Breaking International Law for the sake of Brexit: Where on earth are we headed?

Personally, I think there are more important things to be discussing politically on here at present such as what appears to be out woeful efforts at combating and preventing the further spread of COVID-19. However, Brexit has reared its ugly head back into the public conversation recently and it prompts me to worry even more for the future of the UK. Why? Because a no-deal Brexit [Pictured above are Boris Johnson and Jean Claude Juncker last year; image from Business Insider] which last year which at the moment we appear to be heading for and which I would have labelled disastrous last year but to be coming to that scenario in the middle of a pandemic…I’m lost for words….

Why is it increasingly likely? The government brought forward the Internal Market Bill which aims to ensure that post-Brexit, the UK nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have the same standards and rules throughout. At first glance, that’s nothing contentious. It seems perfectly reasonable. However, the bill also says ‘Certain provisions to have effect notwithstanding inconsistency or incompatibility with international or other domestic law’ but also replaces parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement as elements of it “cease to be recognised and available in domestic law”. read more

The Far-right was out in force last weekend, our leaders are at fault, this cannot go on…

Never have I ever been as ashamed to call myself either British, English or Geordie after the scenes we saw over the weekend in what some of the media called anti-antiracist protestors descending in cities such as London [Pictured above with the image from Sky News] and Newcastle in quite frankly horrendous and embarrassing.

This was, in the immediate sense, in response to vandalism that had been seen the weekend before during the Black Lives Matter protests. The Churchill memorial had been vandalised (not for the first time), a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston as toppled in Bristol which prompted some councils to take discussions about the statues they have in their local authorities. The same Churchill memorial, as well as a host of others, had been boarded up in anticipation of another wave of protests. read more

NHS…National Health Crisis


I have certainly been overdue a political rant having not posted a political post since the Labour leadership election last September. So, when the headlines were discussing the state of the NHS in January, I thought there’ll be no better time to bring that barren spell to an end. However, I delayed the publication of this post in the hope of receiving a response to a Freedom of Information Request to ensure a more accurate post around the availability of hospital beds. I feel the time has now come to publish my views regardless after being sent on a wild goose chase between the Department of Health and the NHS England Press team with no solid reply. Once I had made that decision, the publication was delayed further as my target publication date was the day of the Westminister terror attack and it did not feel right to launch into a political rant at that time. It is long overdue but I hope you find it an interesting read...

I am pretty sure you will have seen the words Red Cross, NHS and humanitarian crisis in the same headlines back in January. This came into being after Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of the British Red Cross claimed to be ‘on the front line…responding to the humanitarian crisis all in our hospital and ambulance services across the country’.

mike Adamson of the british red cross made headlines in january likening the NHS to a humanitarian crisis [image from the Third sector]
Mike Adamson of the British red cross made headlines in January likening the NHS to a humanitarian crisis [image from the Third sector]

The Red Cross were deployed to aid the ‘East Midlands Ambulance service on New Years Day in the following cities: Nottingham, Leicester, Lincoln, Kettering and Northampton. Adamson’s comments came after it was reported that two patients died while waiting on emergency trolleys at Worcestershire Royal Hospital well in excess of the targeted 4 hours waiting time in Accident and Emergencies (A&E). read more

Brexit: Twelve weeks on…

On 24th June, the UK woke up to the result of the EU Referendum as the nation voted to leave the EU by a margin of 51.9% to 48.1%. Nigel Farage dared to dream of the victory he had been seeking for years amongst a party atmosphere and suggested calling this day Independence Day. However, for Remain voters like myself, the all-nighter was a different story. The Referendum was divisive, it had misleading claims, deceit and scaremongering but the vote was clear.

However, twelve weeks on from that day in June, where are we now? Is Brexit any nearer to reality? What has happened since? read more

EU Referendum Results: Analysis

On 23rd June, ballot stations around the United Kingdom were open for the In, Out EU Referendum promised by David Cameron in 2013. The polls opened, they closed, the votes were counted and announced as the results came in thick and fast during the early hours. For myself and many other friends of mine, the ‘All-Nighter’ was a depressing experience and for some, emotions of disgust as the UK voted to leave the EU by a margin of 51.9% to 48.1%.

You might be able to tell from my tone here and in my previous political posts that I was pro-remain. I still am all for remaining in the EU but that I not the purpose of this article and I will proceed in as neutral as humanly possible during it. If you have me on Facebook or Twitter, you will know how disappointed I was at the outcome of the Referendum and have held myself back on commenting on any possible explanations for the result until the emotions had died down. Now, almost two months on, now is the right time for me to discuss it and hopefully not lose too much of my sanity. read more

The EU Referendum: Questions and Answers

Although some are probably pig sick (evening Prime Minister) of hearing about the EU Referendum, 23rd June 2016 (tomorrow) could well and truly be a historic date that will feature in History textbooks in 50 or 100 years time! Tomorrow, the people of the United Kingdom will go to the polls and answer the question: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union (EU) or Leave? In my last political post, I asked if my readers could forward some questions they have surrounding the Referendum. To those who did, you know who you are and I thank you! In this post, I will be answering these questions as well as some set by myself that I thought would be useful for you all to know.

When do the Polls open? read more

How should I vote in the EU-Debate: Review of the TV debate!

As some of you may have heard, or are sick of hearing…there is something called an EU Referendum happening this month. Each and every one of us will all have the opportunity to answer one simple question; should the United Kingdom remain a part of the European Union, or leave the European Union? Although this seems to be said by one politician or the other during the course of a major election is that it will be a generation-defining election. The importance of this vote cannot be underestimated; it will be generation-defining if not a historically defining vote! Therefore, It could never be more crucial to register to vote and have you voice heard! To register to vote please follow this link and register by midnight tomorrow!

This piece will be reviewing a debate surrounding the referendum broadcast live by the BBC on Thursday 26th May called, ‘How should I vote-The EU debate’. The debate took place in Glasgow and was hosted by Victoria Derbyshire. Participating in the debate was Alex Salmond of the read more