The general view of anyone who is not the British government is that the agreement just reached between the EU and the UK is a pretty thin deal, which leaves the EU holding most of the cards. Anyway, for those with a bit of time on your hands, you can now make up your ownContinue reading “The EU – UK Trade Agreement”
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?”
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.
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”
It is probably just coincidence, but the final episode of Noel Edmond’s “Deal or No Deal” aired on 23rd December 2016. Ever since then, the country has been playing its own version with the EU and, just as with the programme, it is The Banker, the person who holds the better hand, who has comeContinue reading “Time For Promises To Be Kept”
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.
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”
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?)”