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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?”


The Conservatives of yesteryear would not have touched with a bargepole some of the extremist parties with whom they are now aligned in the Council of Europe.

See why, and also see why we want John Howell to resign as the group Treasurer.

Judge the Government by its Actions (and Friends) not its Promises

Over recent days the Conservative government has proposed to make the former editor of the Daily Mail, Paul Dacre, the next chairman of the media regulator OfCom and Charles Moore, a Brexiteer critic of the BBC and his opposite number at the Telegraph, the next chairman of the BBC. Priti Patel, having given up onContinue reading “Judge the Government by its Actions (and Friends) not its Promises”

Russia Report: Reactions and Reminiscences

Far from being elated by demokratizatsiya and glasnost (openness, transparency) the young man was confident that ‘our KGB will save us from political upheaval’. Doubtless by ‘upheaval’ he meant parliamentary democracy.

Clapping For Carers (or just the English ones?)

The government has refused to allow social care workers from EU countries to get a fast track health visa when new immigration rules are introduced. This is ungracious and short-sighted. It should be stopped. For 10 weeks during the Covid crisis, the government made great play every Thursday that they were ‘clapping for carers.’ EvenContinue reading “Clapping For Carers (or just the English ones?)”


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