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Blog posts April 2016

Recipes for Campaigners

The bank holiday weekend is here at last so here are a couple of recipes for a very quick feast - just so you don't starve while you're campaigning to keep us in the EU. 


ASPARAGUS & BROAD BEAN RISOTTO - feeds 4 - takes under 30 mins all in

750ml chicken stock (strong) plus 50ml dry she…

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Breakfast in Dover

This morning I put three nonagenarians onto a coach in Dover. They were heading off to Europe for a week - a week which they believe may be their last holiday outside of the UK. 

Over breakfast in a nondescript hotel, they told me that they didn't think they'd be able to cope with the travelling…

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The Minister for Injustice

We have a Minister for Justice. Mr Gove. In his previous incarnation he was Secretary of State for Education until he upset almost everyone in education. Now Mr Gove has upset me. In fact, he has lit the blue touch paper. I've just read the 38 Degrees' fact check on Michael Gove's reasons for leavin…

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Odes to Political Toads

Today I'm in a particularly mean frame of mind. I'm thoroughly disgusted with the attitude of Boris & Co. to Obama, repulsed by the repulsive Trump, and waiting pointlessly for a reply that is resolutely not forthcoming from my requests to the Brexit leaders for direction to the location of their co…

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How to decide on the EU referendum

Voting in the EU referendum is almost certainly one of the most important things that any of us will do this year for the outcome will be a huge determinant of the future of the UK. When facts are wrapped in hyperbole and presented by biased parties, it is very difficult to separate fact from opinio…

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Domestic Simplicity

Sometimes the best answers are the simplest ones, and this certainly applies to the EU referendum debate. Most people in the UK are just normal down-to-earth people leading ordinary lives in ordinary places. We're not the ones with huge incomes or vast amounts of savings stashed in off-shore account…

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Recipe for Disaster

I promised you all my Recipe du Jour so here it is:



Several thousand Kippers. 

1 Master Chef

A number of facts relating to the EU to be coarsely chopped into a large pile of Red Herrings


The Master Chef needs to be well soused …

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Projects Fear & Ignorance

Social media and the press are awash with Brexiteers calling anyone who wishes to stay in the EU a scaremonger and labelling the In campaign 'Project Fear'. This terminology is meant to be insulting. However, it should be differently interpreted for it is entirely reasonable and sensible to be frigh…

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Time to Cancel the Referendum?

The referendum on the alternative vote system in 2011 cost over £75 million. The EU referendum will cost more. And the cost is not limited to the direct overheads of the referendum itself. 

We are already paying a high price for the political and economic instability that the referendum is crea…

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