Saturday, 25 June 2016

THANK YOU - LEAVE WON

Thank you is totally inadequate. I have been banging on about the referendum ever since it was called and even set up my own blog to bang on about it. 

The most important thing in the world to me was that I had power. Being in a political superstate I did not have power. Now there is a chance that I do.

A few notes. First the Leave vote was 51.9% against Remain 48.1%. Chuck Umunna is saying effectively that we should respect the 48% who voted remain. As Peter Hitchens writes:

"We're already being told that the winners must 'respect' the 48% who lost the vote called by their own side to crush (the) anti-EU movement once and for all. Well, no doubt we must be nice to them, and not gloat too much, but it is for them to respect the majority they did not expect."

All the noise about a second referendum because the remainers did not get the result they wanted is garbage. In 10 years time they will live in a country where they have power and, if they get elected, implement the policies they want.

In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon is saying that she will seek discussion with Brussels immediately in order to keep Scotland within the European Union. Well it does not look like she is 'respecting' the voters in Scotland that voted to Leave.

I have a feeling that Ms Sturgeon will not get very far either. I am not sure that those states who have internal stresses, like Spain with Catalonia, would welcome a nation that is newly independent from its traditional state. 

If Ms Sturgeon is able to get a second Independence Referendum and Scotland goes it alone, that is up to Scotland and I will be relaxed about it. It will mean the end of the Barnett formula and all that entails but if that is what Scotland really wants that is up to them.

In Northern Ireland, the scene is rather different. There is in place a way of calling for a 'border vote' where the people of Northern Ireland can vote on whether they want to reunite with the South of Ireland. Sinn Fein are calling for such a vote. That is entirely for the people of Ireland.

In the meantime I will do all I can to help Dr Richard North with promoting a sensible plan and route map to leave the European Union. Flexcit. 

It is, incidentally, not Germany or France's business how quickly we serve the Article 50 notice. Neither is President Hollande in any place to demand a new Prime Minister is appointed quickly. It is none of his damn business. They don't get it - we do not have to listen or take any notice of the European Union anymore.

"Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the (European) union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements" (Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty). OUR constitutional requirements, not theirs, OURS.

This is my last blog here. I am thinking about setting up a new blog but in the meantime, thank you to everyone who has visited or read this site. 

We voted to Leave the European Union.


Sunday, 19 June 2016

Vote to LEAVE the European Union


This post will be my last before the Referendum - I will put one up with the result and a brief analysis of it at the weekend.

For me this referendum is not about markets or money or trade; it is about power.

The problem with the European Union is that it is not an Inter-Governmental organisation, it is a Supra-National one to which the United Kingdom is subservient.

The really strange thing is that, in my view, the Government of the United Kingdom would have MORE power outside the European Union and you would have thought that David Cameron and Gideon (George) Osborne would WANT more power. The United Kingdom as a member of the European Union certainly does NOT have power.

Under Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) it has precious little influence let alone power and is outvoted more than any other nation state. With the inevitable entry of more states, whatever power it does have will be further diluted.

I want a United Kingdom which is an Independent Sovereign State and which acts Inter-Governmentally with other Sovereign States as a negotiator amongst equals. It is not equal or Independent or Sovereign now.

I want a Government, one that I might have voted against, to have power - MY Government.

Vote to Leave the Political Construct of the European Union

Vote for an Independent Sovereign State

Vote to return power to YOU, the people and electors of the United Kingdom

Vote so that this and future generations will have Power

Vote against Supra-Nationalism and FOR Inter-Governmentalism

Vote to Leave the Political Construct of the European Union

Vote to LEAVE the European Union

Saturday, 11 June 2016

LEAVE and secure the future of YOUR country

It now looks like the referendum campaign is going to turn nasty. It is reported that the Remain camp are going to make this personal with attacks on Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson:

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/eu-referendum-panicked-remain-camp-plans-to-take-out-boris-as-polls-swing-in-brexit-campaigns-favour/ar-AAgTXrC?li=BBoPWjQ&ocid=mailsignout

As an aside I have no idea how the Conservative Party will reunite after the civil war that this has become and in many ways I hope it doesn't. It deserves to be penalised or to split because of its behaviour in the last few weeks.

This referendum is NOT about the Conservative Party or about Alexander Johnson or David Cameron. This referendum is about WHO governs the United Kingdom and who has power. 

It seems to me that the stock market and the money markets are already factoring in the possibility of a Leave vote. It is true that some stocks are down on six months ago but I honestly believe that they will bounce back after the referendum.

The 'deal' Mr Cameron brought back is being undermined by those very leaders who agreed it with him. It is not legally watertight and some of it is dependant on future treaty change which is not on any horizon and will not be before the French and German elections in 2017.

I also do not accept that Herr Schauble can dictate for the other 26 States what they will accept and agree to and what they won't. If we opt for the EFTA/EEA option and that is the agreement then we still have access to the single market despite an old German man's view. 

The important thing is that we will be outside the POLITICAL construct of the European Union. 

It is being mooted that maybe Denmark and Sweden might follow the United Kingdom in leaving the European Union and joining EFTA/EEA perhaps creating a 'Northern European Inter-Governmental Organisation' 
David Cameron has LIED about the deal and he knows it. He has led a disgracefully negative campaign and has suggested all sorts of horrors will befall the United Kingdom in the event of a Leave vote which I do not think the majority of the electorate believes.

In some ways I think that the European Union will welcome a Leave vote. They will turn it into a 'beneficial crisis' and hasten full Economic and Political Union in the Eurozone, get rid of Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty so no other state can leave and generally tighten the Franco-German grip on the supra-national state.

The most important thing is POWER and who has it. In a regional supra-national state the United Kingdom does not have power. 

The United Kingdom has been outvoted more than any other European Union state. The views of the electorate or even of its politicians are sidelined by Qualified Majority Voting (QMV). This will only get worse. Whatever the 'weight' of our vote now, it will inevitably be diluted when more states join.

This referendum is about POWER and WHO has it.

Vote to repatriate power from a bureaucratic supra national regional power.

Vote for the next generation and future generations to live in an Independent Sovereign State that has power and influence at the Top Table.

Vote so that United Kingdom politicians are answerable to the electorate of the United Kingdom and not to bureaucrats in Brussels

Vote to secure the future of your country

Vote to take the United Kingdom out of the POLITICAL construct of the European Union

Vote for a POSITIVE alternative

Vote to Leave the European Union


Monday, 6 June 2016

LEAVE - There is no reason to vote Remain


Today has been a very significant day. Realising that Leave has a lead in three separate opinion polls, pro-offshore-centralised -Supranational-State-with-no-say-supporting MP's have broken cover. The BBC published the following article on its website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36457120

"Pro-Remain MPs are considering using their Commons majority to keep Britain inside the EU single market if there is a vote for Brexit, the BBC has learned.
The MPs fear a post-Brexit government might negotiate a limited free trade deal with the EU, which they say would damage the UK's economy.
There is a pro-Remain majority in the House of Commons of 454 MPs to 147."
This is EXCELLENT news. 
This means that the vast majority of MP's, faced with a Leave vote will campaign together to get the softest possible landing for the United Kingdom which is the EFTA/EEA (Norway) Option. There is no risk at all from a Leave vote. It is NOT a leap in the dark
There are 649 MP's (excluding the Speaker). 454 (69.9%) are sensible and will ignore the ravings of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and Michael Gove and go for the option that gives the United Kingdom the best of all worlds - continued access to the single market and restoration of Sovereignty to the United Kingdom. It might be the case that they actually begin to EARN their salaries at last.
To be fair, EUReferendum and Richard North have been saying this for at least two years
The urgent need to regain our power was also illustrated today by the former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman:
'Shown the presidents of EU Councils, courts, the Commission, Parliament and Central Bank - all male - she replied: "A) I don’t know who they are, and b) I don’t like the fact that they’re all men."'
Dealing with the last point first, this is not an Equality and Diversity issue; far from it. There is after all Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde to consider. This is NOT about sex or looks.
"I don't know who they are." We have an MP who has voted and who is willing to vote for a Government whose members she does not know. I mean - how awful is that?
We need to regain power partially so people like Harriet Harman who does not know who her political masters are will know once we are out of the European Union.
We do not need to worry about trade anymore - that is now covered.
A Leave vote carries NO RISK
Vote to take the United Kingdom out of the Political construct of the European Union
Vote to re-empower YOU, the electorate
Vote with confidence for a bright future in an Independent Sovereign State
Vote so that your politicians will represent YOUR views and not be outvoted by 27 other states
Vote to take the United Kingdom out of the Political construct of the European Union
Vote to Leave the European Union.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

LEAVE is the right choice

I do not accept or believe all the scare stories that the Remain campaign has put out over the last few weeks. On the one hand, up until recently, that we are a small insignificant state on the outer edge of the European continent. On the other that despite this we can undermine the whole world order if we vote to Leave. 

There will not be plagues of locusts, dark at mid-day, an end to sunshine or Captain Kirk becoming Prime Minister if we Leave the European Union. It is really unacceptable that the Remain campaign has said some of the things that would be the consequence of a Leave vote, not least the Prime Minister's suggestion that there would be a third world war.

The Prime Minister is a liar. If there are going to be any reckonings in the event of a Leave vote, the first two people in the firing line must be David Cameron and Gideon Osborne. They have undermined their offices and have been shameless in their dishonesty.

LEAVE is the right choice

This following is part of a post from EUReferendum.com

http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=86087

"We started with the assumption that there is no magic wand: the two years allowed under Article 50 would not be nearly long enough to unpick forty years of political, economic and social integration. To even get close is implausible. Moreover, the more radical the process, the greater the risk. Anything perceived to be risky would deliver us a referendum defeat. 

From that point we arrive at our guiding ethos. Brexit is a process, not an event. Leaving the EU will have to be done in phases. The first phase simply takes us out of the political construct of the EU. Only then do we look at the long road of full separation. 


When asked what does Brexit looks like the day after, the answer is simple: exactly the same. By remaining part of the EEA, with a transitional agreement on fisheries and agriculture, maintaining most of the cooperation agreements and adopting the entire EU acquis into British law, nothing changes. This is the quickest settlement to negotiate, the least disruptive and the solution most likely to be ratified without a fuss. 

Necessarily, this requires compromise on freedom of movement, an idea which is met with howls of rage from those less familiar with the subtleties and complexities of the plan. They wish to ditch this policy in the mistaken belief that it will have a significant effect on overall migration. 

We have always said the EU is more than just a trade bloc. There are multiple levels of invisible government which have gradually integrated over the years. These must be unpicked with a scalpel, not an axe. As much as we might like to go at it like a bull in a china shop, we don't have that luxury. Britain's soft power is hard-won on the basis that we uphold our agreements and respect treaties. Moreover we will still wish to have amicable relations with the EU and so compromise will be required of us. 


But in the process of producing Flexcit, we became increasingly aware that the EU is not the top table in regulatory affairs. In fact, the EU is now superseded in most areas, adopting regulations from many global bodies wholesale. We have seen how the United Nations Economic Commission Europe (UNECE) is pivotal to several key areas of regulation. We have also explored the role of Codex and standards bodies which now form the basis of what we regard as an emerging global single market. 

Far from having no say, we find that the EU is increasingly an obstruction to us having our say, removing our independent vote and right of opt out. It seems the entire case for remaining in the EU is perpetuating the myth that the EU is the alpha and omega of rule-making. It just isn't so. 

We find in the very first instance that Britain is free to pursue its own trading avenues and has an enhanced role in the formation of regulations. Consequently we become a leading voice in bringing that global single market closer to what we have achieved in Europe. The argument for going into the EEC in 1975 was that we needed to be in it to have a say in the rules. If that was true then, the same logic applies now - but on a global level. 

We set out in Flexcit the many opportunities this presents along with the process of modernising our aid, trade, fishing and agriculture policies after we repatriate them. But having dismantled much of our administrative capability and expertise while inside the EU, we really don't want to bite off more than we can chew. "


Leaving the European Union is a PROCESS not an event


I do not believe the United Kingdom will save much money from voting to Leave the European Union. There will be policies and initiatives into which we will still want to input and to which we will still belong inter-Governmentally.

A vote to Leave the European Union will take the United Kingdom out of the POLITICAL construct of the European Union


This is where I put my standard


I do not want to be part of a supranational regional government which is what the European Union is. 

I want to be in an Independent Sovereign State whose government liaises, negotiates and trades on an intergovernmental level with other Governments even the European Union Government (minus the United Kingdom).

There is a 'soft' landing for the United Kingdom in the event of a LEAVE vote. It is called FLEXCIT; a Flexible plan and pathway for the complete eventual independence of the United Kingdom. I have read it. It really is worth a look:

http://www.eureferendum.com/documents/flexcit.pdf

This referendum is not really about trade or money. It is about POWER and who has it.

Power is loaned by the electorate to the politicians. 

LOANED

Vote to take back power from the politicians 

Vote to put power back in the hands of this and future generations.

Vote to take the United Kingdom out of the Political construct of the European Union

Vote to start a process whereby eventually our Farming, Fishing, Environmental, Defence and Home Office policies will be drafted by and for the benefit of the electors and residents of the United Kingdom and not some bureaucratic, anti-democratic supranational regional trading block.

Vote to make you, the electors of the United Kingdom, the place where supreme power lies.

Vote for this and future generations

Vote to take the United Kingdom out of the Political construct of the European Union

Vote to Leave the European Union




Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The EU is Anti-Democratic

The following article was posted by Lost Leonardo on the blog "Independent Britain". It is in my view an exceptional analysis and deserves wide distribution:

https://independentbritain.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/the-eu-is-anti-democratic/

"More than one person has now asked me to explain why I say that the EU is an anti-democratic union. This post is an attempt to summarise the reasons why I believe this to be the case.
First of all, it is important to clarify your terms. Democracy, from the Greek—demosand kratia—literally means ‘people power’. A democratic system is one in which decisions are taken as closely to the people as possible. The UK system of parliamentary or representative democracy could be said to be a limited democracy while the Swiss system of direct democracy is what one might call a true democracy.
The EU government, for that is what it is, is not only undemocratic but anti-democratic. The people have no control over the decision-making process whatsoever.
First of all, there is no self-identifying European demos. I am happy to identify as European, but I do not regard German or French people as my fellow countrymen. Although we are all born of the same civilisation, our different languages, cultures, customs and traditions makes us foreign to one another. The kind of solidarity needed to constitute a demos cannot be forced or faked and it is simply not present at the continental level. I am British first, not European.
As a result, the idea that the European Parliament represents the people of Europe is absurd. European elections are not really European elections so much as snapshots of how discontented a given people are with the politicians in charge of their respective national governments. Turnout in European elections is low, not only in Britain, and very few people take the results seriously. The European Parliament is the weakest of the five most important EU institutions: the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Court of Justice, the European Council and the Council of the EU.
Moreover, the politicians people elect to the European Parliament do not represent particular constituencies, they represent their parties and the leaders who select them. Elections to the European Parliament in the UK are held under the “party list” system. Electors vote for the party not the person who they want to represent them and, based upon the proportion of the vote that each party receives, candidates are assigned in ascending order—the first candidate on the party list is the first to be sent to the European Parliament, then the second, then the third, and so on. This, to clarify, is based upon the proportion of the vote that each party receives.
Vesting that much power and control in party machines is different to the UK system of parliamentary elections in which people vote for a specific candidate to represent their constituency in Westminster.
That, however, is the most democratic part of the Brussels-based system.
What turns the EU from an undemocratic organisation, which constrains the ability of national governments to act in accordance with the wishes of their respective electorates, into an anti-democratic organisation, which progressively removes policy control from accountable politicians, is the European Commission, which is a “higher authority” above the governments of the historic nation-states of Europe.
There are three features of the EU system which cement the European Commission’s dominance. First of all, the EU is the supreme law-making authority in the Member States. The precedents for this are long-established in European and English law. EU law trumps British law, and where the two conflict, the judge will find in favour of the EU. In the event that a decision is disputed, the final judgement is made by what is, while Britain remains in the EU, the highest court in the land, the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
Second, the European Commission has sole “right of initiative” within the EU. No new EU law can be proposed, amended or repealed without Commission involvement and approval. This is the key to the anti-democratic character of the EU. There is no way to “reform” this aspect of the EU because no initiative can or will progress without Commission consent. There is no mechanism to compel the Commission to act; legislative proposals put to the Commission by other EU institutions are advisory only.
The Commission is the executive arm of a supranational government, but the commissioners are not directly accountable to anybody. The European Parliament has the power to unseat the entire Commission, which has happened once, but there is no mechanism to hold individual commissioners to account.
Third, the Commission itself is comprised of political appointees who swear an oath of allegiance to act in the interests of the EU as a whole rather than representing the interests of any particular nation-state. Thereby does the Commission protect the body of EU law from democratic accountability.
This is the inverse of the British idea of freedom under law which is founded on the principle that no Parliament may bind its successor. Under the EU system of governance, every law is sacrosanct unless or until the Commission says otherwise.
This is not an effective or efficacious method for making legislation or policy. In a rapidly changing world, autonomy, agility and, above all else, accountability, are worth so much more. 
But, while we remain in the EU the ratchet of “ever closer union” is always turning, one Directive at a time, one ECJ judgement at a time.
The only way to bring trade, aid, energy, environmental, agricultural, fisheries, justice and home affairs, foreign and defence policy back under democratic control, take responsibility for our own governance and re-engage with the global trading system is to vote for Britain to leave the European Union."
If you want your power back, your country back
Vote to Leave the European Union

Sunday, 29 May 2016

An appeal to The Postal Voter

A few years ago, I was away for the local elections and applied for a postal vote. I have had a postal vote ever since.

My European Union Referendum postal vote arrived yesterday. 

This is the point at which you put pen to paper and I want to appeal to you to put your cross against the 'Leave the European Union' option which is the bottom option on the ballot paper:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/eureferendum/12122349/This-is-what-the-ballot-paper-for-the-EU-referendum-vote-will-look-like.html

Why should you do this?

The Principal reason is that you are voting to retake power from unelected bureaucrats in Brussels. 

The United Kingdom can be and is outvoted under Quality Majority Voting.

The United Kingdom has to implement European Union policies which may not be in the interests of the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom has NOT got an Independent Sovereign voice at the Top Table. 

The United Kingdom COULD get back its Independent Sovereign Voice at the top table.

This is where YOUR Vote is Vital and Precious

Please use it. Wisely.

If the Leave side wins the referendum absolutely nothing will happen the day after. It will take two years under Article 50 to Leave the European Union and the 'first base' will be the EFTA/EEA option that will keep us in the European Union single market and thus guarantee our trading relationships. 

It will mean repatriating the EU Acquis to the United Kingdom as a 'European Union Law book' and will probably take the next ten years to analyse and keep or repeal those laws.

It is not an 'instant fix' or anything like it. It has taken 43 years to get to this point, we can not undo 43 years of law making overnight, in any event some of the laws will still make sense after we Leave

There is an excellent plan outlined in Flexcit, the Market solution

http://www.eureferendum.com/documents/flexcit.pdf

This referendum is about the governance of the United Kingdom - who rules the United Kingdom - unelected officials in Brussels or YOU, the elector of the United Kingdom

Vote to restore YOUR governance of the United Kingdom

Vote to show that you are retaking power from the politicians to whom you have LOANED it

Vote to give the United Kingdom an Independent Sovereign Voice at the Top Table

Vote for the benefit of the generations that will follow that they will live in an Independent Sovereign State

Vote for Confidence

Vote against Supranationalism

Vote for Intergovernmental trading where all have an equal voice

Please, I appeal to YOU, the individual elector

Vote to Leave the European Union




Friday, 27 May 2016

IF (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

The main and deciding reason to vote to Leave the European Union is in order to take back governance of the United Kingdom from unelected officials and return it to the people and electors of the United Kingdom.

Some of the scare stories really need to be challenged. Can it really be true that if the electors of the United Kingdom vote to leave the undemocratic and regional supranational state that the European Union has become then this small island will bring down the European Union with it? 

If so that is an excellent reason to vote to leave the European Union so that Italy, Greece, the Baltic States and others can get their governance back and debate and trade inter-Governmentally.

Alex Salmond is reported to have said that a Brexit vote would lead to another Scottish Independence vote 'within two years'. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-referendum-brexit-scottish-independence-vote-snp-alex-salmond-a7051241.html

WHAT a coincidence when Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty allows the United Kingdom two years to leave the European Union. 

However, that is not the main issue here. 

If it is true that a vote to Leave the European Union would lead to a second Scottish Independence vote within two years, then that is a very good reason for every Scottish Nationalist Party supporter to vote to Leave the European Union.

If you want to have Scottish Independence, vote to Leave the European Union

If you are a Northern Irish, English or Welsh voter that wants Scotland to become an Independent Sovereign State, vote to Leave the European Union

If you are an English, Northern Irish or Welsh voter and are fed up of the Barnett formula, which sends money to Scotland and which even its inventor says is passed its sell by date, vote to Leave the European Union

If you are a Scottish, Welsh, English, or Northern Ireland voter who wants to remain together as the United Kingdom in an Independent Sovereign United Kingdom, vote to Leave the European Union

If you did not vote Conservative in the last General Election (3 out of 4 electors), vote to Leave the European Union

If you believe that David Cameron has lied to the electorate, vote to Leave the European Union

If you believe that Anthony Blair lied to the electorate over the Iraq war, vote to Leave the European Union

If you do not accept that Dr David Kelly committed suicide, vote to Leave the European Union

If you are angry about the repeated delays to the publication of the Chilcot inquiry, vote to Leave the European Union

If you do not trust our politicians or the political process, vote to Leave the European Union

If you do not approve of Barack Obama or Christine Lagarde or the leaders of the G7 trying to tell you how to vote, vote to Leave the European Union

If you think that Gideon Osborne is a devious mendacious pole climbing sycophantic politician and more of a liar than David Cameron is, vote to Leave the European Union

I mean - is any of the above advice any worse than the Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt that the Remain camp keeps broadcasting?

If you are or were a Conservative Party member or supporter, then recognise that the party you support no longer exists and is led by liars. Take a look at this article

https://semipartisansam.com/2016/05/27/what-conservative-government-part-6-eu-referendum-legacy-a-tory-party-hated-by-left-and-right-alike/

and accept that the Conservative Party is so toxic that it can no longer be trusted and vote to Leave the European Union.

I seriously advise you not to take part in Vote Leave's £50 million European Football Championship competition as, in order to do so, you must give them your data. This is not, in my opinion, a good thing to do:

http://thefrogsalittlehot.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/eu-referendum-wess-digital-guido-and.html

ask first: 

What is going to happen to my data? Who will own it? What are they going to do with it? Can it be sold on? Have I any rights to rescind my data from Vote Leave?

This referendum is not about football competitions or cheap shots or lying Prime Ministers or Scottish Independence.

This referendum is about WHO governs the United Kingdom. 

The choice is:

Remain - unelected and irremovable bureaucrats based in Brussels  who really, really do not have the interests of the United Kingdom at the forefront of their minds.

Leave: Retake control; retake the power you have LOANED to the politicians. Make this country once again an Independent Sovereign Nation with an Independent Sovereign voice at the Top Table; able to initiate and influence policy which it is unable to do at present because it has to take a 'Community (European Union)' position and is represented by the regional supranational power to which it is subservient.

There is an intermediate 'soft' landing discussed in Flexcit, the Market Solution (the EFTA/EEA option) 

http://www.eureferendum.com/documents/flexcit.pdf

which shows how we remain in the European Single Market whilst exiting the undemocratic regional supranational body (the European Union) to which we belong as a first step to full independence. The Economically Neutral Option which the Treasury did not even discuss in its latest hyperbolic publication. There is no leap in the dark. 

There is a way. 

Have confidence

Vote to retake power from a regional supranational unaccountable body

Vote to re-empower yourself and ensure that YOUR voice is heard at the Top Table as part of an Independent Sovereign State

Vote to show that you do not believe David Cameron or Gideon Osborne or Christine Lagarde.

Vote to empower your children and grandchildren

Vote for Independence

Vote for Influence

Vote for Confidence

Vote for Sovereignty

Vote to Leave the European Union




Monday, 23 May 2016

The Conservative Party is beneath contempt

It is now vital that it is pointed out just how awful the Conservative Party really is. It is rotten from top to bottom and has no redeeming feature whatever.

Gideon Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is saying that Britain would face a year long 'DIY recession' following a vote to Leave the European Union. This is the same Chancellor of the Exchequer who has made so many U turns on policies that he wanted to enact that he has no idea which way he is facing. This is the same Chancellor of the Exchequer who has put back the date at which the United Kingdom will have a balanced budget.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33445558

"Chancellor George Osborne has delayed his promised budget surplus by a year.

The Office for Budget Responsibility's (OBR) forecasts now predicts a surplus of £10.0bn in 2019-20.
In March, the OBR forecast a surplus of £5.2bn in 2018-19, but that has now been revised to a £6.4bn deficit.
The OBR had described the March Budget plans as a rollercoaster rise because of the cuts in the first two years of the parliament and increased spending in the last two years."
Now it looks like the Conservative Party has real issues with its General Election expenditure and the Electoral Commission is investigating whether the Conservative Party has breached electoral law. The Scottish National Party is asking the Metropolitan Police to investigate. If the Conservative Party has breached electoral law, did they dishonestly appropriate the Election? Even David Cameron suggests there may be an issue:


Tory chairman Lord Feldman may have inadvertently ‘mis-declared’ or ‘left out’ vital General Election expenses, David Cameron indicated today – as he insisted the party would co-operate with a growing fraud inquiry.
Ten police forces and the Electoral Commission are now investigating claims that the Conservative Party spent thousands of pounds more than the law allows in marginal seats across the country during last year’s election.
The Prime Minister insisted today that the party had not ‘done anything wrong’.
But he appeared to acknowledge that some expenses may not have been declared in compliance with the letter of the law.
Asked if Lord Feldman would have to resign, Mr Cameron told ITV’s Peston on Sunday programme: ‘Well, I don’t believe we have done anything wrong. If there were mis-declarations or things left out we have to put those in place, but I’m confident we can answer all the questions that are being put to us.’

'The Conservative Party has not done anything wrong in omitting expenditure from its returns to the Electoral Commission' - the man is just lying. If they made a mistake they did it wrong - inadvertent or not.

What effect on a 6 seat overall majority (331 seats) - a 12 seat working majority did such activity have? Maybe they would not have won some marginal seats if they kept within the limits. Maybe they would not have had a majority. 

There is a Conservative Civil War in train between David 'the Heir to Blair' Cameron and Gideon Osborne on the one hand and Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and Michael Gove on the other. They are not interested in the electorate at all but in their individual, political careers.

What is really important is the following quote:

"But if you ask me what is a more important decision, a General Election or this Europe vote, actually the Europe vote is more important. Because if you don't like the Government, you can always get rid of them in five years time. I obviously don't like that bit. But that's the truth. Whereas if we make this decision to leave the EU and get out of the single market and hit our economy and hit jobs, it would be very, very difficult if not impossible to reverse that decision."  (David Cameron)


This quotation has been condemned by the Conservative Associations as Mr Cameron is being accused of betraying the party after suggesting that a Labour Government is better than Brexit:


Why is the party in the country surprised? David Cameron has complete contempt for the party in the country. They are useful when knocking on doors but otherwise they can (and are) ignored. 

The remarks were made by a senior figure in the Conservative Party who has strong social connections to the Prime Minister. “There’s really no problem,” the Conservative figure said about the parliamentary turmoil. “The MPs just have to do it because the associations tell them to, and the associations are all mad swivel-eyed loons.”


I don't believe that Vote Leave wants to Leave the European Union. Really. I believe that they would like to use a Leave vote to get a better 'deal' than Cameron brought home. Which would not be hard as Cameron's 'deal' has no legal basis whatever, needs treaty change (which is not on the near horizon) and which I believe our 'partners' will betray.

If the United Kingdom dusts off Flexcit (The Market Solution) and follows the steps outlined there we will not get out of the single market. We will remain in the single market using the EFTA/EEA route initially at least.

"But if you ask me what is a more important decision, a General Election or this Europe vote, actually the Europe vote is more important. Because if you don't like the Government, you can always get rid of them in five years time. I obviously don't like that bit. But that's the truth. Whereas if we make this decision to leave the EU .... it would be very, very difficult if not impossible to reverse that decision." 

This vote is more important than the General Election.

This vote is more important (far more important) than the Conservative Party.

This vote is about who governs the United Kingdom; unelected faceless bureaucrats in Brussels OR the people, the electors of the United Kingdom.

This may well be the last vote you get on this issue in the foreseeable future.

Vote to get your power back.

Vote for the benefit of your children and grandchildren, for the next generation. 

Vote to Leave the European Union.



Sunday, 22 May 2016

Four Weeks to go

Once again, I am shocked at some of the statements being made by the Remain campaigners. As far as I can see they have not made any positive statements about the good that in their view the European Union might do. Instead they keep making scare stories that a vote to Leave the European Union will lead to all sorts of dire consequences.

The former bosses of TESCO, Sainsbury, Marks and Spencer and B&Q say that leaving the European Union would have a devastating effect on the economy. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3602673/Prices-soar-quit-EU-say-high-street-bosses-grim-warning-lost-jobs-plunging-pound-catastrophe-UK-votes-Out.html

"It is impossible to see how there could be an exit without an impact on prices and inflation. The unintended consequences of a Leave vote and the uncertainty it would create would be a massive shock to the system."

Gideon Osborne has said that Britain will be permanently poorer if it votes to Leave the European Union whilst calling in aid Christine Lagarde of the IMF to assist him. What I would like to know is what Gideon has promised Ms Lagarde in exchange for her statements and the 'analysis' of her organisation. 

I tell you what I fear: That if the United Kingdom votes to remain in the European Union, the unintended consequences will be a massive shock to the system. I believe that the United Kingdom will come under massive pressure to join the single currency, that we will come under pressure to become more integrated members, that the United Kingdom as an Independent Sovereign State will cease to exist. That is what Ever Closer Union implies and means.

I fear that, instead of being 28, the United Kingdom might soon be in a European Union of 35 states and all that means for the dilution of any remaining influence that we might have with the number of votes that we command with Qualified Majority Voting (QMV). The other seven nations are Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11283616

Mind you, some of the Leave campaigners have not helped the cause. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson has caused more fog than light to be cast and has undermined what the referendum is about. 

The electorate should be angry, very angry, that this referendum has become an unedifying public Conservative Civil War. The 'Dave' versus 'Boris' show is one thing this should not be. It is far more important than the useless Conservative (Tory) Party. I would like to think that the Conservative Party would pay heavily at the ballot box for this but I doubt it.

The United Kingdom needs to be able to state its own case at the top table and is unable to do this whilst being one of 28 states in a supranational European Union. It will be even less able to do if it is one of 35 states.

In his blog today, Richard North says:

"This brings us to the key issue. The obsession of the "leave" campaign to cut regulation is entirely misplaced. Much of the regulation of which people complain is benign, and would be kept whether we are in or out of the EU. What really matters is our ability to influence the legislative agenda at global level. We need to be able to get rid of that which is bad, to improve the mediocre and to support and extend the good.

The point is that, to some some extent, as long as we retain some residual powers, we can still do this. But our powers are on the wane, and the longer we are in the EU, the weaker we will get. The only way we can maintain (and extend) our power at the global level is to leave the EU. 

And that is why we must vote leave on 23 June."


Only by being an independent Sovereign State can the United Kingdom sit at the Top Table, have an independent voice, representing all of its electors and not having its view watered down or influenced or overridden (by QMV) by the other 27.

This referendum is about National Sovereignty - National Power. Once we regain and restore people power then we can negotiate for what WE (the electors of the United Kingdom) want.

I can only emphasis that this referendum is about who governs Britain - a supranational government based in Brussels or the electorate of the United Kingdom.

This is about people power. 

Since it might take 10 years to get to a position where we are truly independent under the steps outlined in Flexcit (The Market Solution), vote for your children and grandchildren. 

Vote that your children and grandchildren will have power in the future. 

Vote that the United Kingdom may have an independent sovereign voice at the global top table where more decisions are being taken.

Vote to show Dave and Alexander (Boris) and Gideon that you have loaned them power and you want it back.

Vote for National Sovereignty (Power) 

Vote to Leave the European Union.


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

A Brilliant Plan

On holiday recently, I packed as my reading matter; 'Flexcit: The Market Solution to leaving the EU' 

http://www.eureferendum.com/documents/flexcit.pdf

and I have read it. It is a simply EXCELLENT document. In 404 pages, excluding the Appendices, it lays out a path for the full independence of the United Kingdom answerable to no one but its own electorate which co-operates inter-governmentally with other sovereign states. The staging posts on this path are:

  • Withdrawal from the European Union
  • Immigration and Asylum
  • A Genuine Single Market
  • Policy Restoration
  • Global Trading
  • Domestic Reforms
The text is quite clear that there is no instant quick win or magic wand. Indeed, in one section on rebuilding our fishing policy after a Leave vote, it states that it might take ten years to get to the final base of a fully independent, sustainable, ecologically sensitive United Kingdom fishing authority.

If the 'Leave' vote succeeds on June 23rd then that is just the key to unlock a whole raft of policies and initiatives that might take until 2030 to achieve. 

In the interim, however, we would not be leaping into the dark as the text explains what the next steps should be and how our excellent bureaucratic machine could achieve them. Flexcit, the Market Solution should be mandatory reading for every single civil servant BEFORE the electorate as it is a masterclass of research - there are 1182 notes in the text for example which show the reference for statements made in it.

I would recommend reading the first 117 pages of the text before the referendum. It is fairly easy to read even though there are hundreds of abbreviations which are clarified at first mention and which are also in Appendix 1. 

In order to leave the European Union in a safe way, the Government needs to make an Article 50 (of the Lisbon Treaty) notification which gives two years to negotiate a post European Union deal. Flexcit shows how this can be achieved initially by joining EFTA/EEA in order to remain within the European Union single market.

EFTA/EEA would be strengthened as would its negotiating position by the United Kingdom joining it - incidentally making it the 4th largest trading block in the world. There is no issue of the United Kingdom being a friendless state here. The UK/EFTA countries would then develop and evolve their inter-Governmental alliance into the global UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission Europe) structure in a later staging post on the road to full independence.

If we vote to Leave the European Union and follow 'Flexcit: The Market Solution', this is not a leap in the dark;

Voting to Leave the European Union will not lead to a massive decline in GDP and, as the text explains, is initially cost neutral. 

Voting to Leave the European Union will not make this country less safe or more prone to terrorism

Voting to Leave the European Union will not lead to Vladimir Putin dancing around the Kremlin gardens in celebration.

There is a plan. If we follow the plan, we get a soft landing which initially, as the text frankly admits, is not all we would like. 

However, the plan gets us out of an unsatisfactory supranational state which we do not need (or in my view want) to belong to. I can't understand why Mr Cameron wants to remain when he would have more power as the leader of an independent Sovereign state outside the European Union. He might actually really have influence as an Independent Sovereign State at the top table.

There is a plan. 
There is a safe plan.
There is a realistic plan.
There is a brilliant plan.

The plan is Flexcit: The Market Solution.

http://www.eureferendum.com/documents/flexcit.pdf

Vote for an Independent Sovereign State

Vote for a place at the top table 

Vote to make the European Union redundant as far as the United Kingdom is concerned

Vote to get power repatriated to the United Kingdom

Vote for YOUR power and for the future power of your children and grandchildren

Vote to Leave the European Union