The horror, the horror

This morning my concern is more general. It is that right now I am invited to such a conference when there is obvious doubt about whether such invitations will be offered in the future.

And there is my doubt as to whether the UK can really tackle these issues alone when the EU has, for all its faults, been an overall effective agent in the fight against tax abuse.

Most worrying is the fact that this invitation came to me through City, University of London, and UK universities are already realising that they are being dropped from all new EU based projects: those I am now starting are amongst the last we might enjoy and there is not a hint of alternative funding coming from the UK government right now.

Brexit is a disaster because Ritchie won’t get grants.

Discuss.

31 thoughts on “The horror, the horror”

  1. There are a lot of very well-heeled remainer lovies who would doubtless step into the breach and help keep up the programme.

    After all as the Prof must know from his hols, Fry macht Arbeit.

  2. Since countries from outside the EU have access to EU Horizon 2020 funding, we can add University funding to the list of things the Sage is ignorant of.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    The Meissen Bison – “After all as the Prof must know from his hols, Fry macht Arbeit.”

    That’s good.

    Off topic, the Ozone Hole crisis led to the ban of CFCs, which were out of patent, and so they replaced with more expensive HCFCs. But the HCFCs are coming out of patent too. R-410A for instance was patented in 1991.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R-410A

    So is anyone surprised it turns out that HCFCs are “potent” Greenhouse gases and so now have to be banned?

  4. First Marmite, now the enrichment of imbeciles – Brexit just keeps getting better, and it hasn’t even happened yet!

  5. He could relocate. Get on his bike so to say. I won’t be sad to see another leftie go. Or should I say a leftie go don’t think any of the useless fuckers have kept their word yet.

  6. “the EU has, for all its faults, been an overall effective agent in the fight against tax abuse”
    He can relocate to another EU country then, e.g. Ireland, and continue this fight which he says has been effective. The UK has voted not to be an EU member. I’m assuming he respects that vote, or maybe he doesn’t because it wasn’t done using proportional representation or something.

  7. Is he not going to Scotia to ensure it remains in the EU?

    Fvck right off!

    We’ve got enought retards up here thanks v much, so many that they elected an SNP government.

  8. Lord T,

    To be fair, Brexit hasn’t actually happened yet either. Though Emma Thompson can just fuck off on principle and take Lily Bloody Allen with her.

  9. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Andrew Carey: “it wasn’t done using proportional representation or something.”

    A simple yes/no vote is as proportional as it gets. There’s the proportion voting yes, and the proportion voting no. Of course Murphy doesn’t like any form of popular representation that yields results other than he would like. He also doesn’t know how to use a semicolon and thinks an appositive colon should separate two independent clauses. Man’s a barbarian.

  10. So is he saying that the EU has already started cutting UK from grants despite article 50 not even being triggered yet and no negotiations started

  11. I believe the EU has actually or defacto locked us out of some committee meetings etc.

    We should withhold some of our budget contributions as the quid pro quo

  12. @BniC/BraveFart

    I heard some academic whingeing about this on the radio a few weeks ago.

    I think that the problem goes something like this: academics from different universities in different EU states but who specialise in the same or related fields join together with a view to working on a given project for which an EU grant is then applied.

    UK academics now find themselves NFI on these transnational teams because they would end up being disqualified from such funding arrangements when the UK finally shakes off the EU-yoke. I cried when I heard this.

    No shackles, no shekels!

  13. The pompous 0.2 of a professor is a P.G. Wodehouse character who has somehow escaped into reality. Discuss.

  14. >UK universities are already realising that they are being dropped from all new EU based projects

    I don’t see that somehow to that extent, once they come to terms with the facts about how many of those European in the world top 50 (THE) are here and in Switzerland.

    9 out of 14.

  15. Heisenberg (Arnald?), are you not failing to distinguish, ‘the country is doomed because I don’t have a job!’, from, ‘ my job’s home south, anyone for any ideas?’

  16. Didn’t that Berners-Lee fellow invent a thingamy to allow scientists from across the world to communicate with each other?

  17. @ Matt Wardman
    Some people are just looking for an excuse to drop Britons from a collaborative project so that they can give jobs to their cronies. In 1998 after Clare Short scrapped the “Know-How” support for teaching ex-communist countries how to run capitalist or competitive economies EU-Phare stopped hiring Britons for their eastern European projects. Pure coincidence? Do we stIll thank that the moon is made of blue cheese?

  18. @ BiCR
    I think Andrew Carey’s point is that proportional representation in the LHTD’s view is that half the weight is given to LHTD’s vote and half the weight to the aggregate votes of the rest of the electorate.

  19. “He also doesn’t know how to use a semicolon and thinks an appositive colon should separate two independent clauses”. Please explain why you disagree.

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