October 31, 2007

Advanced mathematicians required by the public sector

Wow, what a lot of people got involved in this debate.
It must be so important, or vote worthy!
I would be pleased if we could just find some people who can count.
Can it be that complex to organise counting people on and off an island?
Another bloody shambles!


October 12, 2007

Anglophobic rescue and ‘the thin red line’

Gordon Brown again refuses the UK a vote on the EU treaty. This is apparently because if our ‘red lines’ are unbroken we don’t need one; as if that was ever a good reason. A good reason is the matter of where ultimate authority should exist, increasingly it is in European institutions. However, he has committed a tactical blunder. I think we now can rely on our Anglophobic neighbours to push forward some measures to break those ‘red lines’ and on the opposition to point out their success. He has effectively ceded the opportunity to point out the treaty problems via a referendum, to Anglophobic negotiators who need only cross one of our ‘red lines’. I trust that we can depend upon them if not Gordon Brown.
To cross one of these ‘red lines’ may seem to be self defeating as it promises a veto on the treaty, but the Anglophobic continentals may take a longer view. They can initiate a process of excluding us if everyone else accepts the treaty. We would be marginalised again and eventually forced to withdraw or enter into a second tier less influential membership. This is a high stakes gamble as some other countries may also veto or vote ‘no’. Perhaps we should pre-empt this form of attack by arguing for a lighter European membership project and making it our own. This would in fact be better for us and could also be argued for as a staging point for new country membership. It could ultimately become the more successful European club and would allow us to offer an alternative European vision. Then countries would have a choice of membership styles.

September 10, 2007

When will the UK become a democracy?

Filed under: Observations, Politics — Tags: , , , , — conceptualizer @ 2:57 pm

In the UK we never get a chance to tell our government how we feel about important issues and it seems this is not about to change soon. How important must an issue be before we get consulted? It seems we can’t be trusted with a vote on giving more power to Europe. Without any reference to the people, our politicians have: rundown our defence services and used the remainder in wars we don’t need, made our law subservient to EU law, given more of our tax revenue to Europe, increased the tax burden and public debt, introduced charges for education, made it easier to gamble and provided no effective pension, transport or immigration strategy. However, they complain that we don’t show much interest in the political process when a rare chance for a vote comes along. Why are they surprised, the only thing we get to vote on is which of them to give total control to next. This is less a democracy and more an authoritarian regime. Give us democracy!

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