Month: September 2017

George Smid: Instead of leaving, the UK may end up being kicked out of the EU

When Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked on his island in the Pacific he recorded his circumstances in a ledger with the “evil that had befallen him” in contrast to the “good” that was also his lot. Our post-Brexit future shares common characteristics with Robinson Crusoe. We face adversity, we are in it on our own and the position is self-inflicted. It’s a pity we do not keep a journal and do not record ‘good’ and ‘evils’ which have befallen us. This column continuously argues for such ‘cost-benefit’ analysis. And this government steadfastly refuses to publish any of its findings on...

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Open Comment ‘The Boris Johnson Saga’ by Alan Meekings

Everyone – Leavers and Remainers – needs to read Boris Johnson’s Telegraph article in full. Why? Because every paragraph contains a provable lie (e.g. £350 million a week), misleading spin or an overt, jingoistic appeal to nationalism. In years to come, students will be tasked to criticise this article, paragraph-by-paragraph, for educational purposes. They’ll then end up wondering how someone seemingly so intelligent could write such drivel. The quick answer is a combination of hubris, narcissism and overweening ambition. Frankly, it’s now a toss-up between Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg as to who can most swiftly lead the UK...

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Keeping the Bridges Open by Joe Egerton – Conservative Group for Europe

By Joe Egerton and Forward by the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP Chair of the Conservative Group for Europe     Dominic Charles Roberts Grieve, QC is a British Conservative politician, barrister, Queen’s Counsel and a Member of the Privy Council. Click link to read www.conservativegroupforeurope.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Keeping-the-bridges-open-a-CGE-Policy-Options-Paper-.pdf ...

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As if to prove my point, the Whips attempt to overturn democracy is met with fury!

Furious Tory MPs reject Theresa May’s threats over Brexit votes Whips warn pro-remainers over ‘Corbyn support’ but ex-minister says leadership challenge is likely  Prime minister Theresa May departs from Tokyo airport after talks with Shinzo Abe, her Japanese counterpart Photograph: Masatoshi Okauchi/Rex/Shutterstock Toby Helm Observer political editor Saturday 2 September 2017 22.00 BSTLast modified on Sunday 3 September 2017 00.45 BST Theresa May faced a growing Tory revolt over her leadership as it emerged that Remain-supporting Conservative MPs are being told by party whips that they will be seen as “supporting Jeremy Corbyn” if they attempt to soften the Brexit bill. Furious Conservatives, including former...

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A Plea for Sanity to the Home Office

Personally, I find myself now embarrassed to be a citizen of the UK. The UK used to have a commendable reputation around the world for providing sanctuary for refugees, asylum seekers and individuals not born in the UK but with reasons to live in the UK – like Brian White. Indeed, how could anyone in the UK think it’s OK to deport Brian White back to Zimbabwe? Obviously, Brexiteers, the Vote Leave campaign and our anti-EU newspapers (think: Mail, Sun, Express, Telegraph, Times, etc) have lied to voters about immigration and migrant workers and, hence, have stirred up a...

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