Greek Tragedy 2.0

A hundred and fifty five years ago, the Greeks chose the second son of Queen Victoria to replace their recently deposed king. Alas for any dreams Alfred may have had for a lifetime of sunshine and mousakka, Vicky had other plans. Alf did not get to swap Buckingham Palace for Athens, having instead to settle for being the Duke of Edinburgh. The world is a funny place though. The Greeks’ second choice was grandfather to a young boy, Philip, who would one day trade Athens for Buckingham Palace. He’s still there, serving as the Duke of Edinburgh. The whole episode was part of a great game of Continue reading “Greek Tragedy 2.0”

That Brexit Moment

We encounter Brexit moments all the time. Mrs P and I were faced with one just the other day when walking along the Regents canal. As you approach Angel, one is faced with a choice. You can take the ramp up and off the tow path into a well heeled residential road or one can plunge into the rather murky waters and enter the tunnel. Where does the tunnel emerge? How long is it? What will one find on the other side? How many water borne diseases will you have contracted by the time you get there? Continue reading “That Brexit Moment”

Marie Antionette’s Brexit

Brexit isn’t going terribly well. And we haven’t even left yet. Who’d a thunk it? The fall in the value of the pound has driven up inflation, making us all a bit poorer. Brexiteers promised that this would boost exports. But it seems that they forgot how much of the raw materials are imported in the first place. The rest of Europe is seeing accelerated growth, whilst ours is sagging. Gibraltar and the Falklands have become flashpoints, as I long ago suggested they would. Some jobs have gone. More will go. And hardened Continue reading “Marie Antionette’s Brexit”

A Year of Stupid

A year ago today, we Brits awoke to hear the results of the big referendum. And 48% of us were mighty disappointed to hear that 51% of the population were indeed, as feared, Stupid. The campaigners for Stupid had worked tirelessly for 40 years for this and credit must be given where it is due. To induce Continue reading “A Year of Stupid”

Flavours of Brexit

Perceived wisdom over the last year is that our Brexit future comes in two potential flavours – hard and soft. At this moment in time, it seems rather likely we’ll be sucking on the hard version. But hard and soft is too simplistic, referring only to what parts of various European treaties we might remain beholden to or detach ourselves from. Continue reading “Flavours of Brexit”

Brexit Motor Corporation

We must, we are told, unite to make the most of our post-Brexit ‘opportunities’. I confess that I’ve been struggling to think of what these opportunities might be. Sure, a free trade agreement with New Zealand sounds great, but the country has an economy the size of Greece. And besides, last time I looked, our supermarkets already Continue reading “Brexit Motor Corporation”

The Referendum on Race

The dust is beginning to settle on the Brexit referendum. The pound is beginning to settle on the seabed of the financial world. The Leave campaigners who won the day have settled into plush jobs to oversee our disentanglement from the EU scarpered. The Brexit campaigners are settling on the finer details of how to put their promises into action have disowned all their key promises. But the debate continues and the matter of, or at Continue reading “The Referendum on Race”

A Green And Pleasant Land

Enough of Brexit for today. Instead, I have a little reminder that England is still, at least in parts, a land worthy of building Jerusalem upon. Although quite frankly, given the trouble they have with Jerusalem in it’s current location, perhaps it’s best left where it is.

We have never been to Jerusalem. We have now been to Minterne Gardens though, and a very peaceful, green and pleasant place it is. Click here to see a few more photos…

Embracing Brexit

We’re taking our country back, they said. It’ll be just like the good old days, they said. Things were much better back then, they said. And so they voted for Brexit. One must roll with change. Give it a chance. Things might turn out all right. So Mrs P and myself have put it to the test. We have embraced Brexit. We went back to the future to put a goold old dose of the 1970s into 21st century Britain. Continue reading “Embracing Brexit”

The Backtrack

Brexit is history. Brankruptcy is the future. Perhaps. Unless there is something that can stop this slippery ride into Euro exile. Perhaps there is yet time for a Bracktrack. As time has passed, I’m beginning to wonder if  our exit from the EU will actually happen. I’m sensing doubt in the Leave hierarchy. A lot of people are.

There’s currently an online petition doing the rounds calling for a second referendum. I Continue reading “The Backtrack”

Respect

The post Brexit world is upon us. We live in a nation divided like never before. Where one half of the country is requesting that the other half respects their vote and accepts the result. I’ve given the request some thought, placed it within my own perspective and would like to offer my response.

Not everyone liked the post war order that laid down plans for a caring and unified society. A certain small section of the right wing establishment particularly did not like Continue reading “Respect”

Mexit

In light of recent events in the UK, I have decided that I must relocate this blog to a new abode. It is with a heavy heart that I make these changes but circumstance does rather dictate the future direction of anything, web sites included.

The website will be moved from servers based in the UK to new state of the art servers in Europe. Paris and Frankfurt are two options currently being examined. The domain Continue reading “Mexit”

Dear Europe, My Brexit

It’s happened. The UK voters have blown a collective Union Jack flavoured raspberry to the European Union. I think it’s a sad day for Britain and for Europe. I’m a little bit less proud to be British. As far as I’m concerned, leaving the EU is a right wing, nationalist inspired campaign that has succeeded in duping the general public. With UKIP at it’s centre and a hard core of eurosceptic Tories for support. There are nationalist parties Continue reading “Dear Europe, My Brexit”

My Ballot Is Cast

I was in the polling station early this morning. Before 9am. I have cast my vote, of course, for Remain. Now we just have to wait and see how everyone else voted. There are no exit polls, as per a General Election. The best indication will be a YouGov poll, conducted today. But the reality is, we’ll have to wait through the night. I’d like to stay up and watch it, but I’m not sure I’d make it through to 5 am or shortly after, when a result is likely to Continue reading “My Ballot Is Cast”

Unintended Consequences

There are just six days left till the UK population casts its vote and answers the big question of 2016. To Brexit? Or not to Brexit? Everyone has had a lot to say on the issue. Each side have made threats as to what the future holds. On the Remain side, these have been thinly veiled threats. On the Leave side, these have been largely made up threats. But it’s all a matter of perspective, I guess. Continue reading “Unintended Consequences”