LOSING control of our money, borders, laws and trade

Brexit supporters are organised and disciplined in their constantly repeated sound-bites. Almost every day you can hear the mantra “Take back control of our money, borders, laws and trade”. Constant repetition of this line is aimed at it becoming a commonplace, something that is accepted without discussion. Yet the assertion is false.

As with many of the mantras of the Brexit ultras, their simplistic phrases belie the complicated truth. In international relations, contrary to their assertions, the UK cannot just make demands and expect the EU, or indeed the rest of the world, to give us exactly what we want. Any form of international agreement requires some nominal loss of sovereignty and compromise, but this is balanced with mutual benefits and agreed routes for appeal if either party breaks the rules.

To describe marriage as ‘losing control’ of your right to be single would be seen by most people to be silly. Agreeing a mortgage so that you can live in a home is not ‘losing control’ of your money. Respectfully taking off your shoes when visiting a friend’s house is not ‘losing control’ of your right to own footwear.

Framing cooperation as a loss of control is a populist rhetorical device that is starting to be exposed as such, as the government is finally having to face the hard reality of what Brexit really means – and how much we, as a country, actually stand to lose if we leave the EU.

Source: LOSING control of our money, borders, laws and trade – Richard Corbett

 

Why David Attenborough Wants Everyone to Leave a Spoonful of Sugar in Their Garden

We should all, always, do what Sir David says.

Source: Why David Attenborough Wants Everyone to Leave a Spoonful of Sugar in Their Garden

Has Vote Leave broken the law? The Electoral Commission thinks so.

We know that the Electoral Commission reopened its investigation into Vote Leave, Darren Grimes and Veterans for Britain after the Good Law Project initiated judicial review proceedings. On 6 June 2018 Tom Watson asked a written question about that investigation: What can we tell from the answer? We can tell, from the reference to “in […]

Source: Has Vote Leave broken the law? The Electoral Commission thinks so. – The Good Law Project

Because you do not obtain the will of the people if you cheat.

The Scientific Importance of Free Speech

A quick Google search suggests that free speech is a regarded as an important virtue for a functional, enlightened society. For example, according to George Orwell: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Likewise, Ayaan Hirsi Ali remarked: “Free speech is the bedrock of liberty and a free society, and yes, it includes the right to blaspheme and offend.” In a similar vein, Bill Hicks declared: “Freedom of speech means you support the right of people to say exactly those ideas which you do not agree with”. But why do we specifically need free speech in science? Surely we just take measurements and publish our data? No chit chat required. We need free speech in science because science is not really about microscopes, or pipettes, …

Source: The Scientific Importance of Free Speech – Quillette

I particularly like the closing:

As Christopher Hitchens remarked. “My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line, and kiss my ass.”

How to win the Brexit Civil War. An open letter to my fellow Remainers

Brexit has already begun. Any attempt to deny this and merely ‘stop Brexit’ will fail. To succeed we must overthrow the Brexit project with another, positive one.

Source: How to win the Brexit Civil War. An open letter to my fellow Remainers

A post by Anthony Barnett, the author of Lure of Greatness.

Neville Southall: ‘I’ve got a bit of flak because I stick up for sex workers’ 

The former Wales and Everton goalkeeper talks to Donald McRae about sex workers, transgender issues, Theresa May, skeletons, the agony of Loris Karius and why he really dislikes Piers Morgan

Source: Neville Southall: ‘I’ve got a bit of flak because I stick up for sex workers’ | Donald McRae

Interesting piece. Why they had to use a photo that make New look as big as the plan in the background…

Daring Fireball: 10 Strikes and You’re Out — the iOS Feature You’re Probably Not Using But Should

Daring Fireball: 10 Strikes and You’re Out — the iOS Feature You’re Probably Not Using But Should
— Read on daringfireball.net/2018/05/10_strikes_and_youre_out

Sensible advice.

The government tried to bury news on the bloated House of Lords. Here’s the facts…

“Theresa May backs bid to cut size of House of Lords” began a headline in February. It seems that three months is a lifetime in politics…Over the weekend, the PM attempted to

Source: The government tried to bury news on the bloated House of Lords. Here’s the facts…

Can you say, “Sleazy bitch”.

There Is Only One Trump Scandal

The myriad Trump scandals can obscure the fact that they’re all elements of one massive tale of corruption.

Source: There Is Only One Trump Scandal

Sombre reading.

Two-faced Lying Bitch

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