My first day as a member of the European Parliament!


As I hurtled towards the big EU machine on the Eurostar from London St Pancras, I had initially intended this post-induction piece to be a light-hearted reflection on my first experiences in Brussels. The beer was good, the bureaucracy was bad – that sort of thing. But in view of the seriousness of the inherently … Continue reading My first day as a member of the European Parliament!

Was this a historic event in the UK parliament yesterday?


Yesterday in The House of Commons it was announced that "disgraced MP" Fiona Onasanya had been fired as the Member of Parliament for the town of Peterborough. This was brought about not by the Labour Party, not by Parliament but BY HER OWN CONSTITUENTS! Democracy at work in the UK at last, momentous, and not … Continue reading Was this a historic event in the UK parliament yesterday?

Time for our own Brexit poll … right here right now!


I claim no great expertise in political history. Unlike many economists I do not claim the ability to read a crystal ball. I do not understand market sentiment either. But I can add 2+2 correctly, can smell corruption or bullshit a mile away, and ....... recognise the irony of using “Henry VIII powers” in relation … Continue reading Time for our own Brexit poll … right here right now!

Yes, we’re old, but not white supremacists!


Buddha walks into his usual wine bar and greets his two mates, The Two Doctors: “Namaste you two, I see you’ve been travelling again, how was it?” Said Buddha (Sid to his mates) “A bit mixed, some long drives, but good visits to castles and abbeys, cultural and historic!” “Ah, speaking of historic, you two … Continue reading Yes, we’re old, but not white supremacists!