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Carrie Antoinette’s Dead Cat Diary

Central Bylines Team

Biography Carrie Antoinette’s position at Conservative Campaign HQ (CCHQ) improved when, after eight weeks of cohabitation, she started having children. She became increasingly unpopular among the people, however, with the Liberal elite accusing her of being profligate and harbouring sympathies for England’s perceived enemies—particularly her Friends in Russia. The accusations of the Affair of the […]

Block Party

Anna Girolami

In my East Midlands, progressively-inclined corner of the internet, I come across daily complaints by members of the public that their Tory MP has blocked them on social media.

The Question of Scottish Independence

John King

If Shakespeare’s Hamlet were here today he would no doubt have pondered the question of Scottish independence: “To be or not to be, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler for Scotland to be a European country, or to be ruled over by Westminster?” And being Prince of Denmark, he would probably have opted for the former.

Bamford’s Brexit donations leave more questions than answers

Sam Chandler

Since 2001, Lord Anthony Bamford and his family (who run the manufacturing company JCB) have put almost £14 million into the British political system. This included funding the Eurosceptic leadership campaigns of Iain Duncan Smith (2001), David Davis (2005), and Boris Johnson (2019) along with putting £1.3 million behind pro-Brexit groups before the 2016 referendum. […]

Latest news East Midlands MPs pushing for new coal mine

EM Bylines Team

You will have noticed, no doubt, the furore about the possibility of a new coal mine in Cumbria. This would be built (dug?) on a brownfield site to mine for coal under the Irish Sea to produce coking coal for steel-making, 85% of which would be exported. Domestically, our need for coking coal is likely […]

The NRG starts to show its hand

Anna Girolami

Last autumn, Jake Berry (MP for Rossendale and Darwen, good mate of East Midlands’ very own Robert Jenrick) and fifty other Conservative MPs sent a letter to Boris Johnson. The NRG was born.

An evening with Dominic Grieve

George Smid

On 11 January 2021, East Midlands European Movement organised a Zoom discussion with Dominic Grieve, attended by dozens of supporters. Grieve hardly needs an introduction. He was MP for Beaconsfield from 1997 to 2019 and Shadow Home Secretary in 2008-09. He has been Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee and Attorney General. He is […]

Surescreen miss the gravy train

Anna Girolami

SureScreen offered the tests to the government nearly a year ago but they were ignored. Addressing the government’s response to their approach, David Campbell, one of the directors, said, “We’ve done our best to engage with the government. There’s been tentative interest but unfortunately we haven’t had any good dialogue.”

Radicalism breeds radicalism

John Bland

I, like many people, was shocked by events in Bristol last summer that first brought the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement into the public conscience and sparked a debate as to whether statues erected to slave traders by our ancestors should be taken down. Those radical calls have in turn exposed a radical reaction that […]

Latest news: Dangerous Desmond & workers rights.

Anna Girolami

Dangerous Desmond Desmond Swayne, the MP for New Forest West and blackface enthusiast, is receiving a certain amount of opprobrium this morning. To put it another way, he’s getting a right pasting. An incendiary report from Sky News reveals that back in November, Sir Desmond told an anti-vaxxer group that Covid-19 figures about NHS capacity […]

Guerilla artivism: The world of @fokawolf

Jayson Winters

Art and activism combine in the work of the artist known online by the handle @fokawolf. Its unexpected appearance is part of its allure. In a post-truth world where it can be difficult to distinguish real from fake, even from the mouths of our leaders, there is nothing quite like stirring the pot a little.

Workers’ rights

Simon Ferrigno

In 1998 the European Union’s Working Time Directive (WTD) was brought into UK law. Among other things, the directive sets limits on maximum weekly working time, creates a right to paid annual leave and provides for daily and weekly rest breaks. Now that Brexit is ‘done’, the government can choose whether to retain the conditions […]

Post-Brexit trade: a barren soil for seeds

Simon Ferrigno

Seeds of Italy is the UK importer of seeds from Franchi, the oldest family-run seed company in the world. They preserve old varieties renowned for taste; the company also deals with fine Italian foods and cosmetics. As for many other companies, the end of the Brexit transition period is causing no end of problems and […]

An undiplomatic row

John Bland

The World Trade Organisation, The United Nations, The Holy See, Russia, China, Syria, Central African Republic, Timor-Leste. What do they have in common? They are just some of the 143 countries and multilateral organisations throughout the World that have granted EU ambassadors the same privileges and immunities equivalent to those of diplomatic missions under the […]

Robert Largan MP’s voting record: the whole truth

EM Bylines Team

Robert Largan, MP for High Peak, has one of the thinnest majorities in the House of Commons. According to the Sunday Times, it seems he also has one of the thinnest of skins. On the 10th January, they revealed that he has written a letter to the owner of the well-known website They Work For You, […]

Covid-19: the long road to an arts recovery

Simon Ferrigno

“our website is filling up with digital and online activities”. Some of this is work designed to be digital and interactive, and some might be made for Zoom. There is experimentation and some work that is more traditional, audio only work and also film.

I will not hesitate

Shirley Martin

I will not hesitate to hesitate
I will roll-out our roll-down
I will blather on incessantly
absolutely go to town

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