THE FUTURE BEGINS NOW

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”

WHAT HAS THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE EVER DONE FOR…DEMOCRACY?

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?”

WHAT HAS THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE EVER DONE FOR US?

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?)”