I think I’ll take that last option

Thursday’s newspaper front pages have Theresa may saying it’s my deal or no Brexit:


expressThat last option is looking ever more attractive!

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A Metaphor for Brexit

The Brexit Mug:


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Tatchell on What’s Wrong with the Left

Peter Tatchell gave a talk earlier this year on what’s wrong with the left:


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A President who supports God

I’ve just heard on the radio someone, talking about the elections in the USA, saying:

We still have a president who supports God

This, taken at face value, is odd. The Abrahamic tradition says God is all-powerful and all-knowing. Now the President of the USA is quite powerful, but he isn’t omnipotent. And Donald Trump certainly isn’t omniscient either.

So why would an all-powerful God need the support of the US President? Would such support even make a difference to a supreme being? Imagine if I created a 4X computer game in the tradition of Civilisation or Rome Total War; would it matter to me if I had the support of some of the NPCs in my game? Clearly it would not.



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A Parable of Eggs and Cake

LEAVER: I want an omelette.

REMAINER: Right. It’s just we haven’t got any eggs.

LEAVER: Yes, we have. There they are. [HE POINTS AT A CAKE]

REMAINER: They’re in the cake.

LEAVER: Yes, get them out of the cake, please.

REMAINER: But we voted in 1974 to put them into a cake.

LEAVER: Yes, but that cake has got icing on it. Nobody said there was going to be icing on it.

REMAINER: Icing is good.

LEAVER: And there are raisins in it. I don’t like raisins. Nobody mentioned raisins. I demand another vote.




LEAVER: Right, where’s my omelette?

REMAINER: I told you, the eggs are in the cake.

LEAVER: Well, get them out.

EU: It’s our cake.

JEREMY CORBYN: Yes, get them out now.

REMAINER: I have absolutely no idea how to get them out. Don’t you know how to get them out?

LEAVER: Yes! You just get them out and then you make an omelette.

REMAINER: But how?! Didn’t you give this any thought?

LEAVER: Saboteur! You’re talking eggs down. We could make omelettes before the eggs went into the cake, so there’s no reason why we can’t make them now.

THERESA MAY: It’s OK, I can do it.


THERESA MAY: There was a vote to remove the eggs from the cake, and so the eggs will be removed from the cake.

REMAINER: Yeah, but…

LEAVER: Hang on, if we take the eggs out of the cake, does that mean we don’t have any cake? I didn’t say I didn’t want the cake, just the bits I don’t like.

EU: It’s our cake.

REMAINER: But you can’t take the eggs out of the cake and then still have a cake.

LEAVER: You can. I saw the latest Bake Off and you can definitely make cakes without eggs in them. It’s just that they’re horrible.

REMAINER: Fine. Take the eggs out. See what happens.

LEAVER: It’s not my responsibility to take the eggs out. Get on with it.

REMAINER: Why should I have to come up with some long-winded incredibly difficult chemical process to extract eggs that have bonded at the molecular level to the cake, while somehow still having the cake?

LEAVER: You lost, get over it.

THERESA MAY: By the way, I’ve started the clock on this.

REMAINER: So I assume you have a plan?

THERESA MAY: Actually, back in a bit. Just having another election.

REMAINER: Jeremy, are you going to sort this out?

JEREMY CORBYN: Yes. No. Maybe.

EU: It’s our cake.

LEAVER: Where’s my omelette? I voted for an omelette.

REMAINER: This is ridiculous. This is never going to work. We should have another vote, or at least stop what we’re doing until we know how to get the eggs out of the cake while keeping the bits of the cake that we all like.


REMAINER: Fine, I’m moving to France. The cakes are nicer there.

LEAVER: You can’t. We’ve taken your freedom of movement.

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Festival of Brexit

Theresa May is planning a festival of Brexit after we leave the EU. Attractions on offer include these:


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Britain offered worse deal by USA

The FT reports that Britain is being offered a worse open skies deal with America than it already has as a member of the EU:

The US is offering Britain a worse “open skies” deal after Brexit than it had as an EU member, in a negotiating stance that would badly hit the transatlantic operating rights of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

British and American negotiators met secretly in January for the first formal talks on a new air services deal, aiming to fill the gap created when Britain falls out of the EU-US open skies treaty after Brexit, say people familiar with talks.

The talks were cut short after US negotiators offered only a standard bilateral agreement. These typically require airlines to be majority owned and controlled by parties from their country of origin.

Such limits would be problematic for British carriers as they have large foreign shareholdings. Under existing arrangements, UK-based airlines are covered by the open skies treaty that requires them to be majority EU owned.

One person attending the London meetings to “put Humpty Dumpty back together” said: “You can’t just scratch out ‘EU’ and put in ‘UK’.” A British official said it showed “the squeeze” London will face as it tries to reconstruct its international agreements after Brexit, even with close allies such as Washington.

Britain is being squeezed. Of course it is.

How good a deal a country gets in trade negotiations (or negotiations in general) depends on how strong a negotiating position it has. Britain (population 66 million, GDP $2.6 trillion) is smaller than the EU (population 500 million, GDP $17.3 trillion), and so quite obviously will get a worse deal.

This exposes the complete nonsense of the Brexiteer argument that we need to leave the EU in order to do trade deals with the rest of the world. Firstly, the EU already has trade deals with the rest of the world, and secondly, Britain only be able to negotiate worse deals than it already has.


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