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'Northern powerhouse' depends on productivity not rail links: thinktank | Business | The Guardian
In this post-referendum vacuum, Carney alone can't save the UK economy - Getting productivity going again will require more investment in innovation and our universities. It means more help for businesses that want to update their production lines, overhaul their IT systems or retrain their staff. Productivity will only improve if the UK addresses its skills shortages with sensible immigration policies and with better training. In an age of economic insecurity, training is key if the march of the robots is not to further exacerbate inequality. Similarly, the UK must get serious about moving to an apprenticeship system that has parity of esteem. - http://bit.ly/29cCmtq
Northern  Powerhouse  Brexit  apprenticeship  apprenticeships  UK  recovery  productivity  productivity  gap  output  gap  economic  history  Manufacturing  household  debt  consumer  debt  student  debt  City  of  London  George  Osborne  Policy  underinvestment  STEM  skills  gap  skills  economy  skills  shortage  structural  unemployment  long-term  unemployment  working  poor  Service  Sector  Jobs  Precariat  Gini  coefficient  inequality  poverty  child  poverty  austerity  infrastructure  investment  London  economies  of  agglomeration  competitiveness  comparative  advantage  competition  competitive  competitive  advantage  global  economy  globalisation  globalization  DWP  Iain  Duncan  Smith  GFC  Steel  Crisis  Steel  Industry  energy  price  University  Germany  education  education  bubble  AI  automation  Robotics  Robots  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  autonomous  cars  augmented  intelligence 
july 2016
German politicians propose offering young Britons dual citizenship | World news | The Guardian
“Let’s offer it to the young Britons living in Germany, Italy or France so that they can remain EU citizens,” Gabriel said at a meeting in Berlin of his centre-left Social Democratic party.

“It’s a good sign that the youth of Great Britain are more clever than their bizarre political elite,” Gabriel continued. “For that reason we can’t raise our drawbridge on them. We have to think now about what we can offer Great Britain’s younger generation.”
Germany  Brexit  UK  Freedom  of  Movement  Citizenship  European  Union  EEA 
july 2016
EU tells Swiss no single market access if no free movement of citizens | World news | The Guardian
A British Influence poll showed a majority of UK citizens are heavily opposed to the ejection of EU citizens from the UK.

UK politicians will argue they cannot make guarantees about the status of EU migrants in the UK until similar guarantees are made by the EU about the status of Britons living there, or they would be unilaterally throwing away one of their few negotiating cards.
Brexit  immigration  Freedom  of  Movement  Single  Market  free  trade  free  trade  agreement  UK  Switzerland  EEA 
july 2016
Bundesbank head Jens Weidmann - Brexit is no excuse to loosen EU budget rules
Reuters report that this puts Weidmann at odds with German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who has called for Europe's "Stability and Growth Pact" to be boosted for more growth.
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So, we've got a politician wanting to spend more.
And the head of the Buba saying "No!"

Same old :-D //&! http://news.forexlive.com/!/germany-will-stick-to-balanced-budget-report-20160701
lost  decade  Brexit  fiscal  stimulus  fiscal  policy  BuBa  Bundesbank  ECB  MarioDraghi  trichet  Angela  Merkel  austerity  budget  deficit  Germany  Pact  Schuldenbremse  Wolfgang  Schäuble  liquidity  trap  Mark  Blyth  economic  history  inflation  targeting  inflation  expectation  inflation  expectations  recovery  Jens  Weidmann  monetary  policy  global  economy  Schwarze  Null  Exportweltmeister  Beton  Gold  Betongold  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  distortion  Richard  Koo  European  Union  zombie  bank  zombie  banks  NPL  PIGS  non-performing  loan  underinvestment 
july 2016
How the Brexit vote unleashed a mutiny against the old order | Politics | The Guardian
But the revolution that had delivered Brexit, driven in large part by white working-class votes, was sweeping all before it in the most unpredictable way – careers and ambitions, along with what had seemed the safest of assumptions. The aftershocks of the referendum were wreaking havoc with the old system. //&! How bad can Brexit be if it has made bankers think about inequality? [...] Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) immediately called Brexit the “biggest electoral riposte yet to [the] age of inequality”. Investment group Pimco, which manages $1.5 trillion of bonds, warned clients about the “battle against inequality”. Meanwhile French giant Axa (with €666bn under its belt) concluded: “UK voters have taken their frustrations about income inequality out on the EU.” - http://bit.ly/29gYh3T //&! decades long neglect from Westminster, Whitehall, No Representation - bit.ly/29lZVDn & bit.ly/29ey7jL
disenfranchise  disenfranchised  Brexit  Eton  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  Whitehall  Westminster  No  Representation  David  Cameron  Boris  Johnson  Michael  Gove  Theresa  May  Conservative  Party  Protest  Vote  inequality  Gini  coefficient  social  mobility  income  mobility  squeezed  middle  class  Precariat  working  poor  poverty  child  poverty  student  debt  election  campaign  promises  Career  Politicians  politician  Tony  Blair  GFC  recovery  Donald  Trump  AfD  far-right  right-wing  Front  National  Germany  France  populism  demagogue  demagogy  Nationalism  Nationalismus  Privatisation  austerity  economic  history  globalisation  globalization  structural  unemployment  long-term  unemployment  youth  unemployment 
july 2016
Police Scotland cancels unified IT project plagued by problems | UK news | The Guardian
large projects reigning in legacy systems ... it's not just big build like airports (BER).
SNP  Scotland  Universal  Credit  Holyrood 
july 2016
Tory tax and benefit plans ‘widen generation divide’ | Politics | The Guardian
New analysis of how money will shift from young to old over the next four years has been produced by the foundation as it announces a new intergenerational commission aimed at creating a fairer deal for voters aged under 25. The analysis, which breaks down the impact of tax and welfare changes planned for this parliament by age, shows that people in their 30s will experience the biggest losses of any age group, losing an average of £220 a year by 2020.

In contrast, people in their 60s are set to be the largest beneficiaries, gaining an average of £170 a year. The research also shows that 45 is the age at which people, on average, move from losing to gaining from forthcoming tax and benefit polices in this parliament.
Brexit  recession  austerity  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  fiscal  policy  monetary  policy  fairness  lost  decade  triple-lock  pension  budget  deficit  student  debt  DWP  benefits  housing  benefit  JSA  Universal  Credit  lost  generation 
july 2016
NHS short of front-line staff after bad planning, say MPs
Bad planning and cost-cutting have left the NHS in England short of vital front-line staff, MPs are warning.
The Public Accounts Committee said the shortfall in doctors, nurses and midwives could even get worse if ministers did not get a "better grip".
The group also warned there had been "no coherent attempt" to work out the staffing needed for a seven-day NHS.
NHS  Jeremy  Hunt  staff  morale  staff  shortage  locum  doctor  locum  staff  sick  population  ageing  population  chronic  disease  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease  diet-related  diseases  heart  disease  cancer  mental  health  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Tories  Conservative  Party  austerity  nasty  demographic  bubble 
july 2016
Brexit 'will make NHS staff shortages worse'
The vote to leave the EU risks making staffing shortages in the NHS worse, health leaders are warning. The NHS Confederation said doctors and nurses from Europe may be put off accepting jobs after the referendum. If that happened the NHS could face some major problems, it said. [...] Ms Zanon also said Brexit could have an impact on medical research and the free healthcare Britons received when abroad. But she said the workforce issue was the most pressing, as the impact could be felt straightaway. And there were signs this had already started happening, with reports that an EU recruitment drive in West Yorkshire had already run into difficulties.
NHS  NHS  Scotland  NHS  England  austerity  staff  morale  staff  shortage  locum  doctor  locum  staff  Brexit  immigration  Jeremy  Hunt  Brexit 
july 2016
Skin cancer rise warning for over 55s
Skin cancer rates in Scotland have more than doubled among those aged 55 and over in the past 20 years, a leading charity has reported.
skin  cancer  cancer  UK 
july 2016
'Civil war' in immune system can fight disease
The immune system can be trained to attack itself to reverse a devastating autoimmune disease, in animal studies.
US researchers treated Pemphigus vulgaris in mice by instigating civil war within the immune system, and say the approach could work in people.
Experts said the treatment, published in the journal Science, was creative and successful and they "loved it".
Autoimmune diseases result from the body's defences turning rogue and attacking healthy tissue.
autoimmune  disease  autoimmune  response  immune  system  Immunotherapy 
july 2016
Putin beklagt ″wahnsinnigen″ Rüstungswettlauf | Aktuell Europa | DW.COM | 30.06.2016
Die NATO hat ihre Aufrüstung damit begründet, dass es im Zusammenhang mit der Ukraine-Krise im Baltikum und in Polen zunehmende Befürchtungen vor russischen Expansionsbestrebungen gibt. Auf ihrem Warschauer Gipfeltreffen am 8. und 9. Juli will die westliche Allianz die Entsendung von je einem Bataillon in vier Nachbarländer Russlands beschließen: Estland, Lettland, Litauen und Polen.
NATO  Germany  Angela  Merkel  European  Union  Russia  Ukrain  Ukraine  Crimea  Crisis  Crimea  Baltic  States  vladimirputin  Putin  Cold  War  2.0  Cold  War  cyber  Cold  War  cyber  attack  cyber  espionage  cyber  crime 
july 2016
Why Brexit Is Good For Working People In Clear, Simple Terms - YouTube
Mark Blyth // + centrists lost the plot (leaders from 95 to today in western world - tony blair, clinton, cameron, schroeder, merkel, sarkozy, hollande, gordon brown ... IMF and OECD! and the central bankers. christine lagarde) // global trumpism // trickle down never worked! // Mark Blyth: The Why of Brexit - MR LIVE - 6/28/16 - https://youtu.be/arT40qHKuHQ?t=13m //&! Bhaskar Sunkara: A Marxist Perspective on Current Crises - MR Live - 6/27/16 - https://youtu.be/DcxN5n22OiE?t=14m30s
Mark  Blyth  Brexit  neoliberal  neoliberalism  trickle-down  economics  inequality  Gini  coefficient  social  mobility  income  mobility  Tony  Blair  David  Cameron  Angela  Merkel  Gerhard  Schroeder  Gerhard  Schröder  austerity  GFC  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  recovery  Precariat  working  poor  immigration  poverty  child  poverty  student  debt  Donald  Trump  far-right  right-wing  TPP  TTIP  CETA  free  trade  Protest  Vote  10%  1%  Super  Rich  Establishment  Toff  Privileged  No  Representation  Westminster  Whitehall  Career  Politicians  politician  George  Osborne  Wolfgang  Schäuble  Schuldenbremse  Fiscal  Pact  economic  history  squeezed  middle  class  PIGS  Greece  technocrat  Yanis  Varoufakis  Nigel  Farage  AfD  UKIP  Greed  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  economic  insecurity  structural  unemployment  youth  unemployment  long-term  unemployment  Elite  elitism  England  UK  USA  European  Union  Germany  policy  monetary  policy  Centrist  IMF  OECD 
july 2016
A warning to Gove and Johnson - we won’t forget what you did | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian
He didn’t believe a word of his own rhetoric, we know that now. His face last Friday morning, ashen with the terror of victory, proved it. That hot mess of a column he served up on Monday confirmed it again: he was trying to back out of the very decision he’d persuaded the country to make. And let’s not be coy: persuade it, he did. Imagine the Leave campaign without him. Gove, Nigel Farage and Gisela Stuart: they couldn’t have done it without the star power of Boris.
Brexit  Michael  Gove  Boris  Johnson  Conservative  Party  Career  Politicians  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Tories  nasty  politician  No  Representation  Protest  Vote  UK  Westminster  Whitehall  England 
july 2016
European referendum: Pupils 'fear being forced out'
David Cameron has told MPs that EU nationals' rights are guaranteed while Britain remains in the EU. And he stressed that those in the Leave campaign also wanted to guarantee the rights of those working and studying in Britain. "But," he added, "we can't say that now, we have to say that as part of the negotiation that will shortly take place." //&! The leave campaign insists EU nationals already in Britain would be able to stay – but immigration lawyers say it’s not so simple - bit.ly/28UaACJ - Vienna convention has not been tested and would have to be interpreted by the courts [...] an inevitable consequence of the Brexit campaign is that people will need new documentary evidence of their right to remain [residency test]. [...] Points system could be applied to EEA residents already living here. [...] [keep P60's] [solving the heap of shit needs new law].
Brexit  Freedom  of  Movement  immigration  EEA  European  Union  Vienna  Convention  acquired  rights  Article  50 
july 2016
NHS Grampian 'needs to save millions of pounds'
NHS Grampian needs to make millions of pounds of cuts to balance its budget, the health board has said.
It needs to save £18.5m in the year ahead.
NHS Grampian wants to see a reduction in the use of locums and agency nurses, as well as cutting back the reliance on the private sector to help meet treatment time guarantees. The health board will hear it faces financial challenges replacing £44m of ageing medical equipment.
It is also predicted that £100m will need to be invested in GP practices in the coming years to cope with a potential rise in patient numbers. //&! https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/935354/nhs-grampian-to-cut-18-5-million-in-cost-saving-measures/
NHS  Grampian  NHS  Scotland 
july 2016
BBC Radio 5 live - In Short, Heseltine: Boris has created 'greatest constitutional crisis in modern times'
The Conservative grandee and former leadership contender Lord Heseltine has launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson saying he has created the "greatest constitutional crisis in modern times" and added the former London mayor has "ripped the (Conservative) party apart". Mr Heseltine, a former Deputy Prime Minister, said there is now a "great gaping hole in the future of Britain's decisions makers" as well as investors from all over the world. [...] Mr Johnson had abandoned "any sense of responsibility for what he's done".
Brexit  Boris  Johnson  Conservative  Party  Career  Politicians  politician  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  Westminster  No  Representation  Whitehall  history  Theresa  May  Michael  Gove 
july 2016
Michael Gove: Boris Johnson wasn't up to the job - BBC News
Michael Gove has said he chose to run for the Conservative Party leadership after deciding "reluctantly but firmly" that Boris Johnson was not capable of uniting the party or the country.
Michael  Gove  Boris  Johnson  Brexit 
june 2016
David Cameron enjoys a Tory party - YouTube
we can't cancel the party now, we have to get those donations ...
Conservative  Party  Brexit  Tories  Party  Funding 
june 2016
Jeremy Corbyn: activist and Miliband spin doctor debate - YouTube
good analytical point. lots of labour mps talk about looking outwards, but what they don't do right now is looking outwards, people, membership of labour party, ...
Labour  Party  Brexit 
june 2016
Shields and Brooks on voter disenchantment across the globe - YouTube
"the elites brought this partly on themselves // did not provide metropolitan nationalism and patriotism. // there is a political cause to the current real world economic problems on the street and households. // and cultural sense of loss. // if change is working for everyone ... but this is not that time. //
Brexit  immigration  European  Union  EEA  Career  Politicians  politician  neoliberal  neoliberalism  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  Freedom  of  Movement  globalisation  globalization  Nationalism  Nationalismus  Polarisation  demagogue  demagogy  populism  patriotism  inequality  social  mobility  squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  Precariat  poverty  Identitätspolitik  identity  multiculturalism  ethnicity  ethnics  culture  Baby  Boomers  babyboomers  Donald  Trump  Bernie  Sanders 
june 2016
Michael Gove delivered the biggest blow to Boris Johnson’s career yet | Matthew d’Ancona | Opinion | The Guardian
[ on purpose leaked? making it show like an accident cc auto-complete gone wrong ... to the right person at the end that it ends up in the papers! ] Yesterday’s leaked email from Gove’s wife, the journalist Sarah Vine, hinted that all was not well in Borisland. In the message, she reminded her husband that his presence on the ticket was intended to reassure press barons who did not warm to Johnson. In return, she said, Boris must give “SPECIFIC assurances” to Gove. One surmises that those assurances were not forthcoming – or that yesterday’s “crucial meetings”, referred to in the email, yielded additional problems.
Michael  Gove  Boris  Johnson  Career  Politicians  politician  Westminster  Whitehall  Backbencher  Brexit  Politics  journalism  journalismus  Conservative  Party  Rupert  Murdoch  Medienkritik  Medienlandschaft  Zeitungslandschaft  News  Corp.  News  Corporation  Newspaper  Industry  newscorp 
june 2016
UK current account deficit deepens Brexit fears | Business | The Guardian
ONS data reveal trading position with rest of world is worse than thought and confirm that economy slowed in the first quarter.
Brexit  UK  economy  global  economy  recovery  FDI  foreign  direct  investment  consumer  spending  consumer  confidence  business  confidence  uncertainty 
june 2016
Who is more liberal – May or Gove? | Politics | The Guardian
&! Theresa May [...] pledge to unite country [...] vows to make sure Britain leaves EU, saying there must be no attempts to ‘remain through the back door’ [...] She attempted to woo leave voters by signing up Chris Grayling, a prominent leave campaigner, to chair her campaign and pledging to create a department for Brexit to negotiate the UK leaving the EU. After the meeting, other prominent Conservatives signed up to support May. Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, declared his support after having considered a bid himself. [also said no emergency budget more austerity = no Osborne! and no scrapping of human rights act] [she is moving the centre to centre right right. In language already.][and not sticking zero immigration on her vest] - bit.ly/297hiHu
Michael  Gove  Theresa  May  Chris  Grayling  Jeremy  Hunt  austerity  George  Osborne  Human  Rights  Act  social  mobility  inequality 
june 2016
Gove's thunderbolt and Boris's breaking point: a shocking Tory morning | Politics | The Guardian
However, those close to Gove say he changed his mind about Johnson after days of trying to negotiate with him about how to run the campaign. Along with fellow Boris backers, Dominic Raab and Nick Boles, Gove came to the conclusion late on Wednesday night that the former mayor of London did not have the right qualities to lead the country. [ another vague account from Dominic Raab on Daily Politics 30/06/2016: Boris did not "fulfil on his assurances [ie on cabinet jobs (keep Osborne? and Hunt?)+ leave negotiation position]", "teamwork" ] &! There was apparent backing from Murdoch 4 Gove &! bit.ly/298bJty &! bit.ly/298QZz7
Boris  Johnson  Brexit  Conservative  Party  Michael  Gove  Theresa  May 
june 2016
Michael Gove the 'Lord Macbeth' of the Commons, says Alex Salmond (From Herald Scotland)
Alex Salmond has mocked the leadership divisions plaguing Labour and the Conservatives by calling for MPs to spend a week debating "political backstabbing".

The former first minister of Scotland described Labour MPs as "rank amateurs" in their attempts to dislodge Jeremy Corbyn when compared with Michael Gove's bid to become the next Tory prime minister.

Mr Salmond labelled Justice Secretary Mr Gove as "Lord Macbeth" for having "dispatched" Prime Minister David Cameron before knocking Boris Johnson out of the Tory leadership race.
Michael  Gove  Boris  Johnson  Theresa  May  Jeremy  Corbyn  Labour  Party  Conservative  Party  Brexit  Westminster  Whitehall  Backbencher  Career  Politicians  politician  Toff  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Establishment  Eton  Privileged  history  Politics  trust 
june 2016
Facebook’s new algorithm change is what makes publishers so afraid of Facebook - Recode
Today, Facebook announced that it’s tweaking its algorithm so that users see less stuff shared by publishers and brands and more stuff from friends and family. This isn’t a nightmare scenario for publishers, but it’s pretty grim; websites and news organizations are leaning more and more on Facebook for growing their audiences, and Facebook just weakened a key traffic driver for them. //&! I hesitate to make this analogy, but publishers relying on Facebook are starting to look a whole lot like drivers who keep trusting Uber to make their lives better. - http://bit.ly/29kik4J
Facebook  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  Newsfeed  algorithm  algo  algos  algorithms  Facebook  Instant  Articles  Social  Media  EULA  TOS  Platform  filter  bubble  filter  bubbles  Google  Search 
june 2016
Brexit: Singapore bank UOB suspends London property loans
"With foreign exchange risks, even if the value of the overseas property rises, any gains will be eroded if the country's currency depreciates against the Singapore dollar," Mr Tok explained. // Chinese (and Asian) love their Betongold (most likely to be around 50% of their portfolio). Now in the hole because GBP lost 10%. But doesn't account for Yuan depreciation/devaluation.
Forex  GBP  devaluation  British  Pound  FX  Brexit  property  bubble  London  speculative  bubble  asset  bubble  asset  allocation  distortion  hunt  for  yield  Interest  Rate  Swap  Beton  Gold  Betongold 
june 2016
If Your Argument Is Based on Economics, You’ve Already Lost
The Remain faction made a rhetorical mistake early on, and stuck by it. They appealed to economic efficiency. [...] For many, though, that argument clearly fell flat. It not only ignores history, social institutions, and heritage, it diminishes and often dismisses them. Arguments rooted in economic efficiency cannot trump (if you’ll pardon our using that term) appeals to emotion. ( via https://redd.it/4qe6cp )
Brexit  Politics  Politics  of  Fear 
june 2016
Zwei Jahre sind nicht immer gleich zwei Jahre: wann beginnt der Brexit-Countdown? | Verfassungsblog
Nur mit einstimmigem Beschluss der anderen 27 Mitgliedstaaten könnte der Prozess noch gestoppt werden, und das könnte ein einziger missgünstiger Mitgliedstaat mit seinem Veto verhindern, mit der Folge, dass nach 2 Jahren automatisch die Mitgliedschaft endete. Und danach müsste das Vereinigte Königreich sich wieder neu um die Mitgliedschaft bewerben, so Art. 50 Abs. 4 EUV.
Brexit  TINA  Alternativlos 
june 2016
Europa neu denken!
Wer die europäische Idee für die Bürger dieses Kontinents wieder attraktiv machen will, muss hier ansetzen. Er muss den Menschen klar machen, dass es um ihre Rechte als Arbeitnehmer und Verbraucher geht – und dass sie an den Entscheidungen darüber beteiligt werden. Nicht weniger Europa, sondern mehr Transparenz, mehr Mitbestimmung, mehr Demokratie! Dies wäre die richtige Botschaft nach dem Brexit. Nicht nur an die Briten.
Brexit  European  Union 
june 2016
Alan Greenspan on Brexit, U.S. Economy, and Inflation (Full Interview) - YouTube
UK out of Euro Currency but part of free trade single market was best option on table. // lack of leadership for political union and fiscal union aka ever closer union. not just currency and trade union (free trade). // GET AT THE ROOT ISSUE; productivity, ageing population (entitlement crisis), stagnant wages, secular stagnation = desperate population // European banks some still burdened by sov debt crisis/NPL (= zombie banks) & NIRP & QE & lack of uptake in business & consumer loans. // no back-up to the ECB (balance sheet) yet. what happens if the EURO stops being a hard currency? get Greece out, is a liability. // EU can not go on in Status Quo indefinitely. ie funding southern states. States have to get on course of economic harmony! everyone has to give up something! // Precariat/Squeezed Middle Class/Social Mobility = creates desperate people. // Entitlements are a legal issues. Productivity and Growth Rates can't fund entitlements. = There will be a crisis. // Career Politicians won't touch it. // History (look at M2) this environment ends up in inflation. not time or data.
European  Union  Brexit  fiscal  Political  Union  ECB  Alan  Greenspan  Fed  Yanis  Varoufakis  Janet  Yellen  PIGS  sovereign  debt  crisis  secular  stagnation  productivity  gap  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  ageing  population  current  account  deficit  budget  deficit  GFC  entitlement  spending  Abenomics  monetary  policy  fiscal  policy  pension  obligation  babyboomers  Baby  Boomers  immigration  NIRP  ZIRP  QE  economic  history  Germany  Angela  Merkel  BOE  Mark  Carney  rising  middleclass  squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  Precariat  populism  demagogue  demagogy  Donald  Trump  western  world  savings  rate  Gini  coefficient  social  mobility  income  mobility  triple-lock  pension  pension  fund  pension  scheme  democracy  Career  Politicians  politician  output  gap  M2  inflation  targeting  M3  commodity  prices  global  economy 
june 2016
EU referendum: BBC finds tension on streets - BBC News
Cardiff's Butetown councillor Ali Ahmed said he was told to "get out of the country". - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-36646979
Brexit 
june 2016
EU wants 'closest links' with UK after Brexit says Cameron - BBC News
David Cameron: "Britain... will not, should not, and in my view it won't, turn its back on Europe." [...] But he said immigration was a "great concern" among UK voters and squaring this with access to the EU single market would be a "huge challenge". But German politicians have insisted the UK cannot "cherry-pick" aspects of the EU.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chancellor Merkel said the UK must accept free movement if it wanted to retain access to the single market.
Brexit 
june 2016
Brexit loophole? MPs must still vote in order for Britain to leave the EU, say top lawyers | UK Politics | News | The Independent
[ backlash coming in 3, 2, 1 ] Parliament must still vote on a bill to allow the UK to leave the European Union, leading lawyers have said. Geoffrey Robertson QC, who founded the Doughty Street Chambers, said the act which set up the referendum said "nothing" about its impact, meaning it was "purely advisory". [...] "It's the right of MPs alone to make or break laws, and the peers to block them. So there's no force whatsoever in the referendum result. It's entirely for MPs to decide. //&! The referendum result is not binding. It is advisory. Parliament is not bound to commit itself in that same direction. The Conservative party election that Cameron triggered will now have one question looming over it: will you, if elected as party leader, trigger the notice under Article 50? - http://bit.ly/2917alH
Brexit  Westminster  Whitehall  David  Cameron  democracy  No  Representation 
june 2016
Brexit: Angela Merkel sieht kein Zurück für Großbritannien - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) hat die Hoffnungen gedämpft, dass die britische Austrittsentscheidung korrigiert werden könnte. "Ich sehe keinen Weg, das wieder umzukehren", sagte sie am späten Abend nach dem Gipfeltreffen der EU-Staats- und Regierungschefs in Brüssel. //&! Angela Merkels Regierungserklärung: Absage an britische Sonderwünsche, Selbstkritik und ein Ausblick auf die Zukunft Europas. "KEINE RONINENPICKEREI" [ Keine Rosinenpickerei fuer Grossbritannien. Das hoert jetzt auf!
D.h. das Grossbritannien bare Muenze bezahlen muss, fuer den Zugang des Binnenmarktes (Single Market) und gleichzeitig aber strenge Einwanderungsregeln und Quota haben will. Quasi sich den Arm abschneiden. ] - http://www.spiegel.de/video/brexit-und-die-folgen-regierungserklaerung-von-angela-merkel-video-1685404.html
Angela  Merkel  Brexit 
june 2016
MSPs give Nicola Sturgeon mandate to hold direct EU talks - The Scotsman
Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Greens backed her motion asking for a mandate for talks with the UK government, other devolved administrations, EU institutions and member states, which was passed by 92 votes to zero.

The Conservatives abstained after their attempt to amend it failed.
Scotland  Indyref  2  Brexit  Nicola  Sturgeon  Holyrood 
june 2016
The appeal of narcissists: why do we love people who'd rather love themselves? | Life and style | The Guardian
They deeply believe in their own attractiveness. They're the kings of flattery. They're really really charismatic.
narcissism  Online  Dating  Dating  personality  Selbstdarstellung  Social  Media 
june 2016
Brexit: What Just Friggin’ Happened... - YouTube
politics now is not just about left or right or middle or wherever. politics is also now about the elites/privileged and those who have been left hang dry as change changes their lifes without them having a say or can react
Brexit 
june 2016
The Reaction to Brexit Is the Reason Brexit Happened | Rolling Stone
Democracy appears to have become so denuded and corrupted in America that a generation of people has grown up without any faith in its principles.

What's particularly concerning about the reaction both to Brexit and to the rise of Trump is the way these episodes are framed as requiring exceptions to the usual democratic rule. They're called threats so monstrous that we must abrogate the democratic process to combat them.

Forget Plato, Athens, Sparta and Rome. More recent history tells us that the descent into despotism always starts in this exact same way. There is always an emergency that requires a temporary suspension of democracy. //&! https://redd.it/4qyte2
Brexit  democracy  history 
june 2016
A continent apart? Europe and the Brexit referendum (part 1) - YouTube
"rage against a system which is a blur between brussels and westminster"
Brexit 
june 2016
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