Brexit has little to do with the EU

updated 17 July 2017 in all the talk about hard/soft/clean/full/transitional Brexit, there is a dangerous assumption that it is a solution to problems the UK faces. it is in fact a huge distraction from what government really needs be concerned about: a growing crisis in housing supply, the NHS, social care, education and the Prison… Continue reading Brexit has little to do with the EU

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EU Referendum

[updated 7 August: Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties eliminated as possible recourse. updated 2 July: article restructured; proposal simplified; information on Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties added; paragraph on election communications added.] on 23 June 2016, disillusioned people across the United Kingdom voted to give government, Brussels, the Establishment a bloody… Continue reading EU Referendum

Remembrance Sunday

as we prepare to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and -women in the two World Wars and later conflicts, we should perhaps also pause to remember the many other people who have made similar sacrifices with similar fortitude for the benefit of contemporary and future generations: doctors, nurses and… Continue reading Remembrance Sunday

fixing local democracy

local democracy is broken: there is a deficit of trust between the public, councillors and council officers, owing to poor communication and, in some cases, poor performance. the deficit of trust extends to central government’s view of local government, leading to a reluctance to devolve more power. councillor allowances are so low that few people… Continue reading fixing local democracy