… because Brexiteers haven’t had much to smile about recently
Here I am being interviewed by Adel Darwish for Alghad TV, speaking about the so-called Brexit divorce bill and the upcoming wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
“They’ve taken all our fish, Jon!”
I was invited along to a remain / leave debate for Channel 4 at the “Pitcher and Piano” bar on the quayside in Newcastle, and you can watch my brief appearance below.
…And here it is, I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to use and distribute it on your own channels. You can download your own version here.
Full credit to my son Tomson, who whilst not a political animal, is a computer whizz. In his first year at Newcastle University studying Computer Science, I persuaded him to do the audio and video production for me. I think he’s done a great job.
There’s been a lot said by both the Leave and Remain camps in the campaign leading up to our historic referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU on June 23rd.
I’ve been asked many times what I believe to be the main problem with our membership of the EU. Is it the discriminatory nature of the EU’s immigration policy (open borders within the EU, discriminating against skilled people who live outside the EU)? Is it the decimation of our fishing industry – after all, the EU have taken all our f-i—-sh? Is it the mountain of regulations which can hinder small businesses in particular, as they do not always have the infrastructure or money to cope with them?
My answer is none of the above. It’s our loss of democracy. All the other things we dislike about the EU are as a result of that. We may not like the policies of whoever the current government is, but at least we can show our displeasure at the ballot box. We can get rid of them. However, whilst we remain members of the EU, we have European Commissioners writing laws behind closed doors. They are unseen, unelected and unaccountable. Indeed, currently more than two thirds of our current laws are made by these unelected bureaucrats. This is wrong on so many levels.
This isn’t a party political issue. It isn’t about whether you vote Labour, Conservative, UKIP, Lib Dem, Green or anything else. It is a fundamental issue about democracy. It’s not about Right and Left. It’s about Right and Wrong.
Democracy is precious, far too precious to lose,
For us, of us, by us is what we need to choose.
Watch out for Brexit Song 2: Coming Soon.
Putting the fun into campaigning – my speech to the UKIP North East Brexit Rally, held in Middlesbrough on Saturday 21st May, 2016.
This letter above appeared in the Northern Echo on April 30th, 2016.
On Saturday 2nd April I was invited into the Radio Stitch studios to have a chat with the lovely Dan Walton. I was happy to give my opinions on everything from the up coming EU referendum and what I think of Messrs Cameron and Corbyn, to my taste in music and handbags.
You can catch the interview here (divided into 3 parts):
I today attended a debate at Egglescliffe School on our membership of the EU. Chaired by the head of the sixth form, Mr Dave Gratton, I spoke for 10 minutes on why we should leave the EU. Drew Durning, a Lib Dem supporting the Remain campaign, was my opposite number.
I very much enjoyed the debate and was impressed by the questions that we were asked after our talks. I also took the opportunity to leave some “EU Myths Exposed” booklets, written by North East MEP Jonathan Arnott, for the students to read.
If any other schools in the area would like me to attend to put the case for why we should vote Leave on Jume 23rd, just give me a ring or drop me an email.
My anthem for the Brexit Campaign, “Britain’s Coming Home” has now had more than half a million hits, even though I uploaded it less than a week ago. It has also been featured on three TV shows – Daily Politics, The Last Leg and Channel 5’s The Saturday Show.