‘And Now for Something Completely the Same’

By Monday, August 10, 2015 0 Permalink

Whilst on errands over the weekend I passed by a notorious spot for protesters and noticed that at this stand there was no shouting against anything, instead it seemed to be manned by quiet but cheerful people. A quick glance at the  enthusiastic young guys behind the stand wearing Jeremy Corbyn slogan t-shirts told me all I needed to know. As I'm still working out how to express my political passions without the frustration impinging my own life, I stopped to face my fear and took a flyer to see if I had missed anything lately by spurning mainstream media. I hadn't. It still amazes me how much you can absorb with a little self awareness and a few choice readings. Try it! You already know so much, you don't need biased opinions. Trust your instincts, resist subjective judgement and watch how the world opens itself up to you. I am ambivalent towards ...

‘Where there is Unity, there is Victory’

By Friday, March 7, 2014 0 Permalink

As Pubilius Syrus once wisely said. Last week Ofcom decided to start treating UKIP as a major party in terms of the way they are allowed to broadcast and campaign. This is a significant turning point and to me says more about where our political system is now rather than about UKIP per se. It is time for the pro EU lobby to realise that we face a real problem, and all their different agendas; donors and events are entirely irrelevant if Britain is not even in the EU. Never mind reforming anything, we won't have a say because we won't be there. This is a real possibility which the pro EU side seem still to be ignoring. To think UKIP are a ragbag party capitalising on the discontentment people have with Britain and  with no coherent policies is quite true. But to treat them as such is very wrong. UKIP is not a solution ...

‘What now for Ukraine’?

By Tuesday, December 3, 2013 1 Permalink

I confess I have a soft spot for Ukraine. It is a beautiful and awe inspiring country which has given both the world and me a great deal. My trip there was a turning point in my life. It is a complex nation and deserves a lot more than the current violent upheaval. The shocking protests in Kiev, which we have seen in recent days, highlight the huge chasm between the interests of national parties and those of its people.  Something which is quite apparent in many countries - Ukraine is not peculiar in this. The Eurosceptics have heralded the rejection of the agreement by President Yanukovich as a victory for their camp. It clearly isn't, and to me shows how people can protest so ardently in favour of joining and being part of the EU. Russia say it is a victory for them. It isn't. Threats to a former Soviet state are an unfair ...

‘Let The Battle Commence’

By Wednesday, July 17, 2013 0 Permalink

On Monday evening I was lucky enough to be at the launch of an interesting new manifesto for the EU. Better off in a Better Europe. Not only are they advocating Britain stays in the EU, but also that Britain should be leading Europe. Strong words indeed! The event was attended by a diverse selection of Pro Europeans from Green, Labour, Tory and Lib Dem persuasion. Political hacks, business leaders, a few mere mortals like me, some French, some Greek, some Russian  - a fairly broad spectrum. And even some of my own personal heroes. Kenneth Clarke, and Lord Mandelson gave rousing impromptu speeches declaring the need for Britain to take control and influence the EU. Bizarrely, but also I think quite reasonably, there were a few recognisable sceptics in the form of UKIP members and Conservative Sceptic MEPs. I had some lively debate with them over the relative merits of Europe and they seemed shocked ...