For a positive future there is absolutely no reason whatsoever for a person on the Left to vote to R
Whenever I talk to my left-wing friends who support the Remain campaign they're always very fast to remind me that I’m sat on the same side as Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage (never mind reminding them that they are sat on the same side as the CBI, Jeremy Clarkson, David Cameron, George Osborne and the Mail on Sunday). “That’s who we’ll be voting for if we vote to Leave, we are just not at the right moment yet”. But let’s just remind ourselves that their power is
The confusion at the heart of the matter: internationalism and supra-nationalism
One very noticeable aspect of the current referendum debate on EU membership, especially among those actually or nominally on the left, is the basic misunderstanding some have about the very nature of the EU. It is often thought of as an ‘international organisation’ and consequently consistent with the internationalist principles of many on the left. The intention of this post is to drill into this misunderstanding somewhat and hopefully shed some light on why the EU is, in f
10 REASONS FOR VOTING LEAVE ON THURSDAY!
1. It will restore democratic national self-determination 2. It will force the resignation of Cameron and probably Osborne. 3. It will liberate national productive capacity from the corporatism of multinationals colluding with regulators in their own interest. 4. It will enable the protection of the most vulnerable workers from low wages and job competition 5. It will shake up the complacent middle class vested interests who have run the country into the ground over t
How the EU Operates: Free movement of cheap labour?
Immigration is where a person wishes to leave the country where they live to emigrate and throw their lot in with another country. They must agree to and accept the laws and economic ups and downs of their new home and respect the culture of that country including the language. They may become ‘naturalised’ after a period of residence. Refugees and asylum seekers are those whose lives are threatened in their own country. This is part of long established international law, tre
Why the Maastricht structure is primarily based on Franco/German interests
Ever since a teen-ager, I have supported the idea of a Socialist United States of Europe. As a UK government negotiator, I subsequently took part in many talks in Brussels. In my time, it was largely a case of detailed ad hoc bargaining: “You give me this and I’ll give you that” – the small change of international diplomacy. The results were not wholly bad, possibly even mildly beneficial for the UK. My own remit when in Brussels was to block any significant move by the EU
The Treasury report on the Potential Costs of ‘Brexit’ – A Few Thoughts
The 200 page report, released by the Treasury a couple of weeks ago, has been used as the basis for the claim, by both the Prime Minister and Chancellor, that there is a consensus amongst economists that Brexit would lead to recession (or even depression). However over-blown these claims, the Treasury Report has also been used by the TUC as the basis for their claim that withdrawal from the EU would hit the pockets of working people, and for suggestions that the retired will