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    Why I’m No Longer Talking to Brexiters About Brexit

    I did something unusual this week. I saw something wrong, stupid and annoying online and didn’t get into a fight with the person who said it. It’s something I’ve found myself doing more and more lately, and it becomes a little easier each time, although it never feels completely natural. Wanting to correct misinformation or…

  • The sting

    MOST of what’s gone wrong in British social and political life can be summed up with a fairly simple example using Jameela Jamil, a fruit-filled banquet and some bees. It’s about belief, fact-picking, tribalism and self-deception. But first, the bees. The story is fairly simple. The activist, actress, presenter and occasional model Jameela Jamil ran…

  • A Name For What You Lose

    ‘Vote Corbyn, lose Scotland.’ That was the big scary warning from clodhopping would-be provocateur Toby Young on Twitter this week. While it might play well with the Tobester’s target audience of enthusiastically gullible bullshit-swallowers, it brought something else to mind for me: The music of Scritti Politti. More specifically, this pungent lyrical nugget from ‘The…

  • From No to Yes

    In 2014, I voted No to Scottish Independence. Given a chance at IndyRef2, I’d vote Yes in a heartbeat. I wasn’t a unionist then, and I’m not a nationalist now. My basic beliefs – in fairness, decency and community – haven’t changed, so what did? Basically … Brexit. Scotland has repeatedly said no to leaving…

  • Brexiters: A field guide for the connoisseur (Pt3)

    What a lot of Brexiters there are! Here’s the third in our field guide to Twitter’s lovely Leavers, beginning with: Ramblin’ Ron: He’s behind Nigel’s march 100%. Let’s see those lazy Remoaners pull off something like that, eh? Has never rambled further than the fridge. The New Radical: Think young folk are all out every…

  • The EU is an evil totalitarian machine primed to turn our youth into EU stormtroopers and our elderly into cat food and you just can't see it! Dystopic Dez

    Brexiters: A field guide for the connoisseur (Pt2)

    The EU is an evil totalitarian machine primed to turn our youth into EU stormtroopers and our elderly into cat food and you just can’t see it! Dystopic Dez What a lot of Brexiters there (still) are! Here’s part two of our field guide to the many Twitter types, starting with: Mr Echo: Most likely…

  • Brexiters: A field guide for the connoisseur (Pt1)

    What a lot of Brexiters there are! It’s hard to keep up with all the different Twitter types, so I’ve produced this handy guide to the major varieties, starting with: Racist grandad: Loves his wife, kids and grandkids. Not so keen on them Muslims, though. Retired. Johnny No-Neck: Football, tattoos, free speech, union flags, shiny…