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A Selfish Act of Cowardice

In Britain on June 24, 2016 at 16:00

With the result of the referendum now unchangeable, one cannot but describe David Cameron as a coward, a selfish coward. It was him who pledged to hold this referendum in the first place in order to win back voters who would have gone to UKIP or elsewhere. After the General Election he had the chance to say eff off to those hoping for a referendum; it is usual policy not to remember any promises made before an election once the votes are counted and the result has gone the direction it was expected to go. He did not, thus starting a nasty campaign that tore Britain apart.

Once the result of this vote was clear he had nothing better to do than to resign. He has caused this result to happen and now he is not ready to clean up the mess. He is avoiding responsibility. However, a referendum is NOT an election but only an opinion of the electorate. Therefore, Cameron has had another chance to give a flying to the opinion of the electorate. He chose not to. Since he decided to step down, he opened the door to worse things to happen in Britain, much much worse. Figures like Farage, who has no manners, Johnson who has no brains and Gove who thinks he always knows best, will come to govern the UK for the immediate future. And make the country a different place to the one i have come to know in five years of living there.

The question for the EU now is: what will happen if others follow suit and decide to leave? Will this construct implode like a house of cards? Now more than ever is there an urgent need to look carefully and scrutinize everything that constitutes this union and reform it, reshape it to the benefit of the common people, not shareholders, politicians, technocrats.

2012: Annus Britannicus

In Britain, Identity, Olympics, Sport on September 11, 2012 at 13:07

 

The current year will go into the history books of Britain for various reasons. First, there is the jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Second, Bradley Wiggins is the first Briton who has won the Tour de France. He later added Olympic Gold which was the major sporting event of this year so far: The London Olympics. Finally, Andy Murray has won a Grand Slam title, the first for a Briton since 1936! Read the rest of this entry »

olympic blogging

In Britain, Olympics on August 16, 2012 at 11:00

Here follows a collection of some interesting and some simply nice blog posts about the Olympic Games in London.

It starts with Boris Johnson who gave 20 reasons to feel cheerful about the Games. Number 19: There were semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the Horse Guards. Read the rest of this entry »

Olympic Legacy

In Britain, Identity, Media Analysis, Olympics on August 14, 2012 at 15:21

The London Games of 2012 are history and they have made history as London was the first city to host Olympic Games (summer or winter) three times. The LOCOG have argued that the games would all be about the legacy and it certainly was this fact that made gave London the games ahead of Paris when the decision was made in July 2005. Was this idea of a legacy just a smoke screen? Read the rest of this entry »

How to build a team: Handball

In Britain, Olympics, Sport on July 31, 2012 at 12:56

Britain is a country that is dominated by football, cricket and rugby. Add tennis, golf and the sporting calendar for many sporting enthusiasts is full to the brim. Interestingly, indoor sports are not featuring on this list. For the London Olympics Britain for the first time field a men’s handball team. If they manage to win a medal is doubtful. The women’s team is a far more interesting story as the team consists of players ‘assembled’ from all over Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

Special Relationships

In Academia, Britain, England, Germany, History, Identity, Literature on April 23, 2012 at 14:26

The possibly best known ‘special relationship‘ in modern history is between the United States and the United Kingdom. This blog is about the ‘special relationship’ the UK and Germany have enjoyed over the last 60 and more years, particularly on the football pitch but also on other field such as music, the press and literature. This post however, will look at recent press outpourings in Germany about a poem published by Nobel laureate Günter Grass in which he heavily criticized Israel and thus shed a light upon this special relationship. Read the rest of this entry »

Match of the Century, Football miracles and Jahrhundertspiele

In Britain, Cold War, England, Football, Germany, History, Identity, Sport on March 1, 2012 at 14:50

This blog is all about the Anglo-German rivalry and how it affects everyday life, football and politics. However, there are games that were labelled ‘Match of the Century’, ‘Miracles’ like the World Cup final of 1954 or the victories of West Germany against England in 1970 and 1972 or the ‘Jahrhundertspiel‘ between Italy and Germany. In each of the following examples at least either of them is always present, England or Germany, making a necessary link to the Anglo-German football rivalry. Where does this love for labelling games come from? And were these games really what their labels promised? Read the rest of this entry »

The Bull in the China shop

In Britain, Germany, History, Identity on January 31, 2012 at 12:54

Der Elefant im Porzellanladen or the bull in the china shop, both phrases describe a person that is not very sensitive when it comes to their environment and surroundings. This however, is the impression the German chancellor Angela Merkel is giving during these troubled times. Read the rest of this entry »

Sport in History

In Academia, Britain, Germany, History on January 20, 2012 at 13:23

Dilemma for young Historians of Sport

A generation of aspiring sports historians are facing a dilemma: on the one hand, the discipline has been recognized by the wider scientific community and as Dilwyn Porter has pointed out: it has arrived and is ‘taking itself seriously’. (Porter, 2011) No longer will writers about sports be considered as ‘fans with typewriters’. The amount of literature that has been published over the last three decades or so is vast, so much so that it presents an almost insurmountable task to grasp the whole width and depth of the literature. Douglas Booth, whose work The Field: Truth and Fiction in Sport History pointed out that the discipline had made a ‘so-called “cultural turn”’ in order to lay bare ‘its multidimensionality, and its relationship to the wider context of discourse.’ (Booth, 2005) Read the rest of this entry »

How to make things

In Britain, Germany, History, Identity, Stereotypes on January 4, 2012 at 12:00

Britain looks at Germany with envy when it comes to its productivity, this article in The Guardian newspaper suggests. There is a certain truth about it. However, the whole truth is somewhat different, of course. While the Germans can be proud of their car and other branches of industrial production, other areas are seriously struggling, education for instance. Industry and production have always been protected by the government unlike in Britain where a certain ‘Iron Lady‘ privatized many British industries such as Leyland and the country is still suffering the after effects of Thatcher‘s policy today. Read the rest of this entry »

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