What really matters – the mundane..

Tory MPs complain that their inboxes are deluged with demands for both extremes: a “People’s Vote” on one hand, or a no-deal Brexit on the other. (Emails about more mundane topics, like delayed trains, still outnumber both.)

—The Economist, in ‘A rebellion in the Conservative ranks fizzles out

I hate referendums

Ultimately, the British people voted for a departure but not for a destination, which is why what really matters is allowing them to vote again on the final deal, giving them the chance to say no to an irresponsible hard Brexit that risks our economy and our jobs.

—Tim Farron, then leader of the Liberal Democrats, in 2016


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TIL: SLS, aka the Shit Life Syndrome

In recent years, many of Britain’s coastal communities have slipped behind the rest of the country in measures of income, education, and health, giving rise to an over-all feeling of depression and ill health which is recognized informally by doctors as S.L.S., or Shit Life Syndrome.

—From the New Yorker

Britain – a small, uncomfortable nation

“There are two kinds of European nations,” Kristian Jensen, the Danish Finance Minister, said last year, referring to Britain’s situation. “There are small nations and there are countries that have not yet realized they are small nations.”

—From the New Yorker

Brad Feld (and me) on Twitter & Facebook

I never really got Facebook, so I was a Twitter guy, but since mid-2016 engaging with Twitter has simply made me anxious, upset, jangly, and distracted.

—Brad Feld in Relentlessly Turning Input Knobs To 0

I couldn’t have put my feelings about FB & TW more concisely.

Brexit: a bleak glimpse ahead

Locals worry about who will care for the elderly and wait on tables in restaurants if migrants continue to leave. Moia Wood, a primary-school teacher who specialises in working with minority groups, says many people in Harrogate don’t realise how much migrants do for them.

The Economist: A northern English town offers a glimpse of life when migrants leave

They are beginning to find out—and soon the rest of Britain will, too.