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?”

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”

Brexit is More Than Just a Threat To Trade

In five months’ time, UK citizens will lose the protection of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights and be at the mercy of a government with a 79-seat majority and a track record that shows it cares little for democratic norms and practices. Justin Meadows, Membership Co-Ordinator for the Oxford Region, explains why he isContinue reading “Brexit is More Than Just a Threat To Trade”

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?)”

Russia Report: An Assessment

Earlier this year, David Blackman gave an update on the prospects for the Russia Report, the publication of which Boris Johnson had been seeking to suppress. Yesterday, thanks in no small part to an individual act of rebellion by Conservative MP, Julian Lewis, it finally saw the light of day. And it was devastating. DavidContinue reading “Russia Report: An Assessment”

Academics Speak Out On Brexit Risk

Academics and research scientists from Oxford University have joined with two Nobel Laureates and the Astronomer Royal in writing to the government warning of the potential impact on research by the ending the EU transition period in December. The letter, which was the initiative of President of the Royal Society, Venki Ramakrishnan, was taken upContinue reading “Academics Speak Out On Brexit Risk”

OPINION: Where Next for the UK and Ireland?

Peter Burke was one of the participants in our first series of Faces for Europe, and is a long-time campaigner for a closer relationship with the EU. As a GP, born in Ireland, who has worked in the UK for 38 years, there are few people better qualified to look at the relationship between ourContinue reading “OPINION: Where Next for the UK and Ireland?”