When the government’s plans to cease the UK’s involvement with Erasmus+ attracted immediate criticism, a number of Conservative MPs began attacking the current scheme and claiming that its replacement (Turing) would be far better. One of these was David Johnston, the Wantage MP, who claimed in his Spectator article that Erasmus+ was only beneficial forContinue reading “MY ERASMUS…”

Erasmus – Why Change A Winning Formula?

At the end of last year, David Johnston, who replaced Ed Vaizey as Wantage MP in 2019, wrote a piece for The Spectator, outlining what he believed were the shortcomings of the Erasmus scheme – and why the government’s proposed replacement (Turing) would be so much better. In this article, Dr Alice Prochaska* counters hisContinue reading “Erasmus – Why Change A Winning Formula?”

Number 10 WAS Aware of Tory Group’s Extremist Links

At the end of last year, the European Movement Oxford Region highlighted that the Conservative Delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe had aligned itself with some of the continent’s most extreme-right-wing political parties. At the time, a Number 10 spokesman tried to distance the Prime Minister from the decision, stating thatContinue reading “Number 10 WAS Aware of Tory Group’s Extremist Links”

The EU/UK Trade Deal – A First Look

A UK DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT The Government’s Summary document of the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement (Summary) provides slim pickings for anyone looking for legal detail. This is largely because, as a package for the economy and our region, it won’t bear scrutiny and the Government has again resorted to presentation above substance. Whatever happens inContinue reading “The EU/UK Trade Deal – A First Look”


By the end of this month we will have left what Matthew Parris recently described in his Times column as “one of modern history’s great and noble experiments in bringing nations together.” This despite the fact that the majority who wanted to leave the EU on one day in June 2016 has long since disappearedContinue reading “THE FUTURE BEGINS NOW”


In the second of our series on the work and importance of the Council of Europe, we look at democracy.  There is a general consensus that democracy is a “good thing”.  So good, in fact, that countries that are not noticeably democratic in any way that we would recognise, have frequently included it in theirContinue reading “WHAT HAS THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE EVER DONE FOR…DEMOCRACY?”


Our recent article, exposing the Conservatives’ links to far-right parties on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, has generated a considerable amount of interest. However, it has highlighted that not everyone is aware of the the Council and its achievements… and why we should be so concerned, both for our future membership andContinue reading “WHAT HAS THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE EVER DONE FOR US?”