Plastic Problems – Suspicions of a Recycling Crisis

I don't pretend to be an expert in waste management, but I have spotted a few things about China's new restrictions on the imports of recyclable materials that don't seem to ring true... (15/01/2018) For many years, the UK has depended heavily on China when it comes to waste disposal, exporting a massive half a million tonnes of used … Continue reading Plastic Problems – Suspicions of a Recycling Crisis

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Season of Bad Will: The Psychology of Political Insults

If you're still fuming after Christmas lunch with a right-wing, Leave-voting extended family member, the following is written with you in mind... (30/12/2017) Christmas is not an easy time for autists; a fact often attributed to our "preference" for routine and calm over spontaneity and excitement. This explanation is partly correct, though in reality there is very little … Continue reading Season of Bad Will: The Psychology of Political Insults

Same Fight, Different Foes: “Lexiters” and Why to Oppose Them

Politics is seldom binary. Here are some thoughts on how we Remainers can overcome some of our less common opponents... 22/12/2017 The political arguments put forward by the average Brexiteer are not, in themselves, something I lose any sleep over. Ill-informed rhetoric against immigration is swiftly dealt with by scrutinising the factual evidence, and concerns over the UK's … Continue reading Same Fight, Different Foes: “Lexiters” and Why to Oppose Them

Not Getting Off Easy: Thoughts on a Brussels Breakthrough

A recent breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations moves the UK one step closer to actually leaving the European Union and, there's no denying it - that's bad news for us Remainers. Here, however, are the reasons why I find myself far from despair... 14/12/2017 Nine months of next-to-no progress in Brexit negotiations provided a welcome boost for Remain. As … Continue reading Not Getting Off Easy: Thoughts on a Brussels Breakthrough

Defending Compassion: Petition to Protect International Aid

As if the theft of the European dream from under our noses were not enough, we now find ourselves having to defend another great bastion of liberal internationalism – overseas aid. (Petition attached.) 8/12/2017 Previously, I’ve written at some length about my dismay over the Brexiteers’ culture of extreme selfishness when it comes to international … Continue reading Defending Compassion: Petition to Protect International Aid

Technological Troubles: Unexpected Barriers to Inclusion

After my expansion to social media (www.twitter.com/autistliberal) proved to be fraught with problems, I’ve come to realise that the barriers to my inclusion in politics can sometimes come in the unlikeliest of forms… (22/11/2017) It's widely accepted that high-functioning autists tend to be good with computers. By definition, our brains favour the systematic and logical … Continue reading Technological Troubles: Unexpected Barriers to Inclusion

Curing the Catalonia Chaos: Support for Spanish Unity

As the crisis around possible Catalan independence intensifies, I explain why I’m with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his central government 100% of the way. Date – 29/10/2017 As an autist (and, almost by extension, a non-conformist) I’m not usually one for jumping on the band wagon. Nor do I pretend to possess any … Continue reading Curing the Catalonia Chaos: Support for Spanish Unity