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In The Realms of the Unreal

20 December, 2016 (17:40) | Brexit, Dead Water | By: Ian Burdon

Somewhere around 1979 or 80, I read Paul Feyerabend’s Against Method. I got to it by a roundabout route: his How To Be a Good Empiricist was in a Philosophy of Science tutorial reading list, and I was sufficiently intrigued by that to read more of him. Against Method is not without its critics, some, […]

Trumpety Trump Trump Trump

9 November, 2016 (19:56) | Brexit, Dead Water | By: Ian Burdon

On 3 November 2004, on an old blog that no longer exists except on my hard drive, I wrote: The history of the twentieth century was the history of the rise of America: the history of the twenty-first century will be that of its decline and fall. The hope has to be that it doesn’t […]


10 July, 2016 (10:34) | Brexit | By: Ian Burdon

More Brexit. I had a discussion with my MSP on Twitter last night. Alex (Lib. Dem.) retweeted his party leader. The discussion went as follows: My direct message to @angelaeagle. What will you do that is different to @jeremycorbyn on Europe? pic.twitter.com/ffIjb61O3I  — Tim Farron (@timfarron) July 9, 2016 @timfarron @agcolehamilton for a party keen […]

Dancing Down the Stony Road

3 July, 2016 (18:09) | Brexit | By: Ian Burdon

This isn’t the post I was going to write. I spent time yesterday trying to sketch down some further thoughts about Brexit, but abandoned them when I realised they were guff. No change there, then. What I was thinking about yesterday was finding an upside to the Brexit clusterfuck. I toyed with the notion that […]

In Every Dream Home a Heartache.

27 June, 2016 (20:01) | Brexit | By: Ian Burdon

As you might have noticed, the Brexit clusterfuck has been on my mind. Much as I’d like to think there is a way out of it–and there may be–my working assumption is that it will go ahead. The potential way out is in the election of a new Conservative leader, and hence Prime Minister, in […]

Brexit Schmexit

26 June, 2016 (23:43) | Brexit | By: Ian Burdon

I was going to write a lengthy post today, but really I’m still too down about the referendum result, and, I have to say, increasingly angry. Meantime, I’ll just leave this here. The EU is cutting us some slack because it recognises that in 4 days we’ve become a basket case (although the message is […]

The Morning After the Night Before

25 June, 2016 (12:48) | Brexit, Dead Water | By: Ian Burdon

In the 1992 Film “A Few Good Men”, PFC Louden Downie, not the sharpest knife in the cutlery tray, doesn’t understand why he has been given a dishonourable discharge from the Marines. “What does this mean?” He says. “I don’t understand…” I was reminded of this when word came through that Cornwall, having voted “Leave” […]

Never Again

16 June, 2016 (19:25) | Brexit | By: Ian Burdon

I grew up with the myth of the post-war consensus. I’m a child of the fifties (just) and a child of hope. The generation before mine had come home from WW2 vowing “Never Again” and set about putting together the things that helped my generation grow in a healthy, free environment–the NHS, expansion of education, […]