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What’s the future for our disunited kingdom?

There definitely weren’t enough superlatives to go around last Friday morning as commentators floundered in trying to come to terms with the EU referendum result. What was clear to all observers was that a majority had been more attracted to promises of self-determination offered by the Leave camp than a Remain message which came across as “do it because we say so”. As emphatic as the result may have been though, it’s an outcome more likely to reinforce divisions than heal them. Let’s be upfront. Many punters saw it as a good old-fashioned protest vote where the outcome didn’t really matter either way. I say that because I understand "What is the EU?" became the second top UK Google search a

We keep forgetting lessons from history

Last week, a woman was brutally shot and stabbed in a Yorkshire street for no apparent reason. It was a despicable act that affected us all in one way or another. Some regard it as an isolated incident; an aberration; the actions of a deranged individual. Others see this deadly violence as the inevitable consequence of partisan politics spiralling into something darker in recent months. We can probably subscribe to either opinion to varying degrees. What concerns me however is the impression you get from some quarters as to whether it happened at all. The social media pundits who regularly peddle their views on the dangers presented by racial and ethnic stereotypes have been resoundingly sil

Neverendum: a choice between frying pan and fire

One thing I’ll say about this EU ‘neverendum’ is that there’s not a lot of apathy about. It’s claimed that eighty percent of voters are evenly split with the remainder doing the hokey-cokey. The choice as to whether we would have a Welsh Assembly was never this polarised. At least, I don’t remember so many people holding a fixed opinion or such a determined willingness to share it with you. I have Facebook friends who can’t manage their personal overdraft but who rattle off macro-economic arguments for leaving like demons. Then you have the Remain proponents who insist Brexit will bring about fire raining down from the skies as the mountains collapse into boiling seas. Being a slightly cynic

A very British sell out

While recent attention has been understandably focused on the future of steel-making in the UK, I find it remarkable how the loss of 11,000 retail jobs seems to have barely registered on some radars. Indeed, the muted reception to the news in some official circles might have you thinking the collapse of British Home Stores after eighty-eight years of trading is a run-of-the-mill event. It is nothing of the sort. This is not just a further symptom of changing consumer trends and other challenges which caused the likes of Woolworths, C&A and few others to shuffle off the High Street. Indeed, the circumstances of how a profitable trading outfit was systematically asset-stripped and then sold fo

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