Pity the EU elections aren’t FPTP really

YouGov interviewed 7,192 British adults between Sunday and Thursday this week. When asked whom they would support in the European elections, 35 per cent said the Brexit Party, up 1 point on the week before.

Lib Dems were on 16 per cent, up 1, Labour on 15 per cent, down 1, Greens on 10 per cent, down 1, Conservatives on 9 per cent, down 1, Change UK unchanged on 5 per cent and Ukip unchanged on 3 per cent.

The decline of the Conservatives into single figures is likely to increase the panic in the party’s high command, with 62 per cent of Tory voters in the 2017 general election now saying that they will vote for the Brexit Party in the European elections. Only one in five who backed the party at the last general election is sticking with the Tories in the European elections.

Nige would sweep the board if they were.

Umm, yes Tone

Politics is not an exact science. After the vote, there will be a ledger. On one side will be hard or no-deal Brexit with Farage and the Tory fellow travellers. On the other will be those who want an end to Brexit and those who believe that, after this degree of mess and on a decision of this magnitude, the final say should be with the people.

Isn’t that what the vote was? The people having their say?

Hotel California

Brexit is set to be delayed until Hallowe’en after EU leaders imposed a six-month Article 50 extension on Theresa May.

Can they even do that?

Anyway, fuck ’em.

Finally, what do they hope the deal will be after delay? There’s still no agreement om what we’ll put up with, is there?

Typical Frog idiocy

France has been an outspoken critic of allowing the UK to extend its EU membership without a clear plan, suggesting that Britain’s crisis should not be allowed to take the bloc “hostage”.

If we had a clear plan all agreed upon then why would we be asking for a bloody delay?


Brexit – No, I Don’t Know Either

I am seeing, around here, considerable hatred of the Tory Party. And I could see that this grass roots might be leading to some rethink up the tree. There’s nothing a politician fears so much as being turfed out of office.

But, you know, is this going to happen soon enough? Really terrible councils would do it. But are they going to bodge something before that?

I simple don’t know. You?

We know what that was

“This is a difficult time for everyone,” she said. “Passions are running high on all sides of the argument. But we can and must find the compromises to deliver what the British people voted for.”

Leaving last Friday would have fitted that bill, no?

As to the larger stuff, what’s going to be the end deal? Dunno. Never did think any of this would be simple, in that the political classes just didn’t want to do it therefore they’re gyre and gimbal not to.

We, of course, get a chance to tell them what we think of that next election. Which, no doubt, we will.

They won’t do it of course

Michel Barnier has said a no-deal Brexit is becoming more likely by the day after the Commons rejected all the alternative solutions to Theresa May’s deal.

Speaking in Brussels, the EU’s chief negotiator said there had to be a “positive vote” by MPs in order to avoid a cliff-edge Brexit on 12 April.

But wouldn’t it be Huzzah if they did?

Is there no joy Brexit won’t provide?

Gender pay gap expert among top professors quitting Brexit Britain
Leading academics in climate policy and economics have also had enough of hostility – and funding goes with them

Joy, joy to behold:

When the EU referendum result was announced Vera Troeger, professor of quantitative political economy at Warwick University, was at an academic conference in Brussels. She spent the whole day crying. Today she has had enough, and is leaving the country where she has built her career.

Troeger, an expert on the gender pay gap and the impact of parental leave policies on productivity, was associate editor of one of the most highly ranked academic journals in political science. She has been in the UK for 14 years and loves Warwick, but she has accepted a professorship at the University of Hamburg. After more than two years of uncertainty, she says other European colleagues, too, are preparing to go.

“I have a lot of academic friends over here from Spain, Italy and France, and they have all congratulated me on leaving all this behind,” she says. “Of course the academics who will be able to leave are mostly the successful ones. It will be a brain drain.”

Last week Universities UK, the vice-chancellors’ body, criticised the government for failing to provide enough protection for research in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The government pledged to underwrite awards from the European Research Council’s €77bn (£67bn) seven-year Horizon 2020 programme. But furious academics have discovered that while existing grants will be covered, there is no funding for new applications in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Horizon 2020 funding being allocated to those who push the EU’s line on such matters anyway, right?

So, good riddance.

Hang her

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.