I have started with a quote from Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh. The gloomy donkey always appeared to be a pessimist, but often he was foreseeing the better option between two choices. Theresa May appears to have chosen for the UK, ruling out scrutiny and approval by parliament […]
I am a social anthropologist who specialises in the human rights of children. In practice I have worked on the street with 'street children', child labour, young migrants, young people with HIV and AIDS. My work has taken me to around 40 countries, most of them developing nations, at least four of them have been in a state of conflict or war, thus taking me to the front line in two. My theoretical work began with migration; I have worked on, written and published on citizenship and generally best know as an 'expert' on the human rights of children. I have a broad knowledge of human and civil rights for all ages, environmental issues and have been politically active most of my life. I am an internationalist and supporter of the principle of European federalisation.
‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’ Conciliatory or a push for independence and EU membership as a nation state?
Nicola Sturgeon called for a fundamental shift in the devolution settlement when she set out the Scottish government’s proposals for keeping Scotland in the European single market. In what would appear to be a return to a harder line on Scottish independence, she described a second referendum as ‘highly […]
The UK is divided, a prime minister is attempting to rule, but the ‘rabble’ is unruly. History tells us what a successful strategy divide and rule has been but are we seeing it ignominiously failing because Theresa May and the key people in her cabinet neither have popular […]
In global and astrological terms 2017 is an inauspicious year. That is to say, nothing much is happening because there are no major sporting tournaments or competitions, celebrations of historical events or known natural phenomena. Theoretically it should be a quiet, perhaps even boring year. So, there is […]
The question raised here is something that raises a smile each time I see or hear it. That is not because anything is funny but more a case of my own academic history catching up with me. As a social scientist, my research was originally and for some […]
Federalism Week – Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Why are so many people afraid of the idea of a federal Europe?
As part of our spotlight on federalism, Europa United writer, Brian Milne, asks why is there such a fear of European federalism and suggests that it could be the answer to a new politcal system in the United Kingdom. Federalist theories are ingrained in political philosophy that are […]
Guest writer, Dr. Brian Milne, looks at the British Conservative Party and asks if today’s leadership has forsaken its history in favour of a more populist stance, when compared to its history of ‘democratic conservatism’. One of the home truths that came with the Brexit campaign and since […]