From October 2002 till October 2009, I lived and worked in London where I started this blog so my family and friends in Belgium were able to know what I was doing in London (although they didn't follow the blog).
In October 2009, I returned to Belgium (forced by circumstances) and now I live in Brussels, capital of Europe. I finally start to get used to my life back in Belgium, the country where I was born but I never really loved.
(19a) Foreign Brexiters
I completely agree
that people who live outside the country where they were born should not be
able to interfere with decisions made in the country where they no longer live
although during a short period such as a one election period (in general every
4 or 5 years) after they left they may still be able to vote as they still
understand to some extend what's going on in the country where they no longer
live. Because, as they don't live in the country they are unlikely to feel the
consequences of the outcome of an election or referendum while the citizens may
feel the result of the vote from people living elsewhere.
Local and foreign voters can be like water and fire on certain issues
Me for instance
voted during Belgian elections while I was living in London (I understood I
must vote as in Belgium papa government doesn't believe its citizens are
intelligent enough to decide whether they should vote or not and thus people
are forced to vote),even when I didn't know the candidates except a few not
their programs. And thus the chance I would vote according the general
viewpoint of the Belgians was unlikely as I didn't understand first hand how
Belgians experienced their politicians and thus it was likely I would vote
differently compared with people living in Belgium.
People who leave
their country are often more interested in other things than the politics in
their own country and thus should not be able to vote about what people want
locally. Yes, the outcome of the referendum may have been different than it is
today when foreign British may have voted but that may have been against a
(very narrow) majority of the British.
Indeed, thrown out
of the decision center of the EU whereby many seem to oppose a good deal and
even a return and this may be very frustrating for those who voted remain. And
now it seems that, when a deal may be reached between the UK and EU, the AmericanPresident seems to suggest it may hurt (future) trade deals between the UK and
US. Indeed, some of those opposed to the EU will do everything to destroy it.
Brexit and the EU and possible troubled future relationshipSimon Jenkins is reasoning that PM Johnson may have to give in to the EU as he thinks that the UK's fishing industry depends on the EU to survive. However, EU consumers will be angry when fish becomes scares and expensive after EU fishers are no longer allowed to fish in British waters; indeed, the UK's own fish export may even increase. Or the UK may export its fish to the rest of the world. Similar to other farming exports such as lam of which a large part is exported to the EU.
Further, he writes [Quote]
"It may be that one day the EU’s economy so collapses that it really is worth Britain’s while to turn away and seek better deals elsewhere. There is not the remotest sign of that at present."
Really? Does he not read newspapers or watch news programs? Look to the border between Greece and Turkey. Turkey opened its borders with Greece because it's angry the EU (very likely) doesn't keep its promise …
Economies are restarting, a necessitySocieties are slowly restarting their country, including opening borders so people can travel again. In Belgium shops opened while schools for some students restarted. People can also restart non contact sports. But, we're also reminded to continue to keep a distance from others and to continue washing our hands regularly. Unfortunately, for many people this restart comes too late as the economy plummeted worldwide and companies need to fire people or close completely when they couldn't survive two months of inactivity. And, although many people acknowledge this lockdown was necessary, up to 25% of businesses say they won't survive a second lockdown; I also think "Mr Doom" is more realistic when he says that the recovery will be much slower than the IMF thinks it will. And yet, bars and restaurants still can't reopen in Belgium while also tourism that includes travel agencies, airline companies, hotels and others suffers a…
and video to explain
the statistics behind the coronavirus deaths but also to record illnesses. Excess
mortalityI'm in favour of
using excess deaths (excess mortality) as a starting point to determine the
severity. Of course, it doesn't need to be only death as the seriousness of
something can also be defined as numbers of people who can't perform normal
activities as is done for flu or heatwaves. But, as we're in the middle of a
coronavirus pandemic that kills, I'll continue with excess mortality i.e. how
many people die more compared with the average of the same months in previous
years (see figure 1 for explanation). This excess death (and if data is
available excess sick) informs quickly whether a day, week, month and year is
normal or not. Already this is done
in the healthcare sector when GPs and/or hospital doctors notice an increase in
patients and thus record the numbers of patients who are very ill or die to
know whether a warning should be giv…