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April Brexit Showers

April Brexit Showers

In our occasional round up of April Brexit Showers via the medium of populist media parody, we offer you “The Sun”. The only difference with The Sun is that we include some facts …

I have to include a fact and fiction checker just for clarity:

FICTION : When Liz Truss said she got a great trade deal with Japan, she meant “for Japan”. A really good deal in fact, with five times the amount of trade going to Japan.

FACT : Dairy exports have fallen by 96% due to Brexit.

FACT : Meat exports have also fallen by 25% and these losses are expected to be permanent.

FICTION : Rachelle does not plan a trip to Scotland or Ireland. Nicola Sturgeon does not need her help to Get the Tories out in Scotland. Rachelle is however available for modelling assignments in France.

FACT : Northern Ireland is beginning to become the great tragedy of Brexit as tensions continue. This is not news. It was always predicted to be the case.

FACT : If you want to help get the Tories out at the local elections, contact me for leaflets via email gtto@academy-of-rock.co.uk. We have 12 000 left for rapid distribution.

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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 time, given how much people have sacrificed over the last five years.  Would you like to be able to say that you contributed to the re-establishment of an honest Government?  I would. Watch 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.  I wrote a requiem for Brexit on 31 January 2020.   This explains why Re-Booting Britain matters better than words can manage:

Tory deceit experts


During the 2019 general election campaign, the Conservatives rebranded their official Twitter account as “factcheckUK” during the televised leaders’ debate and used it to publish anti-Labour posts.  The inconspicuous Twitter handle remained as @CCHQPress, but all other branding was changed to look like an independent factchecking outlet.  It was not obvious to an individual glancing at the account’s tweets in their feed that it came from Conservative party HQ. The public have increasingly turned to factchecking websites, such as the independent Full Fact, the BBC’s Reality Check, Channel 4 News’ FactCheck and the Guardian’s Factcheck, to verify claims made by politicians.  Changing the site’s  logo to hide its political origins, and using it to push pro-Tory material was a thus flagrant attempt to deceive voters. This was not the only case of malpractice by the Tory digital team. Other examples included a bogus website presented as Labour’s manifesto, and an  interview with  Keir Starmer, then Labour’s Brexit spokesperson, edited to make it appear he was unable to answer questions about the party’s policy on leaving the EU.  

Topham and Guerin

The PR unit behind these deceitful stunts was Topham Guerin,  a New Zealand digital  team signed up by Isaac Levido, the Tory campaign leader. They were not in the least abashed by the criticism of their tactics, declaring that that the success in spreading the Tory message was well worth the controversy it  aroused. After the election, Levido, was ennobled  and in March 2020 Topham Guerin received a £3m Covid 19 contract from the Cabinet Office, without competitive tender, to work on the government’s public communications on the pandemic. According to PR Week’s site, they still play a key role in managing No10’s social media and digital output. 

With the local elections coming:

Don’t believe anything Boris Johnson says

Don’t believe his Ministers

Don’t believe anyone speaking for the Conservative Party

It’s all been masterminded by experts in spin and deceit. And it’s all specially designed to fool YOU.

 

So, remain particularly alert for Tory fake news at this time !

Fish Fucker

60 days of Brexit

60 days of Brexit and the massive success stories of Brexit keep coming in. Here’s a roundup of recent news and fake news by The Express, Mail and Sun.

Brexit realities

Millions face economic shock from COVID. Brexit simply multiples the problem into the long term. See New Economics.

Meanwhile, Kent Police are involved in Operation Mask Brexit, drawing in thousands of Police officers from 33 forces to cover up the effects of Brexit on borders, ports and roads.

Steve Cock, who runs a customs consultancy, regularly sees lorry drivers forced to stay in his firm’s car park at Ashford for several nights because they do not have the right paperwork to get into Europe. Such confusion is echoed by the Road Haulage Association (RHA), which says that 50-60 per cent of freight vehicles are leaving the UK empty. A haulage source was blunt: “We have become the world leader in exporting fresh air.”

There’s still time to make your mark on Boris Johnson’s awful Junta. Please follow the links below and help us chart Dying for Boris this week.

Download copies of Dying for Boris and share with friends

Daphne Franks writes in The Craven Herald about the realities of clapping for carers versus the hard realities of paying key workers properly. If you care about carers vote the Tories out on May 6th in the local elections.

“We need our nurses. They care for us. We need to care for them”

A stitch in time saves nine

Join us to find out how you can move the dial on local elections every Tuesday at 7 pm via ZOOM

Masking Brexit 1984 style

The media are now running ads to tell people how well Brexit is going. The ads are not paid for by Russian oligarchs or our enemies, but by OUR Government !!

Don’t die for Boris – download the song and take back control of our media – click on the image to find all options to bugger Brexit

You know we have reached rock bottom when businesses ask Michael Gove for help with Brexit. The Gove – Johnson marriage of convenience is clearly under strain now that Johnson has put unelected mediocre bureaucrat “Sir” David Frost into the cabinet to fight Gove.

Distraction and gaslighting

Andrew Bridgen wants us to drink “Peckham Spring Water” and not that “smelly Euro water”. Satire made real in his letter to the House of Commons to distract us from Brexit realities.

Peckham Spring
Peckham Spring
Get your copy of our book on Brexorcism – click on the extract

New research confirms that British fish are no longer happy to be British. Billy the Bragging Bass spoke at St James’ Plaice on behalf of all whiting and cod:

“I wanna swim wiv me mates – that Jacob Rees-Mogg is a fucking twat” – Billy

Meanwhile Boris Johnson is once again exposed as a liar. A whole book of it. Do we really want our politicians to lie to us?

Write to your councillor and MP. Ask them for honest politics

Join us to Re-Boot Britain – click on the image

With thanks to Irina Fridman, Mike Cashman, Peter Daws, Helga Perry, Lisa Lanfranchi, Daphne Franks, Adrian Ekins-Daukes, Heike Wilms, Louise Hunter, Martin Housden, Carol Fraser, Paul Bowers and Susanna Leislle.

Dying for Boris

Dying for Boris

Friday 26 February marks the date for the release of a three track mini album entitled “Dying for Boris”. We aim to chart the song for the following week, to reach populist media with the story about the toxic combination of Corona + Brexit, Russian interference and a host of other issues. To do this, we and need multiple downloads of all three song versions of Dying for Boris, in the same way that we succeeded in getting “Comin over ere” and “Boris Johnson’s a fu…king c..nt” to number one at Christmas. Please download all three versions of the song on all platforms. All downloads count towards chart success. Here are all the options to buy the song:

All formats available via the link https://orcd.co/xdw6erx – click the image to go direct

Vladimir Putin is delighted, having gotten his way with Brexit. With Britain now a third country, he can advance his plans take back control of Eastern Europe with his pal Nigel Farage. A fanciful idea or a warning from history? Dying for Boris is based upon the Russian anthem Варшавянка, originally titled “March Song of the Workers”, but known more widely as “Whirlwinds of Danger”. Boris is the whirlwind, having committed more than 30 000 people to unnecessary death with his “too little, too late” COVID strategy.

Having nearly cracked the UK charts with our football / WWII pastiche “Alo Vera – Brexit’s Comin’ ‘Ome”, Rage Against The Brexit Machine (RATBM) now takes aim on the Russian oligarchs, Johnson, Cummings, Sunak and Gove, lining up for a Top 40 hit from Friday February 26th.

“брексит even sounds Russian doesn’t it?”

Peter Cook, Brexorcist in Chief, RATBM

“Dying for Boris” is the follow up to “The Brexit Party Album” – the party album to end all tomorrow’s parties. Just like the BOJONA-21 virus the song has three ‘variants’, all of which count towards chart success:

1. The Kremlin “Putinescu” mix

2. The Deep Purple “Mistreated” 30 000 unnecessary deaths mix

3. The “Populism will eat itself” mix

“Don’t die for Boris.  Ask him to dye his hair and cancel Brexit"
“Don’t die for Boris. Ask him to dye his hair and cancel Brexit”
“Ra, Ra BrexPutin”

Things to do

GIFT the song to MPs on iTunes

GIFT the song to your Vote Leave friends

Order multiple copies on all platforms

Ask friends to share and share again

Just say no to “Britastrophe”
Just say no to the slow motion “Britastrophe” of Corona Crisis + Brexit disaster

Here is a sample of the song on You Tube. Please note that watching the video does NOT count towards chart success. Downloads and Streams are needed – 150 streams per download.

For an exclusive interview on “Dying for Boris”, contact Peter Cook peter@academy-of-rock.co.uk

Dying for Boris
Dying for Boris Press Release