Referendum Day

It’s Referendum day and in London it’s raining like a bastard. As a final word before the day I thought I’d reflect on the 18 months I spent on the NESSI Steering Committee, which was responsible for planning the EU’s R&D budget on the Internet. My influence wasn’t high but NESSI did some good things and reopened my eyes as to the impact often at the micro level of public policy and on the whole, the world and Europe is a better place because of the EU’s R&D budget. Despite the UK Government’s lack of involvement and encouragement, the UK gets its share; I was pleasantly surprised at the UK impact at ICT 2010 which I attended. Personal experiencing reinforces the arguments of Scientists for the EU and the concrete macro issues on which i have blogged.

Decency vs. Barbarism

Decency vs. Barbarism

Tomorrow is the referendum voting day. As the ‘Leave’ campaign doubled down on immigration, last week, having lost the arguments on the economy, citizenship, sovereignty, and peace,  I planned to write a final piece on immigration, arguing that it can’t and shouldn’t be stopped, and that the Left (and decent) arguments are that we should build houses, reform the housing market, build schools, empower teachers, make higher education free, re-establish skills training, establish and enforce a minimum wage and reset the balance of power in the work place so that Unions i.e. workers can regulate employment conditions again. We need people to come here to work, and we should be proud that we have built a society that refugees want to come to, so that they can be safe.