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

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

Labour Leadership Election 2016

11am and 1pm; these two hours tomorrow will potentially be a history deciding meeting for the Labour Party in Liverpool this weekend. Labour Party members including myself have voted for the future direction of the Party in the form of a straight choice between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. In this article, I will provide a narrative of how it came to this, compare the candidates as well as express my opinions on this election and what needs to happen afterwards.

The Narrative: How did it come to another Leadership election?

Last years Leadership Election: Jeremy Corbyn (far left), Yvette Cooper (mid left), Liz Kendall (mid right) and Andy Burnham (far right) pose for photographs after the televised debate at The Sage, Gateshead
Last years Leadership Election: Jeremy Corbyn (far left), Yvette Cooper (mid left), Liz Kendall (mid right) and Andy Burnham (far right) pose for photographs after the televised debate at The Sage, Gateshead

The current situation the Labour Party finds itself in has its roots in the previous labour leadership election last year following the General Election defeat. For a long time, it seemed to be a three-way contest between Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendal until Jeremy Corbyn made it on to the ballot paper at the death. Corbin himself accepted some of the nominations he received were from fellow MP’s who did not necessarily support him and only did so in order to widen the debate. What these particular MP’s did not count on was a section of the membership and the general public who desired a real alternative; something different to what labour had been offering. Although there was speculation of infiltrators as the Labour membership surged from 200,000 to 300,000; the right people in my mind were weeded out such as Conservative MP Tim Leighton. Overall, 56,000 membership applications were rejected and the hostage ToriesforCorbyn trended on twitter in the aim of running the party. Obviously, this sort of people needed to go and the genuine applications accepted but it made no difference to the outcome as Jeremy Corbyn won in the first round of voting with a vote share of 59.5%. 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