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One year on – and only an unknown destination

by Alan Dean on 23 June, 2017

The first anniversary of the EU referendum decision by the UK to leave cannot be celebrated by anyone, whether a Leaver or a Remainer. The country has been plunged into chaos and confusion, made worse by Theresa May’s foolish decision to call an unnecessary and unwanted general election. She craved for a larger Tory majority to  strengthen (so […]

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What’s the point of wasting £170,000,000?

by Alan Dean on 30 April, 2017

What is the point of the Snap General Election on June 8th? Theresa May claims that having more Conservative MPs lined up behind her will strengthen her ability to negotiate a good deal for the UK as it leave the EU in less than two years from now. That justification sounded hollow when it was […]

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Thus spoke Kenneth Clarke in the House of Commons yesterday in the debate on triggering Article 50 to leave the EU. Having won a court battle for our Parliament to have say on the Brexit process, it now seems that most MPs won’t exercise their democratic responsibilities and vote according to their consciences and what they […]

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Into 2017 – a time for long-term optimism

by Alan Dean on 31 December, 2016

Whether one thinks locally, nationally or internationally, 2016 was either a year of deep disappointment or a year for continued optimism, depending on one’s mood and outlook. Internationally, we in this country have either shot ourselves in the foot by voting to leave the EU and divorcing ourselves from that European co-operation partnership, or we […]

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“Let’s banish pessimists!”

by Alan Dean on 9 July, 2016

Well, I guess I’m off to Siberia or Outer Mongolia by Christmas as wannabe prime minister Andrea (Mother) Leadsom calls for pessimists to be banished. She doesn’t say how long the banishment or exile will last, but I expect it will last longer than 6 months; so bang goes my council seat on Uttlesford. I’m not […]

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I have declined to publish or have edited on my blog several comments that have been so offensive against individual people and groups of people that they would be counter-productive and also add no value in any debate. An article today by Alex Massie from the blog of The Spectator magazine encapsulates my wider concerns about […]

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Two weeks ago today I was asked by Stansted’s Business Forum to put the case for the UK remaining in the EU. The following are my personal reasons that I offered to forum members over breakfast. ……………………………………….. When I lived and worked in Indonesia in the early 1980s I was often asked “Where do you come from”? […]

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This merry band of #INtogether campaigners for staying in the European Union stormed the centre of Great Dunmow this morning. Eight Liberal Democrats spent two hours today talking to Saturday shoppers in Dunmow. A Labour Party team also joined in. Compared with shoppers in Saffron Walden last Saturday there were more people for OUT but a […]

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I’ve been a bit lazy with my blog in recent weeks, so I promise an update soon. In the meantime, here is a report of Saturday’s discussions with shoppers in Saffron Walden about June’s EU referendum. Amongst our all-party and no-party team were Conservative MEP Vicky Ford (see photo.) and Conservative MP Alan Haselhurst. I have […]

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Pending crises bring near unity

by Alan Dean on 26 February, 2016

There is nothing like a few pending crises to bring people of normally differing views together. Yesterday started with both the Dunmow Broadcast and the Saffron Walden Reporter featuring two Conservatives, Sir Alan Haselhurst MP and Cllr Howard Rolfe, lining up with me, a Liberal Democrat councillor, to promote the benefits of our country remaining […]

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