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  1. In Topic: Identity Politics

    01 March 2021 - 10:49 PM

    I find the extension of blackness, and the minority experience more generally, as some kind of universal shared experience fairly interesting in these debates.

    Is the black experience of a Dutch native likely to be comparable to the black experience of an American writer in the first place?

    I find that certain parts of the left have a tendency to mush every minority experience together on some level (whereby minorities of any kind are assumed to understand and sympathise with other minorities in a more authentic manner than the social majority).

    In my view, this tendency is also one part of the left's struggle to respond effectively to certain political realities; whether the the working class anti-migrant Brexiteer or the cuban Trump voter.

    In the artistic sphere, I put less and less stock by "authenticity" as any kind of metric.
  2. In Topic: Brexit or bremain

    12 January 2021 - 08:26 PM

    I think there's also an opposite tendency of Remainers to downplay the UK economically in discussions of Brexit.

    For example, the UK is far from a tech laggard in European terms.

    • The UK has more jobs in the high-tech knowledge-intensive service sector than anywhere else in Europe.
    • The UK represents around 11.5% of global cross-border data flows; considerably more than its GDP.
    • London produces considerably more in terms of tech startups and tech funding than any other hub in Europe.

    And so on.

    When it comes to the tech sector the UK is generally ahead of its European rivals, mostly by a large distance.

    Now we can also discuss digital infrastructure across the country more broadly. The most recent EU DESI ranking places the UK 8th, compared to Germany in 12th and France in 15th.

    I'd agree that the perception of Germany and France running the EU contributed to Brexit though; especially because it's always easier to blame Europe for policy than admit that you were happy to accept or even pushed for that policy in Europe.
  3. In Topic: Brexit or bremain

    12 January 2021 - 01:46 AM

    View Postglasseye, on 11 January 2021 - 09:47 PM, said:

    My company did prepare for Brexit by turning its offices in Ireland into a subsidiary a couple of years ago so at least some companies were on the ball.

    Yeah honestly there are a lot of companies so it was always going to be possible to find some that didn't prepare effectively.

    I think it's fair to say that the last minute deal did not help firms. But a deal was always going to be last minute by its nature.

    I suspect the cost of unecessary contingency planning actually outweighs the cost of some firms not being prepared, overall. Both are blips in the great scheme of brexit-related economic damage though.
  4. In Topic: Reading at t'moment?

    24 December 2020 - 09:05 PM

    I wouldn't let that put you off Neverwhere, it works as a standalone. I don't remember anticipating a sequel when I read it. I'd say it's fairly typical Gaiman fare (not his best, not his worst); if you like his books you know what you're getting.

    I enjoyed Garth Nix when I was younger. I don't know how well they hold up, but I'd expect them to be decent if not astounding. I preferred Lirael to Sabriel but I suspect it's a matter of which you read first.

    24 December 2020 - 09:00 PM

    Merry Christmas everyone, and all the best for the next year. :santa:

    I am feeling very lucky to be able to spend the holidays with my family given the current situation in the UK. Less sure about getting back but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it!