Win:win

“In the final four days [before the British EU referendum], YouGov, Survation, ComRes and BMG all published polls showing Remain ahead. Some of their polling specifically was cited by currency analysts for moving the pound higher in the final week. Populus showed Remain winning by 10 points, making it the most off-base poll released. That one came out the day of the vote. None of the pollsters publicly disclosed that they were simultaneously working for hedge funds that stood to make massive profits if the results went the other way—against all expectations.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-06-25/brexit-big-short-how-pollsters-helped-hedge-funds-beat-the-crash

While British citizens remain in political paralysis, some sectors leave with billions.

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Climate Check-Mayte

“The government has approved a new and ambitious UK carbon pollution reduction target. It commits the UK to cutting carbon emissions 57% from 1990 levels between 2028 and 2032. … ‘Climate Change is not a risk that has been downgraded after the Referendum’ – Amber Rudd, [ex-] Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.” (http://blogs.wwf.org.uk/blog/business-government/keeping-climate-policy-alive-brexit/)

“The abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change has been condemned … ‘Less than a day into the job and it appears that the new prime minister has already downgraded action to tackle climate change, one of the biggest threats we face,’ said Craig Bennett, the CEO of Friends of the Earth.” (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/15/decc-abolition-major-setback-for-uk-climate-change-efforts

“The experts of the Climate Change Committee … also outline some of the potential opportunities global warming may bring to the UK. It’s a meagre list, with plenty of caveats, such as an extended growing season for certain crops (assuming we can manage the plunging soil fertility and can find enough water to irrigate them).” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2987900/fit_to_rule_over_us_theresa_mays_response_to_climate_hazard_report_will_be_her_first_big_test.html)

Rebranding climate change nightmares as ‘Climate Opportunities’ – Climatunities! – will only give policy advisors the wrong sort of wet dreams.

Meanwhile, here in progressive Scotland,
“The Prime Minister and I [the First Minister] have big political disagreements but we are both women who approach business in a similar way, so I think we can have a good working relationship not withstanding those political differences.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/First-Minister-meets-the-Prime-Minister-2706.aspx)

Political difference #152:
“The Environment and Climate Change will have a dedicated Cabinet Secretary for the first time, with Roseanna Cunningham’s appointment underlining the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to further reduce carbon emissions, protect and enhance Scotland’s environment and take forward the Government’s work on land reform.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/New-Scottish-Cabinet-unveiled-24d3.aspx)

Uncertain Kingdom

“Organisations and our environment benefit enormously from money that comes directly from the EU, and we do not know what the future of that funding will be.
There are certain uncertainties that are not easy for us to calculate at the moment.” (http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=10483&i=96555&c=1927182)

For one uncertain certainty, the rest of the living world didn’t enter our narcissistic political myopia.

Analysis by Loughborough University found that as a proportion of issues dominating the referendum coverage, the environment has received 0% of coverage from television, and 1.7% in the press.” (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/13/eu-referendum-environment-filthy-beaches)