28 June 2016

Brexit update

Time to check in again with the glorious brexit revolution. S&P has confirmed the downgrade of the UK’s credit rating. In The Sun, Kelvin McKenzie admits he’s regretting voting Leave. It’s increasingly clear that the pro-brexit politicans have no plan for what to do next. Well, except Theresa May — she’s already planning to abandon the European Convention on Human Rights. Families are being driven apart as kids realize their parents voted to screw their futures. ... Read more

26 June 2016

Narrative arc

I’ve posted on Facebook about the fact that I’m becoming a US citizen this year. One response I haven’t seen from anyone is surprise. Circa 1995, my (American) friend Leah said I was the most American British person she had ever met. Earlier, in the 80s, I remember someone remarking on my use of obscure Americanisms. Further back still, there’s a photo of me as a child in my favorite shirt of the time — with its US air force insignia and CLEVELAND OHIO on the sleeve. ... Read more

26 June 2016

New Restaurant Menu

Ham au Cameron Mess o’ Farage Full English brexit served with sour grapes Cornish patsies No French bread Hard cheese

26 June 2016

Brexit fallout

Not given much consideration by UK voters is the fact that they’ve basically set Northern Ireland on a course to a vicious sectarian political battle: Recklessly, casually, with barely a thought, English nationalists have planted a bomb under the settlement that brought peace to Northern Ireland and close cordiality to relations between Britain and Ireland. To do this seriously and soberly would have been bad. To do it so carelessly, with nothing more than a pat on the head and a reassurance that everything will be all right, is frankly insulting… ... Read more

24 June 2016

Be careful what you ask for, you might get it

For my American friends and neighbors, my brief summary of this whole “brexit” mess. What happened Nigel Farage, a stockbroker’s son educated at an expensive private school, managed to portray himself in the media as a man of the people. His party, UKIP, engaged in racist campaigning, along with the usual far-right homophobia and rants about women. The BBC gave disproportionate coverage to UKIP, and initially they were treated as a joke. ... Read more

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