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About Peter Cook

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.
Rejoin EU

London Assembly for Rejoin

The London Assembly elections take place soon. If you vote strategically, you will be able to send a strong message to the whole of the country that we wish to Rejoin the EU. This will not affect the election of Sadiq Khan as Mayor. Let me explain how:

You have three votes : Mayor, constituency London Assembly Member and London-wide Assembly Members. Each election operates under different rules and therefore you don’t have to split the vote for Major in order to give your third vote to the Rejoin Party candidates. Read the rules at The Electoral Commission.

Help The Rejoin Party at their campaign events:

Fri 12 April : Soho and Fitzrovia : 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Soho Square Gardens W1D 4NR

Sat 13 April : Notting Hill and Portobello Road :11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Portobello Road Market, near Notting Hill Gate W11 1AN

Sun 14 April : Hackney: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Hackney Central, Broadway Market E8 4PH

Mon 15 April : University College London (UCL) and Surrounding Area: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Malet Place, near UCL Main Quad WC1E 6BT

Wed 17 April : London School of Economics (LSE) and Surrounding Area: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Sheffield Street, outside LSE Old Building WC2A 2AE

Thur 18 April : Islington: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Angel Central Shopping Centre N1 0PS

Sat 20 April : Shoreditch and Hoxton: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Shoreditch High Street, near Boxpark E1 6JE

Sun 21 April : South Bank and Waterloo: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Near the Southbank Centre Book Market SE1 8XX

Fri 26 April : King’s Cross and St Pancras International: 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM Near the entrance to the international departures N1C 4QP

Sat 27 April : Camden Market and Surrounds: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Camden Lock Place, near the food market NW1 8AF

The only good Brexit is a dead Brexit

The only good Brexit

The only good Brexit … is a dead Brexit … it has become painfully clear that Brexit has not delivered any of the so-called freedoms, nor solved any of Britain’s problems or opened up opportunities of any equivalent value when compared with our previous membership of the ‘club’. Yet, even the Financial Times find it necessary to court proven liars such as Matthew Elliot in their recent film on the subject. Elliot attempts to make the argument that Brexit has not delivered because our mainstream politicians are not willing to seize opportunities, but then fails to identify any. It’s a thinly disguised argument to invite the Brexit ultras to the table, and with it, full fat fascism to Little Britain. Watch the FT film at the end of this article. Before that, watch this two minute short piece which sums up what Brexit was really about. My film is devoid of academic references as these tend to need much more time, but the supporting facts and validation can be found at the accompanying article Populism will eat itself.

Music soundtrack by Peter Cook. Available on Bandcamp.

The film has already produced a visceral reaction from a leave voter who has clearly been affected by the film’s dystopian machine-styled soundtrack (deliberate) and the speed / brevity of the messages. He appears to have been somewhat triggered by the experience, which is good. Sadly, ‘Alan the Hat’ has no collateral in terms of his own research, content etc. Nor does he have any followers on his You Tube channel. I aim to provide a good (free) service and admittedly packed a lot of text into two minutes. Alan clearly has problems reading big words and sentences that are more difficult than “the cat bit the dog”, so I have provided a summary of the points below so he may study them in greater detail.

Tory gaslighting on an industrial scale fuelled Brexit. It continues via a daily stream of dead cats to take people off the scent of Brexit. Examples incude the need to incarcerate legal migrants, identity politics, constant scandals etc.

Brexit delivered 4.5% GDP LOSS into perpetuity and a broken NHS which Boris Johnson promised to fix, with the fabled £350 million per week on the bus. Brexit has damaged our resilience as a nation and therefore our ability to settle strikes with public sector workers and so on. Growth is for the birds in such circumstances. We are once again the sick man of Europe.

Cost of living impacts have Brexit as a major contribution. Food inflation has reached 20% There are more to come once border checks come in later in 2024 … In the next 28 days we will see further inflation on goods imported from Europe and barriers to trade for exporters. See Brexit Inflation. The Brexiteers’ explanation of this is that Brussels are ‘punishing’ us. Get real, we are now no longer a member of the golf club hence there are associated costs and barriers. The Golf Club analogy I made in 2018 is prescient here:

Brexit Golf Club Analogy
We are now a third country. Membership had benefits.

Brexit has delivered broken businesses, broken promises, broken lives and broken livelihoods. It is not true to say that Brexit Breaks Britain as this implies that Brexit is done. It is not and I deliberately choose the phrase Brexit’s Breaking Britain as it is more accurate.

Brexit weaponised an increase in racial tension from Brexit extremists such as Patel, Braverman, Badenoch, Anderson, Gullis, Mordaunt, Mogg, Farage, Tice Truss et al. They are responsible for killing people seeking safety from warzones.

Brexit has meant broken promises to farmers, fishermen, police, teachers, social carers et al. As a small example, the British replacement for the Common Agricultural Policy does not compare in any way to what we had, faults and all. Listen to the farmer in the FT film below for more on his topic.

Perhaps one of the real reasons for Brexit is yet to materialise … ‘Singapore on Thames’ beckons, with the ‘sale of the century’ via SEZs and a return to a feudal society. If you want to understand what an SEZ is, read @EuropeanPowell’s explanation of what you are about to receive whilst you are being gaslit by tales of royal cancers and gender reassignment..

Extract from @EuropeanPowell’s work. Follow him on Twitter.

Brexit is not done per Boris Johnson’s lie of an ‘oven ready deal’. Impacts will continue for the next decade.

Liz Truss’ experiment in Brexonomics cost an uncool £70 billion and ruined young people’s hopes of home ownership in just 49 days. Just imagine what the Brexit hardcore could achieve.

Boris Johnson used COVID to literally ‘mask’ Brexit impacts … what I termed a ‘Britastrophe.

Britastrophe
Johnson must have jumped for joy when COVID hit. It was an opportunity to kill 30 000 OAPs in care homes whilst operating as a mass distraction for ‘getting Brexit done’. Click the image for more on our Britastrophe.

Brexit means a loss of freedom of movement, student exchange scheme and more travel friction / costs. All of this is self inflicted as part of our so-called democratic referendum.

Both the Tories and Labour are presently engaged in distraction, distortion and dead cattery, in their attempts to erase the mistake of Brexit and secure votes. Brexit has so far claimed five Prime Ministers. It will also claim Keir Starmer.

Brexit will continue to break Britain unless we Join the EU anew. We can do this. The door remains open and even The Telegraph are now recommending it.

All the while, Labour are asleep at the wheel of Brexit misfortune. Keir Starmer cannot deliver his transformation without recovering our resilience.

‘Stop the boats’ has failed. It was yet another dead cat to channel people’s anger in the Daily Mail / Excess. In any case, better answers to migration are available. See our immigration algorithm.

The damage of Brexit is cumulative and much of it irreversible. Labour’s talk of rejoining from 2032 is therefore disingenuous and despicable.

We are essentially Sunakered. Listen to our dialogue with James O’Brien on this point.

Do have a look at the FT film which overall gives a good coverage of the state of our Brexit nation. I am disappointed at the lack of fact checking of some of the statements by Matthew Elliot. Where the film falls short is in the area of leadership, preferring instead to look for incremental adjustments which will not address the elephant in the room. A few mealy mouthed journalists apologise for Keir Starmer’s “management by focus groups”. Peter Foster makes the error that, since nobody wants to talk about Brexit, it will go away as an issue dividing families. Perhaps he needs to study the psychology of ‘closure’ a bit more carefully. Sure, the word Brexit can be airbrushed out of public discourse and there has been a concerted effort by politicians on most sides to do so, but the ‘dark mark’ of Brexit will be left on society unless the issue is resolved. Resolution can come through a number of means and not just another referendum. As I said in 2019, “Let’s Talk About Brexit“, maybe the title of their film acknowledges this need. Martin Wolf comes out head and shoulders above the rest of the journos and politicos with an honest appraisal of the mess that we’re in. We do need to talk about Brexit. Conduct a Brexorcism today.

Worth 30 minutes of your time.

Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s Brexit in numbers from official Government figures and other trusted sources:

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Finally, Marina Purkiss and Max Robespierre nail Keir Starmer in this pithy piece:

Farage Garage

Dover and out

We recently went to Dover to find out what people really think about Brexit. Most now realise that they were lied to and Brexit has not delivered on the promises from the 2016 ‘brochure’. Write to your MP to demand an end to Brexit carnage. Contrary to what people believe, Brexit is far from done and it’s possible to Rejoin if we apply enough pressure. The Rejoin Party are standing 11 candidates in the London Mayoral Election, in non-competitive seats under a proportional system, so it is possible to express your view without damaging Mayor. Watch our video account of the day:

The most insightful part of our day was not recorded, when we came upon the station staff at Dover Priory rail station. Three men and one woman. The woman was born and bred in the area, had a mining family from Shepherdswell, probably voted Labour originally, but voted for Boris in 2019 on the promise of stopping immigration. She planned to vote for Reform as she felt betrayed by the Tories. As usual she was resistant to questions about being lied to (time was very short for a decent Brexorcism) and said she did not care about future generations (again this is typical of the residual hardcore Brexiteer). Her colleagues were most amused as we asked questions and gently prodded her about her underlying xenophobia (one of the other station staff was black).

Conduct Brexorcisms today – here’s how it’s done.

Books
Books to change minds. Click image to view.
Iron Maiden

Run to the hills

This list will probably be out of date by the time it is published. Thank you to my musical chum Dr Mike Alexander for sending me this list. Fear of losing one’s seat is a powerful motivator and the Tories have run to the hills to quote Iron Maiden. Order our leaflets to end Tory rule.

  • Douglas Ross – Moray (announced 14/10/21)
  • Charles Walker – Broxbourne (announced 2/2/22)
  • Crispin Blunt – Reigate (announced 1/5/2022)
  • Mike Penning – Hemel Hempstead (announced 17/5/2022)
  • Adam Afriyie – Windsor (announced 22/7/2022)
  • Andrew Percy – Brigg and Goole (announced 8/11/2022)
  • Chloe Smith – Norwich North (announced 22/11/2022)
  • William Wragg – Hazel Grove (announced 22/11/2022)
  • Gary Streeter – South West Devon (announced 25/11/2022)
  • Dehenna Davison – Bishop Auckland (announced 25/11/2022)
  • Chris Skidmore – Kingswood (announced 26/11/2022)
  • Sajid Javid – Bromsgrove (announced 2/12/2022)
  • Mark Pawsey – Rugby (announced 5/12/2022)
  • Matt Hancock* – West Suffolk (announced 7/12/2022)
  • George Eustice – Camborne and Redruth (announced 18/1/2023)
  • Edward Timpson – Eddisbury (announced 1/2/2023)
  • Jo Gideon – Stoke-on-Trent Central (announced 9/2/2023)
  • Paul Beresford – Mole Valley (announced 12/2/2023)
  • Stephen McPartland – Stevenage (announced 13/2/2023)
  • Robin Walker – Worcester (announced 3/3/2023)
  • Gordon Henderson – Sittingbourne and Sheppey (announced 17/3/2023)
  • Graham Brady – Altrincham and Sale West (announced 17/3/2023)
  • Pauline Latham – Mid Derbyshire (announced 19/3/2023)
  • Craig Whittaker – Calder Valley (announced 21/3/2023)
  • Stuart Anderson – Wolverhampton South West (announced 27/3/2023)
  • Nicola Richards – West Bromwich East (announced 27/3/2023)
  • Henry Smith – Crawley (announced 31/3/2023)
  • John Howell – Henley (announced 12/4/2023)
  • Robert Goodwill – Scarborough (announced 13/4/2023)
  • Julian Knight – Solihull (announced 21/4/2023)
  • Jonathan Djanogly – Huntingdon (announced 21/4/2023)
  • Christopher Pincher – Tamworth (announced 26/4/2023)
  • Matthew Offord – Hendon (announced 2/5/2023)
  • Alister Jack – Dumfries and Galloway (announced 17/5/2023)
  • Richard Bacon – South Norfolk (announced 20/5/2023) 
  • Philip Dunne – Ludlow (announced 22/5/2023)
  • Dominic Raab – Esher and Walton (announced 22/5/2023)
  • Andy Carter – Warrington South (announced 30/5/2023)
  • Will Quince – Colchester (announced 9/6/2023)
  • Royston Smith – Southampton Itchen (announced 9/6/2023)
  • Bill Cash – Stone (announced 10/6/2023)
  • Lucy Allan – Telford (announced 15/6/2023)
  • Steve Brine – Winchester (announced 23/6/2023)
  • Chris Clarkson – Heywood and Middleton (announced 28/6/2023)
  • Ben Wallace – Wyre and Preston North (announced 15/7/2023)
  • Trudy Harrison – Copeland (announced 24/07/2023)
  • Stephen Hammond – Wimbledon (announced 14/9/2023)
  • David Jones – Clwyd West (announced 20/9/2023)
  • Alok Sharma – Reading West (announced 26/9/23)
  • Chris Grayling – Epsom and Ewell (announced 06/10/23)
  • John Baron – Basildon and Billericay (announced 26/10/23)
  • Nick Gibb – Bognor Regis and Littlehampton (announced 13/11/2023)
  • Bob Stewart – Beckenham (announced 20/11/2023)
  • James Duddridge – Rochford and Southend East (announced 20/11/2023)
  • Oliver Heald – North East Hertfordshire (announced 23/01/2024)
  • Mike Freer – Finchley and Golders Green (announced 31/01/2024)
  • Bob Neill – Bromley and Chislehurst (announced 2/02/2024)
  • Kwasi Kwarteng – Spelthorne (announced 6/02/2024)
  • Nickie Aiken – Cities of London and Westminster (announced 7/02/2024)
  • Tracey Crouch – Chatham and Aylesford (announced 12/02/2024)
  • Kieran Mullan – Crewe and Nantwich (announced 13/02/2024)
  • Paul Scully – Sutton and Cheam (announced 4/03/2024) 
  • Theresa May – Maidenhead (announced 8/03/2024)
  • Brandon Lewis – Great Yarmouth (announced 14/03/2024)

Bubbling under : Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham) and Kelly (Chav) Tolhurst (Rochester and Strood). Sunak next?

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Run for your life …..

And finally, thanks to Helga Perry for these Iron Maiden quotes which describe the malaise of the Tory party perfectly ….

The number of the beast is 10 Downing Street.

No prayer for the dying Tories

No piece of mind for Johnson

Theresa May Cat

Theresa May RIP

The popular view of Theresa May in the wake of her decision to stand down as an MP is ‘good riddance’. As always, I wish to put forward a more nuanced view. My title does not wish her dead by the way, just that she now has some peace from the swivel-headed loons on both sides of the Brexit debate. Here’s a few inconvenient facts for Remoaners and Brexiteers alike:

Sure, yes, May’s record at the Home Office was pretty terrible. The hostile environment and so on. Not as terrible as Patel, Braverman et al, but terrible. Then there was Windrush …

However, May appointed a 52:48 cabinet to respect the Brexit vote, whereas Johnson reduced the gene pool to far right nutters and sycophants. See my interview on the BBC for more on this point.

I spoke with Michel Barnier a little while back. He pointed out that May had two battles to fight. The one on Brexit and the bigger one of her own party fighting like cats in a sack. Eventually they killed her. Paul Witts nails the leadership difficulty in one pithy paragraph:

Although the only good Brexit remains (sic) a dead Brexit, Theresa May’s deal was the ‘high water mark’ of Brexit deals. Crucially it covered the economic relationship, security co-operation, cross-cutting issues and institutional arrangements that would preserve the future relationship. if you cannot now remember the details, see Institute for Government.  Johnson systematically degraded May’s deal to get it through Parliament. He allowed no scrutiny of the deal using Christmas and COVID as a distraction and not even reading the contract himself. Rishi Sunak has quietly tried to restore elements of Theresa May’s deal through what I called a Pay as EU go rejoin strategy. However, ‘Logical incrementalism’ has many faults, as I pointed out in conversation with the BBC’s Jonty Bloom.

May fought her own party, saying that they would end up with no Brexit deal at all if they did not unite on more than one occasion. Mr Bullion is always on point (and pints) with points about strategy:

The illusion of control Johnson style – a fancy slogan but totally vacuous.

May did not indulge in public backstabbing of her own party. I’m pretty sure she was a tough opponent in the back rooms though.

May was socially inept. Yet, did you prefer Johnson, Truss or Sunak? What exactly is so wrong about being good at the strategy and details but rather less good at the presentation? Please write to me when you have found the perfect leader.

She was however rubbish at Grenfell and I’m not saying in any way that she was perfect before the attacks on my analysis begin.

I was shot down in flames when I suggested that Remainers should support Theresa in her last months as PM. I pointed out that we’d end up with Boris and a hard Brexit. Look what happened … ? !! The European Movement and other large Remoan groups were consumed by the visceral reactions of the mob. May stayed in the party when others fled. Can anyone imagine how hard that might be?

Theresa. You are not Mother Theresa. Nadine Dorries even pointed out that you are not a mother. However I feel you are owed some thanks for trying to hold back the tide of the swivel-headed Brexiteers.

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Tim Evans

Snippets

As we continue our sleepwalk into fascism via Michael Gove’s weaponisation of protest, I was extremely saddened by the news that Tim Evans died at the age of 63 a few days ago. Tim was a great pro-EU / anti-Brexit campaigner who never missed an opportunity to influence someone. For some reason unknown to me, I decided to go for a train and bicycle road trip to Teynham (Brexit central) to reflect on his life. Thinking about Tim’s example to never miss a moment, I also decided to renew the signage on my bike. I know that such things are conversation starters, much in the way that Tim would confront even the most difficult people at Parliament. I was not dissappointed. The ticket collector on the train immediately commented on the sign:

ME “Really?

I could have simply said “all?” or “what’s all over the French media / which media?” but was about to leave the train so I went with a direct challenge to establish some hierarchy (Not that clever in the scheme of things but tempus fugit etc. and it stopped him in his tracks)

ME “I’ve written three books on the topic and spoken with Michel Barnier. It does not matter what the right wing media say here (or in France), I’m afraid that you are talking twaddle”

I muttered a few things more and repeated the word twaddle. He wandered off up the carriage. A few minutes later I decided to give him a card as I left the train, saying in front of several other people: “Look, have a look at the website. There’s 400 films, several thousand articles and three books there. get an education”.

On reflection I suspected that this man was a slightly desperate leaver trying to use his French wife as a human shield for his views. He was also slightly trapped by his need for courtesy as a ticket collector. I admit that my intervention was little crude, but time was short and I was in no mood for appeasement, having thought ‘what would Tim have done?’. Every conversation counts.

Rage Against The Brexit Machine
Bicycle signage that opens difficult conversations.

Imagine my surprise when I got off the train. A man with a can of JD and Coke approached me on the platform and got in the lift with me. I felt another unpromising conversation coming on ….

ME “I have more.”

I explained a little of my work and that the sign was just a very small part of the whole). He then said:

We then had a conversation on the platform and I offered him my card which he was very grateful for. What a great surprise and a justification of my decision to celebrate Tim’s life by upping my game a bit on a cold day in Spring.

I cycled on to The Chequers in Lewson Street without meeting anyone or discussing Brexit, giving myself a moment of peace to reflect on Tim’s passing. We were about to meet for coffee at Charlotte and Ginger in Leatherhead after Tim refused to meet Gina Miller with me, saying that he’d been badly let down by her a while back. We had agreed to restrict ourselves to looking back over performing songs together at Downing Street, driving people crazy with the Bollocks to Brexit Mini and more mayhem. Tim was a one off, much better than some of the London elites who attempt to tell us how we must behave, many of whom have never met a Brexiteer, let alone interacted with them. Tim was real force of nature who had a great sense of musical theatre and a real understanding of the use of the absurd as a way into the inner sanctums of Brexiteers. I recall that he also used to upset some of the snowflakes at Parliament with his ‘Benny Hill’ styled lyrical rewrites of popular songs. I recall people used to report Tim to me hoping I would censor him. I never did. Now we have laws against extremism as a result of appeasement!! Will the pc middle classes of middle England ever get a little bit angry or learn how to use satire to reach past people’s heads to their hearts, souls and arse souls?

Tim Evans as Sir Francis Drake
Tim Evans as Sir Francis Drake – also featuring Clive Lewis R.I.P.

You can get a lot done in a little time if you are prepared.

Never assume that people cannot be persuaded.

Be visual. Find ways to start the Brexit conversation on every street corner, cafe, pub etc. This is the gentle art of Brexorcism.

Learn how to conduct full Brexorcisms here. The ones in this article are not really the full artform.

Life is too short. Don’t overthink the need to overthrow Brexit. Just do it !!

Thank you Tim Evans. Even in death you have enriched my life. You were naughty but nice to quote Dick Emery !!

Tim Evans
Tim Evans 1961 – 2024 RIP.
The Wall
Let’s end Brexit madness – click to read more.
The Wall

Another Prick in the Mall

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Another Prick in the Mall

Anybody But Conservative

Know your ABCs : Anybody But Conservative

We have got a fantastic leaflet design for ‘non-party leaflets’ to encourage people to vote for Anyone But Conservative.  These are perfectly legal under our current system.  To order some leaflets for local distribution, please get in touch.  The design builds on an iconic image from Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” and a withered Tory tree.  Prices range from £35 inc P&P for 1000, £75 for 5000 and progressively better rates for larger orders.  Included in all orders is a hi res pdf / jpg version of the leaflet for use on social media.

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We have our next ZOOM meeting on Mon 11 March at 8 pm – NOTE Monday not Wednesday – open agenda but the GE will feature strongly.  We will know whether the GE is to be called in May, November or January 2025 shortly after Jeremy Hunt’s tortured budget.  Usual link via ZOOM.

I made a new film with a Rejoin Party member, inspired by a 50’s Sci-Fi Movie as Rishi Sunak’s power decreases in size by the day.  Please share widely.

Larry knows it …

Meanwhile Brexit continues to deliver its toxic payload of destruction, socially, culturally, politically, economically, legally and environmentally.  See Brexit Four Years On.  Of course, getting rid of the Tories is paramount and guaranteed at this point in the cycle of things. We must therefore turn our attention to strategy.  My contention is that if we rid ourselves of the Tories and end up with Brexit we will have failed to Reboot Britain.  All efforts in terms of influence and persuasion must continue on Labour, now that the Tories face oblivion.  Yes, it’s true that the main parties have formed a pact not to mention Brexit at a GE, but all the offspring of Brexit will be doorstep issues and Brexit will not go away just because it does not fit into polite conversation at Sunday tea.

The Brexit Iceberg
The Brexit Iceberg
Brexit bunker

Don’s Rant 17 Feb

Don Adamson reports in his unique style from his Brexit Bunker in Barnsley.

… Grease Bogg promised Brexit would bring cheaper food  … UK government failed to build the facilities or develop the software … let us park our disbelief that Grease Bogg is owning up  … Brexit is not working …. industry is warning that neither it nor government is ready for seismic change … red tape will add £330M to the cost of food imports … figure does not allow for delays … real cost much higher … crisis … lack of veterinary capacity … 8 years on, importers still waiting to hear how much it will cost … potential threat to viability of small and medium sized businesses … long delays … damage to plants … system is likely to collapse on day one … none of this was necessary before Brexit … higher prices and shortages … 

With apologies to Paul McCartney.

Two minutes on fixing immigration.

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… crisis for British manufacturers about to get worse … Brexit has thrown obstacle after obstacle into our path … added red tape at great cost … pain of UKReach, copycat version of EU regulatory framework … have to test and register all its chemicals both in EU and UK … pointless, massively expensive duplication … makes EU based companies think twice about doing business with Britain … why accept the added costs, why bother? … tip of the iceberg … German firms will not touch Britain with a barge pole … ‘I have said that to this government so many times, it is like talking to a Labrador’ … no idea at all … Brexit is a continuing expense and a continual drain … getting new business is not as simple as it used to be … it does not look like Brexit was a temporary blip … wants a similar deal to Northern Ireland … chances of getting a similar deal are zero … government does not care and will not listen … things are getting worse … UK used to be an attractive staging post for access into EU … UK will fall further behind EU and USA … UK cannot compete … another plea that falls on deaf ears … British government is not interested in the facts … does not listen and does not care … lectures on ‘Brexit opportunities’ that do not exist except in minister’s minds … tells them to adjust to new realities of a harder, harsher life … argue that the pain is worth  as the price of sovereignty … his response speaks for us all ‘Ah Jesus’ …

Don Adamson Pip Pip             Medway Delta (Retired)           Brexorcist and Saboteur First Class  

“Take Back Control” – a remake of Je T’aime moi non plus, based around Brexit bollocks.
Overton Window

Who moved my Overton window?

The Overton window describes the range (or window) of policies that the public will accept. It is used by politicians to win elections through campaigning on issues that lie inside the window. Although the concept is neutral, like most things, mankind and especially politicians have attempted to manipulate things inside and outside the window for their own personal gain since humanity began. A few examples illustrate the problems of moral hazard.

The Overton window.

In 2014, hardly anyone cared about our membership of the EU, apart from a few politicos in the Tory party and some think tanks who feed the media with lies. In doing so they feed popular culture about what people care about through the media. Fast forward to 2016 and David Cameron completely misjudged the Brexit referendum on two counts : He thought he would lose the GE and not have to keep the promise of a referendum and ; He did not see how Nigel Farage would weaponise 6 years of austerity through blaming foreigners for people’s feelings of being left behind. Result : a 52:48 vote instead of 60:40 in favour of remaining (source UKICE).

In 2020, the perceived problem of small boats was almost non-existent. The far right moved the boats into the Overton window through manipulation of the press when the actual problem of illegal migration remains relatively small. At the same time, ALL the political parties have moved BREXIT out of the window with the illusion that “Brexit is done” when the truth is far from this. All have colluded in this piece of mass manipulation since they do not wish to fight another General Election on the “B word”. However, we are living with all the offspring of Brexit as our iceberg demonstrates. The issue does not go away just because politicians and the media have airbrushed it out of existence. And it is always best to deal with root causes of problems. Brexit remains a major contribution to broken Britain, when Sunak, Starmer, Davey et al would rather have you believe that we are at war and so on.

The Brexit Iceberg
The Brexit Iceberg.

When one considers the global finding that the majority of people who voted for Brexit were more susceptible to being lied to, due to general intelligence levels, the Overton Window is an important concept. It’s even more important that our politicians and media people tell us the truth about difficult issues.

It is well known that it is much easier to influence people of lower general intelligence. It’s not decent tho.

The lessons here are :

Do not let Brexit slip away from the Overton window. It’s a one way trip!

Always ask questions when politicians try to move issues into the public consciousness. What do they NOT want you to think about?

Continue to mass Brexorcise people using our guide to the process.

It’s entirely fair to bring truth into the Overton window. Join Gina Miller’s True and Fair party for ethical politics.

And so on.

BEWARE : By writing this article, I myself am trying to move the Overton window back to the long term issues facing our children. In other words to counter lies with the truth.

The latest gaslighter is Kemi Badenoch, a major racist, hiding under the cloak of equalities minister. Watch this superb film from Rob Burrows, which exposes her Overton window-shifting ways:

Bad Enoch