Posts by Ben Austin

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  • Polity: Four cents on Brexit, Fonterra,…,

    I've heard the figure of 20 full time trade negotiators actually work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at this point. They're going to be rather busy in the new brave world of amazing trade deals.

    I remember noting to some Leave intellectuals (on Twitter of course) that modern trade deals tend to be extremely long (hundreds or thousands of pages) and therefore quite complicated but they were reasonably sure they could do it all pretty fast.

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    I think the Conservatives will come in for their share, but this Labour meltdown is just too distracting.

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Seems that way. It wasn't necessarily clear at the time though. The activists didn't always feel able to give us full story. They noted various legal issues with full cooperation.

    Worth noting that a lot of us in StrongerIN at the volunteer level were new to the game, as it were, so had to take advice on trust from friendly sources. Now of course we know a little better.

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    Worth noting that Wandsworth also had a large number of Conservative In people helping (the two local MPs and a few councillors). We couldn't have done it without them. Although also worth noting the Vote Leave organisation locally was made of their local comrades, which made things a bit awkward at the Count.

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    Regarding that petition, well, I think by this stage everyone knows its provenance and also accepts that it wouldn't change the result. It seems to be as much an exercise in showing our anger.

    It will be interesting to see where it ends up. It does appear quite likely that the Remain groups that formed during the campaign will keep together here and there, where there is a critical mass. Not clear what we can do with that, but in London's case there is a lot of chatter about enhanced devolution (not independence!). There are also a lot of newly minted activists looking for a home - currently that isn't Labour or the Conservatives. It might be the Lib-Dems or the Greens and given how crazy things are today we might even end up with a new party this week (parliamentary rebels?).

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    Speaking as one of the Wandsworth London StrongerIn organisers, Labour was both helpful and not. The individual membership of Labour and their activists were very helpful and friendly. Many volunteered for us when they could.

    They did what they could via backchannels to assist us. However, they were constrained as to what they could give to us on a formal basis. Then there was the decision to call the Tooting by-election, which distracted the party* till a week before the Referendum. At that point the local party seemed to do what it could right up till Get out the Vote on Thursday and that helped us get to about 80% (we think) for Tooting,.

    * although I concede it was smart politics to go to the people on the bounce from the mayorals given the Conservatives had discredited themselves.

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  • Hard News: Hate and guns, in reply to Martin Brown,

    I had to renew my firearm's licence when I was back home last year (easier to renew than let it expire) and the process still required interviews of a close friend, family member and myself. I went to the police station on the day I arrived, which was a bit surreal having just flown across the world. It was all very relaxed but still enough for them to have a good chance of determining if I was a risk.

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  • Hard News: An interview with Ben Goldacre,

    I ran into Ben at a beer festival 4 or so years back and drunkenly shook his hand. He looked slightly surprised and slightly drunk.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Iggy at the…,

    I was sad to miss that concert, but unfortunately the tickets were snapped up long before I realised they were on sale, which is probably true for most of the European tour at this point, excepting festivals.

    If you haven't already come across it, Iggy does a BBC Radio 6 show Friday nights from 7PM through to 9PM. It is well worth listening to, if you are able to use the iplayer.

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  • Legal Beagle: The flag referendum:…,

    Whilst Key should be a bit sad about the result he can at least be happy that his voters seem to have turned out in many places. Rural / provincial National Party voting NZ seemed to be on board, which, as someone from that group surprises me greatly. Look at Clutha or Waitaki's results!

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