This well known quote from manuals of etiquette is something that I try to live by, particularly on social media.
Twitter (and increasingly Facebook) seem too full of stories of hate and dismay, so I tend not to add to it. I’ve been busy with work for quite a long time, which explains why I’ve been so quiet on social media for a while now.
But there’s a problem – by not speaking up about positive things, it creates an echo chamber of negativity. I’ve spotted this same fact with app reviews for my day-job – if I’m not sharing my positive (or even somewhat neutral) news, then everyone sees more negativity.
With that in mind, you’ll be hearing a bit more from me going forward – the good along with the bad – I hope it won’t be too annoying!
I’d love to give my Grandma credit for this quote – but really is a paraphrasing of a wise old lady called Alice Roosevelt (daughter of Teddy) who said:
If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit next to me.
I think the original quote is even better – I think I may start using that instead! 😀
Preface: As I’m trying to blog each day (and have already missed one), I’m experimenting with sharing my thoughts on possibly controversial topics. Bear with me, and remember ‘opinions are like…’ *Ducks from ensuing firestorm*
So after months of bickering and waiting for the government, Teresa May announced her grand plan for how to execute Brexit.
She wants to have her cake and eat it. In fact, it’s pretty much what Johnson and Farage said, but without all the bleating about a time of past colonial glory. Or maybe it was there and I missed it.
Finally – some talk about the Single Market
Interestingly, there was talk about some specifics in May’s wishlist:
- No to the Single Market
- No to tariffs with Europe
- No to EEA membership
- Restrictions on European immigration
- No ‘cliff-edge’ if talks aren’t concluded (and ratified) within the 2 year timeframe
- The ability to pick and choose which EU programmes the UK is involved with
- No ‘hard’ border between UK & Ireland
We’re going to have to fill in the gaps for the meantime – as details were in short supply. Remember – Brexit means Brexit.
The problem is, this is just a wishlist – nothing more. The reality is likely to be quite different:
- Why would the EU actually provide preferential terms to the UK, rather than encourage us to stay in the EU?
- Access to certain EU markets (particularly Euro financial ones) simply can’t be run by a non-EU country.
- Even when we leave, it’s foolish to think that less integration will result in the UK being more attractive than the EU.
What does the EU think?
There’s an interesting opinion piece in the Guardian today from Guy Verhofstadt – the chief EU negotiator for Brexit – I’d recommend you give it a read. Here’s the tl;dr version:
…it is an illusion to suggest that the UK will be permitted to leave the EU but then be free to opt back into the best parts of the European project, for instance by asking for zero tariffs from the single market without accepting the obligations that come with it. I hope that British people will see from the perspective of an EU taxpayer how unreasonable this would be.
I’m not looking forward to the negotiations personally, but I am looking forward to the cake. You can get the recipe for it here.
I wonder if I can make a gluten-free version?