When members of the public bought tickets to a rousing celebration of the world’s best-loved classical music on Saturday night, they were promised indoor fireworks, thundering cannons and can-can girls in the aisles.
They were probably not expecting the stage of the Royal Albert Hall to become a political battleground, after a soprano donned the colours and flag of the European Union for her turn in the spotlight.
Anna Patalong, who spent Saturday at the London protest march to demand a second referendum, wore yellow and blue with a distinctive necklace of stars, in what appeared to be a defiant message to the electorate through the prism of classical music.
And as concert organisers, determined that the night not be hijacked by disagreements over Europe, asked her to change back into the dress she had worn for the previous performances, her husband took to social media to complain about her mistreatment.
Sorry. Ecks has been in and writing the headlines. Altho’ recall, it’s only treason if you lose.
European food and ingredients have become staple food choices for the British. The use of ingredients such as garlic, peppers, avocados, Parmesan cheese and all those other European ingredients that are now taken for granted are relatively new and were still rare in the 1990s.
Half of those named ingredients, avocados and peppers, are actually American.
Well, obviously, Polly doesn’t quite get it
Even if Theresa May’s rotten deal scrapes through, Brexit will fester for a generation
It has been festering for a generation love…..
So, imagine. We all vote again. In a three way deal. No deal, May’s deal, Remain.
A survey by ComRes found that 44 per cent of the public now believe the UK should leave without a deal if Brussels refuses to make any further concessions – a six point rise from January. Less than a third (30 per cent) disagreed.
No deal gains the plurality.
How much respect for the voice of the people would there be then?
The Independent Group will at last give us real opposition to Brexit
About the level of opposition we should be having too.
What is it? 7 who left Labour before they were thrown and three Lib Dems who joined the wrong party in the first place?
Christine Lagarde warns entire European project at risk as southern economies fall behind prosperous north
There shouldn’t be a European project. Recognition of the failure of the current one would therefore be a good idea.
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Still, that same exhibition leaves the visitor in no doubt that what will befall these islands in less than 50 days is of epic significance, breaking a thread that has run through our long history. Even in the age of Mercia, the kingdom strained hard to connect with its neighbours in “Francia”, Rome and Ireland. The 10th-century court of Æthelstan was a cosmopolitan magnet to scholars from all over the continent.
Although not, quite famously, in political union with any of them.
But it’s not sane. Even the softest, mildest Brexit-with-a-deal represents an act of national folly that would have had Cnut shaking his head in disbelief.
He famously tried to join the Holy Roman Empire, didn’t he?
British exporters sending goods to far-flung destinations in the coming days risk being locked out of harbours around the world as a no-deal Brexit looms, business leaders have warned.
Independent trade experts and the UK’s biggest business groups said exporters could be dispatching goods from UK ports imminently that would not arrive until after the 29 March deadline. This raised the prospect of goods being stuck in ports or facing hefty additional costs in the event of a disorderly Brexit.
The Bangladeshis are going to lock out our cargo of sewing machines because we’re having a spat with Brussels?
Sheep will be slaughtered, unexportable with a 60% tariff. Supermarket shelves will empty – it only takes a rumour to set off panic-buying.
How can we have both an excess of food and a lack of it?
Don’t you remember how Tony Blair changed the law?
Amber Rudd declares that Brexit threatens the cross channel ferries and we’re in an emergency, civil rights are suspended and, effectively, we’ve got martial law.
The most significant thinker in the Brexit movement went further. Richard North, the advocate of “Flexcit”, warned that,
Richard is many things including dogged and often correct but most significant?
Rationally, a flexible approach made sense. But by the winter of 2013 the market for rational politics was faltering. North described how Lawson and his fellow judges excluded from the shortlist entries that said the only way to leave the EU was to follow the Norwegian example. Until that point, he had had regular meetings with Arron Banks, Owen Patterson and Cummings. “But something then happened – I don’t know what. Cummings went dark on me and I was ‘no platformed’.”
Well, yes. To be perhaps a little harsh there’s a touch of the Ritchie here, in that Richard tends to work on the my way or the highway principle, leading to a certain difficulty in remaining in the warm embrace of an organisation. That he is indeed often right doesn’t change this.
An entire year group at a European state school in Oxfordshire could be forced to abandon their education in the event of a no-deal Brexit, school leaders have said.
Year 11 students at Europa school in Culham, Oxfordshire, are studying for a European baccalaureate (EB), but are currently in limbo, with many believing they will not be able to complete their education if the UK crashes out of the EU.
The school teaches a multilingual curriculum and is the only school in the country that offers the EB, a qualification backed by the EU that it would be unable to offer in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Why would it not be possible to offer it? No exlanation is given of course.
The ‘will of the people’ on Brexit was not fixed for all time in June 2016
But that’s different because reasons.
Italians used to be fervently pro-EU. What went wrong?
Italy once stood enthusiastically at the heart of the European project. But over the years disaffection set in
So, you’re a young, lusty, hetero male and you get invited to a party that’s going to be full of ex-convent schoolgirls turned models. You gird your loins and look forward to a good time.
Experience of the actual party leads to realisation that the booze is non-alcoholic beer and lite at that, the food vegan and the lust interest are the winners of that look alike contest Dolly Parton herself lost.
A certain disappointment might set in, no? Possibly disaffection?
In fact, leaving looks like a good idea?
No, I don’t know. I hope for WTO no deal on 29 March.