Thursday, 20 October 2016

Breaking Brexit: FTAs, Infighting, Or Intractable EU?

Britannia stranded alone on a desert island cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft
I've been predicting for a while that Brexit will fizzle out and die whimpering due to the fact that the Brexit brigade had no plan for how to move the UK out of its union with Europe without upending our economy and our society. This is how it looks likely to pan out.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Could Petty Partisanship Compromise Democracy?

Alt-right loon
Whenever I see Americans deny that their country is a democracy it freaks me out a little; the right to have a say in how one's country, state, or local district should not be blithely cast aside as if it didn't matter. As the US presidential election looms I'm discovering that the battle between the progressive/centre right alliance and the alt-right isn't just a clown-car pileup being staged for our amusement, it's the stage on which the meaning of freedom will be debated. I'm not even joking.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Get Ready To Fight: CETA up for OK, Ratification Within Two Weeks

On Tuesday I wrote in 38 Degrees Manchester's blog about the court case brought by German activists against the provisional application of the FTA on the grounds that it's unconstitutional. Today they lost. What happens now?

Monday, 10 October 2016

Brexit: The Bumbling, Stumbling, And The Crumbling

Britannia - a bit of a joke, really
Now that Prime Minister Theresa May has set a date for pulling the trigger on our membership of the EU the actual process thereof is being discussed and dissected all over the social media. It's a bit of a mess, really.

Can the US Electoral System Survive Trump?

Donald Trump is toxic - cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft
The world's news media and global social media is all a-froth about the latest Trump video leak. Apparently he's a mega perve with a foul mouth. Needless to say, many upstanding gentlemen on the right and right-on chaps on the progressive side are falling over themselves to distance themselves from Trump and his comments. That is not the fascinating part.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Prominent Republicans Turn On Trump

Donald Trump cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft

The US media is presenting the presidential campaign as a close race. I remember the last time they did this and the truth is it was a shoo-in for Obama Administration, Part II. Now that it looks as though Trump the Chump might actually win, all sorts of people are wriggling out of the woodwork to try to stem support for the outsider.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Social Media Surveillance: We Are Not The Helpless Victims Of a Cackling Villain

Cartoon of Wendy Cockcroft under surveillance
I often get into debates with ethical designer and thinker Aral Balkan. This is mostly due to the fact that he has a rather Marxist outlook while I'm basically conservative. That's where the clash is. Today's debate needs scrutiny: we either are or are not the helpless victim of the Hooded Claw Silicon Valley. I say no.