I apologise in advance for what I am going to do. One thing I really want to do during our time together is take you to the football. Believe me, it's essential to an understanding of how Germans tick. Trust me on this one. Football is a source of national pride in a country which … Continue reading Us And Them
Month: March 2017
Today is a quiet day at work, so I do something naughty because nobody else is in the office. I steam open Theresa May's letter to Donald Tusk. Actually, that's not quite true. Such romantic notions are long dead. I download the document as a PDF from the other BBC's website. As I read through, I … Continue reading Picking
The fateful date. Britain has notified the EU of its intention to leave. Today, at a beach somewhere in southern England, Theresa May places her throne by the water and in the style of King Canute attempts to command back the tide of history. From this side of the water, today is about two parallel … Continue reading Kaboom!
One day to go. Nobody seems to know why the Prime Minister chose March 29th in particular to trigger Article 50 so here's my theory. She has until the end of the month. She does not want to leave it to the last day because in two years' time when Britain leaves the EU, "Independence … Continue reading Class
Theresa, Don’t Take My Ticket Away
In real terms, I'm more of a Polish plumber than a Costa Brit. I came to Germany sixteen years ago, pay my taxes here, haven't claimed a penny in unemployment benefit and speak German so well that I sound like a spy from a bad war film. I own my property here, but that's the … Continue reading Theresa, Don’t Take My Ticket Away