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Farmers feel abandoned by the Tories

Phil Bennion

In a Farmers Weekly poll last week 98 per cent of respondents had the view that the government does not have farmers’ best interests at heart. Considering that the overwhelming majority of farmers usually vote Tory, this is a resounding condemnation of government policy. The combination of government positions on the Agriculture Bill and the […]

Justice Trumped

Viv Pointon

Late Monday, Amy Vivian Coney Barrett was confirmed by the United States (US) Senate to fill the vacant seat on the US supreme court, succeeding the internationally lauded Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died in September. The Democrats held a Senate floor sit-in to protest Barrett’s nomination, but they don’t have the numbers to prevent her […]

Kent: what lorry parks tell us about Brexit

Edward Cartwright

Recent weeks have seen a flurry of bad news for those in Kent on how Brexit will affect the county: queues at the border, permits for lorries to enter, hastily built lorry parks and rows of Portaloos. Predictable though this may all have been, Kent voted to leave the European Union (EU) during the 2016 […]

East Mids MPs won’t help hungry children

EM Bylines Team

The Bylines team was shown this list of MPs and their expenses: http://MPsAgainstFreeSchoolMeals.com It is a list of all MPs who voted against free school meals for children who need them, during school breaks. The vote took place in the House of Commons on 21 October during an opposition day debate. Nicky Morgan, now a […]

Boris Johnson ‘at war’

CG Forrester

There has rarely been a time in our history when good leadership has mattered more, yet Boris Johnson seems to be ‘at war’. His current battles are with the European Union (EU), Scotland, Greater Manchester (recently), the House of Lords, the judges, the church, farmers, many of his own backbenchers and indeed anyone else who […]

A shipwreck, a theft and a little-known whisky

Raul Richero

The accidental introduction of whisky to Uruguay following a shipwreck in the 18th Century shows how an accident can lead to opportunity and the establishment of a taste for whisky. HMS Agamemnon was a Royal Navy ship of the line with an armament of 64 guns. She was 160 feet long, 44 feet in the […]

The East Midlands says no to no deal!

EM Bylines Team

Best for Britain (with other organisations) asked FocalData to conduct regional research on a no deal Brexit showing that there is very clearly no mandate for a no deal in any part of Britain. This includes the East Midlands which was one of the largest ‘Leave’ areas in the 2016 referendum. Their fieldwork was conducted […]

Brexit is ruining their future

Stewart Tolley

Unless you have been living in a cave with no access to any news for the last few years, you will be aware that Britain has left the European Union (EU). Although it is difficult to find any Brexit bonuses at all, one that has been absent from the claims of even the most ardent […]

A view from the street: proposed reforms to the planning system

Carolyn Thornborow

This photograph shows the first (and often only) notice that most of us ever have of a planning application in our neighbourhood. It’s an A4 piece of paper tied to a lamppost with a bit of string, at roughly the level of most people’s eyesight. But for how much longer? The authors of the government’s […]

Neat, plausible and wrong – a Brexit audit

Richard Hall

On becoming Conservative leader and prime minister in July 2016 Theresa May boldly stated “Brexit means Brexit and we’re going to make a success of it.” Twelve weeks before the UK cuts all links with the European Union (EU), it’s time to audit that statement. On 26 June 2016 it became clear that the politicians […]

Unsung hero of the NHS

David Childs

There are many unsung heroes of our National Health Service, both British and otherwise, who devote or have devoted their lives to medicine and saving lives. Do we take them for granted, especially those who come from overseas? After all that clapping with our neighbours, have we forgotten? East Midlands Bylines would like to hear […]

Can we ever agree on Brexit?

George Smid

The UK has left the EU, although the real changes are not until 1 January 2021. Has leaving brought the British people together? The politicians, public bodies and private pollsters are still trying to figure out the public sentiment about Brexit. Do we all see the bright future ahead as the prime minister does? At […]

White feathers for cowardly MPs

Anna Girolami & Garry Lawrence

Earlier this year, The Guardian and the Daily Mirror broke the story of how Dominic Cummings, eminence grise to Boris Johnson, flouted lockdown laws to suit himself. For one former Tory voter, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Garry Lawrence had been watching the degradation of public offices and the government’s slide […]

#No2NoDeal Rally attracts big names

Hania Orszulik

The ‘Remain’ voices at the #No2NoDeal Action Day virtual rally on 8 October said they have not been silenced and they would not stop fighting for EU and UK values. The rally last week was the European Movement’s second virtual rally on this theme. The event featured speakers from across the political spectrum, including the Conservative party, […]

Hopelessly hooked

Richard Parker

A few weeks ago I asked on Twitter, “Should we treat cars in the same way we treat cigarettes?”  It produced some interesting comments such as: “We should limit the design of cars as we do tobacco packaging: small, grey boxes with a top speed of 40mph and a giant health warning”. “Marketing is making […]

What has Nagorno Karabakh got to do with us?

Carol Weaver

Events around the small region of Nagorno Karabakh could be a ‘tinder box’ for a wider regional war involving Turkey, Russia and Syrian mercenaries, as well as the main opponents Armenia and Azerbaijan, with Iran watching events closely. But isn’t it all a long way off and yet another former Soviet Union war, though close […]

The #No2NoDeal Campaign

EM Bylines Team

When the East Midlands Bylines team heard there was to be a ‘No 2 No Deal’ action day on Thursday 8 October we decided to find out more. After all, the polls make it quite clear that only a very small minority of people, regardless of how they voted in 2016, want to leave the […]

Not united over unitary authorities

EM Bylines Team

It is alleged that a new democratic deficit could be arising in many of our local communities with already-delayed council elections (2020) possibly being put back until 2023 due to reorganisation (see letter below). There is also a feeling amongst smaller political parties and independent councillors that yet another ‘power grab’ is going on by […]

Listening and taking action

Jenny Kartupelis

CARE OF OLDER PEOPLE IN THE UK NEEDS URGENT CARE The way we care for older people, and the value society places on them and their carers, has become an ever-more urgent topic. The advent of Covid-19, prompting the discharge of older people to care homes without testing, that in turn led to tens of […]