Thursday, 30 June 2016


European Commission
Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200
1049 1049 Brussels

30 June 2016.

CC – Lord Heseltine, Nicola Sturgeon MSP

Dear Mr Juncker,


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


Two committed BREXITERS on bad hair days.
Donald wants to break up Europe. Boris wants to be famous.
Neither cares what happens to the UK. Both are demented.

3rd January 2018  (Lord Adonis resigns from UK Government national infrastructure committee, saying the government's Brexit policies are incompetent). Mel Cooper wrote to Lord Adonis.

Dear Lord Adonis,

I want to congratulate you on your principled stance in your letter of resignation. I would love it if you could use the publicity this has generated to point out some things to the British public in general.

We never gave it up. We pooled it with the other members of the EU. Just as we have pooled it by joining the UN, NATO and other international organisations where you agree to compromise in various. If we really believe in individual sovereignty in this arcane manner, we had better break up the UK as well because that is a pooling of the sovereignty of four countries.

Yes, we will, in time, stop sending money to the EU. That £10-£12 billion a year amounts to less than 1% of government spending annually. How is that supposed to cure all the problems of the NHS, education, housing, etc? Meantime, that money is buying us freedom of access to more than 50% of our business needs and freedom of movement in a huge market for all our businesses, including many financial services. Do we really want to give this up?

It is not about what Europe does for us. We are part of Europe. look at the Geography! Look at the history! Why are we not asking about our position over the last 43 years in influencing international decisions, writing EU legislation, and so forth? Why are giving up our standing not just in the EU but in the world? And are citizens of the UK really so unaware of how betrayed and angry they are making the rest of Europe?For what? Is it so that when Rupert Murdoch walks into Number 10 Downing Street they will do what he says?

After 43 years of an irresponsible Right Wing Press and Eurosceptic Conservatives, it is time to put together a strong presentation about why the EU matters and is a good thing, and what the benefits for us are of staying in. No deal we get by leaving is going to be as good as the one we have now - and even the best deal would leave us weaker and more exposed economically and strategically. But above all this is a MORAL ISSUE and instead of addressing that, and the reality that it is a betrayal of our neighbours, we are concentrating only on the venal.

Of course there is a large EC bureaucracy in Brussels. What do you expect with 28 countries involved? But it is still a smaller one than in Whitehall and has fewer employees than Oxford City - to serve 28 Member States across Europe. And who says that the EU is undemocratic? Where does this nonsense come from? Is it not time to educate the UK public about the way the EU actually functions in terms of democratic votes by the parliament, etc? Furthermore, if there are flaws in the system, would the intelligent thing not be to fix the system? The philosophy behind having an EU seems to me to be perfectly sound. Hey, even Nigel Farage got elected to the EU parliament to represent the UKIP point of view. That must show how democratic the EU is!!!

If we really believe in democracy,we should be concentrating more on what is going on in Poland, Hungary and other places that are swinging to the Right again; than on Brexit. Also, Brexit is an appalling distraction from the real problems of the world: refugees, global warming, wars, threats from North Korea, economic blips. I am appalled at how wasteful and consuming the whole Brexit process is, and what a mess it is. The mendacity of politicians who are supposed to be putting the good of the country ahead of their own careers, self-interests and their parties is simply outrageous.

But I have very little hope that Brexit will not happen simply because that seems to me to be the way the world is heading again. I despair that there is a general zeitgeist will to relive the 1930s - and a total, sad lack of awareness of history. People should be reading Hannah Arendtabout the rise of Totalitarianism; and John Stuart Mill's essay On Liberty where he talks about the tyranny of an ill-informed majority.

Anyway, good for you for trying.

Best wishes,

Mel Cooper

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

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:

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.

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.

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!

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Monday, 6 June 2016


28 Sept 2017. Another 1,800 flights cancelled. This seems due to more action by aircrews. Maybe they are fed-up of being treated with contempt by billionaire Michael O'Leary. He denigrates their skills, hi-jacks their free-time and abuses their sense of responsibility. If he was in the business of tarmacking  drives - would he corral ignorant, uneducated workers into caravan parks on zero-hour, zero-pay, zero-hope, zero-life contracts? It's time to consign 1980's Predatory-Monetarism, Exploitation and Greed-is-Good crap to the dustbin of failed economic history. Is RYANAIR finished? 

21 SEPT 2017 


I have read in the past 15 months, since RYANAIR ruined our holiday by closing the gate on our flight, that they habitually overbook passengers by 10% to 20%. They close the gate when all the seats are full - leaving the rest stranded. In our case, our friends went through the gate, we were stopped - even though the flight (a monopoly route to Perugia from Stansted) then sat on the tarmac for 3 hours. We had stayed the previous night at the Stansted Hotel to make sure of catching the flight. In all, our costs were over £1,500 - plus a ruined holiday rest and great aggravation. Say - £20,000 worth of Ryanair contempt for us as passengers and of contempt for all the ground staff at Stansted who have to administer this cynical policy. 

The contempt also applies to supposed "compensation and refunds" - which Ryan Air resists paying with all its guile, cunning and muscle. They are the supreme crooked con-men and bully-boys of the industry. 

So, I am greatly pleased that the aircrews are striking back - because they too are treated with utter contempt by Ryan Air. I hope it breaks-up the company before this corporate canker spreads to other airlines and ruins the industry; which depends on goodwill between passengers, staff and owners. Ryan Air's planes and schedules should be given to efficient, honest, friendly operators. "Budget" shouldn't mean "Bent". Call in the liquidators. 

Guardian: Ryanair customers face the threat of a fresh wave of flight cancellations as the airline’s pilots prepare to reject an offer of a cash bonus if they give up days off.
The Guardian has obtained a draft letter signed by Ryanair pilots from across Europe, rejecting the offer and warning they will now “work to rule” - refusing to work beyond their basic contractual obligations. Ryanair had told pilots earlier this week that if they declined the £12,000 payment more flights might have to be scrapped.
The no-frills carrier is scrambling to cope with a public relations disaster after it announced plans to cancel up to 50 flights a day until 31 October, citing a “mess-up” in how it schedules time off for pilots. The move has affected 315,000 customers.

Day 22 - Still no response. I will continue this after Referendum Thursday - If UK Dictator for Life, Boris, and his familiar Gove allow it.

Day 11 - Still no response. Still hiding from their customers. But try this telephone number for Howard Millar, Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Financial Officer 00 353 1 945 1212. They have to do business with the outside world so some of their phones must be answered. 
Irritatingly, I read that "billionaire" CEO Michael O'Leary is a strong REMAIN advocate in the Brexit debate, as am I, so I can't berate him for that. But are his or Ryanair's billions offshore?  

LIVE CHAT sent me another webpage to claim a refund. That also cut off in the middle of filling it in. I did speak to someone on a help line in North Korea or somewhere like that. She said Google Chrome cannot handle Ryanair pages and I should install Firefox. Call me cynical but I don't believe she is right - re-configuring my computer to match Ryanair's technology is a route to madness.
 Phones and website forms all cut off after 10 minutes or so. The staff and executives at Ryanair seem to be hiding from their customers. Companies quickly collapse after they avoid their customers. ( DOING A RATNER.  Gerald Ratner wiped £500M off his jewelry chain (H Samuel etc) overnight, by insulting the taste of his customers. )
Operations Director, Michael Hickey's email is . I will find the others. They have got my-Irish up. I may have to visit Dublin. Watch this space. 

8 June 2016 - DAY 10. 
3 Hrs wasted trying to contact:
RYANAIR WEBSITE for refunds cuts off at SUBMIT, says "cannot process".
These contact numbers all link to the same ansaphone "Too busy to take calls"
0871 246 0000
0843 504 7252
00-353 1812 1212
0870 100 0013  

6th June 2016.

Despite having Boarding Cards, we had to queue with baggage at Ryanair's so-called Check-in-Desks, for 1.5 hours at 5.30 in the morning, for a 7.30 am flight, costing £617.54, with hundreds of other rudely herded, angry and ignored Ryanair paying customers, in the chaos of Stansted Airport UK, RYANAIR's main UK hub.

We had taken the precaution of staying the previous night at an airport hotel - so as not to miss our flight. Our friends just made it through, 2 minutes ahead of us; then Ryanair slammed down the gates and split up our party.

 Ryanair demanded we pay again for the same flight the next morning, and threatened to again make us queue for 2 or 3 hours at their Check-In desks with no guarantee of catching that flight either. We eventually went back home and missed our pre-paid vacation. Our journey is insured via Ryanair by INTANA travel insurance - so I have just claimed £6,111 in costs and compensation. I'll let you know if they pay-out, or if the insurance company simply adds insult to injury.

TO: MICHAEL HICKEY - Chief Operations Officer - RYANAIR

6th June 2016. Still no response from the contemptuous executive morons at Ryanair, who despise their customers. If these elusive Directors can't run a Check-In desk, or answer complaints, can we trust them to  run an airline.

 All Executives
  • Michael O'Leary Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director.
  • Michael Hickey Chief Operating Officer.
  • Neil Sorahan Chief Financial Officer.
  • John Hurley Chief Technology Officer.
  • David O'Brien Chief Commercial Officer.
  • Greg O'Gorman Director-Ancillary Revenue.
  • Derek Thaddeus Quinn Director-Engineering Division.
Ryanair Ltd. is an Irish low-cost airline headquartered in Swords, Dublin, Ireland, with its primary operational bases at Dublin and London Stansted Airports. Wikipedia
Bag informationIn economy, prices vary by itinerary. More Ryanair bag information

DO THEY PAY TAX? As the OECD, UN and national tax-collectors worldwide investigate the Panama Papers and earlier data published about tax-haven schemers and dodgers,the UK tax collectors, HMRC, are following France's example, where France is claiming one billion Euro in taxes from Google on the grounds that Google have a commercial taxable presence in France, so likewise HMRC are challenging major offshore companies and raising "protective assessments" on the same grounds as France-v-Google, namely that a substantial UK base means, in law, that the company must pay tax on its UK profits.
Ryanair, claiming to be tax-based in Dublin, pays no UK tax on its £730 million annual profit, earned from 12.6 million customer flights per month, 116 M a year. It reserves Euro 516.4 M for tax in its 2015 Balance Sheet, but if Stansted, with 1.89 M passengers per month, is classified as a UK taxable presence now and in earlier years - will the tax bill rise? 
Ryanair is already in dispute with the UK tax authorities about a sham "self-employed" scheme for its UK based pilots:
"HMRC is conducting its own investigation, and has "issued 'protective assessments' for £47m relating to British income tax and national insurance contributions between 2010 and 2013," according to The Times. HMRC told Brookfield that it failed to believe that pilots "had any genuine right of substitution", meaning it was not possible for Brookfield to appoint a substitute pilot with an airline and pay for that pilot. The non-ministerial department that is responsible for the collection of taxes said that Brookfield should have paid PAYE tax and National Insurance on the pilots' payments"


6th June 2016.

We queued at their so-called Check-in-Desks, for 1.5 hours at 5.30 in the morning, for a 7.30 am flight, costing £617.54, - with hundreds of other rudely herded then ignored Ryanair paying customers, in the chaos of Ryanair's area at Stansted Airport UK, RYANAIR's main UK hub. We had taken the precaution of staying the previous night at an airport hotel - so as not to miss our flight. Our friends, 2 minutes ahead of us - just made the plane after sprinting hundreds of yards along corridors. We were stopped - as they closed the gate at 07.00. The plane actually took-off at 10.15 am - nearly 3 hours late and 3 hours 15 minutes after we were barred.


TO: MICHAEL HICKEY - Chief Operations Officer - RYANAIR

6th June 2016. Still no response from the contemptuous executive morons at Ryanair, who despise, bully and abuse their customers. If these elusive Directors can't run a Check-In desk, or answer complaints, can we trust them to  run an airline. 

2 Jun 2016,

Dear Mr Hickey,

Is Ryan Air going to acknowledge my complaint? We should now, today, be enjoying our holiday; not back home chasing reluctant executives who are avoiding their customers.

I am an old fashioned professional man in my 70s. Can you imagine what aggravation it takes to drive me to peppering my emails with bad language?

Is this complaint one for the Twittersphere?


Noel Hodson


To Mr Michael Hickey
Chief Operations Officer
Ryan Air
30 May 2016.

Dear Mr Hickey,


In our 70’s, we travelled to Stansted last night and stayed at the Radisson Blu Hotel, to catch your 7.30 am flight to Perugia this morning. We queued at your check-in desk for 1.5 hours, to be told that our bags were not paid for and to go to your Yellow machines; which after much confusion, during which the single Ryan Air employee allegedly helping us disappeared, the machine told us the flight was closed at 7.00 am. Your staff told us that we had irrevocably missed the flight. Our two friends we were travelling with had gone ahead. So I sprinted to the security area to find them – but failed and had to come back out. Which I was allowed to do. Had I been a terrorist, I could have left a bomb in the mass of people in the security zone. Ryan Air ought to have 2 or 3 times the number of check-in desks to cope with such passenger numbers – or aren’t you aware of how many have to be processed to get on  your flights?

Last year we arrived 3.5 hours before take off and still had to run along corridors for hundreds of yards to get the plane. Do you enjoy pushing your paying customers to the brink of collapse?

In the event, our friends, Michael & Carol, are still stuck on the tarmac, at 10 am for a 7.30 am take-off. If you had a manager who can read and write at check-in, we could have been politely dealt with and easily caught the plane.

As it was  a v. short holiday, there isn’t time to re-route. And in any case we are exhausted by the needless hassle. Your operation  is a bloody shambles. There should be a giant sign over the check-in desks “If you haven’t paid baggage fees – you cannot check in here – Go to the baffling, stupid unmanned yellow machines” . There should be 5 or six people checking the queues for such mistakes. The check-in staff should be authorised to take money on the spot. Can we please have our money back! And will you pay for The Radisson! And for our car hire in Perugia and our prepaid hotel expenses in Gubbio.

Please send me Michael O’Leary’s private address, so we can call and vent our feelings.

Our next trip to our favourite Gubbio hotel will be via Florence – so Stansted and Perugia airports and Ryan Air will lose the business. Get your bloody act together ! Its not difficult to count the passengers and divide by the open desks. Its called long-division.

Noel & Pauline Hodson, Oxford

Friday, 3 June 2016


Where are off-planet companies taxable ?
BHS – Following up The Guardian’s 21 Oct 2005 report of the £1.2B tax-free dividend paid from Arcadia to Lady Tina Green in Monaco, enabled by a 7.5 year bank loan to the group, it would be sensible for HMRC to confirm that Lady Green didn’t & doesn’t spend more than 90 days a year in London – which would make her UK taxable; and to re-check the terms of the loan, to see if it and the loan repayments should be re-classified as a personal loan and so part of Sir Philip’s director’s salary – and taxed under PAYE. £600 million in tax would compensate for UK tax-payers paying the BHS pensions deficit.

Noel Hodson, Oxford, 3 JUN 16

The cash will be coming from a seven and a half year loan to Arcadia. "It is senior debt, not rinky-dinky funny money. It is plain vanilla, not chocolate or raspberry," said the tycoon, who also owns Bhs. "It is affordable and it is not over-aggressive. It leaves the business with plenty of opportunities to grow.


UK Land Registry – Cayman Limited
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(incorporated under Malaysian law)
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26 June 2016.
Mr & Mrs Smith,
26 Acacia Avenue,
Wigglesworth, Staffs. UK

Registry Number UK356782HJ DED

Dear Sir and Madam,

We regret to inform you that our review of all UK title deeds proves a prior claim to your property by Osborne, Cameron, Javid, Evictions  Jersey  LLP, and we have accordingly re- registered 26 Acacia Avenue to this company.  The owners plan to redevelop the area and will be issuing you a Notice to Quit within 7 days.

Should you wish to query this change to the Register, you may write to PWC, London, by registered post, by 6pm 27th June 2016, who will re-examine the ownership documents for a fee of £10,000.

Alternatively you are entitled to launch a counterclaim against our agents in the Court of Bermuda, for which you will need to pay front end legal fees of £1 million.

Yours faithfully,


UK Land Registry – Cayman Limited.