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The rise of the kakistocracy?

I was recently looking around for a word to describe government by the incompetent, rather as, for example, kleptocracy is government by thieves. I googled ‘government by the incompetent’ and was rewarded with the magnificent word in the title of this piece. Kakistocracy means government by the worst[1], from the Greek kakistos meaning worst and… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

It’s now more than one year since the UK referendum on EU membership, and the vote to leave. The Prime Minister, Theresa May, invoked Article 50 of the Treaty of Rome at the end of March this year and then, out of the blue, called a general election. Her intention was to get a bigger… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

Rocket science Incipient panic about the future of Britain’s nuclear industry has rocketed Euratom into the Brexit headlines. In so doing, staggering ignorance is displayed by too many MPs and journalists about the basic facts of the matter. Lest we forget what it is we’re leaving before we leave it, therefore, here’s an explanation. The… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

Running Commentary XV

Tottering Tories   Like an embarrassing drunk at a party, the UK lurches towards the exit. My latest long piece on the Brexit state of play, published by the European Policy Centre, assessed the post-election strategy of Prime Minister May. It was written before the calamity of Grenfell Tower after which her credibility as a… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

The Brexit Election Theresa May kicked off Britain’s formal election campaign by accusing the European Union of interfering. “Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials”, she said. “All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election.” The Russian Embassy in London tweeted: ‘Praise God… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

Currently, all British citizens are still citizens of the European Union. However, with far-right Tories heading to a hard Brexit, a “bankrupt” British electoral system in favour of the big parties and with a political leader of the major opposition party indifferent on Brexit, it all looks like British citizens will be robbed of their… » read more

  Posted by The future of the European Union

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