Brexit – an EU perspective

Individual motivation:

As an intellectual exercise, managing the multifaceted complexities of Britain’s departure from the EU offers the kind of satisfaction rarely found in policy work. As a historic negotiation without precedent—no country has left the EU before, let alone one of Britain’s size and stature—it is a wonderful CV-builder.

In Brussels, where the talks will take place, officials are scrambling to involve themselves with what one calls “the sexiest file in town”.

Collective motivation:

Officials everywhere insist that their priority will be preserving the interests of the EU, not keeping Britain happy. “This is a negotiation where we have to defend Europe, not undo it,”

The other side:

For the EU, at least, that means placing hope in a British government that it fears may not warrant it. “From a rational point of view, we can’t fail,” says an official in Brussels. “But I’m not sure the rationality is there in the UK.

European negotiators who think it is essential to act as one are staggered to hear some ministers cling to the delusion that Germany’s need to sell cars to British motorists will ensure that Mrs May secures a good deal.

The EU’s Brexit negotiators prepare for disaster, December 21, 2016 at 12:57AM

Not really a democracy

The assembly in one state, Haryana, met for just 12 days on average in 2011-2015, says M.R. Madhavan, the president of PRS Legislative Research, a privately funded watchdog in Delhi.

Haryana’s debates are so perfunctory that its legislators managed to pass 14 bills in just 90 minutes at one point this year.

Everyone is talking about demonetisation in India—except parliament, December 20, 2016 at 03:39PM

Haryana, my home state 😥

Information, Bias & Drawbacks

Everyone has a bias, because that’s the only way to survive in a world where we have insufficient information.

Seth’s Blog: We are all biased, December 21, 2016 at 11:09AM

When our bias keeps us from exploring options that will move us forward, it needs to be replaced.
When our bias cripples a society we care about,
when it gets in the way of fairness, it must be re-examined.

Anti-defection rule & parliament disruptions

“Party leaders love the anti-defection rule,” says Mr Madhavan, “but it means MPs have no choice but to follow orders—they represent neither their own conscience nor constituents.”

Mr Tharoor: “but there are many MPs who see their job as performers in a theatre, since the outcome of voting is anyway preordained.

Everyone is talking about demonetisation in India—except parliament, December 20, 2016 at 03:41PM