Jo Elgarf doesn’t look like you would imagine a prepper to look. She’s not a swivel-eyed libertarian, camouflaged and armed to the eyeballs, crawling around the woods in Montana, skinning a squirrel for breakfast and fuelling up for the apocalypse. She lives with her husband and three young children in a sleepy suburb of south-west London. Elgarf is happy to call herself a prepper, though; she is a member – and a moderator – of one of a growing number of prepper groups on social media. Hers – an anti-Brexit Facebook group called 48% Preppers – gets between 100 and 200 requests a day to join. Everyone wants to be ready for a no-deal Brexit. The stockpiling is not too extreme in Elgarf’s case; it just means the kitchen cupboards are stuffed full of pasta, sauces, rice, tins, milk powder and washing powder. There are a few things she wouldn’t normally get – such as tinned vegetables – which can go to a food bank if they’re … [Read more...] about ‘I don’t trust the government to look after me or my dog’: meet the Brexit stockpilers
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Andrew Milligan 23 December 2018 9:30 AM 23 December 2018 9:30 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp In the light of our forthcoming departure from the European Union, may I suggest we rename Brussels sprouts? We may not be leaving the EU with control of our laws, waters or trade, but we can at least claim this noble vegetable as our own. Perhaps readers similarly put out by the Prime Minister’s deal will join me in taking back control and tucking into a plate of British sprouts on 25 December. This letter appeared in The Spectator Christmas issue Most Popular ReadRecentRead How terror changed Europe’s Christmas markets Douglas Murray Why I think a no-deal Brexit is the best option we have left Fraser Nelson Jeremy Corbyn is either deeply sinister – or a total idiot Rod Liddle The myth of white exceptionalism Eric Kaufmann The … [Read more...] about Does Brexit mean it’s time to rename Brussels Sprouts?
Lloyd Evans 22 December 2018 6:41 PM 22 December 2018 6:41 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp The best way to avoid Brexit bust-ups is to pretend that Remain folk are right about virtually everything. This may not be easy. A relative arguing for a second referendum will probably say, ‘in a democracy people can change their minds.’ To which the obvious reply is, ‘So change your mind and accept the verdict of 17.4 million Leavers.’ But it’s wiser to nod and ask mildly, ‘Which part of the Brussels charm-offensive has persuaded the largest number of Brexiteers to recant so far?’ Or you may hear someone claiming that the EU’s world-class diplomatic service has guaranteed peace in Europe and beyond for many decades. It’s best to concede the general point while flagging up the odd exception. ‘Catalonia, eastern Ukraine, the land-grab in Crimea, the riots in Athens following the credit … [Read more...] about The Brexiteer’s guide to Christmas – avoiding arguments and other tips
Politicians have always used history to bolster their arguments in one way or another, plundering the past for examples that seem to shore up their position. They pull out historical parallels with current events because these seem to tell us not only where we’ve come from and where we are, but, most importantly, where we are going. History can provide encouragement or warning, according to the politician’s purpose: past events show us what we can expect if we do nothing to ward off a clear and present danger, or what we can look forward to if we take the course of action they advocate. Yet the past can be an unreliable guide to the present, and more often than not it resists politicians’ attempts to co-opt it in their own interests. Unless they pay it the respect it is due, they too often get caught out massaging and manipulating the facts, or interpreting them in ways that the evidence does not in the end support. In our age of “alternative facts” and … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightHow the Brexiteers broke history
By Saim Saeed and Joshua Posaner | Tips to [email protected] and [email protected] | @saimsaeed847 and @joshposaner | View in your browser The daily Morning Mobility newsletter is a feature of Pro Mobility. From the technological evolution of the automotive industry to alternative fuels, connected networks and Brexit’s impact on the aviation industry and supply chains, Pro Mobility delivers the insight you need to keep on track. For a trial of the full-service including alerts, articles and a suite of policy information tools, email [email protected] mentioning ‘MOBILITY’. Thanks to Laura Greenhalgh, Hanne Cokelaere and Mark Scott. WHEELS AND WINGS: In our first Monday column, we’ll tackle why Morning Transport is now Morning Mobility. The last century has seen a series of revolutions in how people get around. From tunneling under London in the 19th century to the construction of vast highway networks through post-war Europe, transport has never stood … [Read more...] about POLITICO Pro Morning Mobility: The shift to mobility — Battery alliance anniversary — Alitalia’s great rescue