annulled in 20 out of… Continue reading Austria Re-run Election Results

ECRI (EU) gently suggests restricting the press, UK gov’t responds accordingly

The European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance conducts a report every 5 years on the state of hate crime laws, the media, politicians, society with regards to racism and intolerance. The UK has had the “honour” of having its next report. Most of it is a fairly mundane overview of laws, stats, and such. The… Continue reading ECRI (EU) gently suggests restricting the press, UK gov’t responds accordingly

EU Referendum: The Aftermath

Since Friday mornings announcement that the UK voted to leave the EU 52-48% a constant stream of events has occurred. The Leave campaigns have backtracked on promises (surprise surprise), Labour has imploded, Scotland is looking for another independence referendum, and the EU is getting annoyed at Britain dragging its feet regarding Article 50. So let’s… Continue reading EU Referendum: The Aftermath

So, the result was Leave

52% of the UK electorate have voted to leave the European Union. A 2% majority having such a massive impact seems rather slim but that is what has happened. Sure the referendum was advisory only and doesn’t have to be followed but with Cameron resigning come October there isn’t much hope for “prolonged negotiations before… Continue reading So, the result was Leave

On Sovereignty and Democracy within the EU and UK

First things first, let us establish the definitions of what we are discussing. This is important as while everyone knows what these mean they can be used in questionable contexts. Sovereignty – Supreme power or authority. A self-governing state. Democracy – A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of… Continue reading On Sovereignty and Democracy within the EU and UK