Extremely Useful

George Orwell wrote:
“Oceania was at war with Eurasia; therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia.”

The UK conservatives have taken us to war with the European Union because we were always at war.

The Way to Shed Europeans

Murderous ‘Government’
Professor A.C. Grayling writes :
Chilling – the more so for being so close to the current truth of how our murderous ‘government’ sees things, & not just on Covid & refugees, but their entire mindset. Chilling to the point of horrifying.

North East Hampshire MP Ranil Jayawardena is a member of the conservative party.

1300 Musicians

1,300 musicians celebrate Europe Day 2021 by playing the #EU anthem together online..

June 2016 : 73.3% of us did not vote to leave the European Union.

73.3% is 47,923,540 people! More than the entirety of Spain at 47.3 million.

Share your views with other people in North East Hampshire at :

North Hampshire for Europe

Room 17859.
PO Box 6945,

London,, W1A 6US

United Kingdom
https://www.notion.so/NORTH-HAMPSHIRE-FOR-EUROPE-b7d25f9fac0a4ae0950709da92345657

This is Orwellion

Will Hutton writes :
This is Orwellian – an ad in Sunday papers 14/03/2021. It will take at least five years for additional sales of food and drink to Japan to compensate for food and drink sales lost to the EU in January alone. Taxpayers should not be paying for such rank disinformation. Its propaganda
@williamnhutton

O2 Post Brexit European Roaming? Not as we know it.

Chris Davison writes :
O2 March 2021

A colleague received a call on her O2 UK mobile whilst in Austria offering a new, cheaper contract. Asked whether roaming continues following Brexit, she received assurances that : “There are no catches”. The nice O2 lady added “You can see that nothing has changed on our website”.
However, hidden in the depths of the online O2 small print the latest “Fair Usage Policy” limits EU roaming to genuine short visit usage only, to less than 63 days in any four month period and completely excludes any business use.

This post Brexit arrangement significantly restricts mobile phone roaming use outside UK. Failure to comply by not returning to UK regularly and demonstrating your primary UK use, it seems, could lead to breach of contract, SIM card blocking and removal of service.

This is what exciting, dynamic assistance for exporting entrepreneurs looks like.

“You may only use our services in our Europe Zone (excluding the UK) for periodic travel, like holidays or short breaks. Your data usage may be limited in our Europe Zone (excluding the UK) at a lower level than you data allowance in the UK if you’re a Pay As You Go customer. Once you go over this limit you’ll be charged. For these limits and charges please see www.o2.co.uk/help/pay-as-you-go/roaming-in-europe.
What to avoid: Using our services for the first time outside of the UK, using a large volume of your allowance (be that text, calls or data) in our Europe Zone (excluding the UK), or using our services and travelling within our Europe Zone (excluding the UK) for prolonged periods which don’t follow reasonable consumer holiday and travel patterns and behaviour. If you use our services outside the UK in our Europe Zone for 63 or more days in any four month period and you cannot demonstrate prevailing use and / or presence in the UK this is likely to be deemed to be an unfair use of our services. In such an event we will notify you and then after two weeks charges will apply (the “Surcharges”). For Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go customers the Surcharges are £3/GB for data, 3.3p/minute for calls and 1p/text for texts. These charges will cease to apply if you can subsequently demonstrate prevailing use and / or presence in the UK.“

O2 small print…

Like Germany, United Kingdom Could be Democratic

The United Kingdom has not moved with the times when it comes to democracy.
First Past the Post has failed the nation.
Proportional Representation is any voting system in which the share of seats a party wins matches the share of votes it receives. There are many different systems of Proportional Representation, but they all aim to make sure seats match votes.

The UK currently uses the primitive First Past the Post voting system – which causes severe problems for voters, our politics and our society. From its definition alone, it’s easy to see how Proportional Representation solves the problems of First Past the Post.

Find out more on the Make Votes Matter site

 

When will Exporters see Brexit Benefits Ranil?

Twitter user Crondal4Europe asks MP for North East Hampshire, Ranil Jayawardena “When will exporters see the benefits of #Brexit on international trade”? “Crondal” is waiting for a response. Like many Tory MPs, answers are few and far between.

When will exporters see the benefits of #Brexit on international trade?

Where are the opportunities you were discussing with cheese producers back in August?

Simon Spurrell of the Cheshire Cheese Company said. “We managed to get a shipment through to Europe which took SIX days instead of ONE. Rejected because it’s no longer fresh. We’ve paid the carriage to send it out and we have to pay to ship it back. We have to bin the cheese. We have to refund the customer. We also LOSE the customer. It’s a quadruple whammy.
The whole Brexit deal screams of desperation. Johnson is a populist who does not care about the ramifications of what he does, he just wanted a deal – any deal- so he could stay popular. Business is the sacrificial lamb!”

West Country Bylines spoke to Simon Spurrell of the Cheshire Cheese Company and Hartington Dairy today. He’s angry and frustrated… and with total justification. The background to the call follows in Simon’s own Facebook posts shared here. Then we share what he had to say about the Brexit deal, the way his local MPs ( he straddles two constituencies) and government are (not) handling the consequences and what this all means for the future of his important European business.

“Here is the true reality of the not so Free Trade Deal that is hitting my own UK Cheshire Cheese Company business. I have had to cease sending any parcels to the EU this week as they are all being returned, despite the correct paperwork being in place.

Full “West Country Bylines” : article by Anthea Simmons

Quadruple cheese Brexit whammy

Perhaps the Whole System of UK Democracy has been Subverted.

On the morning of June 24th 2016, when Brexit had been sold to UK citizens, very few thought that reasonable discussion and argument about the future of the United Kingdom would also be closed down from the same moment. Not listened to, not acknowledged that there may be a better way forward, simply silenced.
This didn’t sound like democracy perhaps it wasn’t. How many of Britt’s 14 characteristics of fascism fit Conservative United Kingdom in post Brexit 2021?

Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, wrote an article about fascism, which appeared in Free Inquiry magazine—a journal of humanist thought.

What is Fascism?
14 characteristics of fascism

Dr. Britt studied the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile). He found the regimes all had 14 things in common, and he calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. Dr. Britt’s article is titled “Fascism Anyone?” and appears in Free Inquiry’s Spring 2003 issue on page 20.

The 14 characteristics are: (more…)

Led by Donkeys – Thank You

Led by Donkeys write :
Hi everyone
We’d love to be wishing you a happy new year under more hopeful circumstances, but we know for lots of people it’s been a difficult time. The pandemic has caused so much pain, with more challenging months still to come. And today the UK finally, properly, turns its back on the most successful project for peace and prosperity of our lifetimes.
We know nothing we’ve done can undo those things, but as we leave 2020 we thought you may like to be reminded of some of the interventions your extremely generous donations have made possible this year.
When Britain formally left the EU on January 31st we set out to do something to challenge the triumphalism of Farage and his friends and make a stand for decency – one that would give a different impression to the world than images of the Brexit Party’s flag-waving plastic patriots. So we interviewed two heroic veterans of World War Two – men who had risked their lives for their country – asking them to address a message to Europe. When we projected their testimony onto the White Cliffs of Dover their words of deep and profound regret at the UK’s departure from the EU spoke for so many of us. The film was watched six million times online and ran on news programmes across the world (in France the main evening news ran it in full that evening).

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Taxpayers Funded ERG Brexit

This is the story of how a fringe Conservative party pressure group was transformed into a highly disciplined, secretive party within a party that changed the course of British politics – and how taxpayer money, anonymous private donations and a hidebound parliamentary system helped them do it.
In an extract from his new book, Peter Geoghegan shows how the European Research Group became a tightly organised ‘party within a party’ that set the UK on course for a no-deal Brexit.

At  a point in History where Germany is arresting far-right activists from within its pool of police officers, the UK finds itself having been over-run from within and a small but well funded section of the public is cheering.

Democracy For Sale

A corruption of Conservatism’: how a cartel of Tory MPs broke British politics

Peter Geoghegan is investigations editor of openDemocracy’s main site and author of ‘Democracy for Sale’. He can be found on Twitter @PeterKGeoghegan.