This morning, all the newspaper alerts I have set up for work and personal interest had only one story: The Home Office Post-Brexit Immigration Leak. The documents are hosted by The Guardian, who received the leak of the Home Office's plans for post-Brexit immigration/foreigner working status.
The world is changing. It might be due to natural cycles of temperature changes that landscapes are becoming arid and uninhabitable, that the pH levels of bodies of water change and kill off organisms within - it might even be human intervention, with over-fishing, polluting and destroying habitats. With a changing world, what we need (simply as a response) is a food revolution.
We wanted to share a little story from the recent past of Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer who features in this week’s news about Donald Trump Jr. That story, we think, says a lot about Russian power, how it works and when it doesn’t.
This morning I read the CapX article by Deputy Editor Oliver Wiseman, which referenced the Chatham House report This and that. It measured attitudes of both regular citizens and the described "elites" of member countries of the European Union. After finishing I find it interesting to come out of the article with a different interpretation to the author (read for yourself as I wish not to bias you one way or another). But as part of that I also find myself questioning who I am. Am I an "elite"?
I have very little to say, except to recommend the UK Buzzfeed investigation series into murders of people involved with Russia, anchored in the UK. Poison in the System From Russia with Blood The Man Who Knew Too Much The Secrets of the Spy in the Bag All of this may read like a tension-ratcheting... Continue Reading →
I shan't delude myself to think that anyone reads this blog to be influenced on how to cast their votes in the UK General Election. I personally can't vote anyway, so am retiring to bed after the exit polls at 10pm, and will invariably wake up to a dystopia at 4am tomorrow as is my... Continue Reading →
I have a heavy heart again, using a black box as the image for this post. The United Kingdom, and more specifically, my chosen home city of London was witness to the third attack on this country in as many months. There is a risk that comes with living in the capital city of a country, compared to living in the countryside, of course. But that is no reason for me to abandon this place (besides all the financial commitments I have here). Barring a shift of Parliament to another location, my place is here, and always in the thick of it.
It's a well-known saying, mostly passed on from mother to child, that if you cannot say anything nice, you should say nothing at all. The Interpreter, a newsletter by columnists of the New York Times that is posted twice a week, today reflected on Donald Trump's announcement to withdraw the United States from the agreements to combat climate change from Paris. It reminded me strongly of that mothers' saying - quite literally. What would we do in a world without Trump?
You may or may not recall, and chances are that you won't, that I linked to a review of electoral management by UEA Senior Lecturer Toby S James a while back. It was concerned with changes that could be effected by centralising electoral management in order to improve processes for voters. If I'm not mistaken, the paper also points out that low confidence by staff manning the polling stations in the processes undermines voters' confidence in the polling process. Of course as such it's lovely to hear the the Conservative Party addresses this in their manifesto. There's just the slight difference in perspective, as they are eyeing the introduction of ID requirements for voters.