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2018: a year of optimism or confusion?

by Alan Dean on 4 January, 2018

Let’s start this post with optimism – I will use my blog more often. Not quite a new year resolution; more a good intention. I started 2017 with the following:  Optimism comes from the belief that people will follow leaders who speak the truth and take the population with them, rather than seduce them with false promises that lead everyone into […]

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A line was crossed yesterday

by Alan Dean on 23 September, 2017

Yesterday evening the sun crossed the equator on its annual journey south and away from the northern hemisphere. Looked at from the sun, it was us in northern latitudes who are tilting away from our source of natural heat and light. Like much of life, what you see depends on where you stand. Earlier in the day Mrs Theresa May gave […]

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by Alan Dean on 16 August, 2017

Today’s news is the UK Government’s struggle to construct a credible system for Ireland when (and if) the UK departs from the EU. They say they don’t want go back to a controlled border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland (the 1920s partition), because they claim to want to keep trade (and people) flowing freely within […]

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One year on – and only an unknown destination

by Alan Dean on 23 June, 2017

The first anniversary of the EU referendum decision by the UK to leave cannot be celebrated by anyone, whether a Leaver or a Remainer. The country has been plunged into chaos and confusion, made worse by Theresa May’s foolish decision to call an unnecessary and unwanted general election. She craved for a larger Tory majority to  strengthen (so […]

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What’s the point of wasting £170,000,000?

by Alan Dean on 30 April, 2017

What is the point of the Snap General Election on June 8th? Theresa May claims that having more Conservative MPs lined up behind her will strengthen her ability to negotiate a good deal for the UK as it leave the EU in less than two years from now. That justification sounded hollow when it was […]

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Thus spoke Kenneth Clarke in the House of Commons yesterday in the debate on triggering Article 50 to leave the EU. Having won a court battle for our Parliament to have say on the Brexit process, it now seems that most MPs won’t exercise their democratic responsibilities and vote according to their consciences and what they […]

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Into 2017 – a time for long-term optimism

by Alan Dean on 31 December, 2016

Whether one thinks locally, nationally or internationally, 2016 was either a year of deep disappointment or a year for continued optimism, depending on one’s mood and outlook. Internationally, we in this country have either shot ourselves in the foot by voting to leave the EU and divorcing ourselves from that European co-operation partnership, or we […]

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“Let’s banish pessimists!”

by Alan Dean on 9 July, 2016

Well, I guess I’m off to Siberia or Outer Mongolia by Christmas as wannabe prime minister Andrea (Mother) Leadsom calls for pessimists to be banished. She doesn’t say how long the banishment or exile will last, but I expect it will last longer than 6 months; so bang goes my council seat on Uttlesford. I’m not […]

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I have declined to publish or have edited on my blog several comments that have been so offensive against individual people and groups of people that they would be counter-productive and also add no value in any debate. An article today by Alex Massie from the blog of The Spectator magazine encapsulates my wider concerns about […]

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Two weeks ago today I was asked by Stansted’s Business Forum to put the case for the UK remaining in the EU. The following are my personal reasons that I offered to forum members over breakfast. ……………………………………….. When I lived and worked in Indonesia in the early 1980s I was often asked “Where do you come from”? […]

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