This page highlights some of the major topics of the moment, majoring on the state of the Brexit negotiations.
Our active members and supporters usually meet on a Wednesday evening at 7pm for a "pint and a pie" at a local hostelry, to discuss the topics of the day in a relaxed manner. Not everyone stays for the "pie", and newcomers (no need to be a member) are encouraged to make our acquaintance - contact us or join our email list and we will let you know where we will be.
(16/02/2019) Whilst we wait for Parliament to make its mind up over Brexit, you might like to watch this BBC investigation into how our government (central and local) spend our hard-earned money. I suspect that it only scratches the surface . . .
How do we know that we are getting value for money?
(15/02/2019) As Mrs May continues to blunder on towards 29th March, I am please to highlight a thoughtful article in Independence Daily which assesses how the arguments over the WTO are being misrepresented in Parliament and elsewhere by those who should know better.
I have long thought that the need to stay close to the EU is fundamentally an emotional need born of long association, so that Brexit automatically imbues us with all the fear and worry that a major impending change inevitably inflicts upon us.
The only way to approach this is holistic - it is pointless to analyse individual situations in isolation, we must try to assess the effects upon the country and the population, maybe even on the world, as a whole. SInce for any one person his task is clearly beyond us, we fall back upon the 80 / 20 rule (identify the 20% of issues that really matter and ignore the rest), upon our intuition, and upon our faith, whereever that may direct us.
Now that the decision of 2016 has been taken, how much faith can we have in our country and its institutions? Equally to the point, how much faith can we still place in the institutions of the EU?
(08/02/2019) This video is from across the pond, but how does politics in the UK differ? Now that the Brexit vote has in many ways shown up aspects of our politics that had previously been out of
sight, out of mind, I am minded to think that things are not so different over here.
Readers may like to review the original article by Collective Evolution here.
Another video (courtesy of the Guardian) which "dissects America's 'fundamentally broken' campaign finance laws":
Topically, Transparency International publish their latest 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index, singling out none other than the United States of America (along with the Czech Republic and Brazil) as countries to watch. Reuters is on the case.
Also this week we highlight a Transparency International EU report on the seemingly unaccountable but evidently powerful Eurogroup (a meeting of the Euro area's finance ministers). Perhaps they have been reading Yanis Varoufakis.
It's good to see TI taking aim at some big beasts as well as criticizing the smaller fry. Who will be next on their hit list?
(01/02/2019) The campaign group GetBritainOut has helpfully summarised the worst points of Mrs
May's EU Withdrawal Deal, which so far Parliament has declined to endorse.
Even if she now persuades the EU to fudge the Backstop issue, the deal will still keep us bound to the EU's diktat during "transition" in too many important areas.
"Transition to what?" they ask. A good question. Do we even know what transition is supposed to achieve?
We certainly don't know what kind of trade deal the EU will be prepared to negotiate - on past form it will not be acceptable to a country that is leaving the EU and we may have to revert to WTO terms anyway. We don't even have a firm end date for transition - given our track record on negotiating the comparatively simple withdrawal arrangement the negotiation (and transition) could go on for ever . . .
Mrs May's withdrawal deal even in modified format must not pass. Our democracy will not survive another year of calamitous negotiation / capitulation by Mrs May, accompanied by more interminable Project Fear - the Tories would be mad to contemplate it.
(28/01/2019 Veterans for Britain are highlighting the Defence giveaway to the EU which is quietly under way under cover of the current shenanigans in Parliament.
Are our MPs following this? They are almost certainly too wrapped up in the convolutions surrounding the Withdrawal treaty to notice. The government isn't encouraging them to ferret around on Defence agreements, which have been kept separate from our Withdrawal - that alone tells us all we need to know.
For more see our Defence page.
(22/01/2019) Reports from France in the UK media seem to be fading but this image from UK Column News of Monday 21st January reports the severe injuries that have been suffered by protesters across the Channel:
77 of 94 injuries are to the head. Most of them from LBDs: "lanceur de balles de défense" - roughly the equivalent of rubber bullets. Does this not imply a consistently high aim?
UKIP are used to being labelled as "far right" in the UK, but who are the real "far right" in France?
(17/01/2019) Now that Mrs May's EU Entrapment Deal has been well and truly slaughtered, and her abysmal so-called government has survived the ritual no-confidence motion, the media are full of dark mutterings about delaying our exit beyond the end of March until somebody can think how to reconcile the irreconcilable.
RT have given Gerard the chance to say the unsayable truth below. Is Gerard now so abominable that the UK media cannot bring themselves to interview him? What does that say about "free speech" and "open politics" in the ever more dysfunctional society that our Government has been busy constructing?
(14/01/2019) Parliament votes (again!) tomorrow (Tuesday 15th Jan) on Mrs May's EU entrapment (supposedly "withdrawal") deal, amid much talk of "suspending" Article 50, and rerunning the referendum to ask should we accept Mrs May's EU entrapment deal or simply stay in the EU.
If they go down this route then Parliament will have abrogated the sovereignty of the people in favour of the sovereignty of Parliament (in effect the sovereignty of the EU) with consequences that we cannot foretell but which will be immense.
We are talking about the end of the United Kingdom as a nation, the end of our independent armed forces (and nuclear deterrent), our independent foreign and trade policy, and in effect every other vestige of independent government. They would have us ruled by the EU until it collapses, either through war, fianancial armageddon, or other disaster.
The example of Greece reveals the true nature of the EU - it places the protection and further aggrandisement of "the project" and of the EU elites above everything.
We must consider whither that will lead. The clip below from the end of today's UK Column News puts our situation well:
(08/01/2019) Global Britain has collaborated with Labour Leave to publish an excellent report explaining exactly why a Brexit on WTO terms would be very much in our best interests, and how its over-hyped image as a bogey-man to be avoided at all costs is greatly exaggerated.
OK, there would be some level of short term disruption (given that our Government's negotiation has still left all the options up in the air even after two years of dedicated work to provide "certainty"), but freedom of action outside the diktats of the EU would place us in a far better position to negotiate the many problems that beset the world (both now and in the future) and would open up important opportunities that are currently closed off by our EU membership.
This joint report is a must-read.
For those still concerned that our Treasury's predictions indicate a much worse situation should we leave the EU "without a deal" (ie: on WTO terms), Brexit Central has published a critique of their past performance and current methodology.
As always, make your own mind up on the basis of the evidence.
(01/01/2019) And by no means of interest only to left-leaning persons. This is a wide-ranging and accessible discussion of the EU today: how it came about, how it works, how it doesn't work, and where we go from here. You are sure to learn something significant from it. Highly recommended.
(08/01/2019) Now in excess of 300 thousand signatures.
The government's immortal words of response so far include "leaving without a deal would risk uncertainty for the ecomony, for business and for citizens".
So how much certainty have their feeble efforts so far produced?
If they had stated their intention to leave on WTO terms in 2016 or even 2017 everyone would have had certainty in abundance and "the economy, business and citizens" would have had two years to sort out the implications - it would by comparison with today's shambles have been plain sailing.
WTO terms is till the only sensible way to salvage this gross betrayal of the Brexit vote. WTO is the solution, not the problem that the fear-mongers would still have us believe.
(12/12/2018) Gerard's speech at the rally on Sunday - read at your leisure. He succinctly summarises our involvement, first with the "Common Market", right through a series of planned steps, to ending up as a full member of the EU without ever being asked. He makes the point that we were lied to at every stage. Indeed, it seems they are still not telling the truth! Perhaps old habits are too hard to give up.
Actually, this is all you need to know - after all, why would they need to lie if membership was to our advantage?
The fact is that Mr Cameron's referendum was really the means by which Parliament had hoped to retrospectively ratify the last 45 years of gradual assimilation into the EU. This is something that we the British people were not going to do - the people are supposedly masters of their representatives in Parliament - so why would we vote to act as their servants?
If we do not now leave, then our much-vaunted democracy is shown to have been merely a sham perpetuated by the main parties, in order that they themselves should become the masters in their relationship with the people.
UKIP exists so that you will have the means to thwart that ambition.
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(02/11/2018) Sir Bill Cash asks the Prime MInister about the legality of her brexit plan. Can you spot the Freudian slip in the subsequent exchange between Nigel Dodds and Mrs May?
Sir Bill expands his argument in the Sunday Telegraph today (behind a paywall - read for free by registering).
(02/12/2018) A study undertake by the IISS in collaboration with DGAP concludes that without the UK, the EU's nascent military "is likely to face extensive capability shortfalls". No wonder they are so keen for our continuing participation "post-Brexit".
The question that we need to ask is why Theresa May is so determined to place our defence assets manpower and defence budget contributions (not to mention the future of our defence industries) under the effective control of the EU, whilst apparently happy to retain no say in how the EU will deploy its military. So why has she placed this bargaining chip beyond use in our so-called Brexit negotiations? Maybe it was just another capitulation, kept "under the radar" as it is not officially part of these negotiations but part of our deep and special defence relationship. Or give-away if you prefer.
(22/11/2018) The sublimation of our armed forces into the EU miltary (and thus our defence policy into the care of the EU's "High Representative") proceeds as quietly as possible. Without a military to call our own we will be at the mercy of EU foreign and defence policy, over which we will have no influence.
Those who believe that the EU military will be incompatible with NATO haven't been paying attention. They are hand in glove, with the USA playing along just so long as the EU will be closer to undertaking a bigger share of the burden of providing Europe's defence (and does not try go against US foreign policy . . .).
Read more here.
Part 1 above, parts 2 and 3 below . . .
(18/11/2018) Diverting momentarily into "conspiracy theory" (and making no apologies for it!), this piece from August seems to be remarkably prescient - and who is to say that it isn't on to something? If our Parliament doesn't work for us (now beyond any reasonable dispute), and the media don't work for us, then for whom do they work?
You may want to bookmark this page for review from time to time.
(19/11/2018) The ERG (European Research Group, chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg) puts the case against the EU's / Mrs May's deal here.
(17/11/2018) Well, the cat is well and truly out of the bag. Again.
Mrs May's actions tell us all we need to know about "the deal". She produces a document in excess of 500 pages, allows the Cabinet a few hours to assess it and then tries to bounce them into accepting it, more or less sight unseen. Her own Minister for Exiting the EU doesn't approve it and resigns (have we not been here before?), having been sidelined (sidelining once is unforgivable , twice unconscionable).
This is not the way to win hearts and minds. There can only be one reason - she is trying to dupe us all into accepting a dreadful non-Brexit for fear of the alternative - a WTO exit without any half-sufficient preparation having taken place. She is - how can this be put - obviously not telling the truth when she says that this deal will deliver Brexit - not if this article is to be believed anyway.
In contrast, read the Government's response to this petition on leaving the EU and tell me that we were not being strung along by falsehoods.
A good summary of this sorry tale is here.
An interesting contemporary view of the EU is here.
Gerard Batten's commendably quick but inevitably inexhaustive analysis is here.
As we have been saying ever since her first outing in her true clothes at "Chequers", she has not been negotiating to get us out of the influence of the EU and she must be deposed one way or another.
The Tories now have one last chance to redeem the situation (and themselves) by doing the job before the roof comes in on our tottering democracy.
And all this whilst the remembrance of the huge numbers of those who died in the appalling circumstances of WW1 so that we, their children, could rule ourselves as an independent nation, is fresh in our minds. Truly our leading politician must be utterly devoid of shame.
Well worth watching - full of home truths. BREXIT is the prerequisite to getting our country back.
(12/11/2018) BBC Radio 4 PM programme on 19th October 2018 - former CPS chief prosecutor for NW England Nazir Afzal alleges that the Home Office sent a circular in 2008 to all police forces in the country advising them that they need not get involved in cases where "young girls are being exploited in towns and cities" as they were deemed to have "made an informed choice about their sexual behaviour" . . . (approx 34 minutes 10 seconds in).
(11/11/2018) We remember today the millions who fell in past wars to defend our liberty and independence. Yet today our independence, despite the Brexit referendum, seems to hang the balance.
For those who maintain that the referendum margin of victory was too narrow, this piece by the Bruges Group puts it into context - it was up there with most decisive election results since the war. Those who wish to overturn the result by some kind of rerun are seeking to overturn an historic decision democratically taken.
If that were not bad enough, Mrs May seems intent on overturning the result by pretending that her deal (whatever it turns out to be) will mean independence restored when it is becoming ever more apparent that it will mean "independence" conditional on subservience to the EU, including the ceding of our armed forces to EU control, for an indefinite period (or perhaps until we can rejoin on new terms . . .).
Is the time coming when we will have to ask ourselves how our parliamentarians plan to rule over us once our democracy has been finally discredited?
Janet Daley in the Telegraph writes one of the more thoughtful pieces linking the current state of the EU with Remembrance Sunday. Unhappily it is behind a paywall but it can be read for free by irregular readers by registering. Her conclusion is that the game is over and Parliament will swallow the "deal" that our civil servants under guidance from the EU have conconcted to impose on us.
She notes the fate of Greece, subdued by German dominance of the EU institutions to settle for a "bail out" that offered only perpetual poverty (as documented in the book Adults in the Room by Yanis Varoufakis). Nobody who has read Varoufakis can doubt the German hegemony over the EU.
She then concludes that all is lost and implies that we will have to accept our fate quietly.
The piece is worth reading - it is what the establishment would like us to believe, and all but advocates what they want us to do, on the grounds that nothing else is possible. Despair anybody?
Has she not noticed that the people of Europe are becoming more EU-skeptic?
Has she not understood that the Euro is doomed by its "Target 2" imbalances that cannot be resolved?
Does she think that as more and more countries are reduced to penury, the EU will somehow glide remorselessly on, cloaked in its inviolable serenity?
(06/11/2018) I think that this is one of the most readable summaries of the situation in Italy's financial conflict with the EU. Why does this matter? Is this really a conflict? Surely the EU's financial rules are devised to promote sound finance and prosperity in the Eurozone? Read on . . .
This edition of UK Column News for Friday 26th October seems to cover an awful lot of what is going on in our country today, including gagging orders, Brexit, the Defence give-away, Tommy Robinson, new Head of our Civil Service appointed by bypassing normal recruitment processes (similar to the elevation of Herr Selmayr to lead the EU's civil service?), and the IICSA goings-on. You may need a fortifying cup of tea by your side before watching . . .
There's a lot here to get one's head around but well worth the effort. This lady knows what she is talking about and isn't afraid to make her views felt - a very happy choice for UKIP spokeswoman.
She isn't just talking fairness either . . . this is a humdinger of a speech.
(26/10/2018) I confess that I don't follow all the arcane ins and outs of this unmerry dance of the dead as I refuse to be discouraged and have all my optimism drained relentlessly away, but from time to time somebody comes up with a decent summary. I am grateful to Fawzi Ibrahim for fulfilling this task with this excellent article on Brexit Central. Neither despairing nor overly hopeful, he comes as close as anyone to a sensible rational analysis.
(24/10/2018) The above clips rather put Mrs May's reported latest capitulation into some perspective - how she can still claim to be delivering on the Brexit vote is beyond me.
An alternative news viewpoint from UK Column - If you are maybe doubtful that the UK mainstream media is actually independent, this edition of UK Column News for 17th October is a must-see.
Telling how it s over the pond - couldn't be like that here though ... could it? Have you considered who funds your political party of choice?
We are indebted to The List-Brexit for this timely exposé of the financial trail of "impartial" and "unbiased" funding of BBC Media Action. Strangely, although it is (according to the Charity Commission) a charity, by my reading it receives less than £0.5M from private individuals out of a total income of £35M - the vast majority of its funding comes from governments (including the UN) followed by NGOs. It may be time for me to add it to my Sock Puppets page.
Watch Gerard Batten's short post-conference message. If you want to know what UKIP is about in a nutshell, listen to this admirably succint summary.
You might also like to view Gerard's defence in the EU Parliament of our traditional British constitutional settlement that used to defend our citizens against arbitrary imprisonment by the state. It is time to note that Mrs May, in defiance of our vote for independence, intends to continue with the current EU extradition arrangements indefinitely post-Brexit.
Whatever you think of "the Donald" this is worth watching - his views on national sovereignty are perhaps not as expected . . .
(01/10/2018) Those of us who are parents may be aware of the Government's intention that "relationships education" should become a platform for the introduction of sexual orientation and transgender ideology to the classroom from the age of four. Also that the Children and Social Work Act removes the right of parents to withdraw their child from Relationships and Sex education.
The Government have launched a second consultation - please use the link to make your views known before it closes on 7th November. You might also like to write to your MP or to the Secretary of State for Education (if you live in East Hampshire your MP is the Secretary of State for Education).
I am indebted to Support for the Family (a UKIP special interest group) for pointing up this consultation and much else - do visit and bookmark their web-site for more information.
The family is the cradle of each new generation and after centuries (more probably millenia) of development we have reached the point where the family of Mum and Dad is almost universally regarded as the ideal unit for the raising of children.
UKIP deplores the increasing interference of the state in family matters and strongly believes that parents are best placed to control the upbringing and education of their children. The state should presume to overrule them only in the most exceptional of circumstances.
UKIP has appointed our first spokesman for Families and Children, Alan Craig. Click the image below to watch his speech at conference - it's damning stuff and needs to be acted upon.
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