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The Brexit campaigns latest disgraceful campaign distortion is to claim that Turkey would be given rapid full membership of the EU and 76million Turks would desert their own country & immigrate exclusively to the UK. And we are meant to be doubly fearful because most Turks are Muslims. This travesty is given wide coverage in certain tabloid so called 'Newspapers'. Anyone remember similar nonsense put out by the same press, egged on by (you guessed) one Nigel Farage, in the last weeks of 2013 warning about 27million Romanians & Bulgarians flooding over here after Jan 1st 2014 when those countries acquired full EU rights? Did anyone see huge queues of buses & hundreds of extra flights all bringing them to our shores? No. Nobody did, because it didn't happen. By April 2014 the number of citizens from those countries who were in the UK had actually gone down.[see more]
In our last post on the EU we argued that the evidence showed that the EU was an 'enabler' for business, not a handicap. In a letter to the FT, John Shropshire, Chairman of 'G's Fresh' writes: 'Since its formation in 1992, the EU single market has helped abolish more red tape than any national Government could" and " our harvest machinery can be used throughout the whole continent without modification, expensive border checks and mountains of paperwork." He noted that harmonisation of standards has allowed products to be sold everywhere with substantial reduction in supply chain costs which has cut the cost of fresh produce over the past nearly 30yrs to the huge benefit of consumers.
The Royal Academy of Engineering has today revealed the finalists for the 2016 MacRobert Award, renowned for spotting the 'next big thing' in technology since it was established in 1969. Every year, the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award is presented to the engineers behind the UK's most exciting engineering innovation. This years finaliusts are:
On the 11th May on the Today programme The Boris [Johnson] achieved the remarkable feat of almost preventing the pretty ferocious interviewer, John Humphries, from getting a word in edgeways. In the event the performance marked out The Boris as increasingly preposterous & unprincipled which we basically knew anyway. As Mayor of London The Boris at one time boasted he was pro-immigration and proposed an amnesty for illegal immigrants [see more]
Folded into the middle of a load of commercial leaflets was an Electoral Commission pamphlet: ''The 2016 EU Referendum Voting Guide'. If it hadn't fallen out of the pack it could well have gone into the waste paper sack. This is not good enough for the most important election for 40yrs the result of which is absolutely irreversible if we get it wrong. [see more]
The Liberal Democrats as a Party have always been forward looking with respect to our place in Europe. When this writer joined the then Liberal Party in 1956 it was the only party with a vision for Europe that was not isolationist. [Liberals, International Relations & Appeasement P155]. But now, as then, not all LibDem Party members are absolutely pro -Europe & this web site respects that. However the standard of 'debate' on both sides, but particularly those who want to leave the EU is a disgrace and a corruption of the meaning of 'debate' . So we are going to try to stick to such few provable facts as there are and challenge distortions [see more]
On the 5th of May, as well as the main election programme, there were 43 major council by-elections. LibDems had only one that needed defending and Jack Williams successfully did so holding the Churchtown Ward of Gloucestershire CC with 54.5% of the vote (up 5.7%). Jack's majority was 638 - fantastic. But the massive by-election news was Liberal Democrat Jamie Capp who, at a byelection on 5th May, took the Amesbury East seat on Wiltshire UA from the Conservatives. To add to the good news the Con vote was down 17% and UKIP down 26.8%. [see more]
Following our article on Friday the broader picture now emerges. The Liberal Democrat `Fightback' should have been the media story of the Night on May 5th. Naturally it was largely ignored, one so called 'newspaper' calling the elections a triumph for UKIP. [UKIP popular vote is lower than LibDems] No prizes for guessing which paper it was.[see more]
It's too early (15.30 on 6th May) to draw any inferences from yesterdays election marathon. It is obviously extremely pleasing for LibDem Willie Rennie to take the Scottish Parliament seat of North East Fife from the SNP with a 9.45% swing SNP to LD and likewise Alex Cole-Hamilton (LD) taking Edinburgh Western from the SNP with a 7.74% swing SNP to LD. LibDems also held the Scottish Parliament seats of Orkney (Liam McArthur) and Shetland (Tavish Scott) with big increases in their vote share. The less than good news was the surge in Conservative success - mainly in constituencies close to the English border. [see more]