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Re-Boot Britain

Re-Boot Britain

Every day, people of all persuasions tell me “Brexit is done – we can do no more”.   More than many, I understand just how wearing nearly five years of gaslighting, shapeshifting and obfuscation is on the soul.   But, in spite of it all, we can and we must:

Re-Boot Britain is a pan-political advocacy and lobbying network.  Let’s restore humanity, humility, democracy and truth in politics to Britain.  Nearly five years of lying, gaslighting, shapeshifting and obfuscation gave us Brexit.  Lets’s put the populist genie back in the bottle, by bettering the populists at their own wicked games:

* Reform politics towards representative democracy.

* Break the parliamentary paralysis that broke Britain.

* Take back control (sic) of populist media across our divided nations by making our case for a Better Britain in a Better Europe for a Better World

* Create mind-shifts to move popular opinion about Britain’s role in the world.

Brexit has consumed Britain : 3 elections, 3 Prime Ministers and 3 failed attempts to Brexit.  It has left us weak and vulnerable in our response to COVID.

A political backbone has been absent in Britain for nearly five years and probably longer.  The diverse and disparate Remain movements have sometimes gold-plated the strategy that lost them the referendum, albeit with the best of intentions.  Various attempts to build cohesion and collaboration into our movement have failed, rather like one of the biggest silo-based monolith public sector organisations.

Yet we cannot allow the greatest disaster next to climate change to threaten the next generation’s futures to continue.  Our continued resistance is both moral, a fight worth having and certainly not a waste of tiWatch the video below for a quick overview of the project:

Read more about the background to this in our paper “Brexit Futures“.  Although the paper was published in January 2020 and is therefore out of date, much of what it says remains relevant, especially the second half, on the question of reforming our fragmented movement.  The paper has been adopted by Grassroots for Europe and a number of other large pro EU institutions including the Federal Trust and Hendrik Klassens, the originator of the #FBPE hashtag.

The panic buying associated with the Corona outbreak gave us a sneak preview of what Brexit will look like.  This is merely an hors d’ouevre for Britain, if we allow things to continue.  As I write on Jan 04 2021, people are beginning to work out the impact of our thin deal via companies who are refusing to supply UK with goods and services, problems with Amazon / ebay etc.

THE WHY : OUR AIMS

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THE HOW – STRATEGY 

We are building a full time professional advocacy movement with the aim of breaking the deadlock of our “dead cat” politics:

1. Breaking Parliamentary Paralysis – via lobbying MPs using a variety of means.

2. “Taking Back Control” of populist media via press and media activity in national and local print / radio and TV media.

3. Develop much better reach into social media, in terms of honesty, depth of penetration and reach across Britain.

4. Changing minds on Brexit  via 1:1 conversations and / or en masse via online leaders’ debates and other grassroots strategies.

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HOW II – OUR ORGANISATION

We have a team-based network structure across Britain and Europe.  What we cannot do ourselves, we do with others e.g. The European Movement, Grassroots for Europe, EU Flag Mafia, UKPEN and so on.   We invite you to join one or more of these bubbles, giving consideration to your skills and will.  We run weekly ZOOM meetings.  Please drop me a message to join an induction meeting or one of our regular tactical meetings where we create campaigns and media.

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HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We ask that you join us with a suggested donation of £10 per month or £100 pa for Silver membership.  If you can spare more, please consider higher level donations of £25 pm / £250 pa or £50 pm / £500 pa.   Or please just give what you can afford on an ad hoc basis.  Everything helps.

Silver : Gives you basic early access to our daily stream of writing and media

Gold : Gain copies of our work in advance of release (booksmusicmedia).  Exclusive invites to our regular series of conference calls and seminars

Platinum : 1:1 coaching in the art and discipline of changing minds on Brexit plus all other benefits above

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Isn’t Brexit already done?  A piece of paper was signed

We had our “Chamberlain moment” on 31.01.20 plus Boris Johnson some time spent in a gulag (fridge), finally getting Brexit done through using COVID and Christmas as a weapon to distract us from the realities of the “oven-ruined Brexit deal”.  But Brexit is a political process and the law is merely a servant to the politicians.  We now face a winter of discontent, as the realities start to bite.  Anything is possible in such a climate, including the dramatic fragmentation of an 80 strong majority and / or the slow removal of the populist culture carriers from power, just as Trump has been leavened gradually.  If you are not sure on the relative powers of politics versus the law, just think of ONE occasion when the Government obeyed the rule of law in the last five years, or other precedents. Here’s a few where they didn’t:

1. Gina Miller’s Supreme Court Case 
2. The Cooper No Deal amendment – No Deal was deemed illegal, yet it was used in 2020 as a threat to secure Brexit
3. Pro-rogation of Parliament
4. The 6 million petition was ignored
5. Planning to break international law to get Brexit done
6. Allowing rapists to continue acting as MPs
7. Re-introduction of the death penalty, which threatens our trade agreement with the EU

… and so on.  Our Government is beyond the law.  We should not be so keen to give them excuses to continue doing this.

If political will changed, the law would be made to fit the circumstances and lawyers would spend years and earn a lot of money re-arranging the law to fit the circumstances.

Is it too late?  We finalised things?

We have now exited the EU via a highly compressed timetable and limited scrutiny of the trade deal.  Mark Francois has already declared that the fight for a hard Brexit will continue and negotiations will continue for many years as contradictions and conflicts emerge.  We can use various legal devices such as Article 49 and or the formal review process built into the trade agreement.  We live in a disruptive political climate with the toxic mixture of Corona + Brexit = Britastrophe and we have no idea whether Boris Johnson’s Government will survive the oncoming tsunami.

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What will we do with the money?

We will hire a small organisation – A PA, fundraising team, professional web platform and so on.  Also allocate up to 50% of the funds to support our full-time input.  Voluntary activity is fine but we need full time professional help to be agile and able to react.  I am prepared to set my work aside to do this but I also need to live.  Of late we have had to install security and surveillance measures due to death threats and actual attacks on my property from angry people who claim that continuing to talk about Brexit is anti-democratic.

What is our organising structure?

Strategy and Leadership team 
– Members of this team are established strategists and people who can lead and manage others.  All leaders of the other teams are automatically part of this team and we invite people from other Remain / Rejoin organisations for collaboration purposes.

Fundraising team 
– Members of this team understand how to raise funds for a cause or are willing and able to amplify the efforts of the leader of the fundraising team.

Social media amplification team 
– We need a team of people who have time to give across the major social media – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram etc. either in content generation or pure amplification of our social media footprint.  Our ABV (Anti-Brexit Virus) Super Spreader networks are already established on Facebook and Twitter.  Our real enemy is not Corona, it is the populist politics that offer “easy answers” to complex problems.

Mainstream media team 
– Members of this team write great letters, articles and / or conduct credible interviews with MSM across print, radio and television.  You may be members of the public with media skills, business leaders, political pundits, journalists, celebrities and so on. We must punch above our weight in MSM using colourful material with gravitas added.

People, Parliament and Power team 
– You will likely possess skills of influence and persuasion, both in terms of positive advocacy and possibly the “dark side of the force” e.g. Machiavellian and Sun Tzu type strategies to deal with opponents.

European Movements liaison team 
– Our strength is the extent to which we are able to operate as ‘boundary crossers’ to minimise the silo-based structure of Remain.  You will be an avid and capable networker, able to gain co-operation from the main organisations.

Scotland, Ireland, Wales and The EU team 
– Brexit means that there will be significant moves towards independent nations and regions of the UK.  We will support local elections and other activities to help others gain independence.  You may live in England.

Website and media production team 
– We’re looking for people with skills to upgrade the website and produce video and other media.

Events team 
– Working with other national groups such as EU Flag Mafia, Grassroots for Europe, we support other grassroots groups in delivering impactful events.  We have already staged a Festival of Brexit and other events and plan more.

Administration team 
– We are looking for a team to assist our professional PA to smooth communication and co-ordination.  We plan a weekly briefing to members and our networks to help bridge the many silos in the Remain organisation.

Holding Brexit to account team 
– Essentially, you will be a good analyst and someone who can interrogate data and convert it into powerful information via reports and other media.

Oh, no, not another anti Brexit movement?

Our difference comes from the fact that we will be more direct than professional politicians, outsmarting Nigel Farage  et al. at their own wicked games.  We will also rely more on professionals in their field rather than volunteers.  This will give us the edge in terms of responsiveness and agility.  At the same time we will collaborate with other pro EU and anti-Brexit groups across the board, acting to amplify their efforts.  Despite best efforts of the many local grass roots EU organisations and various central quangos which have now folded, much of our work has suffered from “initiative constipation” – see Brexit Futures  for more insights on this.  In brief:

* We collaborate with the major national and international Remain movements.

* We have no party politics but work with people across parties.

* We allocate full-time professional effort to our organisation.  Voluntary effort alone, whilst welcome, has not given us sufficient energy, agility and focus.

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About the leader of the project – Peter Cook

Find my professional profile at LinkedIn

When I was five years old, I wanted to be in The Beatles, but all the jobs were taken … By the age of 12, I wanted to be a scientist and I became one. At the age of 18 I took a job with a philanthropic pharmaceutical company, working around the world and developing the first human insulin, novel medicines for herpes and to bring the first HIV / AIDS treatment to the world in record time. This means that I bring a scientific mind, curiosity and rigour to your enterprise.

By the age of 30 I had developed an interest in business leadership and began teaching MBA programmes, having completed 3.5 degrees myself. At 34, I took myself out of a paid job and, for the last 28 years, I have worked independently as a consultant, author and speaker with people at all levels all over the world, helping them to transform their enterprises. My clients seek to balance their passions, purposes and profit for a more responsible and sustainable form of capitalism in the 4th industrial age. I also help leaders digest what we call “wicked problems and opportunities”, in other words, the issues that keep them awake at night, using a unique mixture of divergent and convergent thinking skills. My 28 years of consultancy experience bring a wealth of expertise and wisdom to you, in enterprises as diverse as Unilever to the United Nations.

Along the way, I have written 12 books on leadership, innovation and creativity, gaining a prize for my work from Sir Richard Branson and various accolades from Professors Charles Handy, Adrian Furnham, Tom Peters et al. Over some 50 years, I have gradually combined my three passions of science, business and music into a potent mixture which reaches the head, heart and soul of your enterprise.

In combination, your enterprise benefits from rigour, analytics and curiosity due to my science and business background, plus the emotional intelligence, creativity and improvisation skills that come from my life as a music composer and producer. As a musician I have been privileged to interview world class musicians such as Roberta Flack, John Mayall, AC / DC, members of Prince’s ensembles, Queen’s production team and Meatloaf’s singing partners for their insights into leadership, innovation and success.

I am a passionate advocate for better politics and better business for a better world, fighting populist politicians and short-termism in our global affairs. I am an “HR” person, i.e. a “Hippy Realist”: green by ideals, but pragmatic by actions to change the world towards more sustainable behaviour.

Anti-Brexit activism

On terms of my work over the last five years, I have led the Rage Against The Brexit Machine project, having written three albums of anti-Brexit protest songs and got one of them to Number One on the Amazon chart.  “Brexorcist in Chief” for Mid Kent 4 EU, I wrote a book on the subject of having difficult conversations  with Leave voters from many thousands of hours of activity on the street, in cafes and bars.  Out of all this time, on one occasion I gained two black eyes for misjudging an interaction with angry leave voters.   I was also arrested by Essex Police for driving a Mini Cooper with “B*llocks to Brexit” on the side.   They asked me to remove the signage on the hard shoulder of the M25.  Sadly for Essex Police I called 999 to have the officer arrested.  250 000 Tweets later, Essex Police had to retreat with an apology for putting their lives and ours at risk.  I should emphasise that the vast majority of our dealings with the Police and public have been cordial and uneventful.

I stood a stuffed cat in the 2019 General Election.  Although the cat was only there to create tactical voting, to my surprise, Stan the Cat  did not come last in the ratings, beating the Christian People’s Alliance who had been campaigning for 15 years with a budget !!  Aside from the above sensationalism, I’ve managed to get our cause into the BBC, ITV, Sky, LBC and all major print media from The Guardian to The Express without ANY media agency or budget, just by using a professional approach.  Whilst some Remainers consider me “underground”, my approach is much more effective than the blowhards in committees who simply watch things happen.

For nearly 5 years I have acted to dispel the illusions of Brexit.  At 62 I am at some risk from Corona and consider that a fitting epitaph for my life would be the destruction of Brexit populism for the sake of future generations. 

Act on the Russian report

The Russian report was released just one day before the Government went on holiday. Since that time it has sunk without trace, more quickly than a Russian double agent takes her bra off in a James Bond movie. In this post we explore what needs next to happen rather than burying the report under the weight of a Slimming for Britain campaign, run by “Fatboy Slim Johnson”

Russia report requirements

Sack the 14 MP’s and 2 ISC members who have been shown to have their hands on the roubles.

Put Tony Blair in charge of a full investigation. As he is neither a Lord or an MP his would be an experienced, authoritative and independent voice.

Suspend Brexit, pending the findings of the inquiry.

Conduct a full examination of the report and publicise all social that could be considered to have influenced the 2017 referendum.

Reopen the investigations into Aaron Banks. All information about him appears to have been redacted.

With thanks to Alan Bullion, Sarah Kenhard, Amanda Spill, Jayne-Ann Liston, Sue Banting, Chris Stafford and Arno Elout

The Clap

In spite the praise heaped by Ministers on nurses  and other heroic NHS staff, many of whom sacrificed their lives, Boris Johnson has refused to give them any pay rise as a reward for their long, dangerous hours. This disgrace must be remembered as long as he holds office.

A week or so ago, Johnson was asked whether clapping was really all they merited. He replied  “Yes, of course we clap for our NHS – but under this government we also applaud those who make our NHS possible – our innovators, our wealth creators, our capitalists, our financiers.”  The last two certainly qualify to be Johnson’s particular heroes. On March 8/9 last year, the Times gave the names of 28 British billionaires who live abroad, mainly in tax havens. These people pay almost nothing towards the NHS. That comes  from our taxes. But these overseas plutocrats do prop up the Tory party, eg to the tune of over £1m before the 2017 election, despite a 2009 law designed to clamp down on such contributions. They may indeed be heroes to Mr Johnson and his cronies but no one else has any reason to clap for them.

A Government that knows the cost of everything but the value of nothing

Sadly Sir Captain Tom Moore’s heroic efforts to raise money for the NHS are also not going the help. The NHS is unable to receive charitable gifts. Tom’s marvellous effort of £32 million actually pales into insignificance when compared with Johnson’s promise of £350 million EVERY week. The NHS does not run on charity, nor does it run on applause. Let’s run it properly.

Write to your MP, making these points

Eugenomics

A new branch of economics has been launched by the Daily Mail : Eugenomics. Under Eugenomics, most of The Mail’s readership are judged worthless and a burden on society. It’s interesting that The Mail choose to publish piece below rather like an accountant might make a business appraisal, in the third person as a study rather than an opinion piece. Somehow this normalises the underlying genocide that is being sold to the nation.

Kill your grandparents is the core message here … An upbeat presentation of The Final Solution from The Daily Maul without any doomsayers. However the cheery dispassionate article asks some difficult questions:

  1. How much are your parents and grandparents worth?
  2. Is life to be measured solely in economic terms?
  3. By the NHS formula COVID damage at £70 bn is three times less than current Brexit losses at > £200 bn
  4. Will you submit to the same spreadsheet analysis when you are old?
  5. How long will it be before Boris Johnson puts forward the herd immunity strategy disguised in a sugar coated phrase such as “the greater good”?

Strangely, this level of analysis has not been applied to Brexit by our Government, where a mathematical appraisal is more appropriate. We have already spent more on Brexit than all of our contributions to the EU and we have not even begun Brexit yet. It seems that The Daily Mail can account for the value of old people’s lives using Nazi styled economics but we cannot apply similar principles to young people’s livelihoods under Brexit.

Boycott The Daily Mail, Express and Sun if you find this awful. Ask your friends to do the same.

People moving out, people moving in
Why? Because of the color of their skin
Run, run, run but you sure can’t hide
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
Vote for me and I’ll set you free
Rap on, brother, rap on

Well, the only person talking about love thy brother is the preacher
And it seems nobody’s interested in learning but the teacher
Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration
Aggravation, humiliation, obligation to my nation

Ball of confusion
Oh yeah, that’s what the world is today
Woo, hey, hey

The sale of pills are at an all time high
Young folks walking round with their heads in the sky
The cities ablaze in the summer time
And oh, the beat goes on

Evolution, revolution, gun control, sound of soul
Shooting rockets to the moon, kids growing up too soon
Politicians say more taxes will solve everything
And the band played on

So, round and around and around we go
Where the world’s headed, said nobody knows
Oh, great Googamooga
Can’t you hear me talking to you?

Just a ball of confusion
Oh yeah, that’s what the world is today
Woo, hey, hey

Fear in the air, tension everywhere
Unemployment rising fast, the Beatles new record’s a gas
And the only safe place to live is on an Indian reservation
And the band played on

Eve of destruction, tax deduction, city inspectors, bill collectors
Mod clothes in demand, population out of hand, suicide, too many bills
Hippies moving to the hills, people all over the world are shouting
‘End the war’ and the band played on

Great Googamooga
Can’t you hear me talking to you?

It’s a ball of confusion
That’s what the world is today, hey, hey
Let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya

Sayin’ ball of confusion
That’s what the world is today, hey, hey
Let me hear ya, let me hear ya
Let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya
Sayin’ ball of confusion

Meanwhile, the anti-maskers are doing their best to kill their parents …

From Nigel Farridge, to Bobby Moore, 48-52, we knew the score …

The benefits of No Deal Brexit – 26 July

I am constantly reminded by Remainers on social media that Brexit is done. There’s nothing we can do about it, and we should shut up and accept Brexit. Although I find this daily capitulation to Johnson’s Neville Chamberlain moment deeply depressing, I have decided to take their words seriously as I’m tired of fighting a war on two fronts.  So here I’m setting out the reasons why No Deal (also known as an Australian deal) Brexit is a much better outcome for Britain than any other Brexit deal.

We already know the impossibility of securing a good Brexit deal from four years of vacillation and nonsense from our government in terms of economic, social and political outcomes.  Theresa May’s Brexit deal was the high-water mark of Brexit and everything else has been a degradation of what could be said to be Brexit.  Even Jacob Rees-Mogg and the ERG have derided recent Brexit proposals from David Frost as not being a true Brexit, positioning themselves in order to avoid responsibility for the Brexit monstrosity that they created.

Parliament rejected the Brexit deal by 432 to 202 votes

In any case, No Deal and the most likely Johnson Brexit deal are not very far apart in terms of the economic and social costs.  Already Brexiteers are saying that the Brexit on offer will not be a real Brexit.  This is rather like arguing about whether the real IRA was better than the Provisional IRA.  This shapeshifting by the Brexit antagonists mitigates against securing a Brexit deal of any kind. Experts predict that the impact of Brexit will be a sustained loss of between 5-7% GDP over 10 years, compounded by COVID losses.  The word “Britastrophe” has been coined to describe the combined impact of Corona crisis + Brexit disaster.  Remember, it only took 3.5% loss of GDP to give us the 2008 crash. Imagine the exponential impact of Corona + Brexit on lives and livelihoods?

A No Deal Brexit is the most likely Brexit to help us regain an entry to the EU. Two to three months of abject chaos on the streets through food shortages, supply chain breakages, tariffs, delays, queues at borders, gridlocking of Kent and so on should be enough to bring Brexit Britain to its knees. Of course, there is no guarantee that the EU would let us re rejoin at this point, although they have kept their powder dry on this matter, unlike our testosterone filled bloated Prime Minister.  Nonetheless, a No Deal Brexit offers us the quickest shortest sharp shock to Britain, whereas a Brexit deal simply delays the “boiling of the British frog”.  Note that no frogs were injured in the making of this video.

No Brexit or No Deal?

Why then is a Brexit deal worse than No Deal I hear you ask?  Well simply this. A Brexit deal will mean waiting 5 to 10 years to rejoin the EU whilst we “try the Brexit experiment”.  Brexiteers will argue that it took 5 years to get Brexit done so we should at least allow 5 years minimum to try it out. When Remainers talk about rejoining the EU, they seem to forget that we would rejoin on a completely different basis than the current state of the United Kingdom. It is quite likely that Scotland will have left the UK within 5 years.  It’s also quite plausible that Northern Ireland will be on the way to reunification with Ireland. Wales will probably join in the contagion of countries wishing to leave broken Britain and possibly even Cornwall.  I said as a joke at No 10 Downing Street in 2017 that Britain would be reduced to the people’s republic of Thurrock.  An exaggeration?  Yes, but also containing certain grains of truth.

At the same time, the economic state of Britain will not be the same. Company departures, realignment of business models such as JLR, BMW, Toyota, Nissan, Airbus, Honda, HSBC, Santander and total relocations away from Brexit Britain could likely mean that the UK does not even meet the criteria to rejoin the EU. At the same time, the experience of Britain’s aggressive approach to Brexit will undoubtedly harden the EU’s view on our potential to rejoin without conditions, such as the adoption of the Schengen zone, the use of the euro as a currency etc.   I would not want us back, so why would Brussels?

Doomsayers united

“Don’t be so pessimistic Peter”.  I hear you say.  “You are one of those doomsayers”. OK, I hear you.  Perhaps you are right, so let’s be positive.

By September / October, it is quite likely that there will be severe unemployment, once the protective umbrella of furloughing is removed by “Dishy Rishi” Sunak, aka Mr “Whatever it takes”.  At the same time, we are likely to be into a second Corona wave by then, given that the R rate in England is now at 1.00 or above, thanks to Tim Witherspoon and his ilk for insisting that pubs must be opened.  I predict severe social unrest as people reach the bottom of their Maslow triangles.  Mr “No Plan Johnson” has no plan for this.  There are simply not enough police officers and army officers available to deal with mass civil unrest.  What happens then?  Is this positive enough for you?

What can you do about it?

We cannot rely on an opposition to help suspend Brexit. Sir Keir Starmer is lovely, but he is also playing the long game of waiting for this Government to fail.  Labour are also embroiled in their own internal battles of anti-semitism and wokeness at this time. We must do it ourselves. Here are some things to do:

  1. We must write to the 40 or so wavering Tory MPs and present the arguments for suspending Brexit in the wake of Corona.  In fact, just write to your MP, full stop, using any of these arguments to make your point.
  2. Get out on the streets.  Visit your MP and demand that Brexit be suspended in the wake of Corona.
  3. Write to the newspapers.  Present compelling arguments for suspending Brexit in ways that Brexiteers can understand.
  4. Work on individual soft Brexiteers and weary Remainers through “Brexorcism”.
  5. Keep reminding people that Corona + Brexit = Britastrophe. Grab a roll of stickers from EU Flag Mafia to help you paint your town yellow.

Brexit is the product of “Parliamentary Paralysis”.  We change parliamentary paralysis by influencing our MPs.  We change the will of the people by writing to the newspapers and presenting the arguments.  So, we need to target our MPs and we still need to target the general public to change minds.  A “Brexorcism” takes skill patience and time.  You can find out how to do these by reading the book “Let’s talk about BREX .. it”.