The latest debacle about TV licences for over-75s highlights why the telly tax should be scrapped

The BBC is not exactly popular at the moment after its decision to scrap free TV licences for the over-75s who are not in receipt of pension credit. It has reneged on the deal it negotiated with the Government four years ago, and because the Government is a shambles at the moment, it knew it could get away with it. All we have had from the Prime Minister is a spokesman saying that she is very disappointed with the BBC. I know she is on the way out, but could she not have come up with something stronger than that? The BBC, of course, has painted a doomsday scenario in order to justify its decision. It would have to close down BBC 2 and other channels to plug the gap if it didn't grab the cash from most over-75s. The fact that it is wasteful, has over a hundred employees paid more than the Prime Minister, and pays Gary Lineker £1.7 million a year for commenting on recorded highlights of football matches (something any competent sports journalist could do for a fraction of the cost) doesn't seem to register in the minds of the BBC's top brass. They are more interested in feathering their own nests at the expense of some of the poorest in society.  Continue reading

Enemies of the people and democracy. This Remainer Parliament just doesn't care how much damage it does

After the Government was defeated in the final vote last night (the main motion as amended), Sir William Cash made the following point of order: "The right hon. Member for Twickenham (Sir Vince Cable) just said that this was a constitutional innovation. I think he may have rather underestimated the fact that it is in fact a constitutional revolution, and the House will come to regret it".  And regret it they will. When you play with fire, expect to get burned. Here are the names of the 30 Conservative MPs who voted for the Letwin amendment to wrest control of the Brexit process from the Government:  Continue reading

Parents to lose the right to opt-out of Relationships and Sex Education from 2020

This is a guest post by David Kurten AM.  Under cover of Brexit, the government is pushing through one of the most unpopular and destructive policies ever considered by a ‘Conservative’ government. It wants to make Relationships and Sex Education compulsory in schools from September 2020. Highly sexualised material is already available in hundreds of primary schools, which undermine traditional family values and confuses children about gender, but teaching these things will become compulsory in all schools if the government gets its way. Continue reading

Macron reminds us why voting to Leave the EU was the right decision

Pres. Emmanuel Macron has an ego the size of France. You would think that he has enough problems at home without wading in elsewhere, but this arrogant man just can't help himself.  "Citizens of Europe, I am addressing you because time is of the essence", is what he posted on Twitter. Monsieur le Président has spoken. He linked his tweet to an open letter published on the Élysée's website. In it he said: Continue reading

Is Facebook deliberately trying to close down the pages of Brexit supporting groups?

UPDATE: 3.00 pm Monday 4th February Thanks to a friend who passed our case on to a friend of his who works for Facebook, I have now discovered that we were hacked. A politically motivated hack without a doubt, and as other pro-Leave groups are experiencing difficulties, the hacking may be far and wide.    From Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns.  I ask the question because Facebook closed down the page for Leavers of Britain recently. Lucy Harris, the founder of Leavers of Britain, told me that she submitted a request for a review but then they locked it down permanently. She then kicked up a fuss and got it back. She shouldn't have had to kick up a fuss, but if you have ever tried to contact Facebook you will know how unresponsive it is.  Just over a week ago, I got a message via Facebook that a video of a speech by Julia Lopez MP I had posted on Better Off Out's (BOO) Facebook page had broken its rules. It asked me to contact them. I thought that was strange because although all footage on parliamentlive.tv is protected by parliamentary copyright, you are permitted to use the material as long as you abide by the terms and conditions. I had. And the content of Julia Lopez's speech hadn't broken any rules, either.  Continue reading