How will history remember Nigel Farage?

How will history remember Nigel Farage? I… I don’t know. Nigel Farage, scourge of progress to some, man of the people to others, is, to say the least – and probably to not much revelation – one of the most divisive figures in British politics since the hay days of Enoch Powell. The Estuary Essex man, who when looking…

Had we voted Remain…?

It’s probably easy for me – as being on the winning side of the EU referendum – to take a very presentable, high minded reflection on what I would have done had we voted to Remain within the European Union. I won. I’m thinking clearly. I’m not caught up in the zealous denial that comes from defeat. I experienced…

Why I’m for Brexit

To me, voting to leave the European Union is not some reactionary backwards vote against immigrants, or a vote against the natural rotation of the world, or a vote against progress or… compassion, or, ugh, whatever. To me, a vote to leave is voting for the freedom to choose the future direction of our country and, in turn,…

Why I left UKIP

To summarise, I joined UKIP in 2011 at a time when my politics were far more right wing than they are now. Today I no longer feel at all comfortable or politically compatible with being a UKIP member or supporter, so, bluntly, I’m out. It’s a feeling long in the making, that my views have evolved/improved/regressed (please…

You could have stopped Trump…

Okay, tell a lie – you probably couldn’t have – but, well, you could have had a better chance of stopping him, had all Republican primaries and caucuses so far decided their delegates on a purely proportional basis. Today, as of the 19th of March, Donald Trump holds a 200-delegate lead, with 673 pledged delegates, so says Google. Ted Cruz comes second…

I cannot think

I cannot conjure my thoughts into text. I cannot put what I wish to shout into paragraphs. If you had to translate my thoughts, you’d go away defeated with blank pages. My thoughts are everywhere; my thoughts are everything. I want to try harder. I want to give up. I want to stop hurting, but I want to…

Unpopular short thoughts and opinions

Popular opinions are, broadly, not the best opinions. Populism is a nice, friendly, easy ideology to take as your own – that is, adhering to the absolute wishes of the public – but it’s… an unprincipled principle. Take for example, public opinion towards war. For the government to take a populist stance towards airstrikes in Syria…

Paranoia

Paranoia is one of the worst things, I believe, one could be struck with. Paranoia isn’t pretty; it isn’t glorified or romanticised like aspects of depression; it isn’t given much credence by anyone, I think. It’s hated. Paranoia has many faces. To many, in particular many of my age struck with love and newfound feeling, paranoia…

Boris Johnson?

Boris Johnson is a double edged sword for the anti-EU movement. He holds the most favourability with the nation; he is the most recognisable politician in the land; he appeals to parts of the country his respective party would struggle to without him. For Boris to sign up to the Leave campaign is a double in the sense that…

Well, y’know

I pushed open the door. My hand grasped its frame, searching inwards, feeling for the switch. The light. Where the fuck is it. I’m holding her up. “Fuck the switch,” she rasped. “Leave it.” She stumbled on in to the dark void that is the room, tugging at my hand. She turned, faced me fully, my body collapsed against the frame as if…

Is Donald Trump a fascist?

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is poised to win Iowa in his first electoral contest as a candidate for the Republican nomination. This win is one without comfort. His future as the Republican nominee is not set in stone; he is facing stiff competition from his rivals, notably the hardcore conservative Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, the latter…

‘Poetry’

It’s been many, many years since I’ve sat down and tried to write some shoddy poetry. I used to do it in A-level, but, since I left school, since I’ve had a job, I never saw reason or time to try my hand at the thing. I once thought what I could write was really good; I…