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Brexit Historians - Rewrite History

May 30, 2018
A shocking attempt is underway by Leave Academics to rewrite British History and misappropriate the Second World War for the Brexit Cause. During the EU Referendum, an attempt was made unsuccessfully to claim Sir Winston Churchill was an opponent of British membership of the EEC. Quotes were taken and engineered to create the false impression that the proposer of the United States of Europe, Founder of the European Movement would have supported Brexit. Now Brexiteer academics are likening Remainers with those who supported appeasing Hitler and the European Union with Nazi Germany.




In fact as Guy Verhofstadt rightly says Churchill would have voted Remain, and as Lord Malloch-Brown states Brexit is more akin to the Isolationists and Right Wing Appeasers who wanted to Leave Europe to Hitler in the 1930's by negotiation. Britain's standing alone in 1940 was a failure to stand by other European powers such as Czechoslovakia, Austria and France who wanted to stop Hitler from 1933-8. Brexit is a culmination of this isolationist tendency in the Conservative Party (and Labour) . Interesting that Hitler used Referendums to push through his power grab and in 1934, the Peace Ballot which was supported by Jeremy Corbyn's pacifist parents, saw 52% of the electorate in a non-binding referendum vote for Peace and Disarmament at a time when Britain should have been opposing Hitler. This fed the appeasement and isolationist narrative of Baldwin and Chamberlain against Churchill.
 
There is a whole industry of Leave Professors seeking to misquote Churchill so as to make him seem to support the actions of Donald Trump or the views of Trump's UK friend Nigel Farage. 



Academics who have studied Churchill know him to an ardent European and Francophile as well as an Anglo-American. and a supporter of the British Empire which became the Commonwealth. Churchill saw Britain the centre of these three circles. He saw a strong European economy linked to strong human rights and a strong security alliance . He advocated NATO, a United States of Europe and Council of Europe with Britain playing a active role not only in creation of these bodies but full ongoing participation. 

Churchill saw the collapse of the Victorian Balance of Power system in Europe in 1914 and the collapse of the League of Nations/Locarno Pact/Versailles Settlement of Collective Security in 1939. He knew that a Strong Europe was needed to fend off Russian Aggression and key to this was the commitment of the United States to Europe's Economy and Security.

These are the lessons of history, completely lost on the isolationist, nationalist revisionist Brexit  Fake Historians
 

Tactical Voting stopped May in 2017, now Remain Voters must desert Labour

May 2, 2018
In 2017, many of us voted Labour as a tactical vote to stop Theresa May's Hard Brexit attack on democracy and kill her attempt to Crush the Saboteurs. It worked, another Hung Parliament resulted and forced the Conservative Party to depend on the DUP to stay in office. 



The result was to propel the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland to the heart of British Politics, and thereby sabotage Hard Brexit on a unsolveable conundrum, how to avoid a hard border in Ireland and ensuring regulatory conve...
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Brexit - The Darkest Hour - Brexiteers false claims on Churchill

January 20, 2018
As millions of cinema goers view The Darkest Hour - a concerted attempt to conscript our national hero Winston Churchill is once again attempted by Conservative Brexiteers. Conservative Home carried this attempt
 https://www.conservativehome.com/thetorydiary/2018/01/why-are-audiences-breaking-into-applause-after-the-new-churchill-film.html



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U3KBNMsPTQ

They neglect to say that Winston Churchill supported not just Britain being in the heart of Europe but the creatio...
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Why Seven Years on are we still pushing Tory policies?

November 4, 2017
It is Seven long years since the fateful decision to join with the Conservatives to form a Coalition Government.  We have seen the unravelling of Liberal Britain :- first the defeat of Electoral reform at the 2011 AV Referendum. Then Defeat in Europe at the 2014 European Parliament Elections, Defeat at the 2015 General Election, and the bitterest defeat of all : the EU Referendum. All of this has flowed from the Coalition Agreement.


The Failure of the party to fight our corner on our principl...

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A Better idea for Cross Rail for the North

August 26, 2017

On 22nd August 2017, at the Northern Rail Summit at Leeds, Yorkshire Rail Engineers High Speed UK, presented to Andy Burnham their plans for a High Speed Rail System, linking Sheffield-Manchester-Leeds to the proposed Liverpool to Hull Cross Rail for the North. Our Community action group co-sponsored this proposal, along with a submission to Transport for the North. We call on fellow Liberal Democrats to back the North's demand for High Speed Three and Northern Electrifaction to get proritity...


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Tom Brake's Liberal Tie Revolution

June 29, 2017
Yesterday Tory Brexiteer rebuked Lib Dem MP Tom Brake for not wearing a Tie in the Commons, and breaching parliamentary rules. It has it appears allowed Speaker Bercow to amend the rules to allow a Liberalisation in dress code. We think that this Liberal Revolution sparked by Tom Brake should not stop here. We urge Tom to consider making the Liberal Democrat Leadership choice - a democratic election rather than a coronation. We need a Leader who will stand for Liberal principles - especially ...
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Why it is time for Liberal Democrats to argue again for the Euro

June 21, 2017

The moment that the European Economic Community decided to form the European Monetary System in 1979, Liberals were advocating it was in our national interest to join. but Labour Chancellor Denis Healey kept Britain out. As this evolved into the Exchange Rate Mechanism with tighter variability we continued to advocate joining. Finally in 1990, John Major as Conservative Chancellor took us in but a disasterously high rate against the Deutsche Mark  of 2.95 at the worst point in our economic cy...
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The Defenestration of Tim

June 15, 2017
Tim Farron's shock resignation yesterday was an unacceptable event in our party's history. After a long and gruelling campaign it is understandable when faced with the resignation of Brian Paddick and a lobby of individuals demanding his resignation, he being an honest and honourable person had had enough. 
The pretext of his Christianity and his handling of intrusive media questions over LGBT issues was the expression of unhappiness with Tim from a number of LGBT Liberal Democrats who never l...
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Election Outcome : Brexit is dying

June 13, 2017
What an election for Liberal Democrats, a squeeze in Lib Dem votes with millions of our supporters deciding the vote tactically to stop the expected Conservative landslide & back Labour to block a Hard Brexit. It worked, and unexpectedly a hung parliament resulted. While it cannot be denied, that we have not yet reconnected to disaffected 2010 voters, the Libdemfightback has seen a stealth destruction of Theresa May's mandate and authority. Despite the attempt of the Dead Woman walking to for...
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18% at Local Elections - Voter Fightback but seats count

May 6, 2017
Lib Dems have topped 18% across the UK in the 2017 Local Elections, yet instead of the projected 100 gains made by some pundits, we lost seats. However this 7% swing from 2015 represents a steady fightback which will pick up key seats in Remain areas but faces a tough time from the Conservative/UKIP combination in traditional leave areas. The Tories have adopted a programme which bears striking similarity to the BNP Manifesto of 2005.


We face the most important General Election in our history ...
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