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The European dream has died. The UK’s is looking pretty sick after Brexit.

I DON’T know about the farce, but it certainly felt like history repeating itself as tragedy. David Cameron, holding back the tears, announcing his resignation the morning after a referendum defeat. It reminded me of Alex Salmond’s resignation speech on the morning after the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. All Cameron needed to say was … Continue reading

I DON’T know about the farce, but it certainly felt like history repeating itself as tragedy. David Cameron, holding back the tears, announcing his resignation the morning after a referendum defeat. It reminded me of Alex Salmond’s resignation speech on the morning after the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. All Cameron needed to say was … Continue reading

We are Brexit – and we don’t care.

The goggle-eyed Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, had it half right in his 5.am “independence day” rant. This was a revolt of “ordinary people” – working people, Labour people, the kind often dismissed as chavs. The Brexit vote was a well-aimed kick in the teeth of the well-healed London-Edinburgh `’educated classes” in their high equity post-codes, … Continue reading

The Scottish independence referendum was a festival of politics compared with the horrorshow of Brexit.

Nicola Sturgeon’s decision to forswear political opportunism and campaign for remaining in the European Union has been vindicated by the horror show taking place south of the border. Never has the gulf in political culture between Scotland and England been so wide as in the past week, as the row over immigration overwhelmed the EU … Continue reading

The Ukip Breaking Point was certainly the breaking point for me.

THE shooting of the Labour MP Jo Cox, on the day that Ukip’s Nigel Farage unveiled one of the most racist posters in British electoral history, caused the referendum campaign to slam on the brakes. The killing of British MP by a middle-aged white man alleged to have had far right leanings is a wild … Continue reading

Brexit could deliver Scottish independence – but at what cost?

Project Fear moved up a level this week with Nicola Sturgeon predicting a “right wing Tory takeover” after a Brexit vote, and the Chancellor George Osborne promising to raise taxes and cut spending in an emergency austerity budget. But what would really happen if the unthinkable comes to pass and Britain voted to leave the … Continue reading

Computer says you get fifteen to life. My review of “Big Data – does size matter” by Timandra Harkness (Bloomsbury)

    Like most journalists I am both fascinated and repelled by big data. On the one hand it seems amazing that Google can predict the spread of disease by examining millions of search questions. On the other, it’s infuriating to get adverts for toilets all over my web pages because last month I was … Continue reading

Trump and IS – made for each other. My column on Orlando and the Presidential race.

BARACK Obama seems to age visibly after every mass shooting. He has had to deal with 18 of them. Eighteen attempts to find a new way of drafting the platitudes of condolence to the bereaved. Eighteen promises that the perpetrators will be punished (if they are still alive). Eighteen appeals to Americans to set aside … Continue reading

Leaving the EU because of fear of foreigners would be a tragedy.

“WE must take back control – control of our borders, control of our finances and control of our laws.” The relentless mantra from the Leave side in Thursday’s television debate almost had me throwing my remote at the TV screen. But the phrase goes down well in focus groups, it seems, so we’ll be hearing … Continue reading

After June 23rd, David Cameron is history. Uncivil war in the Tory Party.

“TELL us,” asked Ed Milliband, on his first outing on BBC’s Question Time since he ceased being Labour leader, “which non-EU country would the UK be like post-Brexit?” The prominent pro-Leave Tory MP David Davis replied: “Great Britain.” The audience roared its approval. It was one of most telling exchanges in the EU referendum debate … Continue reading

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