Category Archives: Politics

September 8, 2019

The Political Butterfly Effect: Did a drunken headbutt cause Brexit?

In episode one, Jim asks whether a Labour MP headbutting a fellow politician in the House of Commons led the UK to vote for Brexit. He traces the events that were set in motion by the fracas in 2012. Does the trail lead all the way to Britain’s exit from the EU?

The entire series is excellent.

July 21, 2019

Britain’s Brexit Crisis

The first task of our new prime minister will be to try to solve Britain’s Brexit crisis. But how did we get here? For the first time, the politicians and negotiators on both sides of the channel tell the story of the key events, the mistakes and the miscalculations that made Theresa May postpone Brexit and forced her from office. As the final candidates in the Tory leadership race battle it out, this film is a salutary warning of what lies ahead for the winner.

A fantastic behind the scenes documentary on the process thus far.

July 28, 2018

This is what no-deal Brexit actually looks like

The UK is particularly reliant on Just in Time because it doesn’t feed itself. Domestic food production has been steadily declining from the early 1980s and is now at just 60%. Most of our imports come from the EU because it is closest to us. With food more than arguably any other good, distance is important – because it’ll go off. About 10,000 containers of food come into the UK from the EU daily.

Recommended reading on the impact a no-deal scenario could have on the UK food industry.