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The EU is unaccountable & cannot be influenced by ordinary citizens - so argue the Brexit brigade. Like most of what they say they are wrong. Like anything else in Politics it just takes effort
The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer said in spring 2015 that glyphosate "probably" has the potential to cause cancer in humans-a claim disputed by other public-health agencies, including a study produced for the European Food Safety Authority, also known as EFSA. Glyphosate is a significant profit driver, via its 'Roundup' Brand for Missouri-based Monsanto, which Bayer AGof Germany is currently trying to take over. But glyphosate is also an important ingredient in other widely used weedkillers.[see more]
David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, was given best part of half a page in the Financial Times of 28th May to discuss Britain's difficulties with the EU from a historical perspective. He concludes; that RemaINers: ' need to show more confidence in the ability of our own government to introduce such [i.e. beneficial laws gestated in the EU] laws, better framed and more closely adapted to the needs of this particular country'. The huge flaw in this admirable sentiment is that the history of British politics in this century inspires no one to believe that this outcome is even remotely likely [see more]
Massive congratulations to Liberal Democrat Matthew Hall who captured the by-election in the Sherborne Rural Ward of Dorset County Council from the Conservatives on 2nd June. Matthew secured 49.6% of the vote, up 15.1%.
The Brexiters say that it is dangerous to keep giving away control of defence and security to the Brussels bureaucracy. It is safer to take back control and then negotiate a new deal based on international cooperation. Yet another distortion of the truth based on zero evidence. You do not need to take back control from what you have never lost in the first place Let's spoil their party by looking at some verifiable facts.[see more]
So now we know for sure what a lot of us have believed for a long time - this referendum is not about the EU at all. It is about trying to settle a civil war and rival leadership ambitions within the Conservative Party. IT IS TOO VITAL A VOTE TO ALLOW THAT BATTLE TO DOMINATE THE AGENDA.
A Vote Leave source told the Sunday Times the letter was a response to personal attacks from the Remain side against Mr Johnson, adding: "You can read this as a direct challenge to Cameron's authority."[see more]
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]