Why can’t I vote?

Why can’t I – a British citizen living abroad – register to vote in the next UK general elections, and why must I thus be denied the right to help determine the future of my country, and how it acts internationally, at a time when my vote matters more than ever?

I was born a British citizen in 1972 and have remained one to this day, although I have lived outside the UK (where I grew up in Cambridgeshire) since 1980. I eat marmite on my toast, dream and swear in English, and hope England do well at every World Cup and Euro finals, even though they always end up underachieving.  Read more of this post

Brexit handler om protest, eliter, frygt og meget andet

threelionswinnerslosers”Should I stay or should I go? If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay it will be double”. Sådan sang The Clash i 1981, året hvor sorte englændere i Brixton gjorde oprør imod diskrimination og arbejdsløshed. Og måske er denne sang det mest passende soundtrack til Storbritannien lige nu, hvor den Britiske union samlet set stemte sig ud af EU med noget nær mindst mulige margen.

For Briterne var rygende uenige. Land med by. Rig med fattig. Skotland og Nordirland med England og Wales. En højrefløj, der ville ud af EU for at ”få deres land tilbage”, og for at stoppe hvad de ser som en uacceptabel høj tilstrømning af østeuropæere og flygtninge. Read more of this post

A new era for Britain?

With this year’s election in Britain over, and Britons having voted for a hung parliament, one might wonder whether there is really much difference between the candidates for the office of Prime Minister.

After all, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown adopted many of Thatcher’s ideas and policies upon transforming Labour into New Labour (through vigorous privatisation of e.g. the health service, the post office, law and order and the job centres, as well as Thatcherite fiscal and monetary policies).

And David Cameron has seemingly transformed his party into a slick, new vibrant Conservative Party, not unlike the force for change that Blair was for Labour in the mid-to-late nineties – thus finally ridding the Conservatives of their state of confusion that they had been in since the splits in the party over e.g. Europe and since Blair had co-opted many of their policies. Read more of this post