Outside the marginals

a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

Archive for the tag “identity”

A Parting of the Ways?

Today marked a number of partings of the ways. The most obvious is the imminent (in historical terms) departure of the UK from the EU.

But there is another parting which comes down to values. Read more…

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Identity post Brexit

The recent vote to leave the EU has had me pondering my identity and how this may guide me in the next few, possibly turbulent, years.

The late Charles Kennedy, used to say

he was “a Highlander, a Scot, a Briton and a European”, in that order.
West Highland Free Press, 5 June 2015 | “The brightest and the best of men”

Following that model I should be “a Southerner, English, British and European”, in that order; but I don’t feel I am. Read more…

Regionalisation of the EU

In an article posted today (25 August 2014) on Democratic Audit, it is noted:

2014 will be an important year for a number of regions in the EU. Political developments in the UK, Spain and Belgium have seen subnational entities – Scotland, Catalonia and Flanders – become increasingly autonomous. Today, political movements in all three regions are openly calling for independence and, having achieved this, to become established as EU member states in their own right.
Democratic Audit 25 August 2014 : Scotland and Catalonia would face very real challenges in making a seamless transition to EU membership after independence

The use of “subnational” is interesting and raises the point of what a “member state” is. Read more…

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