Looking Back on Brexit

As I’m making a fresh start with this website though it is taking rather longer than intended as I create totally new content, I thought that I might end here with doing a tidy up on one particular current affairs topic and that is Brexit or more specifically, my views on Brexit so that moving forwards, I can avoid constantly returning to it because the whole subject has got all quite tedious for the vast majority of us.

Before I trash all the previous content on this site, I find that I had posted some 261 articles since October 2014 when I had last refreshed this content and site design, of them 192 were on “Current Affairs” and probably 60% of those were on the topic of Brexit or things related to it so the question is, how can you write so much crap on just one topic ? Continue Reading →

Taking Longer

Many years ago when I was very young, an engineer told me something which broadly speaking has always turned out to be fairly true: “Every project takes twice as long as you think it will and costs about twice as much as you budgeted for.” In rebuilding this website this is pretty true, the cost may be negligible but the time isn’t.

The thing that has slowed it down is not really the design work, it is fitting the design to the content and establishing clearly what that content going forward will be because I want it totally different from what this currently is so, I will just take a little to get the changes done 🙂

Time to Upgrade

I started writing this blog back in November 2007 and at the time dis so in part, because I wondered if I could sustain the effort required to post frequently. That was an interesting experience if only because it demonstrated just how difficult it must be for journalists to not only write regular columns against a publication deadline but also to keep up a consistent quality in their content. Continue Reading →

The Problems of Change

Last year Mckinsey & Company issued an interesting study on the impacts of automation on the global economy, the following is a direct link to where you can download the PDFs: https://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/future-of-organizations-and-work/what-the-future-of-work-will-mean-for-jobs-skills-and-wages

For an effective summary of the main thrust of that report, The Verge does a pretty good job: https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/30/16719092/automation-robots-jobs-global-800-million-forecast Continue Reading →

The Sound of Silence

Although at the root of it are two very different “past politicians” vying for some kind of relevancy in today’s world, they have formed an interesting conjunction with a perhaps unexpected result. Tony Blair insisting that with him in the frame, in a second referendum on the EU the British electorate will have come to their senses and vote for remain. Nigel Farage bored with not being the centre of attention any more, would welcome the opportunity to fight a second referendum.

Of course and despite the ardent desires of Remainers like the FT, The Economist, Blair, Clegg, Miller and the like, the possibility of another referendum has been greeted with total silence by the electorate. Continue Reading →

Revolution in the UK Economy Part 2

This is a second part to my thinking about the future direction of the UK economy and just as I touched on the NHS in my previous post, in this I will be using the Armed Forces as the basis of looking into the future. Rather like the NHS, the Armed Forces combine expensive hardware and the need for considerable manpower and all paid from tax payer funds.

Unlike the NHS though, armed forces spending is constantly being squeezed and budgets are always under extreme pressure but there is a problem with that because the forces need to combine being a deterrent to potential aggressors with always being action ready so there is only so much cutting that can be done. Continue Reading →

Revolution in the UK Economy Part 1

One of the most interesting things about the Labour Party under Corbyn is how it has reverted to a world view based upon Marxist principles including public ownership of the ‘means of production and distribution’. Whilst this is in part a knee jerk reaction in trying to distance themselves from Blair and New Labour, it is also quite amusing in that it totally misses the point that there may be the case for State intervention but it certainly won’t be as they imagine it.

In fact before deciding on policies, they would be best first discussing the role of the State in a modern society rather than 100 years ago, where it has both a place and a duty to intervene plus where it does not and should never interfere. This is the first part of a two part post where I am musing about possible futures. Continue Reading →

Overturning the Result

Some days ago The Independent newspaper ran an editorial and a number of associated articles which were calling for a second referendum on Brexit. Despite the many protestations in this editorial, it was exactly what it said it wasn’t and is a total disgrace because behind it all lies the arrogant assumption that those who voted to leave the EU were both ignorant and stupid.

At its heart is an unwillingness to accept the majority decision and that is unacceptable because first past the post is the system we live under and secondly, if the majority had been for Remain, they wouldn’t accept a second referendum either. Continue Reading →

It Just Goes Round and Round

There was a time some years ago when I often engaged in “Comments Wars” on the Daily Telegraph but what with pay walls and the automated “moderation” of comments that all became rather boring. However by accident rather than design, I have recently got caught up with on line comments debates which sometimes are quite amusing.

The thing is that papers like the FT and The Economist are protected by pay walls but both publish the short videos they have on their own websites on YouTube (mean gits !) so you can get to comment there and obviously the theme currently is very much Brexit. Continue Reading →

The Current State of Play

Mainly because I have been busy on other things, I have not been posting much of late either here or on my ‘Pictures’ website but that does not mean that I have not been keeping an eye on recent events and in particular the current state of play concerning the Brexit negotiations.

A journalist I like is John Rentoul of the Independent, he is about the only sensible voice that paper has and even he in a recent piece noted the constant negativity of the media towards Brexit and he is right, the tone of the British media rarely rises above depressing on most topics. It seems to reflect a world where no matter what the event or circumstances, stuff a microphone in someone’s face and they feel impelled to bitch and moan. Continue Reading →