Next week, the Government’s dangerous Elections Bill will be back in Parliament.
The bill sets out plans to spend up to £20 million extra per election to demand photo ID at polling stations.
With millions of people lacking the right paperwork, these expensive plans could disenfranchise over two million voters according to the government’s own figures.
Far from improving our elections, this bill will drive a bulldozer through our democracy – it’s a dangerous policy that must be stopped.
Continue reading “There are things happening out there…”
It has been a while…
Continue reading “From Brexit to the Future… and other things”
But there has been a great deal going on in various areas – both in terms of UK and local politics and, in a lower key, discussion as to where various organisations like the European Movement, and more particularly groups such as SSTIE, which are associated with it, should focus in the future. Discussions on how and perhaps even if we should be campaigning, and indeed what exactly should the aims of those campaigns be.
In the Census 2021 questionnaire you are asked how you would describe your national identity.
Continue reading “Declare Yourself European”
You are asked to tick all that apply and to write in another nationality if yours (or one of yours) is not given as an option.
Open Britain is calling for a citizens’ assembly on electoral reform.
You can sign their petition Open Britain Citizens’ Assembly .
Unsurprisingly most of our members and supporters are from round Sevenoaks, Swanley and Tonbridge.
Here are two items that are local to that area.
Would you like us to achieve “NET ZERO” emissions in Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas?
Continue reading “Three things for you to do…….”
The Good Law Project is seeking to hold the Government to account by petitioning for a Judicial Review of its decisions in awarding PPE supply contracts to a number of companies. The National Audit Office has criticised the awarding of these contracts.
Continue reading “The Good Law Project needs our help”
We are watching with horror how it is in Washington.
Continue reading “So – How is 2021 going so far?”
And we are keeping an eye how it is in the UK where many are expressing surprise at the increasing number of comments along the lines of “We didn’t realise it would affect that”. At the moment these comments are mainly in relation to the end of the transition period. But read the openDemocracy article linked below.
Many of the problems from leaving the EU were foreseen (although too often it seems that little or nothing was done to deal with them) whilst in other instances it seems clear that some of the difficulties had not been anticipated.
On 24 December, in announcing the deal with the EU Mr Johnson said “And there will be no non-tariff barriers to trade”. Anyone involved in trade between the UK and the EU will, once they have stopped laughing, or crying, tell you that this statement is wholly untrue.