A year today I must either have a new job, be self-employed again, or for the first time in my life be unemployed. That is because my contract at City, University of London, expires on 31 October 2019 when the EU funded Horizon 2020 project that funds my current employment ends. There is very limited prospect of securing a similar source of funding in the UK at present because of Brexit. The consequence is I am already beginning to think about what I might do.

And we’re told there are no benefits to Brexit?

34 thoughts on “Eh?”

  1. how long before the reverse ferret? If memory serves correctly prior to accepting the eu’s danegeld he had some critical things to say about the eu – undemocratic, bullying or words to that effect? Of course that changed overnight when the money appeared.

    obviously his threat to leave the uk for the wonders of the continent were so much piss and wind.

  2. Captain Potato could abandon Blight-y and travel to Colorado where they have some beetles that might like to meet him.

  3. I would love to see him explaining to the Irish why, out of European solidarity, they should treble their corporation tax rates.

    If anything would help turn the Irish against Brussels, that should.

  4. Come to think of it, has the Republic prepared itself for the mass flow of Brexit refugees who will soon flood in?

  5. If this had been known before the vote it would have added at least half a million votes to the Leave campaign, and that’s just the people he has pissed off.

  6. Interesting that Trot Poly doesn’t pay him from their own funds, and that the heart rending nature of his post suggests they still won’t post Brexit.

  7. The consequence is I am already beginning to think about what I might do.

    Fucking off would be a start. Failing that, is there a Quaker equivalent of a vow of silence?

  8. When asked about continuing at City without H2020 funding, he replies

    And my feeling is I may [fit] better elsewhere now given my tax / accounting focus

    Translation: “They’ve rumbled that I don’t know anything about politics or the economy, so I’m off before they sack me. Also my students hate me and I’ve fallen out with all the other academics in the department.”

  9. More hints from the cvnt that he could come north of the border. If so, could prompt me to move south. Ely looks nice if a certain current resident of an unimpressive end terrace no longer lives there

  10. A year today I must either have a new job, be self-employed again, or for the first time in my life be unemployed.

    I vote for unemployment, Richard. Might broaden your horizons at bit… sitting in the labor exchange with the proles.

    Then again, if you know as much about securing unemployment benefits as you do about tax, you’re fucked well and good.

  11. And my feeling is I may [fit] better elsewhere now given my tax / accounting focus.

    Best fit would probably be either a straight-jacket in Ely or an accounting practice in Nigeria.

  12. aaa ,
    the other in “other academics” implies he’s one himself, mmmmm a bit of a stretch there me thinks.

  13. Bloke in North Dorset

    “Why doesn’t he just re- migrate to Eire? Then he would eligible for more EU grants.”

    Do they have an equivalent of vermine so he can lord it over them without having to do the messy elections?

  14. if he has to sign on, he’ll find his over weening arrogance will go down like a cup of cold sick with the jsa staff especially when he tells them they are doing there jobs wrongly. No benefits for the potato methinks….
    though the great caring socialist could do some voluntary work..

  15. @ BiND
    They now have a Taoiseach who is an anti-British (that bit used to be usual) gay Indian, so no vermine but lots of support for Murphy’s hatred of Britain and of Tim.

  16. There’s very little Quakerly about Richie, I’d say he’s Calvinist. THOU SHALT, DO AS I TELL YOU, STOP THAT!!!

  17. he and us of course missing the obvious answer –
    move to VENEZUELA.
    i believe they are great believers in printing money via the magic money tree. A useful side effect is the venezuelan weight loss diet see this -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBf66wAMpVQ&list=PL02D02B9A144182DB&index=14

  18. Special EU envoy to Italy? It will need someone with rare diplomatic skills, a strong grasp of the issues, calm under pressure and a feel for nuance to bring them back into the fold.

  19. Is it just my impression or is it the case that Spud has produced absolutely nothing in return for his funding?

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