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Here we are in only the fourth day after the EU Referendum result was declared. Already some 5000 people have signed up as new members of the Liberal Democrats. Why so? The simple answer is that the Conservative & Labour parties are now tearing themselves to pieces. UKIP was a party whose only reason for existence was to secure a 'Leave the EU' vote and, having got that, are now irrelevant. On the 16th May 2016 the FT reported that the leader of the Green Party was standing down [see more]
Jaw Jaw - not War War!!!
Different countries of Europe have fought wars between one another.
100 years ago:
It was the middle of World War 1 - started by squabbling between different countries of Europe.
71 years ago:
World War 2 ended in Europe - where it had started: it took an atomic bomb to end it everywhere.
It feels slightly strange to be making a pro EU case on the pages of the Express, but I am grateful and welcome the opportunity to make the case. I know there will be some who may feel eurosceptic but are still making up their minds - unsure whether such a leap into the unknown really is one worth taking. We could once separate our politics between domestic and international. But not anymore. The question is not whether Britain can survive alone, it is whether Britain can better thrive with others [see more]
A Vote Leave leaflet arrived last week. Its headline was ' The UK and the European Union -the facts'. It said 'The EU costs us at least £350m a week". Today another Vote Leave' leaflet arrived. The only information on its front page was ' The EU costs us £350m a week'. They know perfectly well that that is a massive lie, a 'NON fact'. Arron Banks,(a major UKIP donor and another 'Leave' campaigner), has said it is a lie to use the £350million number because the UK gets a rebate and does not actually send the money to Brussels. On 4th June Michael Gove - a Vote Leave senior campaign mouthpiece - agreed to have the £350m independently audited. Economists have queued up to perform this task but no evidence has ben found that Vote Leave took up their offers.[see more]
The first attempt to create a Common Fisheries Policy took place from 1976. The first proposal was accepted by 8 out of the then 10 Member States the UK and Ireland rejecting it. It was not until 25th January 1983 that a policy was agreed. By 1992 it was clear that the 'quotas' agreed in 1983 were far to high. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence there was fierce political resistance, not least from the UK, and the EU gave up on trying to adjust quotas. A big flaw in the existing agreement was the huge amount of fish thrown overboard in order to stay within quota (the 'by-catch'). Indiscriminate trawling technology also contributed to the problem of too many boats chasing too few fish.
Theresa Villiers, the current Northern Ireland Secretary and anti EU Conservative, has elevated the fatuous nature of the Leave campaign argument about controlling immigration to an art form. She argues that there need be no border controls between the Republic (in the EU) and Northern Ireland (not in the EU) if Britain votes 'Leave'. She thinks it would be fine because if Romanian plumbers flew to Dublin & then crossed into the North we could arrest & deport them. It is hard to believe the mind blowing stupidity of this but you better had. She is serious. Even fellow Brexit campaigners like Lord Lawson reluctantly accept that there would have to be border controls. [see more]
A leading peer has told disabled people to "wake up" to the reality that they could lose many of their hard-won rights if the UK votes to leave the European Union (EU) later this month. In an impassioned plea, Baroness [Jane] Campbell begged other disabled people not to abandon the EU, which she said acted as a "double lock" on disability rights. She told Disability News Service (DNS): "At the moment, our rights are double-locked. If we leave the EU we can kiss goodbye to all the progress we have made on independent living, employment rights and access to information." [see more]
On 9th June the UKIP 'anti-EU' battle bus rolled into Blackpool. Right now let's remember that the UKIP led anti EU campaign cannot agree with the renegade Tory (The Boris) led anti EU campaign. Fat lot of future we have if Brexit win & these individuals get some power when they cannot agree on something they both feel passionate about. However UKIP immigration mouthpiece Stephen Woolfe said that migration was pushing wages down. Not a shred of evidence of course. But what was truly hilarious (if it wasn't so serious) was UKIP Deputy Leader, Paul Nuttall, (whose unique vision of facts has graced the letters page of the Blackpool Gazette a number of times) claiming that the people of Blackpool would prefer to be ruled from Westminster than Brussels. He expects us to follow his lead and carefully overlook the fact that virtually all the major political foul ups in Britain over the last 40yrs have been entirely home grown, with no EU input. And Blackpool hasn't done very well in the funding from the Westminster government lottery. [see more]
In a late declared result for the by-election on 2nd June in the Lewes Bridge Ward of Lewes District Council Lib Dem Will Elliott successfully retained the seat for the LibDems. Will secured 44.6% of the vote - up by 11.7%. Even more good news yesterday (9th June) LibDem Dan Whitehead retained the Surrey Docks Ward by-election seat for the Liberal Democrats on Southwark London Borough Council. Dan got 51.7% of the vote - up by a staggering 21.1%. Many congratulations & fantastically well done to both.
EU referendum -thank goodness there is only two weeks to go. When Cameron announced the date he appealed for an 'orderly'debate. Fat chance. In February William Hague was nearer the mark when he wrote ( in the Daily Telegraph): ' A sustained battle within a party can open wounds that it will take a generation to heal'. Faisal Islam (Sky's political editor) notes that Michaerl Gove is now willing to turn this into a referendum on Cameron. WE MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN - THE ISSUE IS TOO IMPORTANT. [see more]