World Views on the Brexit Failure

Although on holiday in Peru, I cannot resist publishing a world round-up on the Brexit impasse, the day after the UK was supposed to leave the EU:

Sadly, much of the British media has been polarized in its Brexit positioning to satisfy editors, owners and sponsors. So it is timely to look at input from some of the world’s leading and most influential sources.

All of these articles are well argued, making powerful observations.

For the moment, the UK Government and Parliament seem to be at an impasse. Theresa May has no power as Prime Minister, and a right-wing cabal in the cabinet are driving government policy. Will Michael Gove et al steer the UK towards a no-deal, hard-Brexit?

There is still room for compromise but much damage has been done by the British political class and the UK media – trust will need to be reestablished with the electorate.

All views welcome.


Opinion – ‘It’s essential to life’: Ofwat’s Rachel Fletcher sets a new course for water – via the Guardian

Social contracts‘ proposed in this article are for the birds. In a fashionable term, it’s ‘highly nebulous’! A Far-Left Labour will try to re-nationalize public utilities, financial constraints permitting. A Conservative government needs to look to populism for the way forward. Across Europe people are distrustful of elites and experts. ‘Ordinary people’ know about UK former nationalized industries, their costs and their service/quality levels. I totally disagree with this op-ed Guardian article by Ofwat’s, Rachel Fletcher. A Conservative Government needs a radical change agenda for public services – the best place to start is to fire the regular and start again with ‘zero based design’. For another industry, consider British Air Transport, with their Third World quality/service levels, but lots of status quo cost-plus facilities – fundamentally wrong in  oligopolies.  Thoughts?