Tag Archives: Europe

Worth Reading 89: When the walls came tumbling down

Here’s 2013′s first set of links: In an EU referendum, what does NO mean? – Jon Worth looks at Cameron’s latest European strategy and wonders where it might lead. Behaving in politics as if we were normal people – “prefigurative action” – Jon Worth again, this time on the disconnect between politics and real life. […]

Referendum questions

And neither of them is the old ‘is the plural referendums or referenda?’ 1) Various people push the ‘we need a referendum on Europe because the people haven’t had their say on it since 1975′ argument. If that is the case, shouldn’t we also be having referendums on our membership of NATO, the UN, the […]

Why Nick Clegg should be copying Michael Gove

One of the distinguishing traits of a senior politician is to be in possession of a circle of loquacious friends, always ready to talk to the press about things they don’t feel ready to talk about personally in public. Michael Gove’s friends have been talkative this weekend, telling the Daily Mail all about his views […]

Worth Reading 60: In a minute

Lose your money in the best ever IPO, praise China, cry woe for Europe, then renounce scarcity and move into education. Prospectus for Silicon Valley’s next hot tech IPO, where nothing could possibly go wrong – “Trust us: Once you invest in Ponzify, you’ll have a difficult time investing your money anywhere else ever again.” […]

Worth Reading 57: And every one of them a baked bean

Greens, conservatives, drugs, proboscis monkeys and liquid democracy. How’s that mix suit you? Don’t vote Green until they drop the anti-science zealotry – Tom Chivers explains, yet again, why GM crops are not the horrible bogeyman that some like to portray them as. You don’t have to be a leftie to think Beecroft is wrong […]

Worth Reading 55: Later to be replaced by J2O

Chateau Sucker – Fascinating article from New York magazine about fraud amongst high-end wine connoiseurs. (via) Angela’s Choice – Jason O’Mahony posits that the history of the next fifty years will be determined by what Angela Merkel decides Germany’s path through the Euro crisis will be. Colchester’s Tipping Point – A perspective on town centre […]

Petitions to #stopblair

Want to stop Tony Blair becoming President of the Council of the European Union? Well, if you’re not one of the 27 leaders in the Council who’ll make the decision (and if you are, please leave a comment) you don’t get a say in the process, so tough. However, you can sign a petition here […]

Repeatedly flying to Prague

An interesting detail from this BBC News story: But shadow foreign secretary William Hague has warned that the Tories would be prepared to lobby European capitals to block Mr Blair’s appointment. If only there was an organisation for European centre-right parties that they could join. Why, such an organisation might include key European leaders like […]

The party left him

I was reading some of the comments on Conservative Home (it was quiet night) about Edward McMillan-Scott being expelled from the Conservative Party and noticed that many were demanding that he should resign as an MEP. The reasoning behind this is that he was elected as a Conservative MEP from the party list, and as […]