This is what happens when you have the week off, and don’t feel like following the news – the world turns in uncomfortable directions. Where to begin? Let’s start with the one that has the farthest reaching consequences: Arlene Foster, First Minister of Northern Ireland, resigned today. Most famous in Northern Irish politics for the Cash for Ash scandal. Also… Read moreQuo vadis, Ulster?
What does it take for a politician to realise that his career is over, that his influence is diminished, that the dinner speech circuit awaits, and that the rest is history? Alex Salmond was Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party during the first independence referendum in 2014; Nicola Sturgeon was his deputy and his protege. There… Read moreA man’s ego and a nation’s destiny
It is one of those cases where the devil is in the details. When the Brexit referendum machine got into full swing, not one Little Englander gave a thought or a damn about the border between Ireland the Republic and the 6 counties on the north-eastern tip of the island. That border ceased to exist with the ratification of the… Read moreFrom one border to another border
It has now been one full month since the transition period ended and especially trade had to do business under the proper rules of being a third country. And what a joy it has been. Within a week, DPD suspended deliveries between EU and UK, Waterstones (books) and John Lewis (everything household) stopped selling to European customers, Marks & Spencer… Read moreEl Dorado turns into a government-advised exodus
The ink is barely dry on the Christmas-timed Trade Deal with the EU. A few important aspects are still to be sorted, hundreds of industries to be considered when creating the actual agreements, let alone the real red tape when several arrangements (aviation, Northern Ireland, etc.) expire in six months. GB needs all the goodwill it can get, both from… Read moreDiplomacy is overrated, obviously
Living in Scotland, I had to overcome the culture shock of what the locals call “sausage.” The German word is “Wurst” and believe you me, sausage and Wurst are soooo not the same. When you say Wurst, it means meat. Packed tightly into natural or artificial intestines, with herbs and spices, cured or smoked. Either in slices for sandwiches or… Read moreWhere’s the meat?
Every kind of idea that is put into action needs a bit of planning, just to make sure that it actually turns out the way you want it to. Sometimes, the smallest detail, if overlooked, can have the farthest reaching consequences. (Ever forgot the bogroll on a camping trip? You know what I mean.) Brexit is such an idea put… Read moreChecklist