(30th June 2018) So the EU Withdrawal Bill has the Royal Assent, and all that remains is for Mrs May to conclude the negotiations for the exit deal.
Meanwhile the usual suspects are busy trying to resurrect Project Fear mk 2 (or is it mk 3 now?) from the undead, hoping to reverse Brexit, and we hear that Mrs May is summoning her cabinet once more to "break the deadlock" . . .
The situation is reviewed well enough here.
The truth is that Mrs May has proved conclusively that she is a fearful and/or clueless negotiator. For the UK to have any chance of securing an acceptable deal she must be replaced by a real negotiator, and now is the last chance to do so.
If she remains at the helm we will be forced to accept the EU's draconian terms which will be worse than no deal at all, and the Tories will be wiped at the next election. To cling to the idea that Mrs May may somehow develop overnight into an ace negotiator (as some delusional politicians seem to hope) will be shown to be the gross stupidity that it is, and the damage may be incalculable.
Is there nobody who will take Mrs May gently by the elbow and tell her quietly that her time to step aside is come?
(23/06/2018) Pro-Brexit march in London, simultaneous with Anti-Brexit march at the same time. Virtual news black-out on Pro-Brexit march, so over to You Tube for this report, lots more on You Tube as well.
(19/06/2018) Video of Roger Wright-Morris, editor of concordanceOUT.eu.
We are British - freedom is not given by the EU, it is asserted by the free. Have Mrs May and the Houses of Parliament forgotten . . . ?
(17 June 2018) You couldn't make it up.
(7th July 2018) The measure was defeated by the MEPs and sent back for recrafting. Read about it here. It will likely reappear in modified form for reconsideration in September.
(14 June 2018) Mozilla, the open internet champion, warns that legislation coming before the EU Parliament will severely restrict the sharing of information across the internet.
Sites like ours would have to navigate a legal minefield in order to share links legally with our visitors, and "it would force most online platforms to monitor all content you post — like YouTube videos, Facebook comments, and DeviantArt submissions" (I don't know who DeviantArt are either).
Are "the elite" again introducing restrictive measures under the pretext of defending the interests of copyright holders?
(14/06/2018) OK - this looks and indeed sounds a bit melodramatic. I don't know if harm will come to Tommy Robinson as feared, but if it does then we will know that our Tory government is guilty of criminal neglect leading to murder. The Home Secretary has been warned already by Lord Pearson that he will be held responsible for Tommy's safety.
Regardless of our opinion of Tommy Robinson, all prisoners must be properly treated and kept safe. We watch and wait.
(14/06/2018) Our democratic process is beset by thugs who work by intimidation. If you believe that this cannot continue, write to the Home Secretary and demand that he instructs the police to take all necessary measures to halt the intimidation and disruption that is now routinely used to silence so-called "right wing" candidates.
All candidates standing for election have the right to be heard and to present their case and this right must be upheld by the authorities.
Mercifully we don't have this problem in East Hampshire yet but it is still our responsibility to uphold democracy throughout the Kingdom - democracy suppressed elsewhere will lead to illegitimate government for all.
Legal political meetings must be defended rather than closed down and attendees must be protected from intimidation, whatever it takes.
Nothing less will do.
(11th June 2018) Hezbollah marched in London yesterday (again) to celebrate al Quds Day and hefted their flag (an arm holding aloft a gun) through our streets.
Even Sadiq Khan Mayor of London (after being taken to task previously by UKIP's David Kurten - see above) had written to the Home Secretary Sajid Javid to ask him to ban "the political wing of " Hezbollah prior to the march.
But our Government claims that Hezbollah's "political wing" is different from their "military wing" . . . so that's all right then, no need to worry about a flag with an arm brandishing a gun because the message is entirely political and not military.
Wake up Tories - this is your government we are talking about, supposedly governing in your name! When even Sadiq Khan sees the light, what are you waiting for?
Patrick O'Flynn MEP serves up some welcome light relief at Brexit Central. But will he be retiring soon?
(4th June 2018) If anybody could persuade me to revert to voting Conservative, it might just be Prime Minister Patel. A Tory who wants justice to be served and who isn't afraid to rock the boat. Perhaps there is just a faint glimmer at the end of the tunnel?
(31st May 2018) The Telegraph reports today on the EU Commission's compliance with its own General Data Protection Regulation . . .
(29th May 2018) He's still on form - here is a topical piece from that bastion of democracy, the EU Parliament ... you might think he exaggerates a little, but does he?
(8th June 2018) A strange report concerning Tommy's safety whilst in prison. A petition (one of many concerning this affair) is reported to have been "disappeared" - hidden in official-speak - no reason given.
Should we be concerned? In my book any official action that is not open to scrutiny is of concern as it confirms that our public interest is unwelcome.
What public interest is served by such secrecy?
(3rd June 2018) I will leave the last word on this to political commentator Douglas Murray.
(30th May 2018) The injunction banning press coverage has been lifted. Tommy Robinson is reported as pleading guilty to the charge of Contempt of Court.
(29th May 2018) The Gatestone Institute comments on the "Distraction" mentioned below. They make very pertinent points which should raise a red flag over how our "justice system" operates today. I have little doubt that technically the Court was within its rights, but we should ask if this action was proportional and would it have happened had the accused been of a different racial/religious background?
For a viewpoint from across the pond (yes, the "distraction" has made waves across there too!), the articulate young man in the video below draws a lot of different threads together. I wouldn't vouch for the total accuracy of all his assertions (nor for his occasional choice of word), but heigh - let's not nit-pick!
(27th May 2018) The time is surely coming when the Brexit Team under Mrs May will be forced to reveal their hand. Things are not looking good.
Brexit Central yesterday published a cogent assessment of how the process is being mishandled (apparently deliberately) by civil servants and highly-placed politicians who seem to be determined to ensure that the EU continues to control the UK by any means available. Worth a read.
(27th May 2018) An official blanket of secrecy has been imposed on the arrest and imprisonment of a well-known free-speech personality, in an attempt to prevent any reporting.
In England, former bastion of free speech and open justice, but bastion no longer. If one man can be so treated, how many others can be treated similarly?
It is just possible that the Court may have good grounds for doing this but the fear is that they do not, and in any case the arrest is out of the bag and the secrecy has merely ensured that speculation now runs rife where information could have been distributed instead.
(25th May 2018) Dominic Cummins spells it out for those who still cling to the myth that the Tory party will deliver some form of actual Brexit. They won't. They are trying to shackle us to the EU for ever as a vassal state.
(23rd May 2018) The CIB (Campaign for an Independent Britain) has rightly reviewed our options in the wake of Mrs May's disastrous dithering. Download the pamphlet here. Will Mrs May read it?
In the accompanying mailshot they include a masterly summary of how we got here. It makes for sobering reading.
(22nd May 2018) Whilst I hesitate to mention it (most of us are probably heartily sick of the endless dithering over this issue) the Campaign for an Independent Britain have published a thoughtful article on this topic . Now that time is fast running out and the UK's options with it, their suggestion may be the only viable route left to us.
(20/05/2018) The Sunday Telegraph highlights a Tory donor's opinion on why Mrs May is making such heavy weather of Brexit (behind a paywall - you may need to register for free to read the article).
(20/05/2018) Yes really! The IEA (no less) publish this shocker on the state of nannying in the EU and hold a conference on it (19th June in Brussels). The UK is well up there with the most nanny-ish but has some way to go to catch Finland. Think it won't affect the UK since we are leaving? I wouldn't put money on it . . .
(20/05/2018) Much controversy again in the news over the renationalisation of the East Coast Main Line - lots of blame flying around, where will it stick? The IEA (Institute of Economic Affairs) puts forward its considered view here.
(10/05/2018) This is an interview Gerard gave at the march for freedom of speech on Sunday 6th May in Whitehall. Apparently it was well-supported by several thousand marchers! Sadly little media coverage . . .
The next one is Gerard's speech to the crowd - I suspect an amateur recording, as it is good on sound but a bit short on elevation!
If you have an interest in the NHS and would like the unsanitized truth about what is going on (wouldn't we all?) , then you might be interested in the upcoming non-official conference on the NHS (12th May in Nottingham) - details here.
(27/04/2018) The sad case of Alfie Evans illustrates precisely what has gone wrong with our governance in the UK. The court's decision to insist that Alfie be allowed to die regardless of his parents wishes has been shown up for what it is by Alfie's continuing life - kids can show remarkable powers of recovery if given the appropriate care. Whilst there is life there is hope - the court in its arrogance denies this.
Is it really appropriate that a court would deny a baby's loving parents the right to look after their own child, when that child is said to be facing death? May it not at least die in the loving care of its parents?
We need to revive the principle that the medical profession advises but does not dictate, otherwise the road towards medical dictatorship is wide open.
UKIP unequivocally supports Alfie's parents in their determination to do the best for their own child - that the courts should forbid them from doing so is the clearest indication possible of the contempt in which the powers that be now hold all parents in this country. We have been well and truly warned.
(26/04/2018) The Campaign for an Independent Britain comments on the pertinent points concerning a customs union with the EU post-Brexit.
(26/04/2018) Watch Gerard sum up the current state of our Brexit negotiations in the EU Parliament.
(04/04/2018) Briefings for Brexit publish a paper by Gwythian Prins which considers the EU as an empire in the historical context of previous empires that have risen and fallen. He develops the same theme for Brexit Central here. Indeed there is a high correlation between the structures of the old USSR and the EU ... both being run by committees (soviets), both reliant on an over-mighty team of bureaucratic civil servants wielding more power than the associated parliaments ... and both being irrevocably committed to "the project" rather than to "the people" who are expected to do as they are told.
(20/04/2018) Veterans for Britain' s Dr Lee Rotherham reviews our Government's approach to the EU's burgeoning projects to establish its own defence forces and assesses the risks inherent to our own UK defence independence.
(03/04/2018) The Franco British Council held a Defence Conference in March (by invitation only). So far they have not published any results.
However, the results from the 2017 Conference are published here. In particular they ask the question "What remains of the Franco-British defence relationship ... following the UK's decision to leave the European Union"?
The answer: "Nothing has changed" and "The European environment has been shaken, but the will of the stakeholders is supreme and remains the essential driving force behind the rapprochement arising from the security treaties ".
So in the immortal words of Jean-Claude Junker: "we continue". The report goes on: "No elections in either of the two countries has so far called into question the rapprochement that has taken place since 2010. Successive Prime Ministers and Presidents have unreservedly given their backing to an enterprise that they resolutely approve". Could this lack of interest by the electorate possibly have anything to do with the fact that all this is being conducted behind closed doors under the auspices of the FBC "charity" and effectively outside of scrutiny by MPs or journalists?
We hope to bring you the report from the March 2018 Conference when it is published.
I should say here that of course we in UKIP do not expect the UK to sever its close defence relationships with our allies because of BREXIT, but we do expect the UK to retain absolute control of our own defence and security capabilities, including the ability to use them independently of the EU, and this would seem to preclude continuing with the merger that seems to be taking place with the corresponding French/ EU services since we would not have all the components necessary to make up an independent fully operational force.
(03/04/2018) The latest postings from the CIB point up the hopelessness of Mrs May's pseudo-Brexit:
One year to go until ... what exactly?
The betrayal of our fisheries that was "unpredicted" only because it was too pathetic to believe that any British prime minister could seriously contemplate such a thing. Mr Gove now has "useful idiot" well and truly emblazoned on his CV - he is part of a government that seems determined to stub out any foolish optimism about our post-Brexit future.
The frictionless trade fantasy.
Mrs May will reap the whirlwind if she doesn't get a grip soon and start negotiating for Britain rather than for the EU.
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