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.


My Ten Most Popular Tweets – Nov. 2018

Here are my top tweets for November, 2018, ranked by popularity. Thoughts?

1. Brexiters refusing to believe their region will be worse off until they see it written on a bus – via
2. Vast armies of & soon became unpopular for their hard medicine & pain that they inflicted, especially the . The massive impact of & economic growth in the developing world brought permanent change to traditional industries.
3. ‘s pitch to is the latest desperate gambit to whitewash an omnishambles on
4. William Hague’s powerful op-ed in argues how MPs will secure a government for the . Dangerous times where downside risks swamp upside opportunities. Thoughts?
5. Good but scary article. argues that increasing number of Tories favour a ‘managed no-deal’ on Brexit. But ‘pizza plotters’ risk more than ‘acid reflux & voters will see Jeremy Corbyn glued to fence. Time to hope for the best & plan for the worst.
6. The EU will turn us into captives if we sign up to this appalling sell-out of a deal via
7. ‘Larry the Cat’ is back. Will the Downing Street cats come to the rescue?
8. Red meat for , this is currently the ‘s most read story. Argueing that is fatally flawed, so time to jump ship. ‘Man the lifeboats. Everybody in the lifeboats. It’s
9. What is significant is the extent to which has become , as a push-back against highly who have failed to deal effectively with structural change. But Populism is not the same as .
10. Shame on the for not being more focused on . It’s not new. It owes it’s origins to the Yalta settlement & the great boom in international agencies, like the and subsequently the .