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Brexit’s game of fools

fools mate

In the game of chess, the grandmaster seeks to dominate the game from the opening move.  The amateur, in contrast, risks making so bad an opening that the game is lost immediately.  One such opening is known as “fool’s mate,” which requires so foolish an opening move that none but …

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A cautionary Brexit tale

A cautionary tale about Brexit

Everything seems to be going wrong for Britain’s Tory government since the loss of the Brexit referendum and the resignation of David Cameron.  The coronation of Theresa May was supposed to usher in a new era of strength and stability.  Instead it has brought vacillation and U-turns, a disastrous general …

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When your enemies insist you stay

Tory leadership contest

One of the ways you know you are living through a crisis is when satire offers a more accurate picture than news.  This was particularly true yesterday when the satirical website News Thump published a piece that told us everything we need to know about the antics of UK Foreign …

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The Overton window will leave us cold

UK energy driving off a cliff

Listeners to the BBC Today programme this morning will have heard the interview with Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), about the company’s plans to introduce several new lines of electric and electric hybrid cars.  In the course of the interview, Speth dropped three bombshells that threaten to …

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UK faces years of depression

Economic stagnation

The apparent resilience of the UK economy in the face of last year’s Brexit vote has confounded economists and pundits.  The Remain Campaign’s dire ‘project fear’ predictions simply failed to materialise.  The sharp fall in the stock market – more a reaction to the surprise result than to its economic …

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Neoliberal training policy comes home to roost

Unemployed

The impact of migration on jobs is believed to lie at the heart of last year’s Brexit vote.  Free movement of people, it was argued, was responsible for depriving indigenous workers of the employment they need.  Halting free movement, then, was supposed to result in more and better jobs for …

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Brexit is working out exactly as intended

Derelict high street

Some years ago I watched a group of boys arguing over a bag of sweets.  The boy whose sweets they were was adamant that nobody else was going to have them.  Despite his friends imploring him to share at least some of the sweets, the boy refused.  Things deteriorated into …

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Michal Kalecki: Populism, fascism and the failure of elites

Michal Kalecki

Every 40 year or so, it falls to the mass of the population, led by a politicised youth, to deliver a knockout blow to the prevailing economic/political consensus.  The affluent (neo)liberal classes are inevitably horrified when this happens, since it rocks the foundations of their comfortable way of life.  The …

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Hard Brexit is the best option for Remainers

Brexit economy

The gut response of many Remainers is to support the softest of soft Brexits as the best alternative to remaining within the European Union.  In similar vein, hardcore Leave voters are determined that the only choice on offer should be a hard Brexit or no deal at all; with Britain …

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Not the Brexit election Mrs May expected

UK election 2017

The British general election on 8 June was meant to be The Brexit Election that would provide incumbent Prime Minister Theresa May with the strong and stable majority with which to go into battle against the EU 27. It didn’t turn out that way though.  A strong Labour campaign worked …

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