One nation Tories and the rump of the Lib Dems should all feel more comfortable with the next Labour leader than they do a Johnson-Farage axis at No.10. The centre should therefore proffer a single candidate prepared to make specific offers to such types outside the party. And they should act now.
I am hoping that the unbelievably idiotic standard Brussels response that the only answer to Europe's problems is more Europe will, after this week, be consigned to the dustbin of history. However, I fear that the blindness and deafness of the European ideologues that still populate the European corridors of power may well be total. That, by their actions and behaviour, they will convert what could be a temporary setback to a catastrophic unravelling of the whole European project. We shall see.
Right now in the midst of defeat, let's hold on to our values, keep pushing for what we believe in, and be hopeful for the future. Oh and although it's somewhat unrelated, let's try to keep that nutter Donald Trump as far away from f*****g power as we can. We can do this!
Britain is at a crossroads: not the crossroads we wanted, but the one we have nonetheless. The choice before Remainers now is to allow this to usher in a new era of neoliberal, xenophobic politics that works for the few not the many, or to fight for a better, more inclusive, more equal Britain.
They don't want a world that fair, healthy and at peace because there's no money in that. Because with virtually everything in life it comes down money, power and control and last night's result loosened their grip on all three just a little.
I haven't blogged in a while and this seemed an appropriate topic with which to get back into it. The result was a close call which says to me that t...
Personally I hope we can think our way past a dogmatic response and get a Remain result come tomorrow morning, and I hope that during the course of the past few months some who thought that, given the chance to have their say, would vote to Leave the EU, might decide to Remain after all.
So now it's clear. Britain's decision whether to stay in or leave the European Union hinges on whether on balance people buy into the economic arguments for staying in the single market or are more afraid of the current levels of immigration continuing. I believe this binary view is wrong and here's why.
The alternative to participating in such intergovernmental cooperation is standing alone in a world shaped by the survival of the fittest. As the UK has long ceased to belong to those, it is clearly much better off inside the European Union - imperfect as its system of governance might be.
As a mother of two and a long-time public servant I have real concerns about the pressures being placed on public services in this country; with growing class sizes, the lack of places at good schools, and excruciatingly long waiting times at my local doctor's surgery and A&E, I'm frustrated by the increased strain being placed on our services in this country as a whole. But I've remained mostly on the fence.
Of course, the United Kingdom is not Elsa, the queen in Disney's Frozen. However several similarities can be drawn between the United Kingdom's choice over leaving the European Union and Elsa's flight from the kingdom of Arendelle.
I approach voting the way I approach most things. A long period of avoiding thinking about it at all. Followed by a last-minute panic. That's what ...
I will begrudgingly vote 'Bremain'. I will do this in spite of the 'Bremain' and 'Brexit' campaigns. For me and thousands of 'In' voters like me, Bremain isn't talking to a Britain I recognise. Brexit is.
There is a use of fear that is defensible and legitimate, driven by reason and grounded facts, and there is a use of fear that is indefensible and illegitimate, based on populism and falsehoods. The latter characterises the Leave campaign, the former the Remain campaign. So with rational fear in your belly, vote Remain tomorrow. And do not be ashamed of doing so on this basis.
In light of recent weeks, no-one can confidently predict whether the UK will be leaving the European Union after the June 23 referendum. As British voters consider one of the most important decisions in a generation, people are also dealing with big changes in the workplace.
Today's headlines in The Sun and the Daily Mail have once again blown the anti-immigration dog whistle for the vote on Thursday. The fact that virtually every UK and economic analyst and academic has predicted huge damage to the country if we leave the EU is of no apparent consequence to them.