Devolution

Trust FKaUK to make the totally wrong choice!

The FK(a)UK’s Brexit hara-kiri tour October 2019 – stage one

A short visit to Estonia, Finland and Lithuania demonstrates that mid-size places places with a sensible identity – whether Lithuania or Lombardy; Estonia or Extremadura; Greater Helsinki or Hesse – offer a type of “right” scale and potentially the right culture for being the major intermediary mediator of global and local challenges. They are likely to be far more effective than large nation states with their own exceptionalism of delusional global ambitions based on race and (in our case Etonian) entitlement.

Is there turnaround and recovery possible from the crisis on June 24th?

The opinion polls and their momentum suggest my resolution to try and persuade at least one person a day to vote REMAIN has been comprehensively bulldozered by the lies of the BREXIT leadership and their promotion by the offshore tax haven owners of the tabloid press. Therefore, the dual themes of this blog series – …

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‘Authentic karaoke’ – the best we can hope for from the oxymoronic George Osborne

I recently attended a ‘karaoke competition’. As an occasional vocal exhibitionist, the competition struck me as incongruous – to say the least. Karaoke should never be ‘competitive’ and judgemental. At its essence, karaoke is open to anyone – however good or bad at singing – who wants to have a bit of fun, entertain those …

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A Steely Dan take on local growth…

I could make a case for any one of Steely Dan’s first five albums being my favorite, and their greatest. Taken together, ‘Can’t Buy a Thrill’ (1972), Countdown to Ecstasy (1973), Pretzel Logic (1974), Katy Lied (1975), and Royal Scam (1976), present an exquisite, engaging portfolio of Dan’s intelligent, almost-unique rock ‘genre’. They also tell …

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Why the Scotland referendum result should still be the beginning of the end for Cameron…

Those of you who have spent any length of time discussing my passion for ‘the beautiful game’ will know one of my proposed innovations has been that, in any knock-out game that might be settled by a penalty shoot out, the shoot out should be held before the start of the game – rather than …

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