Brexit Blog – All I’m Left With is a Sense of Fatalism

27 December 2020 Rob Watson 0

At the time of the 2016 referendum on the UK’s future membership of the European Union, I was looking for a political home. After being let down by the Labour Party and the failure of Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to oppose George Osbourne’s savage austerity cuts, I was bouncing around looking for a party […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 021 – Leicester Soundwalk

29 November 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreI went for a walk into Leicester on Saturday and recorded some sounds and some thoughts. I’ve mixed them together with a couple of tracks. It was a gloomy day. It was raining, and the city […]

Nick Timothy: Remaking One Nation – The Future of Conservatism

21 November 2020 Rob Watson 0

Flicking through Twitter last Sunday, I was prompted to enter an exchange with Nick Timothy, the former special advisor to Theresa May during the time when she was at the Home Office and when she was Prime Minister. Timothy’s Tweet was one of his regular reminders to his followers that the nature of conservatism is […]

Does Labour Vote For or Against the Brexit Deal?

15 November 2020 Rob Watson 0

If reports in the press are to be believed, we are approaching the endgame of Brexit. Well, maybe not the endgame, but the point when we are denied access to the EU’s single market, customs union, and other benefits of membership which expire after the transition period on the 1st January 2021. After a period […]

Disrupting or Consolidating?

14 November 2020 Rob Watson 0

It’s welcome news that the United States of America has a President-Elect, with Joe Biden beating Donald Trump in both the popular vote and the electoral college. I’m relieved that the psycho-drama that Donald Trump unleashed each day, with his Twitter rants, may be drawing to a close. Even as an onlooker from afar, I […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 020 – Clocks Go Back

24 October 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreIt’s the last day of British Summer Time, and the clocks return to Greenwich Mean Time tonight. It means we get an extra hour in bed, but the evenings are dark and the curtains get closed […]

Things Won’t Always Be Better

17 October 2020 Rob Watson 0

As the autumn gloom sets in, and the days are becoming noticeably shorter, it’s time to start adapting to the wet and cold days that will drag on through the winter months. These days, for me at least, seem endless and short of possibility. On top of this we also have the Covid-19 pandemic to […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 019 – Days Are Getting Shorter

6 October 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreThe nights are drawing in, and the leaves are shedding their green hue and turning brown before they fall and scatter. I’ve been working from home a lot recently, and these are some of the tracks […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 018 – The Centre Cannot Hold

26 September 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreIn our pandemic times, it’s worth reminding ourselves that people have been through these kinds of experiences before, and that we should be able to meet the challenges that are before us if we apply our […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 017 – Start of Autumn Music Mix

24 September 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreHere are some tracks I’ve sequenced together in no particular order. The summer is over, and we are heading into the shorter and colder days. Though with the lockdown we might all be taking it a […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 16 – End of Summer Mix

22 September 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreHere’s another mix of tracks that I’ve been listening to as the summer is coming to an end, and autumn is on its way. Hang’em All – Carpenter Brut – EP II Interlock – Stereolab – […]

Is Patriotism Labour’s Secret Weapon?

6 September 2020 Rob Watson 0

Writing in today’s Observer newspaper, Will Hutton considers what the challenges are likely to be in a post-Brexit Britain. Top of his list is the breakup of the United Kingdom with another vote on Scottish independence looking entirely likely. Scotland seems on course to vote for its independence as a nation and secede from the […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 015 – Random Music Mix

5 September 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreOnce again I’ve been compiling random tracks into a playlist as I’ve been working and travelling about. I’ve put them into a mix, and the tracks listed here are not in order. Yodh Song – Limousine   […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 014 – Something To Do When Its Raining

28 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreHere’s the tracklisting for this podcast. I’ve been stuck in as it’s been raining for the last couple of days. I’ll go for a walk at some point tomorrow and listen back to these tracks, and […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 013 – Wandering Around Leicester Music Mix

25 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreI’ve been wandering around Leicester, as usual. There’s a feeling that we are at the end of summer and the weather is starting to turn towards autumn. So it’s time to make the most of the […]