What we learned

What have we learned about the UK leaving the EU since the referendum? That the problems that made many people vote for Brexit such as austerity, NHS funding, pressure on the welfare state are national level problems rather than EU level problems. The government never had a plan and still hasn’t. Or rather, it never…

From Hungary to Brexit

Hear how one Hungarian family has been affected by the Brexit vote. (Nine and a half minutes) Hear more on Absolutely Intercultural.

Relevant links

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The last chapter?

I had intended for the last post on this blog to be one about how the Remain and Leave sides could be reconciled after a Remain win as the anger on the Leave side was apparent from the beginning and would need to be addressed. And also because an MP was assassinated allegedly because of…

Wondering aloud

Somebody on Facebook took the trouble to explain their thinking on the EU referendum in the UK. If that person had been standing in front of me saying these things. How would I have responded? To create a dialogue, I mean. Here is how he started: Joe Average: On June 23rd, I am expected to…

Free pdf version

I have now collated all the posts and pages of this blog (apart from procedural ones) into a free PDF. I have attempted to arrange things in a logical order starting witht he pages and following up with the posts in chronological order. Get it here.

Who says so?

Can you guess which side these word clouds come from? One is from a prominent Remain website and the other is from a prominent Leave¬†site. But which is which? Word Clouds show the most commonly used words in size order. So the biggest word is the one that is used the most and so on….

Democracy should start this minute

Where are the women? I have been devoting a great deal of time to the EU referendum debate and have noted that the tone is harsh, full of ad hominem attacks and straw men. I have been trying to advocate constructive dialogue rather than point-scoring debate. I am also aware that the raw anger in…

Head or heart?

A constant refrain in the EU referendum debate from potential voters has been that they feel ill-informed. Without wishing to sound rude, I think they might be right. And this lack of knowledge is not going to be fixed by a glossy leaflet or even a couple of feature-length articles in a newspaper (even assuming…

Post-referendum accord

Most people seem to realise that the tone of the EU referendum campaign has been harsh so far. This is why in both the 4 week course and the mini course I organised on the topic of the referendum, I included some guidelines on using dialogue rather than debate. And some commentary has just been…

Trying to dialogue

It is very hard to switch from point-scoring debate to constructive dialogue! Especially in politics where feelings run high. But if the aim is to convince opponents to switch sides then although the probability is remote, it is even more remote if the tone is disrespectful, accusatory and negative. I have previously set out the…

Britain: Leading not leaving

This is the title of a new book by Gordon Brown which makes the case for Britain to stay in the EU. A digital version will set you back about ¬£3. My reading list tends to those who can put their point across with respect. On the Leave side I have read Roger Bootle’s “The…