Staying in the EU

My job for the last 3 years has been EU researcher at a London think tank. My work was mainly on the problems of the EU and the different options for leaving the EU – in short, what might be called Eurosceptic. They can all be accessed here for free.

Over the course of my time there I have become convinced that it is best for Britain to remain within the EU, although it certainly has its problems. I have now left Civitas.

Here are some of my reasons for supporting Remain.

Here is how I think the government could promote Leave-Remain reconciliation, and try to fix the EU’s problems, after a Remain win:

You could also argue this (by a colleague), which is mildly true but barely relevant:

David Cameron’s renegotiation efforts have changed the EU for the better

Here is how the EU would have to develop for me to consider pushing for another referendum and wanting to vote to leave.

I have a few more articles planned, but await people to pay me to write them.

I am happy to discuss my views further.

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Reaping the innocent – government’s terror DRIP law

On Tuesday 15 July, the House of Commons will debate ‘DRIP’, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill. They will pass it.

On Wednesday, the House of Lords will debate ‘DRIP’. They will pass it.

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Nag your MP: Oh hai, please save our freedoms bbz

In my LibCon article on the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill I was criticised for
i) overstating the dangers of the Bill,
ii) offensive language,
iii) failing to appreciate the reality of street thuggery and other social problems which need addressing.

The first two I have no issue with – I wrote in massively hyperbolic fashion, because it’s fun to be a bit demagogue on my own blog and I didn’t expect LibCon to take it, and because I felt some populist urgency was warranted, given how little media attention the issue had received.
The third criticism is more difficult. At a wider angle, there are much more positive things the government could be doing to ameliorate antisocial behaviour. However, without vast economic and social changes, I acknowledge the need for an effective police force.

With this in mind, I’ve written a sober letter to my MP, which I’ll forward to relevant committee members and ministers. Continue reading