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NI and Social Care

Paying for Social Care

There is a widespread view that we must pay more in National Insurance to cover shortfalls in social care and healthcare. All of this has been hung on the hook of COVID, as if it anaesthetises the arguments or any debate. I would like to question the notion that we must raise NI to raise £13 billion as there are many more routes to raise the required capital. In fact it would be easy for this Government to raise the capital without using the crude instrument of NI, which selectively targets those least able to pay the tax, whilst protecting old age pensioners, many of whom vote Tory. But fear not OAPs. Rishi is not paying for social care. Rather, he will be coming for your triple lock soon …

Option 1 – The Brexit Bounce

Robert Dyer coined the phrase “The Brexit Bounce”. Remember we were getting £350 million back from the EU EVERY WEEK. Do the math. That’s £18.2 BILLION every year into perpetuity. So, in one fell swoop, we can pay for social care with the Brexit Bounce, except the £350 million has not materialised.

Write to your MP and ask them where the Brexit Bonus for the NHS is. After all, we voted for it.

Option 2 – The COVID Corruption Fund

Dido Harding spent £37 BILLION on Test and Trace, much of which was either non-existent or faulty. Let’s be generous and suppose that only 20% of the project was fictional or faulty. That’s a cool £7.4 BILLION towards the social care uplift. Then there is the PPE fraud …

Write to your MP and ask them to sue the companies that made faulty or non-existent Test and Trace.

Option 3 – The Tory Spaffing Fund

Liz Truss took a lonely trip to Australia in the Government A321 Airbus at a cost of £500 000. Small beer I hear you say. But these trophy flights could help pay for the NI hike !! What’s wrong with Ryanair? Or BA if you wanted to be truly patriotic at a cost of around £4000 to Oz.

Rishi Sunak seems to have cancelled £4.3 BILLION of fraudulent COVID loans. That would be a nice contribution to the social care fund? Closing tax loopholes would make enough funds to fund good quality services not just care and allow for less taxation on those that can least afford it. With thanks to Gail Jones.

Then there are the small ticket items but yet every little helps as they say at Tesco. The No 10 wallpaper bill (£840 per roll), Priti Patel’s Eyelashes, Suitcases of wine, the Royal Yachts at a snip of £250 Million. Everything adds up.

What other spaffing options exist? Write to me in the comments and I will add your point with a credit to your input.

Write to your MP and ask them to review the use and need for the Government Airbus.

Option 4 – Brexit to the rescue

Brexit has cost £128 billion so far, or £727 per second. Although it would not be straightforward, stopping Brexit would give us access to all the social car,e by stopping Britain bleeding to death. Here’s a helpful chart to show what you can buy with £128 257 825 862 in case you have never thought of “how to spend it”.

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BREXIT IS COSTING THE EARTH. SAY NO TO USING NI AS A MEANS OF PAYING FOR SOCIAL CARE

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Write to MPs

A Letter

Write a letter to your MP. Here is one prepared by Adrian Ekins-Daukes recently to help you compose yours. Find your MPs e-mail at Write to Them.

Dear Sir / Madam,

 

We would like to add our names to those of your constituents who have written to you asking that you write to the Chairman of the 22 Committee about the illegal parties held at No 10 during lockdown and the future of the Prime Minister.

These  illegal  parties were a criminal offence, for which heavy fines were imposed on ordinary miscreants. It was  scandalously offensive  that such an event should have taken place on the eve of Prince Phillip’s funeral service . We do not need a report from a civil servant to conclude that Johnson was aware of these activities, and may well have attended them.  No 10 as a whole has set a disgraceful example. Those of Johnson’s  supporters arguing for a second chance for him need reminding that Health Secretary Hancock had to resign at once for kissing his mistress on office premises, a much less visible breach of rules.

In Johnson’s defence, his supporters point to his record, notably the excellent vaccine roll-out in early 2021. Against that, due to his mismanagement of the pandemic in other respects, our death toll from the pandemic  was amongst the highest in the world and has remained higher than in other comparable European countries. He also bears responsibility for No 10’s corrupt practices, notably in PPE procurement, the likes of which we have not been seen for over 150 years. More widely, he seems to have no clear ideas for economic recovery, whilst Internationally  Britain’s influence is barely noticeable.  Johnson’s  reputation for untrustworthiness seems beyond redemption.

With such a record,  Johnson has nothing more to offer this country. With this latest scandal, his removal from office is not only  fully justified but essential .

Yours sincerely

YOUR NAME

You may also care to write a letter about the Police and Crime bill, Brexit carnage and other topics too numerous to mention. Just write. Letters are read even if your MP may have to pretend they have not read them. In case you have been bamboozled by Johnson’s record, there is an account of it embedded in this video. In case you think that asking the army to drown children at sea is clever, video number two explains the problem. Just write a letter.

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Rejoin Scenarios 2021-2031

Long range thinking on Rejoin Scenarios 2021-2031 the EU. The work of 100 people over many months – too many to mention but you know who you are.

A along read but well worth your time.

Here is the whole article to read : Rejoin Scenarios

And a small snippet to tease you below.

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Breadline Britain

By 2031, the impact of The Brexit Hunger Games had been fully felt through civil unrest, the fragmentation of traditional politics and the formation of The People’s Progress Party (PPP), formed from the fragments of Labour, Lib Dems, the influence of powerful individuals such as Gina Miller, a merger with The Green Party and Memoranda of Friendship with the independent Governments of Scotland, Ireland, Wales and The European Union. Although The PPP could not stop the damage done by Brexit, Brexit carnage had eventually unified the people against the remnants of the Conservative Party, allowing a return of some of the more moderate conservatives to public life.  This took place after an attempted takeover by Jacob Rees Mogg and following the worst riots ever seen on the streets of Britain in 2022, after the impact of Brexit on food supplies, gas and electricity supplies, the three-day week, drinking water safety issues and availabilities of goods and services previously taken for granted.  One of the earliest acts of the PPP was to prosecute various culture carriers of Brexit, assisted by The Good Law Project.  In 2026 a group of these people were jailed for various offences, including Boris Johnson, Mark Francois, Nigel Farage, Lord Bethel, Daniel Hannan and Priti Patel.

The PPP was formed in 2023 in a complete volte face of traditional politics.  People were selected for office, based on rigorous selection methods and then elected by people’s assemblies.  Whilst the party had some politicians drawn from the best of the crop, it was formed from people from business, the arts, community leaders, public figures and so on.  This was informed by the insight that some celebrities and sportspeople were more skilled and popular than Westminster politicians.  However, this was no populist uprising.  The PPP insisted on informed democracy, fought the election in 2024 on some old-fashioned ideas about truth, fairness, trust, reforming politics and healing the country.  They won a majority of votes but lost the election to the Conservatives due to the existing First Past The Post (FPTP) system, which Labour had failed to confront and which eventually led to the breakup of the Labour party.  The PPP’s meteoric rise was based on some very good campaigning, based on an ‘Enough is Enough’ message and a promise to make a Better Britain in a Better Europe through Better Politics.  This included plans for electoral reform.  It had become clear that the European Union felt they were better off without Britain at the table and, although they had left the door open to rejoining the EU, it would come with some important pre-conditions.  The most important one was for a complete removal of the Brexit ultras from power, to avoid a ‘Hokey Cokey Brexit’ i.e. an in / out / shake it all about approach to EU membership.  Other items such as Schengen and Euro membership were negotiable depending on whether they felt that our standards of democracy were acceptable and the degree to which English exceptionalism and cakeism had been removed from the political culture.  Some former Brexiteers hid in the shadows rather like people did from 1975 until 2016.

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Chamber of Secrets

Chamber of Secrets

A European Movement member who wishes to remain anon writes to me about organisational concerns from The Brexit Chamber of Secrets

Reports are reaching us from a number of sources of a wave of resignations from the European Movement following the implementation of wide-raging changes made by its new Chairman, Lord Andrew Adonis.

The resignations began last year when former MEP, Saj Karim, left after a shambolic election to appoint vice-chairs.  Less than a month later, the leading Conservative pro-European group disaffiliated from the Movement when the Adonis-led group pledged to place its resources behind a campaign to unseat 44 of the party’s MPs (some of whom were pro-European) at the next General Election.

The turn of the year has seen the exit door revolving even faster.  We understand that one branch has had most of its senior officers quit, whilst another chair reported resignations immediately after Lord Adonis spoke with members over a Zoom event.  Indeed, the actions of Lord Adonis appear to be a common thread driving many of those choosing to part ways with the organisation that sees itself as the country’s leading pro-EU grouping.  One now-former member specifically cited the controversy over how recent rule changes were pushed through by the leadership:

“I have seen a lot of reports about how rules have been ignored by those in charge when driving through their new agenda,” they said.  “I felt I couldn’t criticise Johnson for having one rule for him and another rule for everyone else whilst remining a member of an organisation whose leadership were adopting exactly the same policy.”

The latest woes come at a bad time for the European Movement.  Recent months have seen a massive turnover of staff and come the end of this week, only one of the head office team from 18 months ago will still be in place.  To make matters worse, despite their much-vaunted claims to be driving diversity, all but one of the new appointments to replace them have been white and male. We fully expect their next appointment to be a Grassroots for Europe crony, following the silent takeover at the Chamber of Secrets.

Editor’s note: We need STEPS, Diversity or ABBA. At the moment we appear to have BOYZONE !!

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Dog World

Big Dog

Downing street are vigorously denying that “Operation Back Big Dog” is in operation to rebuild Boris Johnson’s shattered reputation. That of course means that it is true. We followed the Big Dog theme in this parody version of doggy magazine “Big Dog World”:

FACT AND FICTION CHECKER

FACT : Jacob Rees-Mogg did suggest that Johnson’s guidelines for lockdown may have been unnecessary as a way of excusing Johnson’s crimes. Tell that to the people grieving for loved ones who they were unable to say farewell to …

FICTION : The Police bill will not allow dogs to savage members of the public (yet). But that’s just about the only thing that they will not be allowed to do. Kill The Bill. Write to your MP today and ask them to vote it down.

FACT : Jolyon Maugham won a case which demonstrated that the crony COVID contracts were illegal. This was barely reported in the hullabaloo of Partygate.

FACT : Liz Truss has hired an image consultant to improve her chances of winning the leadership contest. But you cannot polish a turd …

FACT : Brexit loon Peter Bone has backed Boris Johnson on Channel 4 News. Compelling evidence to suggest that the ERG are about to knife him in order to put an even harder line Brexiteer in power or a lapdog (Truss). Be careful what you wish for.

FACT : Much of the continuing hullabaloo over Partygate has the side benefit of masking problems occurring with Brexit. Specifically Liz Truss’ manoeuvres on Northern Ireland. Read Professor Chris Grey’s insightful analysis of the unfolding situation in Northern Ireland and compare it with the populist ravings of Lord Andrew Adonis on the subject.

FACT : Changing the leader does not change the underlying problem. The ERG are fed up with Johnson but will either pick a lapdog (sic) i.e. Truss or a more hardline Brexiteer. In the Tory party the ERG tail still wags the Brexit dog. As Chris Grey mentions “when Johnson is replaced, his successor will be bound by the same, structural, constraints.” They will also be able to blame Brexit on the Johnson era. This does not mean we are any better off, possibly worse.

Pedigree Chumps

FACT : Brendan Donnelly explains why we must keep talking about Brexit rather than allowing the Johnson Junta to airbrush it off the table. It’s a one way journey.

FICTION : Dilyn the rescue dog has not spoken since the scandal broke.

FICTION : Margaret Hodge, Labour MP for Barking said “Boris is in the dog house and should be neutered”.

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Dead Cats

Dead Cats

Watch out for a tsunami of dead cats in the coming days, as Johnson attempts to divert attention from his criminal activities. Johnson’s modus operandi is to use distraction as a means to divert attention from important issues. He did it to “get Brexit done” (It’s not done by the way), we are still “world beaters” on COVID infections and deaths. All is done in order to save his dynasty, rather than from what my friend Judith Spencer calls “the spirit of service” which is the duty of a Prime Minister. Here is a short list of some anticipated dead cats. Some may seem frivolous and / or dark, but someone pointed out to me that they thought he may even consider asking for the Queen’s sacrifice to save his skin.

Johnson to announce that a family member has COVID – already done!

The Queen to remove Prince Andrew’s title – dang – already done!

A Chinese Spy is found in Parliament – they are caught by setting traps of Vesta Chow Mein with crispy noodles in Westminster by Priti Patel and Cressida Dick – ongoing.

Wilf is found to have been abducted. Piers Corbyn is seen with a suspicious parcel on the underground. Dilyn leads the search.

Nonce Andrew decides to do a fun run for “Save The Children” around Westminster Palace to raise funds for his prosecution.

Jacob Rees-Mogg is hired as the host of a remake of “Upstairs Downstairs” with Michael Fabricate as “Hudson”.

Nadine Dorries bans Chinese meals in the Parliament canteen.

Mark Francois is arrested for army themed crimes on manoeuvres in Canvey, using pop guns and other childhood militaria. He is suspected of training COVID army volunteers in armed combat with peashooters.

Iain Duncan Smith picks his nose again in Parliament.

Iran threaten to invade Clacton. Nigel Farage is called to form a battalion of the LDV to investigate kebab shops and novelty emporia.

Carrie delivers a surprise baby in what is described in the Daily Express as a virgin birth.

All European washing machines are recalled for failing to meet new Brexit standards on pollution. Army put on standby to wash smalls as the crisis mounts. Michel Barnier summoned to clean up the mess.

Nigel Farage announces that he has become Novak Djokovic’s personal trainer.

Boris Johnson goes to war in Ukraine – oh well !!

Chicken nugget shortages cause riots in Sainsbury.

Priti Patel shock revelations “my life in the Taliban caves”

The Mail reports that Meghan Markle is considering a trans operation.

COVID is declared officially over by John Redwood after watching a You Tube video on bacteria.

Andrew Bridgen rescues Novak Djokovic from an asylum centre in Kent, after he is arrested by Priti Patel in a dinghy trying to cross the channel.

Liz Truss invokes Article 16 and declares war in Ireland.

What are your favourite Dead Cats? With thanks to Helga Perry.

Make a comment and we’ll add your remark and credit you.

We leave you with some advice for Sue Grey on “rules”:

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True and Fair

True and Fair

I was privileged to attend the launch of the True and Fair Party today by Gina Miller, devoted to reform of our politics and to end the cosy duopoly of Conservative and Labour. Find out more at True and Fair. Truly differentiated from Labour in saying that business is not a dirty word. Refreshingly willing to oppose Conservative sleaze, law breaking and a slide into an elected dictatorship. Willing to say the word Brexit, now banned in Parliament and in polite English political discourse. Brave enough to stand for a reform in our voting system. True and Fair ask you to join them in this endeavour to demand change if you feel politically homeless. I feel that’s all I need say for now. We simply need to be True and Fair.

50 Shades of Sue Grey

50 Shades of Sue Grey

I drove through a set of red lights recently. Shortly afterwards, I could not remember if I had committed the crime. I now await a report on whether I broke the law from someone that wasn’t there …. Frankly Boris Johnson’s “sorry, not sorry” statement in Parliament simply won’t wash. It has not convinced his party, or the people. Not one senior Tory stood up to defend his statement yesterday. Liz Truss managed a tweet. Rishi Sunak laid low. Jacob Rees-Mogg went on Newsnight to introduce a dead cat:

We have no need to wait for Sue Grey to report. Boris Johnson admitted his guilt. He should now be arrested and jailed. Simples.

I can’t help but repeat Boris Johnson’s record in office:

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Der Clown

Boris Johnson ist ein clown

This latest piece of music portrays Boris Johnson as others see him. Set in the mode of a Kraftwerk song “Boris Johnson ist ein clown” tells the terrible story of Johnson’s record on COVID, Brexit and his personal life. Download the album on Bandcamp to help us continue our work. Please don’t just steal the music, it takes a long time to produce. The video is free and needs sharing widely with this post. Here is just a small segment of Johnson’s record to ponder:

150 000 unnecessary COVID deaths due to Johnson’s “too little too late policy”.

£37 BILLION spaffed away to his mates for non-existent or non-functional PPE. Some of the companies hired to make PPE had no experience in the field.

Breaking lockdowns with lavish parties whilst others saw loved ones die alone in care homes and hospitals.

Multiple lies about non-existent Brexit benefits.

Killing 27 migrants at sea with a policy that has been judged by HMG as “dangerous”.

Still waiting for the £350 million every week for the NHS.

Left his wife for another women whilst she had cancer.

Lied to the Queen.

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Worst record on COVID in Europe.

Failed to sack Cummings and Hancock whilst he allowed junior ministers to resign for less serious offences.

“Frictionless” trade killing businesses despite promises that Brexit would be “oven ready”.

£840 per roll for wallpaper for the flat at 10 Downing Street on the whim of Carrie.

“Bonfire” on red tape has produced intolerable levels of … Brexit red tape – who knew?

Changed the rules on sleaze to protect Owen Patterson.

Illegally shut down Parliament because he could not get his way.

Failing to wear masks at hospital visits.

Stripped people of their human rights and threats to reintroduce English concentration camps for migrants. In case of doubt, it was England that introduced the idea of concentration camps during the Boer War.

Promised 50 000 more nurses for the NHS, but failed to deliver.

Blames the EU for our self-imposed Brexit when it is his decision alone.

Lied about the Northern Ireland protocol. Continues to threaten peace in Northern Ireland by breaking international law.

Counts hospital refurbishments as “new hospitals”. Counts a pair of gloves as two items of PPE.

Bungled projects : The Garden Bridge. The Scotland-Ireland Bridge. The Isle of Man Bridge. Boris Island. The Festival of Brexit.

Stopping food aid to most vulnerable children in a pandemic.

Allowing water companies to dump shit in our rivers.

Far from Boris Johnson ist ein clown, Boris Johnson is a very dangerous clown. Check more of his lies out at Boris Johnson Lies.

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Brexit is Broken

Brexit is broken. We are just about to notice now that the mask of COVID has come off. Here is our latest parody issue of the Telegraph with a fact checker attached, just in case you cannot tell the difference between Brexit fact and fiction:

FACT : Brexit border controls begin today. The EU has allowed us a full years grace on our desire to become a third country. The delays and tariffs are all on our own Government. early indications suggest that there will be significant impacts. See The Independent, The FT, The Mirror for more details.

FACT : So concerned are our Government to “mask Brexit” that they have instructed civil servants not to mention the word. Sadly we are unable to comply. If Brexit is so great why are they not instead publishing the benefits of our departure? The best that Johnson can mention is the reintroduction of pints in pubs. I may have amnesia but I thought we had pints before?

FACT : Dr Liam Fox went on BBC to lie about Brexit yesterday. We decoded his response to the question. You have to be really good to lie and Liam is just not very good at anything. Liam said that the main point of Brexit was to reclaim sovereignty. If that’s true how come nobody wants to buy my bargain bag o’ sovrinty?

FACT : Boris Johnson has not built any of the promised hospitals. It seems that pop up tents in car parks are now being classified as “hospitals”. We lead the world in COVID infections once again although Johnson feels unable to make the tough decisions that are needed, as he has not got the support of his own party to make decisions in the best interests of the people.

FICTION : The Queen is not prosecuting Prince Andrew even though she ought to, ma’am.

FACT : Boris Johnson is still a fu…king cu…t entered the UK charts at No 5, confirming the nation’s view on his premiership.

FICTION : Peppa Pig is not taking up a post as a doctor in the NHS, even though he has “most admired” status by Boris Johnson.

FICTION : Lenny the lion has not eaten Liz Truss as yet. We hear that Lenny is unlikely to do so as he favours eating brains.

FACT : Britain drowned 27 migrants in the channel due to their Brexit policy, which has been demonstrated to be completely unsuitable and dangerous method of addressing the issue. The United Nations reported the story as the worst disaster on record. Kent residents laughed about the deaths of women and children. This is what Brexit has brought us. Do you really support drowning women and children who are fleeing terror?

FICTION : Geoff Boycott has not written a book on cricket and racism. Maybe he should?

FACT : Brexit is broken. Read all about it at Brexit has Failed.

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Brexit is Broken
Border Farce

George came up with this helpful explanation of Brexit for toddlers: