I’ve been thinking about two of the main claims of Leave voters, namely that continued membership of the EU “threatens our national identity” (yes, “our” because I, originally from Italy, also have British nationality), and that we’ll be better off when we no longer have to “take orders from Brussels”. I’m thinking about the six … More Our national identity threatened? Really?
It was interesting to see on Peston on Sunday on 19th November the graph above which showed a clear correlation between voting Leave and economically deprived areas. The discussion then went on to suggest that people in these areas were voting Leave to improve their life. The status quo was not helping them so this was … More The wrong problem?
A number of our group spend considerable time on the streets of Bath, leafleting commuters and passers-by or speaking to people at our street stall. More often than not, our experiences are positive. We’ve had people thank us, even hug us, and have thought-provoking, enlightening conversations with us. Only a minority of encounters turn nasty. Such … More Dear Mr Angry-Brexiter-in-the-Street
No, that doesn’t mean dropping the issue. Far from it. But let’s not use that made-up, nonsensical, toxic word. Rather, it is time to have a grown-up conversation about the UK’s position within the EU. In fact, while we are at it, let’s drop the acronyms and abbreviations altogether. Let’s call things by their full … More Let’s stop talking about Brexit
In a remarkable twist on the whole Brexit debacle, it was noted by many commentators that the Queen wore a blue hat with yellow stars to deliver her speech at the state opening of parliament on 21st June. This was not quite the same EU beret that Bath for Europe’s own Maggie Turner has created … More “She wore a blue hat with yellow stars”
It was an early morning in sunny Berlin when I received that call. A friend ranted incomprehensibly about the unexpected collapse of a long relationship. As part of my déformation professionelle I immediately asked, “Do they want to come together or individually?” I am a therapist. “Haven’t you heard the news yet?” my friend replied, … More Britain on the couch