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The EU’s democratic deficit.

The EU’s democratic deficit.

Some notes based on the ERS’ document, “Close the Gap: Tackling Europe’s Democratic Deficit”. They have 12 proposals, seven of which suggest actions for the UK Parliament, two for political parties (other than Labour) and one each for the Council, Commission and Parliament. So not so much an EU deficit, more a UK paying attention problem. Mind you, they could pay more attention to what HMG is doing too. I read it once, and made some diigo notes, which I reproduce below/overleaf. …

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How to rejoin the EU

How to rejoin the EU

That Brexit: it’s falling apart faster than I thought, what with the fishing fuck up and the closure i.e. suspension of one of the Nissan production lines. I was ruing my new blue passport when a friend told me he had seven years on his burgundy one and I said, we’d be back in by then. He thought not, but those of us for whom it’s life time project need to consider what our response is to what’s happening. The fact is that leaving is a disaster, here are my notes.

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Brexit, the next deadlines

Brexit, the next deadlines

Brexit is not done. Here are the new and next deadlines starting with Finance and Data. Also note that negotiation on agri-business documentation is incomplete and has a very short term deadline. Here are my notes and the IFG info-graphic. …

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Gramsci in context

Gramsci in context

Martin Thomas (of the AWL) together with Peter Thomas has produced a pamphlet/book on the Life and thoughts of Gramsci.  I might read it some time, but not today. Their landing page which hosts the .pdf is called Gramsci in Context.  I also found this, from Socialist Appeal which argues that many Communists and Social Democrats have adopted and distorted Gramsci’s insights into hegemony and propaganda. I have no further notes on this item.

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Duesenbury’s ratchet theorem

Duesenbury’s ratchet theorem

I came across this a long time ago, while studying for my a-levels, so thank you Mr Sidemouth, but I have not heard much about him since. While considering the Tories attempts to reduce the penurious universal credit payments, and my own experiences as I move into retirement I am reminded of the ratchet. Here are my notes …

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Local Woodland

Local Woodland

Mmmh. Ancient Woodlands. Are there any in Lewisham? It would seem the answer is yes, possibly several sites. Do you think we could introduce some Bears? Here are my notes …

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GMB Congress size

GMB Congress size

The GMB’s annual congress, except when pandemics occur is defined by rule., Rule 8.  It consists of one delegate per 1500 members and the delegates are appointed by the regions, 90% elected by the membership within Regions and 10% appointed by the Regional Committees, which are themselves indirectly elected bodies. This means that at the moment, Congress is about ~420 delegates.