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The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.
The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.

Bruges Group Blog

Spearheading the intellectual battle against the EU. And for new thinking in international affairs.

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surrender-4296604_1280 They Did Not Even Try


We have just witnessed a six week long surrender culminating in a humiliating defeat that the vanquished have greeted with joy. The glad handing between Starmer and Sunak might lead people to imagine that England's footballers had triumphed, not that Sunak had failed. After the Conservative triumph in 2019, it quickly became obvious that the so cal...

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35 Bruges Group Coral Anniversary Reception

Bruges and the Future of Conservatism Coral Anniversary Reception

I'm just going to say a very few brief words to mark this occasion and to mark some of the very significant problems that the conservative party faces going forward. And frankly, it now has to decide whether it really wants to be the Conservative Party. Firstly, a little good news there's not much of it about I'm afraid but over the last few months...

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35th Anniversary Review

This was the 'coral anniversary' of the Bruges Group's founding and the mood was very thoughtful, given the historic defeat in last week's General Election. Addressing the meeting was Bruges Group Chairman Barry Legg. His key point was that the Tory Party has not been Conservative for decades. One questioner from the floor said that in a fairly lon...

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Debt Flies Beyond our GDP; how has Parliament Aimed so High?

Britain's political scene is sporadic, but one constant stayed through it all: skyrocketing national debt poor judgment in allocating public spending. Since 1988, national debt has gotten out of control, and now sits beyond GDP.   Parliament's economic judgment have faltered post-Thatcherism, with successive prime ministers failing to replicat...

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The 7th Brexit in History

 On 23rd June 2016 (St George's Day) the people of Britain voted to leave the European Union. This was an historic moment. We could say this was the 7th Brexit in history. And it is not complete yet, as we shall see. In effect, this was not the first Brexit, not the first time that Britannia separated her destiny from that of Europe. In 43 AD ...

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The Conservative future?

So, now we have "change", whatever that means (it isn't clear); the Labour version of that word (whatever that is) allied with the Lib-Dem version, but certainly not Reform's meaning of the word. Meanwhile, the Conservative Party has split itself to oblivion. The parliamentarians and wider party were split as well, with the latter's wishes as to le...

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Weak US Foreign Policy Emboldens China

Taiwan has long considered its island nation separate from mainland China, but the Chinese Communist Party have become dangerously close to tempting the United States into another war by circling the tiny nation-state with warships in recent weeks. Chinese President Xi Jinping has held that cooperation between the United States and China is a focal...

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The need for a constitutional referendum

Four years ago Sir Keir Starmer asked Gordon Brown to plan "the biggest ever transfer of political power out of Westminster and into the towns, cities, and nations of the UK." This may sound good but it isn't. Far from ushering in a golden era of democracy it attacks what may be our country's most precious possession, the ability to hold power to a...

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Keynesian Inspired Nightmare

Some years ago, at a Cambridge University event, I talked to a young lady PhD student. She explained that she was hoping for a career in HMRC or the Treasury. To boost her opportunity she was preparing her thesis on the subject 'Flat tax inefficiency and economic damage'. It was a social event and I did not engage her starry eyed subservience to or...

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The Labour Party of today came into being as we know it around 1900. Its roots lie in the trade union movement of the 19th century and thanks to such people as Keir Hardy the Labour Party was formed. However, there is an irony in the fact that over a hundred years later, the only people who can afford to vote for the party that was formed to repres...

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EU-Door A Door Not Worth Opening

Get Brexit undone?

Sir Keir Starmer's plans relating to the UK's future relationship with the EU are unclear, but then again, his ever-shifting image and (apparent) political position (embracing Corbynism and Blairism), in an attempt to appeal to both Left and Right, Middle and Working class, the old red wall and staunchly pro-EU constituencies, does rather confuse e...

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Opaque not Transparent” or “How to Fool the Electorate Without Lying”

As we move ever closer to the 4th of July, we deserve to hear the plans of those parties most likely to form the next government – the detail, and how any 'wish-list' would be costed. Until detail is supplied, then any manifesto promise, or gimmicky card 'pledge' is meaningless, as there is nothing specific against which to hold a newly-elected gov...

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Steady As You Go

Back in 1997 I walked the streets locally and knocked on doors with the Conservative candidate in what was regarded as a safe constituency. It was a thankless task, but a worthy one and in spite of a cold response and some derision he was elected with a respectable majority. I remember standing outside a polling station as a Labour van went by blar...

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Maxing-Out. The Recklessness of Local Authorities.

Multiple credit cards and a carefree attitude to paying-off bills was at one time the preserve of the more feckless section of society. These days it seems to be a universal ill of local finances and it is a trend that central government has fostered. As local authorities teeter on the brink of insolvency – indeed by any 'normal' accounting assessm...

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The Bruges Group's Coral Anniversary Celebration

The discourse on Conservatism and its future remains alive and well. Elections may worry us, and new challenges may emerge, but the Bruges Group's resolve remains unshaken. On the 8th of July, we cordially invite you to a Drinks Reception to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Baroness Thatcher's Bruges Group. The reception will be held in the b...

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Are MPs up to the job?

Until July 5 we're enjoying a blessed holiday from Westminster prodnosing - no Covid-era gaggles of MPs in meeting rooms giggling 'Whatever can we make them do next?' Actually, for some of that time they had interim arrangements that let them WFH. Insofar as they worked at all - nono, that's not fair: many are grafters; but here is an extract from ...

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Where is the Centre?

Ask a child to tell you where their centre is and they'll point at their belly button. It's obvious. It's in the middle. Politicians of the legacy parties bleat incessantly about the 'Centre'. Apparently, no one ever won an election to anything unless they were precariously perched on a fence. Where has that got us? In reality the 'Centre' is the e...

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Immigration a Conversation

ONS projections show a UK population increase of 6.6 million by 2036, of which 6.1 million will be due to immigration. Annual net migration of 315,000 will lead to a projected population increase of nine million people by 2046. That's eight cities the size of Birmingham. According to Migration Watch, "a child born today to an indigenous British cou...

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It’s Trump’s World, Stupid!

 A phrase has come into the Zeitgeist – calling people the "Trump of their field." Elon Musk is the Trump of business. Meloni is the Trump of Europe. Many leaders still do not know how to react to former President Trump; to his decision to control immigration; 3+% economic growth and, especially, to the absolutely justified desire to implement...

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How to Make Your Online Business Successful

Online businesses have been on a steady rise in the past decade. Researchers attribute this to the accessibility of the internet as well as the minimal startup capital. With online businesses, you do not need to worry about having physical inventory, physical equipment, or even paying for overheads that exist in a conventional business. However, du...

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It's in the eyes

In 1997 the Tories used a now infamous poster caricaturing Tony Blair as having a demon's eyes. This was so over-the-top that it probably backfired. Yet two years later I was asking friends if they thought Blair was mad. They looked at me as though I was; though perhaps they see things differently now. He was the reason that for the first time in m...

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US/UK: Pardon and Monarchy

President Biden has said he will not use his power to pardon his son Hunter if the latter is convicted in his gun trial. This may be a purely hypothetical scenario in any case, given what appears to be the political-partisan capture of much of the US justice system. Hunter might be as likely to secure an acquittal in Delaware, which elected Biden p...

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pxclimate-protection-7144811_128_20240605-132523_1 Net Zero !!!


Ben Pile reported in The Daily Sceptic that the Guardian recently published its survey of 'climate experts'. For the purposes of creating this story, the Guardian's Environment Editor Damian Carrington contacted 843 'lead authors' of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's reports (IPCC) and 383 responded to his questions. The actual substa...

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Uprooted by Moneymen: how Football Clubs are Taken From Local Communities and How Supporters
Fight Back

 Football clubs are valuable social assets. Their heritage typically goes back to the late Victorian period, when football emerged as the most popular sport of the working class. They have had close association with other local enterprises, particularly breweries (McCrae, 2008), and club directors were often significant employers in the area. ...

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A Study by Jeremy Wraith  Download PDF File Here

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Cozy Crime is a Good Time

We are, of course, talking about the phenomenon that is cozy crime novels and not committing crimes. In cozy crime novels, everyday investigators solve crimes set in smaller communities. The story focuses on the intricacies of the investigation rather than the details of the crime. When looking at cozy crime for the best private investigator UK rea...

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Safe Spaces: A Guide to Reducing Ligature Danger in Your Facility

Keeping people safe should be a top priority no matter where you are. With potential dangers virtually everywhere, any number of situations could take a turn for the worse, leading to an endless range of negative consequences. In mental health and correctional facilities, though, creating safe spaces becomes particularly crucial. In settings like t...

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Comparing British Casino Laws with EU Regulations

The regulations for casinos and gambling are different depending on where you are. The UK has a body called the UK Gambling Commission which ensures that gambling is fair and safe for all. This Commission operates under laws passed in 2005. On the other side of the English Channel, each country in Europe can have its own regulations but they must a...

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Sir-Christopher-Chop_20240529-155622_1 Sir Christopher Chope MP

A Conversation with Sir Christopher Chope MP

Transcript of the conversation: the Italicized script is Sir Christopher Chope's responses We are in conversation with Sir Christopher Chope, Conservative Member of Parliament for Southampton, Itchen from 1983 to 1992 and then Christchurch from 1997 onwards. Early in his career he was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environmen...

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ai-generated-8411998_128_20240528-153032_1 Five Minutes to Midnight

Success that Can Not Speak. Success Denied.

Words can define eras. Harold Wilson's government was full of people who, like their union paymasters, 'Acquiesced' so they could keep their jobs. Today, all of a sudden, all sorts of politicians, journalists and business people have discovered their contemporaries are guilty of egregious behaviour (not themselves of course). Are they all guilty of...

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Of Our Hard Won Sovereignty

"Finished", "stuffed", "toast" . These have been the words and worse that many otherwise loyal Conservatives used about their own party recently. However, now that the election has been called in spite of such pessimism, there is hope for the beleaguered Tories.:  A week is a long time in politics, said Harold Wilson, so how much longer a...

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Who's Supporting the WHO?

 The World Health Organisation, with the support of governments, public-private agencies, profit-seeking multinational corporations, academic institutions, charities and foundations, has been allowed to become a medium for the international marketisation of medical tech and vaccines, and, if we are not careful, the use of these may become mand...

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Direct Democracy? No: AV

Many people feel that the political system isn't working for the people; that the major parties agree with each other too much and against our interests. But is 'direct democracy' the answer? It was practised in ancient Athens, where all the voters (free men) could be accommodated in the assembly and hear the arguments. They were a small, homogeneo...

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Changing the Climate on Climate Change

Every now and then, like most people, I come across something which I feel others need to know about and e-mail details of whatever that has got my ire, or offended me, to many who I feel should be equally rattled. Usually when something has got my goat and I send the offending item around to my contacts, I may get a few people who, out of politene...

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European Convention & Court of Human Rights

Other reasons for getting out  I have put together some material which I think should help to get the UK out of the ECHR completely and thus, also, enable us to stop the small boats. The failure to achieve this has been given as a major reason for the Tories' forthcoming debacle. There are plenty of people, even in Parliament, who are upset ab...

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COVID 19: The Birth of a Killer

By  Dr Jonathan S. Swift    ISBN: 9-781739-092009  Published By  The Bruges Group  There cannot be many people who are not aware of the virus classified as Covid-19 by the WHO in March 2020 – indeed some people may have contracted the virus – as did the author of this novel. The pandemic hit the UK in March 2020, and l...

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Rwanda and the Knife

Attending one a Politiea event earlier in the year regarding stopping the boats on behalf of the Bruges Group it could be summarised as somewhat hesitant of the bill only providing half measures to combat immigration. The discussion revolved around the legal conservative perspective regarding the policy of "stopping the boats" through the...

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How To Destroy A Country

How to destroy a country may not be an everyday item on the minds of many as they go about their daily lives. Most people living in this country have other things to to think about such as their jobs or juggling the household finances, a big question may be, if they lash out on a treat will they have enough money left to pay the rent or the mortgag...

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Simple Arithmetic

According to the experts, Kier Starmer will be Prime Minister by March next year at the latest. On one level it makes little difference. The Conservative Party is indistinguishable from the Liberal Democrats, they are indistinguishable from Labour. Starmer pretends that Labour has moved right, to the centre ground. The reality is that while Cameron...

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The Failure of US Foreign Policy

US Secretary of State Tony Blinken has done it again. As the President's chief foreign policy advisor Blinken has again created damaging diversity and exclusion within the ranks of the lead organization intended to promote Biden's foreign policy agenda. This month, Tony appointed Zakiya Johnson as the foreign ministry's Chief Diversion and Exclusio...

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Fake Freedom: Gambling

Saturday's Grand National was predicted to see £300 million collectively staked by over 10 million punters. Per capita that is less than a cheap ticket to a Premier League Football match - and the winner I Am Maximus came in at 7/1, very nice for those who got it right. But that merely is the tip of the ...

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Trashing the system

'Big crash coming' says Jimmy Dore, introducing his guest Paul Stone. They agree that the economy is being mismanaged, because interest rates are too high and the debt is ballooning. The problem is that everything depends on facts and interpretation, and about the only fact that is unchallengeab...

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Unexpected Bulletproof Items You Didn't Know Existed

In an ever-evolving world where safety is paramount, bulletproof technology has expanded beyond traditional body armor. Here's a look at seven everyday items that now offer ballistic protection, often flying under the radar due to their inconspicuous nature. Ballistic Blankets Ballistic blankets, such as the NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Blanket Shield by A...

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Dysfunction Dominates American Politics

Alex Reinshagen | The Bruges Group March 19, 2024 The current US Administration (and Congress) needs to get its act together. The entire world - friends and foes alike - see how weak America is on the world stage. The United Kingdom would be correct in taking on more of a leadership role in keeping us from plummeting into WW III. Because right now,...

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Democracy on the Rocks?

The Tory party having abandoned Conservatism is now drifting like a metaphorical Marie Celeste. From the Heroic 80 seats to a potential near zero. An updated story of "From Hero to Zero". Rishi Sunak having usurped the leadership plays Captain Ahab uninterested in the calamity he has unleashed. The plan is working he cries while the Tempest rages. ...

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Unfunded Public Sector Pension Deficit the Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back?

We have a two-tier pension system in the UK whereby MPs and public sector employees have a defined benefit or final salary pension, whereas private sector employees have a defined contribution or money purchase pension. This raises the question: should the pension arrangements of MPs be aligned with those of employees in the private or public secto...

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wizard-4417511_128_20240310-133716_1 Fakery not Alchemy


Going back centuries alchemists were convinced they could turn base metals into gold, despite none of them being able achieve this, these days we laugh at them for their obvious foolishness and ignorance. Going forward in time, as machinery and technology advanced, a new breed of people were convinced they could invent a perpetual motion machine, l...

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It's the Hard Left, Stupid.

 Friday March 1st Rishi Sunak stood at a podium outside ten Downing Street. Like a trainee teacher lacking any form of sanction, he confronted a rebellious class. He did not quite say, "You are all very naughty", but it wasn't far-off. Lots of words, a threat to back the Police if they ever get off their knees. He had harsh words for two group...

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The Benefits of Incorporating Strength Training into Your Fitness Routine

Your body is like a machine, so it needs specific attention in various places and regular maintenance for optimal health. Also, building and maintaining strong muscles contributes to great strength, thanks to stronger bones and lesser risks of fractures as you get. Aerobics and other exercises strengthen your heart and lungs. However, strength trai...

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niqab Is this our future?

Another Glorious Revolution, or a Caliphate?

We are in trouble. It started when Ted Heath told lies about the Common Market and its true intention. Since then, a certain type of self-serving politician has lied about everything from expenses to democracy. According to Nick Robinson, Lindsay Hoyle can be forgiven for caving into Starmer because, "he's only human and wants to keep his job". The...

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co2 The Truth about Climate Change

Challenging "Net Zero"

Download PDF File Here Posted with permission of   Posted with permission of   BUY Green in Tooth and Claw Click the Image Below

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A Green Future – What might we expect?

Assume for a moment that the world achieves net zero carbon emissions and that no more fossil fuels are being produced or consumed. How might life change on Earth? Firstly, let us assume that with no fossil fuels being burnt the CO2 concentration in our atmosphere falls to pre industrial levels of around 280 parts per million. CO2 is an essential r...

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Just war and the squandering of peace

We live in a world increasingly beset with wars and rumours of wars, proxy wars and proxy-proxy wars. However, all forest fires begin with a spark or sparks and everything has a context. An unwillingness or inability to understand context is one of the ills of modern life. The unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russia early in 2022 has a context tha...

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ww2titles World War II: The First Culture War

BRICS vs Build Back Better: Lessons from history is again on the agenda. Different versions of authoritarianism are set against each other driving the rival camps from crisis to conflict. BRICS verses Build Back Better is the new divide. The principles which gave Britain and her allies victory in the last great conflagration have largely been forgotten. With...

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Digital Persecution

We live in a small village in Kent. Our 'Medical Centre' in the next large village has gone digital. Repeat prescriptions are only accepted if one uses the NHS Ap. It has a box where you can write a message. Oddly it has a notice stating "You can add a note about your prescription here. Your note may not be seen or replied to, so if you have an imp...

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trees-6687113_128_20240205-180917_1 A CO2 Benefit

More Carbon Dioxide cannot absorb more Infrared Radiation

In 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was founded and its many scientists mandated by the UN Environment Programme and World Meteorological Organization to "make policy relevant – as opposed to policy-prescriptive – assessments of the existing worldwide literature on the scientific, technical and socio-economic aspects of climate c...

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War on Freedom: War on the Poor

Straws in the wind   The NHS The NHS is crumbling and cannot continue for much longer in its current form. Free healthcare for all at the point of need was possible in the late 1940s and early 1950s but with ever more costly and complex interventions this is no longer the case. None of the modern imaging equipment had been invented when t...

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Green in Tooth and Claw: the Misanthropic Mission of Climate Alarm

By Niall McCrae, paperback, 196 pages, ISBN 978-1-7393152-8-3, eBook ISBN 978-1-7393152-9-0, The Bruges Group, 2024   This is a passionate attack on the new global elite, a small group of people who have risen to the top of corporations and political parties, who have such a high opinion of themselves that they believe they are entitled t...

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The Separation of Money and State

By Christine McNulty  Plato believed there exists an inescapable duality, a conflict between mind and body. He viewed human emotion as an enemy and saw reason as a "charioteer commanding horses: the unruly passions" - a view that has echoed down through the centuries.But the history of human achievement is a powerful testimony to the fact...

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Green-in-Tooth--Cla_20240126-174804_1 The Global Agenda

Green in Tooth and Claw

By  Niall McCrae  Green in Tooth and Claw is not so much about climate change, but the elite forces that use fear and ignorance to push their agenda. Niall McCrae's fact filled book is a must read for all who value freedom and honesty. A variety of self appointed 'elites' belong to organisations that have been manipulating democracies to ...

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Burden of Taxation

Why have the Conservatives increased the burden of taxation on individuals earning between £100,000-£150,000, whilst at the same time reducing the burden on those earning over £150,000? Is this, yet another example, of how Conservatives have become out of touch with their key supporters?Under the last Labour Government taxable income between £100,0...

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Defender of?

Prince William was recently reported (wrongly as it turns out) as wanting his eventual reign to break with the Church of England, which led to questions as to whether that was desirable or even possible while retaining the monarchy itself. Now, sources claim that His Royal Highness will do no such thing, but that he does not share the dee...

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The polish comes off Davos, but the Great Reset continues

Is the World Economic Forum's annual shindig in the Swiss Alps becoming an embarrassment?As more and more people wake up to the hypocrisy of those preaching from the podium and the dystopian designs of the Great Reset, the air is chilling. Yet the show must go on. The WEF may be floundering, as observed by James Pinkerton in the 'Rise and Fall of D...

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Supply Chain Warriors

Successful American and British military action against Houthi targets in Yemen may not achieve positive results without negative consequences. There are four seas that rule the supply chain world - the Caspian and its link to the Black Sea with its waterway to the Mediterranean with its canal to the Red Sea. This is a lot more than grain and oil b...

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5 Customer Service Tips that Increase Customer Satisfaction (and Your Profits)

When your goal is to get repeat, happy customers, you need to be on top of your customer service game. Nothing can be left to chance. The good news is that customer service is completely within your control if you're willing to put in the time and effort to make it work. To get more satisfied customers who are willing to leave you the raving review...

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Plywood Formwork: It's Flexibility And Benefits to Construction

Concrete is a durable construction material used to construct many permanent structures. However, wet concrete requires temporary formwork to mold it into the desired shape. The formwork holds the concrete together until it is firm enough to withstand external impact. What is the best material to build these temporary structures? This question is i...

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The Green Affliction

Increasing numbers of people have become concerned about a dangerous condition sweeping the planet. Every time there is an annual COP meeting the hundreds of delegates attending, all looking forward to these lavish events after flying in from all parts of the world in their private jets, who require sustenance and are rewarded with tables groaning ...

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Brexit is Working

Reproduced with permission of Blue Anchor In this blog I'm going to run through the main economic consequences of Brexit. After the vote to leave The Guardian started a regular tracker to chart its impact on the economy. But as the Remainer predictions relentlessly turned to dust and the good news kept piling up, they quietly dropped this feature. ...

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The Best Universities in the UK and What They Have to Offer

The United Kingdom is renowned for its higher education system, boasting some of the world's most prestigious universities. These institutions are revered for their academic excellence and the unique experiences and opportunities they offer. This article explores the best universities in the UK and what makes them stand out. University of Oxford Th...

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Get Back to Where You Once Belonged

A year ago, I wrote suggesting that many of the current Conservative MPs would rue the day they ditched Boris. The blog was published in October 2022, and identified three key reasons why people had voted Conservative in the 2019 election: (1) Boris's call to 'get Brexit done' – this reflected the national mood when 'leave' won the referendum in 20...

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A.I. Part 2 - Hidden threats: digital reputation and resilience by Frank Millard

 AI is a direct threat to formerly trustworthy and secure sources of information, image and data. In a recent open letter, AI-expert signatories of which included Elon Musk urged a pause in AI training to reflect and take stock. "AI research and development should be refocused on making today's powerful, state-of-the-art systems more accurate,...

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A.I Part I -A dark cloud over tech by Frank Millard

 Far from being located in the sky, cloud data centres are very large and earthbound with real effects on energy security There are differing statistics on the amount of electricity drained by data centres globally, but it is substantial and as cloud expands to and within developing nations, it will increase. There were already around 3.6 bill...

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No swing to Labour

There's been much talk of a swing to Labour in recent months - the Tories, by some measure appear to be 20 points behind. We must ask ourselves, what's behind this polling and how is it being conducted. There are some worrying signs.   From our statistics, one thing is for sure: There is no "swing to Labour" - or at least, not a sign...

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Cameron is Not the Tories Suppository

The conservative party is constipated. Bringing back Cameron makes it worse, not better. The One Nation group of MPs led by Damien Green are Europhile. Despite the failing performance of the EU's major economies they still worship the 'project'. It's hard not to believe that their shenanigans are not deliberate sabotage. They have no hope of rejoin...

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Division, War and the West

"We don't want to fight, but by jingo if we do…" was the music hall song from which the word jingoism originated. John Hobson, in his Psychology of Jingoism of (1901), referred to music halls of stirring up the crowds in favour of war, but that those who shouted loudest had no intention of fighting themselves. Social media is the modern equivalent ...

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Berlin Lessons Learned?

Has Germany Learned from its Past?

Germany is a relatively young country. Created as a 'Customs Union' it quickly became an Empire as Bismark consolidated power through a war with France. In 1871 all members of the Zoll Union became provinces of the Empire, with the exception of Luxembourg whose ruling Duke opted out. Bismarck introduced reforms such as health insurance, but mainly ...

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unhappy-389944_192_20231206-110708_1 What does the future hold?

Fearing the Future

Kids can be very cruel, when I was at the start of my teenage years at school in 1961 the banter we used was often quite cutting. If anyone wanted to wind another lad up they would often use an insult using the abbreviation of a word which inferred the other lad's sexual leaning were not quite what was expected from a member of the male species. Th...

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The war drags on

The Ukraine war drags on. It nearly ended in 2022, but the adversaries thought better of anything so untidy as a peace treaty. Since then, thousands of lives have been lost in an internecine struggle where intransigence has become policy and revenge a war aim. Montgomery cautioned the USA in the 1960s that its war in Vietnam was "insane" because it...

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Matt-Goodwi_20231204-115126_1 Values, voice and virtue: the new British politics

Values, voice and virtue: the new British politics by Matthew Goodwin, paperback, 239 pages, ISBN 978-0-141-99908-9, Penguin, 2023, £10.99.

This is a fascinating study of British society and politics. There have been various popular insurgencies, including pro- and anti-Brexit, pro- and anti-Scottish separation, pro-Corbyn. Superficial explanations abound - social media, big tech, dark money, tabloid newspapers, fake news, lying campaigns, Farage, Russia, a slogan on a bus. But, as Goo...

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Barney Reynolds, Bruges Group Speech
25th November 2023

The UK's national governance is being corroded by a failure to identify and take the steps necessary to re-emerge as a sovereign country after leaving the EU. This is causing lower economic growth and an ungoverned clash of cultures which threatens the credibility of our system itself. The problem is that we are seeking to maintain large elements o...

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Bruges Group Conference 2023

The National Interest  Advancing freedom, Brexit, and the British national interest.  Speakers include;Sir Christopher Chope MP, Bernard Connolly, Barry Legg, Barney Reynolds, The Rt Hon. the Lord Lilley, PC and Sir Bill Cash MP. Location:Pall Mall Room, Army & Navy Club36-39 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5JN Speakers ...

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British Values

We should be suspicious of anything that tries to wrap itself in the Union Flag. Do you remember the episode of Yes, Minister in which the government blackmailed Eurocrats into renaming our 'Emulsified High-Fat Offal Tube' as the 'British Sausage'? Similarly in 2014 the coalition government sought to define 'British Values'. These were designed to ...

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Harnessing the Positive Impact of DisplayPort Cables on Climate Sustainability

It is crucial for technology to evolve for a sustainable future. Even components like Audio and visual cables play a vital role in climate sustainability. DisplayPorts emerge as a saviour in the world of high-performance visual experiences for users. Given below are various environmental advantages and other contributions that DisplayPort cables ma...

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pressure-3026568_128_20231114-115315_1 Contempt for the people

The Blob Triumphant

I have no idea whether Rishi Sunak worships Kali among his pantheon of Hindu Gods. His betrayal of Johnson and coup against Truss and the membership of the Conservative party certainly bear they hallmarks of the Thuggee sect that worshipped her. The word 'Thug' comes from the Hindu word 'Thag' which means 'swindler' or 'deceiver'. Certainly it seem...

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The straight forward response from Suella Braverman

The termination of Home Secretary Suella Braverman by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is evidently a calculated maneuver aimed at bolstering the stability of the Conservative Party and fortifying its electoral prospects in the imminent election. Braverman's successor, none other than David Cameron, the former leader of the Conservative Party, ousted in ...

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The specifics about the bonus codes that no one talks about

There are not many things online gambling websites can do to make themselves stand out from their competitors other than focusing on providing people with a unique range of online betting bonuses. Some websites try to exceed users' expectations and allow them to try many deposit deals, whereas others also have no deposit perks. No matter the promot...

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4 KYC specifics that online casinos don’t talk about

Have you ever wondered how online casinos monitor the people who use their websites? Everyone can sign up and start betting because the registration process is simple. Needless to say, people also lie there so they can sign up faster. With that said, online casinos have developed a way to monitor who is lying and who is a real person, and we'll lea...

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Hospital Negligence Claims And Your Path To Resolution

Trust stands as an uncompromisable foundation in healthcare. A direct and purposeful path to resolution becomes imperative when this trust fractures due to hospital negligence. The occurrence of medical negligence is unforeseen, making informed action the initial stride toward resolution. Instances of negligence carry profound consequences. The gra...

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iGaming Expansion: New Markets & Growth Opportunities

In the fast-paced realm of entertainment and technology, the iGaming industry has emerged as a dynamic and transformative force. This digital playground offers a wide array of experiences, from online betting and immersive casinos like Vulkan Bet Casino to interactive gaming platforms. It's a realm where excitement meets innovation, and where playe...

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Is re-joining the EU an option?

Leading economist Professor Tim Congdon, CBE, discussed whether or not Brexit was here to stay, and if re-joining the European Union was ever an option. Below is a transcript of his speech. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, it's a great honor and pleasure to be talking at a Bruges Group meeting again. Thank you very much for inviting me. I have...

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Green-Scam Climate Scam - Part 2

The Climate Scam - Part 2

THE GLOBAL WARMING SCAM  Major factors affecting global temperatures in order of importance are:- 1. Variations in solar radiation reaching our planet, (not much we can do about that). 2. Relative concentrations of gases and particulates in our atmosphere due to natural causes. (volcanic eruptions; marsh gas; animals releasing bowel gas; plant...

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Green-Scam Climate Scam Part 1

The Climate Scam - Part 1

Deceits; Fake Science and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  Dr C Landsea, Hurricane Researcher at NOAA resigned from the IPCC when his contribution, "Little if Any Increase in Hurricane Strength in the Next Eighty Years" was replaced with different conclusions. In his resignation he wrote, "I cannot in good f...

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Why Do So Many Students Dream of Studying at UK Universities?

The United Kingdom, with its rich academic heritage and a diverse range of universities, stands as a beacon for higher education globally. Thousands of students worldwide dream of and strive to study in the UK every year. This article explores the key reasons behind this enduring aspiration to pursue academic goals in British universities. World-Cl...

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Beyond the Books: How Digital Tools are Enriching the Educational Landscape

The wave of digital transformation is reshaping numerous sectors, with education standing as a notable sphere of influence. In Pembrokeshire and across the wider UK, schools and educational institutions are progressively moving beyond traditional teaching paradigms, venturing into a domain where digital tools are becoming the linchpins of modern-da...

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Teaching Cultural Exchange Through Historical Artifacts and Objects

Cultural interchange promotes tolerance, peaceful coexistence, and understanding among diverse societies. It is a crucial aspect of our globalized world. One effective way to encourage this exchange is using historical artifacts and objects. Teachers can impart cultural exchange in a way that is immersive and tangible with the aid of these tangible...

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UK-Pictorial Where Has My Country Gone?

Where Has My Country Gone?

By  Dr Jonathan S. Swift On Saturday 14 October, I took my daughter to the Open Day at Manchester University. It is some five years since I have spent any length of time in Manchester, and I was shocked by what had happened to a once-vibrant and beautiful city. The most disturbing part of the whole experience was the seeming acceptance - dare ...

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The Spiders and the Web

Are Israel and the West walking into a trap? In this increasingly binary, digital and divided world people are encouraged to take sides on almost anything and respond to events, people and actions emotionally rather than objectively. Israel's response to unspeakable acts of terror against its civilians has resulted in death and injury to women, chi...

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Comment: On European Defence by David Banks

The following is comment on recent comments by European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, a potential Commission President candidate, regarding Commissioner Breton's calls for an EU carrier strike group and missile defence shield. Forgive my long read here on EU defence. It is relevant to the UK and hopefully gives you something use...

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Is Gambling Industry Beneficial for Card Companies: An Example of Mastercard Casinos

The intertwining of the gambling industry and financial services, particularly credit and debit card companies like Mastercard, presents a dynamic that is both multifaceted and influential. Mastercard's journey, starting in 1966, has seen it evolve from a plastic payment card to a globally recognized financial services giant. Given its wide accepta...

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A Moment so Brief it Never Happened

Women seem to provide us with consistently better common sense leadership than men. Leadership that reflects the values of the majority rather than a self-indulgent minority. Elizabeth 1, Queen Anne, Victoria, Margaret Thatcher all reflected the hopes and wishes of the people. All were proud of their country and their pride was matched by the ...

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