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BANGED UP BOJO

Banged up Bojo. A fine is not enough. Jail Johnson !! Satire alert.

Banged up Bojo

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I want to know if my MP broke the law. If these people were members of the public, their names would be in the papers. They are no different.

Write to your MP. Ask politely if they are a criminal.

Brexit Doesn't Pay

Brexit Doesn’t Pay

We want to explain a long term project to send a potent message to Brexit supporting MPs that Brexit Doesn’t Pay. We will do this by damaging the majorities held by Brexit supporting MPs in Parliament by systematically engaging their constituents in conversation about their record nationally and locally, through information leaflets and on social media. We plan to do this as ‘non party campaigners’ and will offer no guidance as to how people vote. We will just ask them not to vote Tory. By doing this we will leaven their majorities and allow other political parties to do their best.

Join us every Monday at 8 pm on ZOOM via https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81072241054 to discuss the project.

We have a database that identifies a number of MPs who have:

  • Slim majorities.
  • An association with the far right side of the Conservative party and, of course, Brexit.
  • Some “Trophy Tories” who we would like to send a message of shock and awe to, per Dominic Cummings’ strategy for Brexit.

Find the database at Google Drive. Add your name and mail your details to peter@academy-of-rock.co.uk to help lead the project in your local area.

COUNTYConstituencyMP first nameMP surname
SOUTH
HertfordshireHitchin and HarpendenBimAfolami
Welwyn HatfieldGrantShapps
StevenageStephenMcPartland
East SussexLewesMariaCaulfield
HampshireAldershotLeoDocherty
FarehamSuellaBraverman
New Forest WestDesmondSwayne
North East HampshireRanilJayawardena
North West HampshireKitMalthouse
Portsmouth NorthPennyMordaunt
Southampton, ItchenRoystonSmith
KentDartfordGarethJohnson
DoverNatalieElphicke
GraveshamAdamHolloway
Sittingbourne and SheppeyGordonHenderson
South ThanetCraigMackinlay
Gillingham and RainhamRehmanChishti
OxfordshireWitneyRobertCourts
SurreyCarshalton and WallingtonElliotColburn
Epsom and EwellChrisGrayling
ReigateCrispinBlunt
Esher and WaltonDominicRaab
Surrey HeathMichaelGove
BerkshireWokinghamJohnRedwood
BuckinghamshireWycombeSteveBaker
Isle of WightIsle Of WightBobSeely
West SussexCrawleyHenrySmith
East Worthing and ShorehamTimLoughton
HorshamJeremyQuin
BedfordshireMid BedfordshireNadineDorries
WEST
AvonNorth East SomersetJacobRees-Mogg
North SomersetLiamFox
Weston-Super-MareJohnPenrose
CornwallNorth CornwallScottMann
South East CornwallSheryllMurray
St Austell and NewquaySteveDouble
DevonNewton AbbotAnne MarieMorris
DorsetChristchurchChristopherChope
Mid Dorset and North PooleMichaelTomlinson
SomersetSomerton and FromeDavidWarburton
YeovilMarcusFysh
NORTH 
NorthumberlandBlyth ValleyIanLevy
Berwick-Upon-TweedAnne-MarieTrevelyan
HumbersideCleethorpesMartinVickers
Haltemprice and HowdenDavidDavis
North YorkshireThirsk and MaltonKevinHollinrake
West YorkshireMorley and OutwoodAndreaJenkyns
ShipleyPhilipDavies
South YorkshirePenistone and StocksbridgeMiriamCates
SCOTLAND
ScotlandMorayDouglasRoss
West Aberdeenshire and KincardineAndrewBowie
LONDON
Greater LondonChipping BarnetTheresaVilliers
KensingtonFelicityBuchan
Islington NorthJeremyCorbyn
Hornchurch and UpminsterJuliaLopez
Uxbridge and South RuislipBorisJohnson
Sutton and CheamPaulScully
EAST
NorfolkGreat YarmouthBrandonLewis
South NorfolkRichardBacon
SuffolkSuffolk CoastalThérèseCoffey
CambridgeshireHuntingdonJonathanDjanogly
EssexBraintreeJamesCleverly
Epping ForestEleanorLaing
Harwich and North EssexBernardJenkin
MaldonJohnWhittingdale
Rayleigh and WickfordMarkFrancois
Rochford and Southend EastJamesDuddridge
Saffron WaldenKemiBadenoch
ThurrockJacquelineDoyle-Price
Chingford and Woodford GreenIainDuncan Smith
WithamPritiPatel
WALES / NORTH WEST
ClwydClwyd WestDavidJones
South GlamorganVale of GlamorganAlunCairns
Mid GlamorganBridgendJamieWallis
LancashireFyldeMarkMenzies
MerseysideSouthportDamienMoore
CheshireMacclesfieldDavidRutley
Greater ManchesterBolton WestChrisGreen
Bury NorthJamesDaly
Bury SouthChristianWakeford
Bolton North EastMarkLogan
Heywood and MiddletonChrisClarkson
Blackley and BroughtonGrahamStringer
Hazel GroveWilliamWragg
MIDLANDS
NorthamptonshireCorbyTomPursglove
DaventryChrisHeaton-Harris
Northampton SouthAndrewLewer
South NorthamptonshireAndreaLeadsom
WellingboroughPeterBone
MansfieldBenBradley
NottinghamshireGedlingTomRandall
StaffordshireLichfieldMichaelFabricant
South StaffordshireGavinWilliamson
StoneWilliamCash
TamworthChristopherPincher
Stoke-On-Trent NorthJonathanGullis
WarwickshireNorth WarwickshireCraigTracey
West MidlandsDudley SouthMikeWood
Halesowen and Rowley RegisJamesMorris
SolihullJulianKnight
Hereford and WorcesterBromsgroveSajidJavid
North HerefordshireBillWiggin
RedditchRachelMaclean
ShropshireShrewsbury and AtchamDanielKawczynski
NORTHERN IRELAND – DUP
County AntrimLagan ValleyJeffreyDonaldson(Sir)
South AntrimPaulGirvan
North AntrimIanPaisley(Jr)
East AntrimSammyWilson
County DownUpper BannCarlaLockhart
Belfast EastGavinRobinson
StrangfordJimShannon
County LondonderryEast LondonderryGregoryCampbell

In turn, we will supply support through bringing the team leaders together, supplying leaflets at various points and providing training in the gentle art of Brexorcism. We have just completed our our second book on the subject:

Re-Boot Britain
Click to order on Amazon or direct with a discount via e-mail reboot@academy-of-rock.co.uk

Essential reading to change minds about Brexit

What needs to be done?

Study the list of locations and find people who will be willing and support to lead the campaign in the different areas. Both in terms of your real life contacts and via social media. When you get someone who is interested, pl send their details over to me via e-mail reboot@academy-of-rock.co.uk

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Changing minds on Europe and Brexit

Changing minds on Europe and Brexit

Finally it’s out !! The new book on Changing minds on Europe and Brexit is here. Click to buy on Amazon or contact me by e-mail via peter@academy-of-rock.co.uk for your personal copy. If you are a sponsor of Re-Boot Britain, you can get a heavily discounted copy to just cover costs.

To find out what it’s all about, join me on Thursday 7 April at 7.00 pm GMT via ZOOM. Here’s the book blurb to give you an insight as to why you will want to buy a copy.

Brexit has broken Britain, economically, socially, culturally, politically and environmentally. Quite simply, Brexit has not delivered what was promised on the tin in 2016, for anyone in our DisUnited Kingdom. This book explains how we may join anew for a better Britain in a better Europe for a better world.

  • Strategies and scenarios to join anew 2021 – 2031.
  • Brexit freedoms, unicorns, ghosts and fantasy stories laid to rest.
  • The influence of Russia and Vladimir Putin on Brexit and the Johnson Junta.
  • The psychology of ‘Brexorcism’ and the anatomy of the Brexit psyche.
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) applied to the task of softening hardened minds on Brexit.
  • How to hold difficult conversations with Leavers in regret and Remainers in remission.
  • How does Brexorcism differ in real life from online conversations and what can you do about it?
  • Strategies to put forward a positive vision of a united Europe and heal rifts from the ‘dialogue of the deaf’ over 6 years.
  • Stories to motivate you and show how these strategies work in practice. Alongside this we explore a number of ‘glorious failures’ as they offer even better insights to success.
  • A resource section on how to break ‘parliamentary paralysis’, how to make progress in advocacy to MPs and how to engage mainstream media (MSM).
  • How to multiply your impact and pro-Europe / anti-Brexit influence in real life conversations, lobbying and in mainstream and / or social media.

A ‘Brexorcism’ requires time, patience, unconditional positive regard and skill. This book provides these elements, drawing on a range of approaches to change management from psychology, sociology and therapeutic approaches.

Here are a few samples to whet your appetite:

Read recent articles P&O Ferries and Brexit, Brexit and WW III, Banged up Bojo, Gavin Esler.

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Brexit and P&O Ferries

This is an extract from our forthcoming book on Brexit, making the links between Brexit and P&O Ferries crisis. Pre-order our book by mailing us at peter@academy-of-rock.co.uk

P&O Ferries’ employees have just had their first taste of Brexit freedoms as I write this book.  800 P&O Ferries’ staff have just been fired without notice via Zoom, with their jobs going to overseas workers, in a race to the bottom on wages and employment rights.  Natalie Elphicke, MP for Dover, was on the front line with the RMT union, crying crocodile tears for the workers, presumably en-route to visit her husband in prison … Natalie forgot to mention that she helped to block a potential new law in October 2021, which would have curbed employers’ ability fire UK employees without notice or rights, informed by our Brexit bonfire on standards.  In case of doubt, P&O Ferries have not been able to adopt the same policies in France and The Netherlands, due to better employment standards in their own countries and, of course, EU directives.  Damn that EU – protecting workers rights!  So much for Brexit providing British jobs for British workers and so on.  MP Chris Grayling recently changed the law which allowed P&O to do this.

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Alongside our Natalie, the RMT union are also united in grief about the move when, in fact, they advised their workers to vote for Brexit in 2016.  For the avoidance of doubt, here is the statement the RMT put to their membership, to help swing the Brexit vote.  The RMT are far from being the only union to have been succoured in by the Brexit illusions, mainly due to a dislike of free market economics, faux sovereignty and nationalism.  Here is the RMT’s statement in full, from 2016:

Brexit and RMT
Footnote from George Smit : The quote of RMT “advice” is full of lies: ie maternity leave in any of EU country is longer, better remunerated and with more social & workers protection than any UK company offers.

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Brexit and RMT

The RMT find themselves in the rather awkward position of being complicit.  So, frankly, are the employees who voted for Brexit and still believe in the sunlit uplands.  Still, quite literally, this group now have their freedom … from jobs and a livelihood.  People are calling for the law on fire and rehire to be amended and, of course, it is hard to argue against this as being a good thing.  But the root cause of the mess is Brexit and a ‘patch up job’ misses the underlying malaise.  It is always a mistake to treat symptoms and not deal with the causes of problems.  We will see many more examples of the ‘unintended consequences of Brexit’ in the coming months and years.

I do feel sorry for the employees, especially those who voted Remain, next, those who were taken in by the slick Brexit lies and now regret their decision and are prepared to say it out loud.  I’m finding it difficult to be concerned about the small hardcore Brexiteer group of P&O employees and trade union ideologues who remain (sic) resolute that Brexit is a good idea, despite losing their jobs.  This is an act of self-harm.

We can envisage a new Maslow styled hierarchy of Brexit blame. Of course our Government are trying to blame the P&O boss. Although guilty, he is simply exploiting Brexit freedoms. Brexit and P&O Ferries are intimately linked.

Brexit and P&O Ferries
Natalie Elf Thick tries to deflect the blame
Tony Blair

Tony Blair

Continuing our theme on censorship, this piece, written by Alan Bullion was censored by Byline Times, presumably as it criticises the left. Whilst I don’t agree fully with all that it says, I would defend Alan’s right to say it to the hilt. All leaders and political systems have faults and some tend to believe that they are messiah like. Blair is not immune to our failings as humans and in this article, Alan argues that Tony Blair’s commitment to representative democracy may have set up the conditions for UKIP / Farage to gain oxygen and fuel the Brexit debate. As always at Re-Boot Britain, comments are welcome and free. In the words of George Michael, listen without prejudice.

Tony Blair is perhaps the most controversial Labour Prime Minister of the post-war period. Most come to bury not praise his significant legacy and reputation, especially since the furore surrounding the Iraq war and its subsequent aftermath. Just this year we have had an online petition attracting millions of signatures opposing his proposed knighthood, both from left and right-wing critics.

Indeed, it is often forgotten brushed aside that Blair led his party to a huge majority under the ‘New Labour’ project in 1997, followed by two more convincing general election victories, one after the Iraq war.

In order to better understand how the Brexit referendum of 2016 and its aftermath occurred, I have analysed the timeline and impact of several key events under the Blair/Brown governments which led up to those fateful events of Britain leaving the EU.

Of course, I am not suggesting that these actors alone were to blame. Farage, Cameron, Johnson, Cummings and several others – all privileged public-school educated white men – clearly played their part.

But as I will argue below, the actions of Blair and others around him led to a process where an already sceptical British public became increasingly critical of the EU and its perceived ills. This resulted in the calamitous narrow vote in favour of departure in 2016.

The fringe cause of Euroscepticism under Farage and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) had been previously the province of right-wing fanatics and Home Counties pub bores.               

The rise of UKIP as an electoral force

The first touchstone in our trajectory was when Blair went along with the proposal by the then Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown to introduce proportional representation in the 1999 elections to the European Parliament. This led UKIP and its leader Nigel Farage to gain a mainstream and increasingly influential foothold in politics. Blair had not been won over to PR, rather it was a political compromise to avoid the introduction of PR to elections for the House of Commons. or local government.

Ironically, while Farage was sceptical about winning an in/out Brexit referendum, Blair, along with Ashdown, Cameron and Clegg, were overwhelmingly enthusiastic.  They severely underestimated public fears, stoked by Farage, that such a binary vote would result in disaster on a huge turnout, driven by immigration and issues such as ‘sovereignty’.

Narcissist and messiah?

In June 2014, the novelist and former Labour acolyte Robert Harris, while publicising his book The Ghost, described Blair as a ‘tragic narcissist with a messiah complex’, who would be doomed to live a ‘tragic life’ and face trial at the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes.

There was an element of truth in this harsh judgement. Both Blair and his barrister wife Cherie were often accused of being ‘money mad’, rushing around the world advising dubious autocrats on how to improve their image.

There might well have been an element of neediness there, which others such as former Labour MP Leo Abse psychologically analysed in The Man Behind the Smile. Indeed, Blair was well suited to the world of celebrity politics and self-publicists such as Kim Kardashian.The tragedy was that he would never be able to completely resurrect his image after the Iran/Iraq war, despite his other considerable achievements at winning elections.        

The truth is inevitably more complex. In my 1996 article ‘What Blair Believes’, published in the Jewish Quarterly, I argued that Blair was driven by a simplistic dualist ideology devised by Anglican mystic John Macmurray, which he imbibed while at university. This belief system basically sees protagonists in international politics as either essentially ‘good’ or ‘evil’, thereby explaining Blair’s support for US President Bush in Iraq.

Blair was highly active on the EU. For example, he was instrumental in establishing the cross-party grouping Britain in Europe, specifically to argue the case for the UK signing up to the Euro (single currency) and the European Monetary Union, via a popular referendum. This came to a crescendo in the wake of the sudden death of Princess Diana in August 2007. 

There were serious differences over this issue between Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown. This was further exemplified by the clash over the Treaty of Lisbon and the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), which was signed in December 2007 and came into force two years later under Brown.

Originally a referendum was promised by Labour Foreign Secretary Jack Straw for Spring 2006, but that never happened, adding more fire to the UKIP fray that the court was increasingly compromising British sovereignty. 

Eastern European migrants and the reserve army of labour

In May 2004, Blair, supported by Home Office minister David Blunkett, decided to allow migrant labour from the eight Eastern European countries that would be joining the EU. Unlike the UK, other EU member states such as Germany had instead opted to impose a seven-year delay from these countries achieving full entry to work.   

As these Eastern European migrants started to arrive, Blunkett went on BBC2 Newsnight to defend the policy, declaring that there was ‘no obvious upper limit on migration’. That calendar year alone there was a net increase of 350,000. Blunkett later conceded that he lost public support and made a mistake.

At the time I was visiting Kent sixth forms and colleges to make the case for remaining in the EU. Comments from working class children in those schools told stories of perceived resentment at migrants taking jobs such as cleaning, catering and car mechanics, and driving down wages.

It was in 2005 when I campaigned as a parliamentary candidate in Hammersmith and Fulham and was confronted on the doorstep by a British plumber who claimed he had been undercut by the nice Polish plumbers taken up promptly by middle-class housewives.

‘It’s all right for the likes of the Blairs, living their aloof and cosmopolitan lives in Islington and Brussels’, was the implication.

So now we come to 2022, with Tory cuts to universal benefits, rising food and fuel prices, and tax increases.

We are still talking about migrants … while there are severe shortages of food and farm labourers, lorry and bus drivers. And ironically, as the consequences of Brexit become ever more stark, arch Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has just been appointed by Johnson as minister for Brexit Opportunities. You couldn’t make it up.  

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