Next stop: Norway

As MP Nigel Evans said this morning, British politics is starting to make the House of Cards look like Teletubbies.

First came the shock referendum result on Friday morning, followed by David Cameron’s resignation a few hours later.

Then came the (ongoing) bid to oust the ineffectual Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour leadership, culminating in a massive majority of Labour MPs voting in favour of a motion of no confidence (which Corbyn continues to ignore).

Then this morning came the news that Michael Gove, adopted son of an Aberdeen fisherman and one of the brightest minds in Westminster, had decided to stab fellow Leave campaigner and Tory heir-apparent Boris Johnson in the back and declare his candidacy for the Conservative Party leadership, causing Johnson to drop out of the contest before it even started.

Johnson is politically popular and would have been a far better standard-bearer for the Tories in a general election than ... Read More

Britain and the E.U.: a loveless marriage

Why do people settle?

So many people end up in relationships which rock along without passion, or jobs which pay the bills but are at best a way to kill time.

Of course there are lots of reasons: the need for money, family obligations, children or just an unawareness or inability to believe that things could be different.  But I reckon the biggest reasons we settle are inertia and loss aversion: we prefer not to do today what can be done tomorrow, and choose the devils we know to those we can imagine.

Inertia and loss aversion are pretty much the only reasons Britain has been given for staying in the E.U.  David Cameron, desperately trying to keep Britain in (and keep his job) has repeatedly told us all that’s wrong with the E.U.  “But we must reform the E.U. from within – the British aren’t quitters!”  Hardly a positive case.  And Jeremy Corbyn, ... Read More