I enjoyed reading this piece from Ruth Davis, formerly of Plantlife, RSPB and Greenpeace, now at E3G. Ruth writes at Nature and the Common Good. I thought I would share it with you:
1) Project fear is really Project Common Sense. And it will probably work. I have run out of patience with pro-Europeans complaining that the ‘in’ campaign doesn’t ‘make the visionary case for Europe’. I am someone who would indeed respond to passionately pro-European messages. But I am also one of the vanishingly tiny number […]
via Five things I’ve learnt during the referendum campaign. — Nature and the common good
On the question of “wresting power from Westminster”; which, from my instinct for lumping over splitting, has parallels with the impetus to ‘wrest power from “Brussels”‘ (as through we were, somehow, in a continuing Belgian Empire!) the following House of Lords report may be of interest: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/constitution-committee/news-parliament-2015/union-devolution-report/. I often wonder to what extent one may usefully draw parallels between two supranational unions, the UK and the EU.
This news has cheered me up: https://www.facebook.com/Channel4News/videos/10153527725776939/ though NI voters as a whole remain in a narrow majority for secession from the EU, despite the experience of we older voters of the UK’s only land border in the days before a customs union.
thanks Dave. A commenter on Ruth’s blog also slightly took her to task for that comment.
Did you have to bring Belgian empires into the discussion? There must be an equivalent to Godwin’s law for Belgium. Adams’ law perhaps?
The King Leopold Digression? Conrad’s”Heart of Darkness” Distraction?
Seems like the brexit referendum is the only topic on the internet. Well, it can’t be helped since this referndum could change everything … for the worse perhaps?