Category Archives: Brexit

The UK/EU Restoration Movement

UK now having left the EU, time for: The UK/EU Restoration Movement: 1) Keep connected, keep our spirits up, support each other 2) Try to get a good Labour Leader sympathetic to our cause 3) Join political parties to gently … Continue reading

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How Not to Negotiate Trade Deals Post Brexit

Lifted from the UK Guardian comments this morning. Says it all really. And I post this for conflict and negotiation interest rather than a specifically Brexit point though despite my old friend Bill Ury teaching the British Cabinet Interest Based … Continue reading

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Corbyn Tory Useful Idiot?

If, as seems likely, Corbyn goes down to disaster, on December 12th; then the next UK General Election, due in late 2024, will be one, in which the last time Labour won an election, without Tony Blair leading it, was … Continue reading

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Progressive Leadership

When I wasn’t doing Labour Relations, I spent much of my career in Leadership Development: helping select and develop future leaders for Ford and other organizations. I got good at it because I saw how candidates we picked and developed … Continue reading

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The Murdoch Virus

I was today discussing the psychological problems that seem to be infecting the world, and I wondered if the world was suffering from a mental virus I call the Murdoch Virus. Murdoch started off poisoning Australian public life, and the … Continue reading

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In Times of Rapid Change Do Conservatives Necessarily Go Nuts and Cease to be Conservatives?

I simply cannot understand how the conservatives I grew up with, who were pragmatic, un-dogmatic and open to reasoned argument, have been replaced by the Conservative barking mad Brexiters, and at one remove in the US, the Trump supporters and … Continue reading

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Progressive Ideas Vacuum

You would think that with authoritarian plutocrat-corrupted bigoted populists winning elections in Brazil, in the US, in Russia, in Europe, in the Philippines, wherever, you would think progressives would be doing deep thinking as to why this is happening. You … Continue reading

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Bayes Theory in Economics and Economic Forecasting

In response to a recent post in Real World Economics, I set out my views on the application of Bayes Theorem to economics and economics forecasting. https://rwer.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/the-limits-of-probabilistic-reasoning-2/ It’s not really related to how I use Bayes Theorem, but then maybe … Continue reading

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Beware The Tory Cult that is Steering Brexit: Simon Kuper

Someone else shares my view that the UK Conservative Party is in the grip of Cargo Cult with catastrophic consequences: “The difficulty of Brexiting is part of the appeal: only a great tribe can renew itself through sacrifice”  In South … Continue reading

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Conservative Vulnerability to Political Lies

I was thinking as I walked this morning: why are lies now so effective in politics and when the lies are pointed out, it has no effect? Well, here’s some riff on the Right, someone else can do the Left especially … Continue reading

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