Monthly Archives: May 2019

Brexit and Nostalgia

Michel Barnier, who is something big in Europe, has long impressed me; at least on TV. I wish we in the UK had politicians like him. But his widely reported observation yesterday that (in effect) we Brits were against Europe … Continue reading

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Miliband Redux?

I was always a supporter of  Ed Miliband, as I told him when Kajsa and I met him at the LRB Christmas party a few years ago. He was of course monstered by the vile Right-wing press, as are all … Continue reading

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‘You’re a Nasty Piece of Work, Aren’t You?’

The news that Boris Johnson is going to have to appear in a court of law to defend himself against the serious charge – brought by a member of the public – of ‘misconduct in public office’, is cheering. It … Continue reading

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The Euro-Election (in Britain)

Well, that’s it, then; all done and dusted – at least for the time being. In Europe as a whole (certainly in Sweden) people seem to be relieved that the Far Right Populists didn’t do better than they did. In … Continue reading

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Brexit Psychology

I know I should be commenting on the dramatic events that have occurred in British politics over the past week: the much-deserved defenestration of Theresa May (no, it’s not  because she’s a woman), and the success of our right-wing Brexit … Continue reading

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

Farage’s brand-new ‘Brexit Party’ refuses to publish a manifesto, or to recruit members. So it’s difficult to know what it stands for, apart from (obviously) Brexit, and of the ‘hardest’ kind, and of course Farage himself. It has also found … Continue reading

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Assange and Swedish Law

More grist to Assange’s mill. https://www.globalresearch.ca/head-swedish-bar-association-condemns-handling-assange-case-uk-sweden-deplorable/5677741 It’s mainly a recognition of the flaws in any new Swedish extradition case against Assange, which his supporters have known about from the start. But it also bears on the crucial question of his … Continue reading

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Sweden: The Other Side

We Brits living in Sweden have a number of very informative and useful Facebook groups devoted to us. Most of the conversations posted there lately have focussed on the impact of Brexit on us, and carry advice about applying for … Continue reading

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Sweden’s Dodgy Past

From today’s Guardian, by a Swedish author:  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/14/sweden-far-right-wartime-past?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0Jlc3RPZkd1YXJkaWFuT3BpbmlvblVLLTE5MDUxNA%3D%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=BestOfGuardianOpinionUK&CMP=opinionuk_email. This will be uncomfortable reading for many native Swedes, as it was for me as a ‘new Swede’; although, to be fair, I and most of my Swedish friends were already aware of … Continue reading

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Labour or Euro?

Just three days now until re-entry to the toxic planet called Britain. I chose this time to return in order to be able to vote in the EU elections. As a dual national, I could vote here in Sweden, but … Continue reading

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