Tag: UK

Waiting for Brexit

The EU Council did what no one expected, which was to come up with a compromise on the UK’s request for a Brexit extension which was different than the UK’s proposal and any of the pre-meeting rumors about the EU’s position. Although we’ll likely learn more about how this was arrived at, superficially, it looks […]

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Another Theresa May Faceplant as the Brexit Clock Ticks: Speaker Bercow Nixes Another Meaningful Vote in Current Session

Just when you thought Brexit couldn’t possibly become more chaotic, those wily Brits manage to surprise. Theresa May tripped yet another landmine. Thanks to her decision to repeatedly put off votes and decisions in the hope of still getting approval for her detested Withdrawal Act, May was already set to go to Brussel for Thursday […]

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Outsourcing Giant Interserve with 65,000 Employees Collapses

Yves here. Forgive us for being a bit heavy on UK stories, but it is proving to be a case study in how end-state neoliberalism produces incompetence and corruption. As Don Quijones described, the failure of a second major outsourcing player in barely more than a year provides strong evidence that the UK approach to […]

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Alec Soth’s New Book Captures the ‘Beautiful Mystery of Other Human Beings’

Alec Soth, “Nick. Los Angeles.” From I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating (2019). Courtesy of the artist and MACK. Alec Soth doesn’t require much of an introduction these days, but here is a very, very short one: He’s an award-winning Magnum photographer with a long list of successful exhibitions and book releases under […]

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Prison Guards Told Us What It’s Like Working with the Most Violent Inmates

Every prison in Britain contains a small minority of inmates who are deemed so disruptive that they rarely enter the mainstream population, instead serving most of their sentences in solitary confinement. They’re known as “one percenters,” and range from inmates who repeatedly smash up any wing they’re placed in to those hell-bent on serious violence. […]

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Infiniti Calls It Quits in Western Europe, Kills Off the QX30 for Everyone Else

Western Europe doesn’t like Infiniti very much, so the Japanese premium brand has decided to hit the road. The brand’s residency in the competitive region only lasted a decade, and middling consumer interest, coupled with increasingly stringent emissions regulations, is all the reason it needs to take a hike. In doing so, Nissan’s premium division […]

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If May’s Brexit deal passes tonight, she’ll have 21 months to build a tech-powered Irish border

The Irish backstop is the biggest obstacle preventing Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement from squeaking through parliament. This legal instrument means that, should the UK fail to secure a deal that would permit an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the former would remain in the European Union’s (EU) customs area […]

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In Another Blow to National Pride, Britain’s Morgan Motor Company Bought by Italian Firm

We’re a long way from the days when the United Kingdom not only hosted a slew of independent automakers, it owned some of them. For decades, brands fell away as most of the remaining automakers found new parents living on the wrong side of the English Channel. Jaguar, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Mini, Lotus, and […]

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