Campaigns Liz Truss Is Using Brexit to Rip Up Our Rights - Watch Here The Risk to Your Rights: EU Retained Law Bill Briefing Goodbye Bank Holidays, Hello Killer Shrimp and Kwasi Legislation: the EU Bill Memo #1 Government Using Brexit to Rip Up Your Pension Protections: the EU Bill Memo #2 This Bill Could Kill Facebook! - EU Bill Memo #3 What Do Asparagus, Civil Servants and Water Quality Have in Common? The REUL Bill Memo #4
Dutch Child Refugees Arriving in Britain, Essex in 1945
This is an edited Q & A with WW2 child refugee Lord Alf Dubs who has vigorously campaigned for the UK to do more when it comes to the rights of child refugees and is now a Labour Peer.
After over seven weeks of shut down in Italy, people weary of mask-wearing and worried about when they can return to work, despair at the lack of EU urgency. The time for summitry is over. They must be shown and not just told about solidarity.
Once again, we are having a wondrous warm wallow in the waters of WW2 nostalgia, the sense that Britain paid the highest price, won the most battles and was under Churchill the colossus nation that conquered Hitler’s nationalist ideology and liberated Europe.
Russians, Poles, Americans, Indians, the resistance in France, Italy, Greece and the Balkans also played a part, but we just write them out of the “We Won WW2” script.
At the moment, the government is adamant that it will not extend the transition period beyond December 31st. But it is worth remembering that Boris Johnson claimed he would “die in a ditch” rather than allow an extension of Britain’s EU membership beyond October 31st. That date came and went with barely a murmur and six weeks later Johnson won a landslide in the General Election. Anyone familiar with Johnson’s career knows that he is supremely comfortable with saying whatever he thinks will win him votes and popularity – so it is likely that any decision he makes around the transition period will be influenced by what he thinks the electorate wants.
The coronavirus crisis is far from over, but it is already teaching us lessons about how to tackle that other global crisis – climate change.
Boris Johnson will soon be back full time as Prime Minister, we are told. How long will it be before Downing Street get him to do what he does best – a stunt? Maybe driving a bulldozer through a polystyrene wall with a slogan “Get Covid Gone.” Sadly, the JCB factory where Johnson performed that General Election stunt has its workers on furlough.
As he savoured his moment of glory after his triumph in the polls in December, followed by Britain leaving the EU Treaty in January, Boris Johnson thought he had Europe at his feet and rushed into law an act stipulating that the UK would terminate all negotiations by December 2020.
“We are a strong team”, declared Keir Starmer at the end of an hour long webinar conducted by his deputy Angela Rayner and himself. They were answering questions emailed in by party members. It was an impressive outing for the leadership duo, demonstrating their radicalism and commitment to a better future. There will be more webinars over the coming week.
Labour wasted a year after the election defeat in 2010 failing to rebut the Tory claim that the 2008 financial crisis was “Labour’s mess”. Labour mustn’t make the same mistake again with the COVID-19 crisis.