Wednesday, 17 August 2016

CROOKED TAX-PLANNERS CALLED TO ACCOUNT



"Complex Tax Avoidance - Which is of course strictly legal" - Bullshit, it is merely fraudulent, false accounting. For "complex" in accountancy, always read "fraud".

I think, at this news, 17th August 2016; to my past clients and friends who I have warned to "move your money onshore" I should now be permitted to say "I told you so".

TAX AND ECONOMY - ARCHIVE - JAN13


TAX AND ECONOMICS 29TH APR to 31 DEC 13

Now we will have to wait to see how the Forces of Evil, selfishness and investor-apathy, armed with $32 trillion of offshore tax-free assets available for bribes at every level, twist these good intentions. If these UK plans go ahead, they will spread to all tax jurisdictions, repatriate the $32 trillion (= 80 million good jobs for 10 years) and kick-start investment into the next phase of human development.

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

HINKLEY POINT NUCLEAR POWER STATION - SINKS.



Hinkley Point on Sea
August 2016. - Britain is continuing its decades long debate about paying huge amounts of money for the next 60 years to French and Chinese state owned companies, to build and operate a new nuclear power-station on the coast of Somerset, England. 


UK watchers will recall that two winters ago much of Somerset in the West was underwater from rain floods, which extended across the south to almost reach Heathrow and Gatwick airports in the East.

Climate Change watchers will be aware that due to polar ice meltdown, sea-levels are rising and will rapidly increase the rate of rising. 2016 "will be the hottest year on record"; polar regions are warming more rapidly than all other regions. Ice and permafrost are melting. In northern territories the permafrost is softening and giving up its dead - people and animals - that died of anthrax. Cases have been reported among local inhabitants and herds. 

Successive, half-witted  UK Energy Ministers and their deluded departments are counting the days to when the power will fail and the lights go out. These old fashioned, feeble minded, financially compromised old codgers see only last centuries' sources of driving the electric turbines - with steam, coal, wood, waste, oil, gas, and of course hot and dangerous nuclear fission. They urgently want to keep burning stuff - that heats the atmosphere, pollutes street level air, accelerates global warming and melts the ice-caps. 

Hinkley Point and all seaside installations will sink beneath the waves. Is it blind folly or a suicidal joke against the French and Chinese that the 7th largest economy on Earth is begging foreign nations to buy and own the last few pieces of the UK's energy production and infrastructure (most of it is already owned by other nations)? Will we smirk with snide diplomatic pleasure as Hinkley Point sinks beneath the waves? Or will our children and grandchildren be locked into 60 year agreements to pay out the dividends, irrespective of the useless, drowned plants? After Brexit, the UK will be cut off from or pay huge premiums for pan-European energy supplies,

This immensely stupid idea continues to dominate UK energy strategy despite our island nation having infinite amounts of wind, wave, tidal, ocean-currents, solar, geothermal (from Iceland etc) and hydro power freely available. 

As the recently stirred unthinking, unwashed, illiterate plebeian  mobs maraud across the world, waving 4th Amendment guns, charging over cliffs, into swamps, into wars; urged on by purblind extremist "leaders" and denying all scientific research, logic and solutions - we isolated Brits dither and debate, on our ragged knees with begging bowls extended, to replace our failing energy generators with last century, dangerous technology run by the States of China and France; built on our seashores, which will soon be underwater. 

Dumb - dumber - dumbest. When will the next generation take over from today's blindfolded "Free-Market" clowns?
Where are Britain's Marine Engineers, needed to build floating cities on the North Sea to replace 5 million homes in sea-level London?








Friday, 8 July 2016

BREXIT UK MELTDOWN - WITHER NOW?

1953 - Great Britain
The Empire on which the Sun never set.
2016 - Isolation & Meltdown
WHITHER NOW? 
by Mel Cooper 
8 Jul 2016

So here we all are thinking about the events of the past two weeks. 

Conspiracy or Cock-Up? I am beginning to fear the former but still vaguely lean towards the latter because of the stupidity and adolescent emotionalism of the Brexiters and the Remainers both. Either way, it seem to me that it means UK meltdown. It will get worse unless someone actually manages to shock people into stopping and taking a deep breath and doing some serious thinking. 

Also into realising that if you make a mistake you should not just carry on as if you were on an unstoppable express train, but do something to rectify it, pull the emergency brake.

Jeremy Corbyn feels to me as if he wants total meltdown followed by The People’s Soviet Republic of Britain, with the smug middle classes worked to death in the Nantwich salt-mines. I see no evidence that he wants to confront anything about the current situation, only tell people how clever he was to oppose the war in 2003. Oh, and that we should all join the CND and fight for unilateral nuclear disarmament in the UK. I get the impression that he has his own sense of priorities and that they stopped evolving around 1972.

David Cameron has his nice offshore money to fall back on anyway and is damned if he will address the nation now any more than he really did during his campaign. His party, especially his back bench, is just as blinkered, tribal and self-righteous as the Labour Party.

Boris Johnson is, I suspect, wishing he had taken the offer to join REMAIN and then get a cabinet post from David when they won instead of gambling on the British public to make it a close call but for REMAIN so that he would be in a position to take over from David in 2 or 3 years. But of course, if he had done that, both George Osborne and even Michael Gove might have been in place to stop him. So he chose Brexit. And did he mean a word of it?

So what caused all this and why don't we take a deep breath and stop it? Well, there is one glaring reason at least. As many people have been crying out for years, but not articulately or loudly enough, we should have redistributed the immense increase in wealth since 1980. The very rich, including Rupert the Murd-doch, a Mr Murdstone in David Copperfield if ever their was one, should have realised that there needed to be some compromise and humane help for the rest of us, instead of behaving like the wicked aristocrats in Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. Suddenly Dickens appears to be less of a sour, dark satirist in that book and others than he is a prescient realist! 

So where are we? 

Iain Duncan-Smith’s Kick-A-Bankrupt-Cripple-Campaign is what we have all actually done or acceded to. We are truly all to blame. The bad things take over when the good people do not act to stop it. 

If you look carefully and think of the EU attempts to stop tax evasion and redistribute a fraction of the new wealth, the top VIP LEAVERS are desperately back-pedalling away from rapidly emerging EU (and UN  and OECD) laws against their offshore tax-evasion where they have hidden about £2 trillion in untaxed UK assets. (£2,000,000,000,000 = 8 million good jobs for ten years). It suits these super-rich to turn the UK into a banana-republic tax haven – like Greece. One begins to suspect their mindset is also that there is little point in being a WINNER unless you can lord it over millions of impoverished LOSERS. Furthermore, I think they believe that God told them that if they left the EU they would also probably get their Empire back.

The EU has been working slowly and carefully as well as painfully towards equalising wages and incomes across the 28 Member States – and in the long term to follow that with equal wages globally. None of this attempt to right things has been imposed upon the UK; we have, in fact, been in the forefront of getting these laws through the EU parliament and then debating and accepting them in the UK. The idea that we are living under a bunch of EU laws that are imposed upon us is total crap and a lie. As is much of what the Brexiters were saying. But the completely incoherent Brexit position had to have something behind their ranting, and I think this is it. This  inevitable-levelling of the mood and movements within the EU has led to a Europe wide reaction that is unanalysed and unthinking, the belief among the Le Pens of this world being that the cardinal sin of “socialism” is taking over, and this upsets all of us who feel superior to 3rdworld countries – compared to whom we are all “super-rich”. This very long term (100 years?) and quite complex programme needs to be managed, not left to “The Free Markets” and corrupt officials. The EU also needs rules and co-operative action to alleviate regional over-crowding, such as 427 people per sq km around London. 

There are many, many problems in the UK that can only be sorted out by co-operation with the other 27 countries now left in the EU. And then there is the whole question of access to the unified, EU market, the need for co-operation to stop the pollution of our atmosphere, the needs of genuine refugees who are looking to Europe for aid. Not to mention how the EU is reacting to having been betrayed by an ally that had the reputation of being tolerant and morally correct. David Cameron, over a referendum that did not need to happen at all, has thrown away not just the reputation and economy of this country, but its future, and the future of people under the age of about 40. For what? And of course, the Brexiteers are gloating. They have won. And there seems to be no one, especially not in the official Opposition, willing to sound the alarm or try to stop them. 

Need you ask ever again how someone like Hitler, Franco or Mussolini took power and kept it with the full support of the entranced mobs, and probably not even a majority?

Read More - Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Read More - Monday, 4 July 2016

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

BREXIT REFERENDUM LIES - VOTE NULL & VOID

LIAR Farage spreading race-hate - Recruiting uninformed simple voters by
fraudulently lying that Syrian war refugees are part of  Europe's free movement of jobs.
The queue of Syrians were in fact going to a Middle-East refugee camp - nowhere near Europe.
5 July 2016.

In ten days since the 23 June vote, the main LEAVE  engineers and campaigners Cameron, Johnson, Farage  have all resigned and fled, having sabotaged the UK.  Except of course Labour leader, sly Jeremy Corbyn, a LEAVER who pretends to be a REMAINER who is intent on wrecking the Labour Party beyond repair, before he quits the scene. Et Tu Gove is sneaking round the back door - hoping to be Prime Minister; where will he hide, when this little backstabber loses?

Their sponsors, acolytes and co-conspirators are now desperately slamming the stable door to prevent the bolting horse getting back into its stable. They are spending fortunes to force all UK media to promulgate the lie that "It is now inevitable. There is no way back. We all have to live with it. The People have spoken".

But the narrow 4% margin for LEAVE, being mostly people who only "read" Page 3 in the Sun and don't even know where Europe is, never mind understand the thousands of intricate interlocking issues which need to be considered, is basically fraudulent - making the referendum null & void. All major companies, by law for good reasons, to make such fundamental changes must have 75% of shareholders' votes. It is idiotic to presume a 4% margin is sufficient to trigger exiting the EU after 47 years of careful, entwined and embedded agreements.

Fraud is illegal. Lying for gain is illegal. The Fraudsters and Liars must be held to account, otherwise society will splinter and crime will be the norm. These are the lies that simple folk believed:

LIE NUMBER ONE: The EU is to blame for all migrants into the UK, whether they are from Europe, or Syria and The Middle East, from Africa, The Far East, South America, Australia, the USA, Canada or anywhere. LEAVERS stirred up race-hate with this horrid racial lie, typified by their hateful BREAKING POINT poster, which was the main message of their fraudulent campaign.

LIE NUMBER TWO: The EU is to blame for the Tory policy of austerity, crushing the poor. The LEAVERS implied to the simple folk that all their woes - unemployment, reduced wages, lack of houses, slashed benefits, zero-hours contracts, Duncan-Smiths' Kick-A-Cripple campaign, sink-estates, and general misery - is all the fault of the EU. The simple people swallowed the poisonous lie and, thinking they were voting to unseat Cameron and his Bullingdon Club bully boys, they voted LEAVE.

LIE NUMBER THREE: That LEAVE will not ruin the UK economy. That the 20 or so world expert organisations who warned about the bad economic consequences are idiots - and only the infallible Michael Gove knows the reality that BREXIT will make us wealthier. This was a deliberate deception, by leaders who know better. The simple folk believed the lie - and voted accordingly. The facts, ten days later, is that the UK economy has already lost $1 trillion, Sterling is F*****d, house building is frozen, bank shares are decimated, and self-serving political idiots are jockeying to run or ruin the nation's finances. The REMAIN campaign told the economic truth - the LEAVERS repeatedly lied; this was and is fraudulent; making the referendum result, based on lies, null and void.

LIE NUMBER FOUR: The LEAVE camp are urgently broadcasting the lie that the referendum result is final and does not need to be ratified by Parliament. They are denying our democratic parliamentary and Court system. The fact is that the referendum has no legal force until it is voted on by Parliament. The UK made an Act of Parliament to join the EU and it must make an Act of Parliament to quit the UK. This is another fraud being foisted on the simple people by massive PR and advertising funds. The tax-evaders, Non-Doms, offshore companies, offshore media owners, and international super-rich criminals would rather trigger World War Three than risk interference by those bright people in Europe.

"UK.Gov" - whoever they are at present - is saying this is the biggest referendum ever and The Will of The People is Sacrosanct - they are suppressing the biggest ever Petition to recognize the illegality of the vote, with so far 4.2 million signatures - and are suppressing talk of the fraudulent disinformation by the LEAVE team. "They" clearly like fraudulent lies as a basis for UK policy. "They" will have to be removed from office.

London lawyers Mishcon de Reya have been hired by major UK businesses to try to ensure that the desperate LEAVERS cannot circumvent or short-circuit the UK's proper legal processes. Mishcon de Reya have applied for Judicial Review of our laws. The LEAVERS have committed enough fraud to see them all in prison - we must not now allow them to bluster and bully the nation into panicking through the exit. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36700350
Hitler clawed his way into power by inflaming the mob to hate foreigners and vote for him in referendums; since when Germany banned them. Cameron's referendum was either extremely stupidly arranged, or deliberately fixed - was it Conspiracy or Cock-Up?

THE PEOPLE - GLOBAL-POLITICAL EXPERTS. If this 4% majority is valid on such a complex question as the EU - The People will next be asked to vote on Atomic Fusion Power, Fermat's Last Theorem, Metallurgy for Airplanes, safe parts per million of CO2 in the air and when to instruct the Saturn rocket to fire its engines. Or should we just ask Mr Gove the Infallible?

THIS FRAUDULENT REFERENDUM IS NULL AND VOID.
SO THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE FOR THE UK AND EU.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Shakespeare Lives!: Brexit, Regrexit!




By
Mel Cooper
5 July 2016 

Forget the West End and regional theatre; forget the RSC and National. The UK at the moment is offering the greatest show on earth on its TV news channels and serious radio, 18 hours a day, developing with real style, gusto and endless twists of plot. It is called the Brexit Play. It features major and minor politicians (some of whom are becoming stars, and others who were stars ) who look as if they are about to burn out.  Some people, like Tim Farron (who runs the Liberal Democrats all eight of them that made it into Parliament in the last election) is trying to start a contemporary play to compete, which I call: Regrexit. If he succeeds, we will also see the annoyed 48% of the country's voters (Remain!) trying to reverse the decision of the 52% (Leave!) the EU.

I could write an essay on just how bad it is for the arts, and for entertainment,
too, but you can probably figure it out for yourself; the whole issue has become  the world's arts and entertainment itself  at the moment.

Recently, TV pundits were comparing Michael Gove to Macbeth, Mrs. Gove to Lady Macbeth (without the laughs), and Boris Johnson to Duncan. Julius Caesar seems to be playing itself out on TV screens as well: with some people appealing to the mobs to crown their Caesar, and others crying to the Brexit voters: “You blocks, you stones, you worse-than-senseless things. Knew you not Pompey?”

Mind you, we are not entirely certain who this Pompey character is at the moment. It sure ain’t Jeremy Corbyn (the Labour Party opposition leader), with his lean shanks and slippered pantaloons, still at this writing refusing to leave the stage though “Exit pursued by bear” has been in his script for days. He is also being likened to King John, who provoked his nobles and eventually signed Magna Carta against his will (are you listening, Jeremy?). Frankly, it's hard not to feel that Shakespeare is still living at this hour and somehow foresaw it all.

We had John of Gaunt of Richard II on TV today in the person of Baron Heseltine
(the Conservative who unseated Margaret Thatcher), pleading for this England,
“this royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, this earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, this other Eden, demi-Paradise, this fortress built by Nature for her self”;
and for its prime and moral position in Europe. Daily, as if creating material for new History Plays, or merely echoing them, we have betrayals, and we have evidence of loyalties; we have great shifts of support for one would-be political monarch after another from one moment to the next. And we may just have another female Prime Minister soon, the redoubtable Theresa May (for now, the Conservative Home Secretary), playing, according to her supporters, our very own stable and sane Paulina of The Winter’s Tale.

Of course, the most memorable and powerful speech on behalf of remaining in the EU was made at the 11th hour, and wonderfully, by the actress Sheila Hancock. I do hope it surfaces on the Internet. At the moment, mingy and stingy old ITV is blocking her speech for copyright reasons. Now if only she had said her piece on the BBC! (Which, of course, is under threat from the Conservatives, but that is another story from another place.)

At this moment the beleagured UK is living through what the Chinese call “interesting times”.  No one knows what's going to happen tomorrow. It's a political thriller; it's a political farce; it's also a soap opera and high drama, all at once. Europe is clearly seriously pissed off with the UK, and especially David Cameron, who swore over and over that he could win this. “If you are not 100% certain you can risk it, David, do not do it,” they advised. Years ago, Margaret Thatcher was pressurized into holding a referendum by her Eurosceptics but never would; David Cameron believed he knew better. He was told not to have a Referendum; he went ahead, leading the Remain Campaign, and he did not win. And so his little Conservative Party squabble cost him his job and his legacy and is costing the whole of Europe dearly. We may end up not only with the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, but also the withdrawal of Scotland and Ireland from the UK.  (Shakespeare was no stranger to bad decisions. Poor Brutus thought Cassius was right about how to solve the problem of preserving the Roman republic! And look at the chaos that that provoked!)

These are parlous and chaotic times; and this is (do not think I am exaggerating) the worst Constitutional Crisis in a very long time; some people say since the time of the Civil War and Cromwell. There is also the fear that David Cameron’s ill-considered attempt to bring the UK equivalent of Tea Party Republicans to heel has unleashed xenophobia of a very high order, and also the racism that is escalating daily. Has he put our toes on the first step of the ladder of Fascism? It sounds exaggerated; but people old enough to remember the 1930s are telling me that this is exactly what it felt like when it all began; and that Hitler sounded as plausible and not-so-very-racist as, let us say, Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party (England’s new Oswald Moseley?). Mind you, Hitler had plans for genocide and territorial expansion. I suspect that the problem with Farage and his fellow bigoted Brexiters is that they have no plans at all! They just  don't like immigrants or the EU any more than Henry V liked the French or the Yorkists liked the Lancastrians with whom they fought the Wars of the Roses. Never mind that this is no reason to leave it but a reason to reform it; never mind that you are encouraging a country to betray all its friends and neighbours, remove its influence at a crucial time, and diminish its moral standing in the world.

Don’t believe the propaganda. The EU is democratic; the only laws we are living under promulgated by the EU were all debated and voted for in their Parliament where we have MEPs and agreed to adopt in our Parliament. They are only asking for a fair share of “fees” to belong to their club, and the reason the UK was the fifth-largest economy in the world (well, until last week) was precisely because of the growth and development achieved during the past 43 years as a partner of the EU. Basically, as with the crowds being provoked in Julius Caesar, Brexit's rationale was all a lot of demagoguery and downright lies. “Friends, Romans, countrymen: we come to bury the EU, not to praise it!”

There is a mythical £350 million we send to the EU every week that is actually more like £128 million when you consider rebates and so forth. This is our fee for belonging to the EU club; this is our tax. People who are complaining about those who will not pay their fair share of taxes in the UK are also complaining about Britain’s paying its fair share of tax to the EU and choosing to ignore not only the quantifiable benefits but the unquantifiable ones. One example: the UK has a huge lead in and great respect for its scientific research. For every £4 we put into the EU budget, we actually get back £6.5 for projects that also link us to, and are done in co-operation with, other EU countries. All that is about to go. And, for the arts, experimental theatre groups subsidized by the EU; exchanges of artists to work and exhibit their work within EU countries; cross-cultural musical festivals and shows: all that and much, much more is about to go, too.

But why should I bore you with our little troubles when you have an even greater clown to entertain you for months to come in the Presidential race? Perhaps sadly, we have just had our own blonde clown with a comb-over (Boris Johnson) withdraw from the race for Prime Minister. But never fear! He is very ambitious and a talented entertainer. He loves a crowd. You can’t keep such people down. He will probably reappear again in some other role very soon.
Unlike like the Fool in King Lear, who ends up dying for telling the truth, and who disappears halfway through the story.





Thursday, 30 June 2016

BREXIT SOLUTION - FOR VIP BRITONS

Address:
European Commission
Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200
1049 1049 Brussels
Belgium

30 June 2016.

CC – Lord Heseltine, Nicola Sturgeon MSP

Dear Mr Juncker,

BREXIT – VIRTUAL DUAL EU CITIZENSHIP

Dividing the alleged £350 million pounds per week between the 16 million Britons who voted to Remain, is £22 per week each. I would gladly pay this to the European Union for the privilege of full Citizenship and to be a member of the vital European project. Many UK citizens have dual nationality, so I could also retain my UK Passport.

My citizenship would include trade access for my business, borderless travel and all the advantages of belonging to the single market. In turn the 16 million UK-Virtual-Citizens would pledge open-market terms to all EU Citizens. Movement of labour might be done on a person-by-person job and home swap register – though such details will need the best EC brains to rapidly resolve. The South-East of England has 427 people per square kilometre; densely populated areas might require exceptional terms.

VIRTUAL-DUAL-EU-CITIZENSHIP might be applied to all willing participants in all European States. It will be a highly prestigious club that all thinking people will want to join. It could be readily and quickly organised on computers. In due course, the EC might negotiate a Double-Taxation-Agreement with the UK, to grant tax relief on our £22 per week contributions.

Non-EU-citizens, for example among the UK’s alleged 52%, would be subject to the rules they wish to adopt.

Yours sincerely

Noel Hodson, Oxford

Noel Hodson - Director
Tax Reconciliations, Oxford UK,
Tel +44 1865 (0)760994 Mobile 07713 681216





BREXIT - BE VERY AFRAID

1st July 2016 

Mel Cooper writes to Nicola Blackwood MP for Oxford (UK) West constituency:

Dear Nicola Blackwood, MP,

I write to you again to make an appeal that you take action to protect our country and its citizens by actively working to stop our leaving the EU. 
The legally non-binding, consultative referendum of 23 June 2016 should be looked upon, perhaps, as an important step in creating a sophisticated national debate on the fate of the United Kingdom. It also could ultimately help the EU Parliament and its members to focus on the dissatisfactions with the EU of some of its members and encourage changes and reforms to the way business is done in Brussels and Strasbourg. 
But as you are aware, because it was a non-binding, advisory poll, Brexit is not inevitable until the government activates Article 50 of the European Union Treaty. This should not be done in haste or without continuing to inform the British public of the consequences on both sides of the debate.The referendum should be treated as the start of a national dialogue; but it would be a travesty of democracy and good sense and a betrayal of your responsibility as an elected official to let this narrowly won and contentious one-off vote determine everything that follows. This crisis is an opportunity to educate and inform the British and all our neighbours about what the EU actually does, how it works, and why we must not abandon it at this stage whatever its flaws. This crisis needs to be treated as a chance to stop using the EU as a scapegoat for our own governmental malfunctions. It is also an opportunity to stop putting the emphasis only on the venal advantages or disadvantages of being in the EU and to start considering that larger, philosophical and non-quantifiable, issues.
While the decision for Britain to leave the European Union has not yet been taken, its probable consequences are now clear. The worst predictions of the Remain campaign are coming true and it seems to me that only the blinkered can any longer doubt the gravity of the situation and the extreme dangers of Brexit. If the government now follows through with Brexit without working for a pause to reconsider, the United Kingdom will unravel, the economy will fall back into recession and millions of livelihoods will be at risk. Furthermore, our long held high moral and political stature in the world will collapse, our European neighbours will be destabilised and the special relationship with the United States will be damaged, and with it the international order that it upholds. It is difficult to imagine higher stakes riding on a decision by the government.
It is widely agreed that the 23 June referendum was not designed, prepared or implemented appropriately. Indeed, it is now looked upon as an international embarrassment. It is now clear that the promises of the campaigns were riddled with falsehoods, impossibilities and even lies and the public was neither properly informed nor properly prepared to make such a momentous judgement. 
The public should not now be punished for taking this vote when it was a situation created by our elected officials, who imposed this referendum. The public cannot be blamed for what follows. There was a lot of talk during the campaign about Sovereignty; and Sovereignty resides in Parliament. We have created in the UK a system of Representative Democracy. The representatives now have to listen to the confused and fearful messages that this Referendum has produced; in our system, they have the responsibility to be the ones who make the legal decisions. They must not simply be followers.
Worst of all, due to the dynamics of the campaign, the circumstances of the vote and its aftermath, it is entirely possible that the government is about to enact a decision that the majority no longer supports. There are widespread reports of ‘leave’ voters regretting their decision, and by Sunday 26 June the Mail on Sunday had conducted a survey that suggested that around one million ‘leave’ voters already regretted their decision. Furthermore, only approximately 37% of registered voters chose ‘leave’ on the ballot, winning by only 1.9%. Are we going to completely redraw 40 years worth of political and economic structures based on this alone, with so much at stake?
Every other advanced democracy in the world has checks and balances in place to ensure that constitutional changes neither lead to a collapse of public trust nor trigger rampant internal instability. Leaving the EU is arguably greater than just a constitutional change, and we must protect our political system, the unity of the United Kingdom and our economy by following the same good sense. A one-off, poorly planned, poorly implemented plebiscite (in a democracy not based on plebiscites), won with a simple and slim majority on an issue that could ruin the livelihoods of millions and even end the United Kingdom, must not be the only basis for taking this decision. This is not democracy in action. It is simply poor leadership.
The truly democratic next step is not to blindly carry on and leave the EU. It is to pause. It is democratic to reflect on the new information we have. It is democratic for our elected officials to continue to consider what is truly best for the country and to continue engaging with the public on this question as more information on the consequences of this step emerges.
When historians write this chapter of history, will they explain that this world-changing event occurred because of a political stunt gone wrong, without democratic checks and balances deployed? Or will they say it happened due to a deep process of considered national dialogue on what is best for all citizens in all parts of the country, enabled through careful planning? Based on the government’s current intentions, the latter will not be the case. Future generations will never forgive our leaders for this. And neither might the EU countries be able to forgive us.
We must make sure that if the decision to trigger Article 50 is made, it is done after giving the public proper information and education about its consequences and therefore, finally, with no regret.
All our futures and our children’s futures depend on you. Please stop this madness. Please put the brakes on Brexit.
With best wishes,
Mel CooperOxford
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THE SMALL-ISLAND MENTALITY CLUB: get your SIM card here?
Mel Cooper - 29 June 2016.

Given the response not only of the 48% of shocked British voters who perceive how important it is for us not to leave the EU but also of the entire rest of the world, could you please consider continuing the REMAIN campaign and ramping it up to the level where it should have been all along?

By the way I am part of that 48% and also part of the 39% of Oldies who voted to REMAIN in the EU.

It seems to me and to many other people that the LEAVE campaign won that vote because they lied to the voters or told half-truths and broadcast over-simplified messages were actually offensively patronizing..

Personally, I have faith that most of the British public would understand the complexities of the vote if anyone actually took the trouble to address and explain them; and that the Brexiteers are not the only ones who should be ashamed of themselves for underestimating the levels of comprehension of the British people.

Also, I contend that it is not Democracy when gullible voters are manipulated emotionally and intellectually by people who are effectively behaving like demagogues with covert agendas.  So perhaps there is a possibility of continuing the debate properly, even if it does not put a brake on the process of leaving the EU.

Do we not have a responsibility to point out to the 52% what they have unleashed? Not just the quantifiable and inflationary consequences, but also the anger at us in Europe, and the encouraging of the racism and xenophobia that we are already experiencing? People say that it is not statistically significant. I suppose therefore that you would rather wait until it is great and therefore even harder to stem?

I believe that either a web site should be created to educate, inform and even entertain the British people with articles and possible podcasts on the subject; or that seminars need to be set up around the country to which anyone of any persuasion could come to vent their anger, discuss how misplaced it is to blame Europe for problems that are really under the control only of the British government, and maybe learn something. Here is a notional agenda of topics I would like these seminars, podcasts or articles to discuss:

SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE HAVE OUTSIDE THE EU
The reason that the USA and Canada and other countries work well with us is precisely because we are in the EU, where we have political and moral weight and also a veto. If they want to lobby for something in their interests, we are a very easy first stop because of language, some shared history and culture and so forth. Having left the EU we are no longer in that position and their interest in our well-being will be diminished. Remember what Goethe said: You can only tell what kind of character a man has by the way he treats those who have nothing they can do for him. This applies to Michael Gove, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson as well. What will they actually do for the British people now that they have “won” their vote? Already they are backtracking on promises given.

RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR NEIGHBOURS
We have been in a union for 43 years that has seen slow but decided progress in many ways, economically, socially and in the sphere of handling international mutual problems such as global warming and human rights. Our leaving this club will not only diminish our voice in Europe but in the world, and it shows great signs already of destabilising the rest of Europe. This will lead either to a complete dominance of the German approach to things or to the complete disintegration of the only voluntary experiment ever for former allies and enemies to try to solve their problems by negotiation and discussion rather than dropping bombs on each other or waging war to win power and territory. I would advise that you should try to see the clip of Sheila Hancock from the Jeremy Paxman debate last Wednesday on ITV, 22 June 2016, and make it go viral on the internet on You Tube and Facebook. And then get Sheila Hancock to make a few speeches! She is the only person whom I heard talk about larger issues and not just the venal ones in this debate. Simon Schama’s support was also appreciated, so maybe have him as a backup.

ECONOMICS AND IMMIGRATION
There is nothing like the amount of money going into Europe that the Brexit promoters claimed we would get back. Who says we are not in control of that money? Who says that we are living under imposed laws? We voted for and discussed everyone one of the EU laws that we accepted; our parliament accepted them; the EU parliament had to pass them. There are no Impositions. Also, after Brexit there will be far less money available for us to use according to our own discretion if we leave and nothing coming to our farmers, scientists or fisheries, to name but three, that we can rely on since we will now be reliant and the policies of changing governments. Already the LEAVE campaigners are saying they cannot promise what they promised a few days ago about funds for the NHS, education, house building or anything else.

Britain’s being on its own is like saying that you do not have to pay your taxes into the common pool any more but if you want a road to run from your front door to the shops in your town you have to pay for it all by yourself. And if we leave the EU there won’t even be a Polish or Hungarian workforce to build the damned road, even if you do pay for it privately!

DO UNTO YOUR NEIGHBOURS …
Why is there this reluctance to contribute to a pool of money out of which everyone in the union can benefit according to need? Why does it matter to a farmer in Wales that some tax money is also coming out of the common pool for farmers in Spain or Greece? What is it that makes Britain unhappy about being in a situation where we are trying mutually with 27 other nations to raise all of us to a certain level of prosperity—which also promotes peace? Is it not time to stop all the venal arguments about money and contributions and greedy immigrants? Why shouldn’t people want to come to the second richest country in the EU to work and live? How do you think the United States became so powerful and rich? What is the proportion of the GDP of Great Britain that actually is paid to the EU budget?

PAY YOUR TAXES
The money in dispute is made to sound as if it is some terrible burden on our economy and a drain. In a country that is complaining about rich people and corporations who will not pay their taxes, that is quite ironic. Why can’t you see this money as our fee for being in a club? It is a tax, not a salary. The tax is then used for all kinds of things that the UK agrees to. So far the club has liked us so they have given us all kinds of concessions and rebates. If you leave the EU, you will not have to pay your fees. But you will have to pay for many things that you have not had to worry about for the past 40 or so years.

EDUCATING PEOPLE ABOUT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND SYSTEMS
Is it not time that the cant about the EU being so undemocratic was examined? Don’t we have a Parliament for which we are supposed to be voting? Isn’t the European Commission more like the Civil Service of the EU? Does the Commission actually have any power to impose a law? How is it different from having the advice of the Civil Service or committees set up in Parliament to study an issue and then advise the Parliament? Does the EU have an appointed or unelected House of Lords? Do they have proportional representation? How does that make them less democratic than the UK? Has there ever been a law imposed in the UK; or have the laws been voted for in the parliament?

The Three Brexiteers, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage (All for None and None for All! ) claim that 40% of our laws are imposed on us by the EU and 52% of the British public believes this. My understanding is that no laws can be imposed; we vote for them like everyone else; and actually the laws from the EU that we have accepted amount to about 13% of our laws. Most of these laws address social issues of great importance and we are going to have to trust the current Conservative Government to redraft them without diminishing them.

COST OF LEAVING THE EU
Apart from the collapse of the pound, the collapse of the property market, being out of the single market, and so many other things, think of the cost of the lawyers who will have to redo everything locally and internationally. Also, given that the pound is now back to its 1983 level, where is all the money going to come from? We are also giving up subsidies such as those to our very important research programmes in science and education where we actually get back a lot more money from the pool than we put into that branch of it. There is also the political cost of the disaffection of Scotland and Ireland. If I had just voted, like Scotland, to stay in the UK on a promise that involved continued membership of the EU, I would now be exceptionally angry. And this is from a British public 52% of whom would have had a fit if Scotland had voted to split away from the UK. Scotland is the perfect example of why it is safer and better to stay together and work together – where would they be now if they had left and then the oil prices had plummeted? Where are we going to be if we leave the EU and have no access to its resources or a considerable amount of its market without penalties, tariffs, etc.

COST OF STAYING IN THE EU
First and foremost, the effort and energy of taking a more pro-active role in getting it to reform. We have already damaged our moral position in the EU, but hopefully if the 48% not only take a more active role in trying to stop us from elaving the EU but also in trying to educate enough of the rest of us into understanding why and getting their support, this could mitigate some of the damage that the Schadenfreude-style crowing of Nigel Farage has helped consolidate. (I would call him the Grate Nigel; but after 17 years of collecting a substantial salary from a job that he says he detests from an institution he claims to despise, the Ingrate Nigel might be a more accurate title.) So what else will it cost? Whatever it takes keeping the British public aware of what it is getting and how the EU is working. Some money. Some effort.  What percentage of our GDP will that be if we still have a similar GDP to the one we had before the Brexit campaign lied its way to a questionable victory?

IMMIGRANTS v REFUGEES
I want to thank David Cameron for taking his eye off several balls and distracting the whole of Europe from the really important issues that might have made us feel upset and given us even more sleepless nights. But what makes the Brexiteers think we will have any more control over immigrants coming into the country than we do now? Unless, of course, if we do not engage with the single market? Except, of course, as Britain gets poorer and nastier fewer people will want to come here and contribute their taxes, rents, VAT on their purchases and so forth.? I am told some of them even send money back home to help their families! How Un-British? Imagine making the decision to give up opportunities like going out to the pub for the sake of sending some of your disposable income back to your family – after of course allowing for rent, food and taxes all paid for in the UK! No wonder there is such a terrible pressure on our culture when immigrants fill up some of our cities. It is all the fault of the EU. But let us consider if maybe about 97% of the blame could be apportioned to lazy governments, one after the other, that never spent enough money of infrastructure for housing, education, welfare and health care.

FAULTS OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENTS
Instead of blaming everything that makes the British people angry about life on the EU, you might try making a list of the complaints that are actually the fault of successive British governments in not planning ahead properly or acting swiftly enough on issues such as housing.

Actually, you know what … I could go on for a long time. Perhaps you get the point by now. The vote to leave the EU is based on lies and half-truths. It is also based on an appeal to a kind of retrograde nostalgia for a Golden Age of Britain that, if it ever existed, certainly is not going to be possible in the modern, interconnected global world. Brexit is a flight back into a past that was dangerous, nasty and mean. It is a flight from reason, moral duties, interconnectedness, a place where we exercise our sovereignty for the good of a larger community without losing any of our identity. The Scots have been tied into the UK for over 300 years. Have you noticed them lose any identity or even their accent? What about the Irish? National identity is about culture and history, not about political unions and co-operation. In fact, if anything Britain has had its identity enhanced. But with this vote we are throwing away a good deal of how the world has perceived us for decades if not centuries. We are focusing on our most inward-looking, small-island viewpoints.

The 52% have put their trust in a lot of lies and half-truths. It is not their fault that they have been underinformed about what they were doing or what actually happens in the EU. Successive politicians and whole governments have spent decades blaming everything on the EU. Then REMAIN expected their use of the EU as their political scapegoat to be overcome when they reversed the message for four months and didn’t actually even take the trouble to give any useful facts or details to us. Shame on them!

So my point is simply that we all have the responsibility of not lying back meekly and going ahead with this dangerous plan to leave the EU even if we did initially vote to LEAVE.

I believe that we need to ramp up the levels of debate and of education about the EU and find some way to stop this dangerous lunacy before the harm we are doing in so many ways becomes irreparable.

I would also suggest considering:
·         Forming a cross party committee to continue running and informative LET’S REMAIN AFTER ALL campaign
·         Creating websites, podcasts and even broadcasts finally to inform the British public, all of it, properly – because even the REMAIN side was often voting with their hearts and fears, not their logic
·         Promoting an ultimate vote of no confidence in any government that tries to instigate the negotiation to leave the EU
·         Failing that, refusing to pass leaving of the EU into law in parliament
·          If and when the Prime Minister or the Opposition is running a campaign (Labour? Liberal Democrat? Independent Cross Party?) on the basis that if you vote for “us”, “we” will not proceed to take you out of the European Union, that we vote for that because we have properly considered the issues, the consequences, the benefits and the down side and know what we believe

And then, if we do remain, working damned hard not only to keep the public informed about what goes on in the EU, but also working very hard and openly to implement whatever reforms are deemed necessary.