An incoherent article about an incoherent election

It’s Tuesday November 8th 2016. I guess I’d better write something about Donald Trump. To be specific, I’d better publish something about Donald Trump and this presidential election. I’ve written plenty, read, researched, mulled and even put money on Hilary to win (what good will the money be if Trump wins anyway?)

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Burkini ban: The liberal and conservative outlook

Telegraph Burkini Banner

On the way out of a local supermarket this evening I noticed a banner across the top of the Telegraph declaring “Burkinis? We have to fight them on the beaches” alongside the picture of a middle aged, white, blonde-haired woman. Hoping against hope that this wasn’t a blue-on-blue misogynistic tirade to set my blood boiling I flicked through to the full article.

It was.

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Brexit: My social circle react

The following are posts made by family and friends, or friends of friends of mine on Facebook and other social networks in the 24 hours following the British decision to leave the EU.

They are presented here unedited and anonymised. If anyone would like to be credited with what they have said, or have their writing removed, please contact me as soon as possible.
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Critics of EU ‘red tape’

I subtitle this post, in the immortal words of Lord Kitchener, said as he encouraged men to enlist to fight in The Great War:

“Be certain that your so-called reason is not a selfish excuse”

Using two examples around data protection and privacy that I recently encountered, I will argue against the ever-popular opinion that European Union (EU) regulation is limiting Britain, and that leaving would benefit the majority of us.
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Two questions to ask of a political future

At this referendum, many of the arguments by the leave side are focused on voting leave as taking an opportunity, free from the reams of European dictacts, laws and courts, to implement a newly imagined political future.

I’m all about asking the questions ‘how did we get here, why are things done this way, and how could they be done better?’, and so I support this honourable and necessary endeavour.

However, for this particular vote at this particular juncture the two issues I would raise are thus:
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The story of five Hong Kong booksellers

Today brings the revelation of Hong Kong citizen, publisher and bookseller Lam Wing-kee that in October last year he did not voluntarily cross the border into China to meet waiting law enforcement officers, in order to repent his sins for selling rumour-laden, sensationalist, gossip factory books about Chinese leadership in a televised confession.

He was rendered by Chinese state security operatives, against his will, as he crossed the border from Hong Kong to neighbouring Shenzhen, taken to the coastal port of Ningbo and made to sign papers waiving his right to a lawyer (an inalienable right, even in Chinese law). After months of house arrest and torture he eventually made a broadcast confession, reading from a pre-prepared script. A confession he now wholly refutes.

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