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Put National Interest Above Party Division!

January 11, 2018 // 6 Comments

I am calling on all British MEPs to show some national unity to defeat EU measures which seek to legitimise and expand the role of electro-pulse fishing in British waters in the following letter, setting out how British fishing communities face oblivion in the face of expanded electro-pulse fishing [...]

ONE LAST PUSH

June 8, 2017 // 28 Comments

Finally, Polling Day is upon us. Polling stations have been open since 7 a.m., and will close at 10 p.m. –  precisely, one hopes, unlike at the last GE where suddenly thousands of pub goers decided they did want to vote after all and turned up just before closing time – polling station [...]

The ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor

December 1, 2016 // 16 Comments

The EU Observer published an article written by Goran Buldioski who is director of the Open Society Foundation in Europe. This is an interesting article. It takes in the result of Brexit, the Trump victory and the general retreat of, as Buldioski calls them, the ‘Progressives’. The tone of the [...]

Reforming the House of Lords

August 6, 2016 // 6 Comments

Thoughts on reforming  the House of Lords into the People’s House, elected by Proportional Representation (PR), are laid out in this essay. The current, appointed HoL is not much liked or trusted, and serves no purpose except to reward cronies for their previous service. This is not to say that [...]

After the Referendum – Part II

July 7, 2016 // 1 Comment

The next general election The question of when the next General Election is to be held looms over the post-referendum political world. It could be soon, although because of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act two thirds of the House of Commons would have to pass a motion permitting an election less [...]

Excuses! Excuses!

March 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Finally, after much procrastination, I’m doing this. I’m putting my thoughts, not to paper, but to a Word document. Colleagues have been urging me to write something for a while, and I’ve been promising myself I’d do so for much longer. Over recent weeks I’ve even got so far as to writing [...]

‘I would fight and die to defend your right to say what you want’

January 25, 2014 // 3 Comments

The words are often used by ex-service personnel who have entered politics and the sentiment is attributed to Voltaire. The meaning is simple: we are supposed to live in a society where free speech is a sacrosanct right. Within the bounds of certain laws such as libel or slander, an individual can [...]