Month: September 2017

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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How the Parliamentary Whip System is undemocratic and allowed Article 50 to be triggered

Any explicit direction to an MP as to how they should vote would technically be a Breach of Parliamentary Privilege. (Quote from Wikipedia). A 3 line whip is a very strong communication to MPs that they must be present at a vote in Parliament but ordering how they vote is illegal. Whips therefor communicate their desires to the MPs in the Chamber by hand signals which are not recorded in the official record (Hansard), as they are non-vocal. They are therefore deemed not to have occurred and the pretence of legality is maintained. However it is well known by...

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