The UK and the EU: 10 reasons to vote Remain on 23 June

Alan Johnson, leader of Labour’s campaign to remain in the EU, has said that the 23 June referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU is more important to the UK than the 2015 general election. I agree with Alan. A clear majority of young people in the UK want us to remain in the EU, but many did not vote in the general election, … Continue reading The UK and the EU: 10 reasons to vote Remain on 23 June

Momentum Rises from Below.

 ‘The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.’ (Socrates in ‘Way of the Peaceful Warrior’ by Dan Millman) Momentum is the name of an organisation formed by Labour MP Jon Lansman MP in order to ‘continue the energy and enthusiasm of Jeremy [Corbyn]’s campaign’. It describes itself as a ‘network of people … Continue reading Momentum Rises from Below.

What is TTIP ?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a comprehensive free trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated – in secret – between the European Union and the USA. The intention to launch TTIP negotiations was first announced by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address in February 2013 ‘What Is  TTIP ?’ , and the first round of negotiations took place … Continue reading What is TTIP ?

Electoral reform: Party leaders call for pact . . .

Negotiations raise prospect that up to five left-of-centre parties could agree on a fairer Westminster voting system. The SNP, Greens and Welsh nationalists have united to call for an electoral pact with Labour and the Liberal Democrats to agree sweeping changes to the voting system for Westminster elections. In a letter published in The Independent on Sunday (The IoS), the leaders of the three left-of-centre … Continue reading Electoral reform: Party leaders call for pact . . .