Tuesday November 8th, 2016. Posted by Alex:

Secret Brexit negotiations – not good enough, Teresa!

Current government and pro-Brexit spin is making a very big deal out of the argument that the negotiations that are presumably going to take place at some stage are like a game of poker. They must not, therefore “show their hand in advance”, which is to say that they would like their policy-making to be

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Monday November 7th, 2016. Posted by Alex:

Could lying politicians be held to account?

It has been reported that

The director of public prosecutions is considering a complaint that voters were misled by the Vote Leave and Leave.EU campaigns, in contravention of electoral law.

In other words, the question of whether the lies that were told amount to a criminal offence is being considered. Early days, of course, but

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Sunday November 6th, 2016. Posted by Alex:

Breaking the Godwin Barrier

In the days when the horrors of Nazi Germany seemed, to some people (particularly people who are not German) something far away that could never happen here, it became understood that once someone accused another of being like a Nazi camp guard or like a little Hitler, this was a clear sign that insults had

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Friday November 4th, 2016. Posted by Alex:

Brexit meets Bake Off

According to the Express yesterday:

JACOB REES-MOGG has savaged the High Court’s ruling Theresa May cannot trigger Article 50 alone, as the leading Brexit campaigner said Parliament passed the Referendum Bill knowing EU-exit would be exercised immediately.

This rather reminds me of Channel Four’s purchase of the Great British Bake Off. Yes, they bought the

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Friday November 4th, 2016. Posted by Alex:

Working on dual citizenship

Even if I were to hear today that the whole Brexit thing was off (just pretend, of course) I would not be stopping my application for dual citizenship (GB/IT). For those with a choice, who would want to be limited to a country that is sliding into little (white) British insularity? Led as it is

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Friday November 4th, 2016. Posted by Alex:

All change

Bear with me – the original purpose of this blog has faded, so it’s going to go through a few changes. If the appearance is wrong, let me know!

In the meantime, the might be a bit to see at site I have for my acoustic blues, namely alexwildingblooz.com, so you can have a look

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Thursday July 14th, 2016. Posted by Alex:

Boris’ shameless fakery

Ask a guitarist if you don’t at first see how well this sums #BorisJohnson up. Pretender, liar, self-publicist..

Tuesday October 6th, 2015. Posted by Alex:

I forgot – it’s POOR people who have to work like Chinese, isn’t it?

So Jeremy Hunt thinks (Guardian) that a hefty reduction in the incomes of low earners will encourage them to work hard, like the Chinese, and give them self-respect. He says that ““It matters if you are earning that yourself, because if you are earning it yourself you are independent and that is the first step

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Wednesday August 6th, 2014. Posted by Alex:

Is the SIAE as bad as they say – Part 2?

So far, in spite of a repeated inquiry, the SIAE have failed to reply. Simona, manager of the “venue” has not been given the money back, although there is some vague talk (that I don’t understand) about offsetting the mistaken payment against future events.

I have therefore written yet again, pointing out that

Is the SIAE as bad as they say – Part 2?

Wednesday June 25th, 2014. Posted by Alex:

Is the SIAE as bad as they say?

If you happen to have ploughed through http://alex-wilding.com/2014/03/busking-in-italy/ you will not be surprised about the resentment felt by many musicians regarding the SIAE (the Italian copyright-collecting agency). In the past, this had been a matter of stories that I had heard, but now I am in the middle of direct experience.

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