NHS: A Sacred Cow Or A Dysfunctional Bureaucracy

Political failures and corporate greed have brought the NHS to its knees, and led to my mother’s death

While the rest of the country obsesses over Brexit and the election and our political leaders, Jezza and Boris, compete to win the award for making the title of most outrageously dishonest pledge to protect the NHS I am unusually quiet on matters of politics, because I am still getting over the loss of my lovely wife Teresa who died of respiratory failure,while  surrounded by highly trained medical professionals and millions of poundsworth of hi tech equipment.

Only last week a story featured on the BBC main news of a young man, Mark Stuart, who was admitted to the same hospital as Teresa routine surgery, and having bee prepped for his operation, was left untended after the surgery was deyated and left without food or water for FIVE DAYS, The story is no longer online at BBC News but a report can be read on the Lancashire Evening Telegraph website..

You will read how the efforts of Mark’s parents to get to the truth of what happened and how such a cock up could go unnoticed for FIVE DAYS have been delayed, obstructed and obfuscated by snivelling little parasites who have brown nosed their way to roles far beyond their lavel of competence in the dysfunctional centralised bureaucracy that runs the national Health Service.

My wife’s case is still under investigation so I cannot go into great detail, but in view of similarities with the case of Mark Stuart and others involving the same hospital let’s just say a pattern has emerged.

Another case which has aspects of the same pattern featured in the i Newspaper today and is reproduced below in this not for profit blog under fair use terms, for public information.

The time where we could accept cautious evolution has passed – our NHS today needs a revolution
from the i Newspaper

“I love you too much, you have a heart of gold. Look after your Papa.” These were the last lucid words my mother said to me as I hugged her tighter than I’d ever done in my life. A week later she was gone.

One year ago at 2:32pm on the 29th November, Dr Anisha Malhotra took her last breath. A GP that had dedicated over 25 years of her life to the NHS was ultimately failed by it.

Four weeks earlier my mother had been admitted with a temperature and excruciating back pain. She was diagnosed with discitis, which proved to be resistant to antibiotics. A secondary heart attack as a result of the stress on her already frail body was enough to tip her over the edge. But what happened in hospital, which eventually led to the premature death of a 68-year old lady in the most horrible of circumstances, and the profound emotional trauma of family members witnessing it, was entirely avoidable.

Lifestyle-related disease – a result of consuming too much ultra-processed food and inactivity – had left her overweight, resulting in hypertension and severe osteoarthritis. Years of popping ibuprofen like Smarties to deal with joint pain made her anaemic, and loss of appetite made it particularly difficult to get enough nourishment from her vegetarian diet. Weak bones from malnourishment and lack of activity brought her to hospital twice last year in the space of four months.

‘The system is struggling to provide even basic quality care to many patients.’

An overstretched system

Although remarkably strong in spirit she was extremely frail and weak by the time she was admitted to hospital for the final time. But rather than allow her to die with dignity, an overstretched system meant a missed heart attack was only noted by her medical team eleven days after it was reported.By then it was too late to save her. Excess intravenous fluids led to heart failure. It took several days of diuretics to make her comfortable and allow her to be taken off oxygen. But by then she’d slipped into a deep coma, never to wake up again.

There can be no doubt years of austerity and NHS underfunding have led to a shortage of nurses and doctors unable to keep up with increasing demand. But even if that were to be resolved overnight it would be at best no more than putting a sticking plaster on a severed artery, because the system is struggling to provide even basic quality care to many patients.

Lifestyle factors and ‘too much medicine’

The two major reasons for this are simply not being addressed: maldistribution of resources through “too much medicine”; and diet-related disease. Former medical director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, has previously stated that one in seven operations and treatments should never have been carried out on patients in hospital.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges waste report stated that “one doctor’s waste is another patient’s delay”. For my mother that meant waiting for two extra hours (because of understaffing) to be prescribed oxygen and diuretics whilst in crashing pulmonary oedema, an experience that can only be likened to drowning but remaining alive at the same time. And this is despite my father, a doctor, watching by her bedside totally helpless to relieve the suffering of his life partner of 45 years.

The root of our healthcare crisis

This can and must not be taken as attack on the NHS itself. Instead, it’s an indictment on what is at the very root of our healthcare crisis: those vested interests that have brought it to the brink of collapse. The increasing burden of diet-related disease is at the heart of increasing demand on the NHS, yet there is absolutely nothing in the Conservative manifesto on policy changes to deal with the public health crisis.

It also does not address the tainted, industry-biased research which continues to cause significant harm to patients, with side effects of medications one of the leading causes of death. If 93 per cent of medical research is of questionable reliability and not relevant to patients it’s going to lead to bad outcomes, and that’s what we’ve got. But such lack of action is perhaps not surprising.

A BMJ investigation earlier this year highlighted that the Conservative party has received £4.3m from “free market” think tank, the IEA, that has opposed public health initiatives to tackle obesity, such as calorie labelling and advertising restrictions on unhealthy foods. This organisation has received funding from tobacco companies and the sugar and soft drinks industries.

 

‘It is now time all doctors also took some responsibility’

Following the cash-for-questions scandal in 1994, the then Prime Minister, Sir John Major, set up the Committee on Standards in Public Life. A subsequent report made it imperative that all those in public life, including MPs and Doctors whose primary duty is to serve the needs of the people, uphold the seven so-called “Nolan principles”: selflessness, objectivity, integrity, accountability, honesty, openness, and leadership.

The excesses and manipulations of industry that put personal greed and wealth before health would not be possible if it were not aided and abetted by regulators, politicians and powerful scientists.

It is now time all doctors also took some responsibility for and action against system failures that make their jobs unmanageable and, most importantly, deny patients timely and quality care. Corporate greed and systematic political failure have brought the NHS to its knees.

The system is broken and money alone cannot fix it. The time where we could accept cautious evolution has passed – our NHS today needs a revolution. No one should suffer like my mother, and no family should have to witness it.

Dr Aseem Malhotra is an NHS Consultant Cardiologist and Professor of Evidence Based Medicine

My mother’s vegetarian diet contributed to her early death. We should all learn from it

NHS cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra: my mother’s diet was full of ultra-processed foods and was ultimately to the detriment of her health

Two weeks ago, my father and I made a trip to Rishikesh in northern India to scatter my mother’s ashes in the River Ganges at an idyllic location at the foothills of the Himalayas. This was in keeping with her wishes as a devout Hindu that her spirit be released at a place she loved and previously visited on pilgrimage. Our family lost a greatly cherished mother and wife who went before her time, at only 68 years old.

I believe that what was finally written on her death certificate – severe sepsis and discitis with concomitant myocardial infarction (heart attack) – was entirely avoidable.

‘Growing up, I witnessed her regular consumption of starchy carbohydrates and ultra-processed snack foods of biscuits, crisps and chocolate. Our kitchen was flooded with these products’

i’s opinion newsletter: talking points from today

For most of her adult life, my mum was vegetarian and significantly overweight. Growing up, I witnessed her regular consumption of starchy carbohydrates and ultra-processed snack foods of biscuits, crisps and chocolate. Our kitchen was flooded with these products. I still have a vivid memory of her only meal on a weekly fast day consisting of a large chapatti and what can only be described as a mountain of table sugar. Her weight contributed to developing high blood pressure in her 40s and as a result, she suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2003.

Despite making a full recovery, taking up going to the gym and even learning to swim at the age of 50, the next 10 years resulted in a gradual deterioration in her mobility. Obesity related osteoarthritis led to slipped discs and severe degeneration of her spine, forcing her to take early retirement from General Practice.

Her vegetarian diet required her to take Vitamin B12 and iron supplementation. Protein deficiency led to sarcopenia (a decline in muscle mass) which limited her mobility even further. In the last six months of her life, she had two hospital admissions with agonising spontaneous sequential bilateral osteoporotic fractures of her pelvis. By the time she passed away, even high doses of morphine weren’t enough to completely ease the additional excruciating back pain from an infection in her spine.

What I see in my job as an NHS cardiologist

Such cases are not unusual for me to see as a cardiologist working in the NHS. The majority of those admitted with heart attack are not obese but have a condition known as metabolic syndrome  (photo: Pixabay)

Such cases are not unusual for me to see as a cardiologist working in the NHS. The majority of those admitted with heart attack are not obese but have a condition known as metabolic syndrome  (photo: Pixabay)

Although, as in my mum’s case, it is widely acknowledged that obesity is associated with the development of chronic disease, a not well-known phenomenon of being “overfat” (defined as excess body fat that can impair health and contribute to chronic disease) is now estimated to affect 70 to 80 per cent of the Indian adults and 41 per cent of children.

A large percentage of overfat individuals will have a normal Body Mass Index, with up to 50 per cent having excess body fat linked to risk factors for disease.

I recently learned an uncle of mine who has been a “slim” physically active vegetarian all his life, and never smoked, had a triple coronary bypass for three occluded heart arteries aged only 69. This was less than a year after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. When I spoke to him, he admitted for the last twenty years his diet was high in flour based and sugary foods, but he believed because he wasn’t overweight he was perfectly healthy.

The diabetes capital of the world

Such cases are not unusual for me to see as a cardiologist working in the NHS. The majority of those admitted with heart attack are not obese but have a condition known as metabolic syndrome with one of the major components being increased waist circumference. The significant limitation of BMI (calculated by dividing one’s weight in kg by height in metres squared) is that is that it fails to take into account age, ethnicity, bone structure, fat distribution and muscle mass.

‘It’s instructive to note that India, with more vegetarians and vegans than the rest of the world combined, is the “diabetes capital of the world”‘

In developed countries such as the USA, New Zealand, Greece, and Iceland the prevalence of having excess body fat has reached over 90 per cent. In the UK, it’s estimated that 86 per cent of the adult men and 77 per cent of women are overfat. Excess body fat, which acts as a substrate for chronic inflammation and insulin resistance, is now implicated in the development of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer and Alzheimer’s.

It’s instructive to note that India, with more vegetarians and vegans than the rest of the world combined, is the “diabetes capital of the world”. The city of Chandigarh has the highest prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the country and the state of which it is capital, Punjab, has 75 per cent of the population as vegetarian. In the subcontinent, the last 50 years have specifically seen significant increases in consumption of processed wheat, sugar and vegetable oils (which have overtaken animal fats as a percentage of calories).

Majority of vegetarians not following a healthy diet

(One can have a very healthy vegetarian diet but the majority of vegetarians in the world are clearly not following this (Getty Images)

(One can have a very healthy vegetarian diet but the majority of vegetarians in the world are clearly not following this (Getty Images)

The Indian Dietetic Association recently put out a statement claiming 84 per cent of vegetarians in the country are protein deficient versus 65 per cent of meat eaters. As one of New Zealand’s most eminent dietitian’s Dr Caryn Zinn told me: “Calorie for calorie, meat is more proteinaceous and nutrient dense than vegetables. Of course, one can have a very healthy vegetarian diet but the majority of vegetarians in the world are clearly not following this.”

A large observational study conducted in Australia in 2016 concluded that contrary to popular belief, once other lifestyle factors were accounted for, vegetarians do not live longer than non-vegetarians in the developed world. Similarly, a large Austrian study published in the prestigious medical journal PLOS 1 found that despite having a lower BMI and less alcohol consumption, “a vegetarian diet is associated with poorer health (higher incidences of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders) a higher need for health care and a poorer quality of life.”

‘The point about saturated fat is: the evidence is now looking pretty good, but the guidance hasn’t shifted’

The totality of evidence does not find an association with the consumption of unprocessed red meat and reduced life expectancy. The association of the dietary saturated fat and heart disease found in high amounts in animal products has also been debunked in a paper I coauthored with two eminent cardiologists.

Taking much of this evidence into consideration after two days of debate and discussion at the international science and politics of nutrition conference jointly hosted by medical reinsurance company Swiss Re and the BMJ in June last year, the editor in chief of the journal Dr Fiona Godlee remarked: “The point about saturated fat is: the evidence is now looking pretty good, but the guidance hasn’t shifted […] there doesn’t seem to have been an enormous ‘mea culpa’ from the scientific community that we got it so wrong. That does surprise me.”

A focus on starch, sugar and salt reduction instead

(Pexels) Population-wide strategies to curb obesity should now discard fat and saturated fat and focus on starch, sugar and salt reduction instead.

(Pexels) Population-wide strategies to curb obesity should now discard fat and saturated fat and focus on starch, sugar and salt reduction instead.

Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean of the Freedman School of Nutrition Science And Policy at Tufts University, Massachusetts, told me at the event in Zurich that population-wide strategies to curb obesity should now discard fat and saturated fat and focus on starch, sugar and salt reduction instead.

Ultra-processed food now makes up more than half of the British diet and is strongly linked to weight gain and even cancer. Ultra-processed is broadly defined as industrial formulations (any packaged food) with five or more ingredients. And when broken down into food groups, 77 per cent comes from sugary products and drinks, starchy foods and breakfast cereals, and ultra-processed fruit and vegetables. 19 per cent comes from ultra-processed meat, fish, eggs and dairy, and two per cent from “fats” and two per cent from salty snacks.

‘There’s been much media hype recently suggesting that adopting a meat or animal product free diet is best for human and planetary health, but this is not evidence-based’

There’s been much media hype recently suggesting that adopting a meat or animal product free diet is best for human and planetary health, but this is not evidence-based.

An independent report from the US Department of Agriculture predicts complete removal of animals from the food supply would only reduce total US greenhouse gases by 2.6 per cent but simultaneously increase dietary energy consumption from a plant only system and worsen nutritional deficiencies.

Not less meat, but better meat

Red meat happens to be one of the best sources of zinc and Vitamin B12 (Photo: Miguel Mendez/AFP/Getty Images)

Red meat happens to be one of the best sources of zinc and Vitamin B12 (Photo: Miguel Mendez/AFP/Getty Images)

 

“We don’t need less meat but better meat in the food supply,” said Dietitian and organic farmer Diana Rodgers. She recently wrote a devastating critique of the “nutritionally deficient” Eat Lancet report which recommends we consume less than half an ounce of red meat per day, the equivalent of one eight of a steak.

 

Red meat happens to be one of the best sources of zinc and Vitamin B12, a supplement of which needs to be taken by up to 92 per cent of vegans. “Well-managed cattle can also be one of our best tools at mitigating climate change,” Rodgers added, citing a study that shows how methane-emitting cattle can actually be a carbon sink, when looking at the full life cycle. “It’s not the cow, it’s the how.”

 

‘The biggest beneficiaries could very well be the ultra-processed “meat and dairy free” food industry, the vitamin and supplement industry and a predictable rise in the overfat epidemic and associated chronic diseases would be a cash cow for Big Pharma’

So whilst population health continues to suffer, the biggest beneficiaries could very well be the ultra-processed “meat and dairy free” food industry, the vitamin and supplement industry, and a predictable rise in the overfat epidemic and associated chronic diseases would be a cash cow for Big Pharma.

My mother dedicated most of her adult life to working as a GP in the NHS and was one of the most kind and compassionate people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. She wholeheartedly supported my public health advocacy work as it was in line with her philosophy as a Hindu to put Dharma (duty) to the community as paramount.

Sadly, her devout religious faith to avoid consuming animal products, combined with a high starch, high sugar diet, was ultimately to the detriment of her health. I very much hope that her premature and painful death was not in vain and we can learn that much of these ills are preventable.

Dr Aseem Malhotra is an NHS Consultant Cardiologist and Professor of Evidence Based Medicine. He is donating his fee for this article to Children in Need. 

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A Plymouth trawlerman has spoken of his frustration at having to throw thousands of pounds worth of sea bass back into the water due to strict fishing quotas.

Joel Dunn shared a shocking video of the dead bass – worth £20,000 – being chucked back after a huge haul on Monday.

He said that restrictions on the amount of fish that can be landed costs him vital income, a situation that is particularly difficult in the run up to Christmas.

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The huge haul of bass that had to be thrown back (Image: Joel Dunn)

“After eating they lay on the bottom of the sea bed and we have no idea what’s down there until we bring it up.

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The harder the EU tries to impose its globalist agenda on people in some of its member states, the less willing they will be to toe Brussels’ line, Italian journalist Marco Fontana commented on Sunday’s election.

“There is a great deal of outside meddling in Italian politics, but it is coming from EU leaders, like Jean-Claude Juncker, rather than the imaginary “troll factory” in St. Petersburg,” Fontana remarked.

Juncker recently told the media “early March is very important for the EU. There will be referendums in Germany and Italy and I’m particularly worried about the outcome of the Italian elections. We need to be prepared to see the Italians failing to form a working government and, instead, having a provisional one.”

Fontana slammed Juncker, saying such statements, made ahead of Sunday’s elections, as direct meddling and an attempt to influence the election outcome in a sovereign member of the European Union.

“Italian media worries more about ‘fake news’ from Russia than about statements by EU politicians, which can impact the outcome of the Italian elections,” Fontana noted. The same is true of mainstream media in Britain, Germany, France, Netherlands, Austria and in the USA where newspapers and broadcast news channels that were once respected around the world are still pushing the story of collaboration between President Trump and Rusia swung the election when all the evidence to date shows if any collaboration took place it was between The Democrat Party and certain Russian oligarchs who contibuted to The Clinton Foundation in return for political favours.

Fontana, like many independent media commentators, believes that Brussels has failed to learn from Brexit, and the more they try to tell Europeans what to do the stronger the backlash could be. In spite of growing opposition to the brussels agenda, the controlling bureaucracy becomes more authoritarian and more intransigent in response to every challenge.

“Let’s hope that this is exactly what is going to happen again, because the interests of the EU’s technocratic elite are starkly at variance with the interests of the Italian people!” Fontana continued.

“We have already seen the main achievements by the governments of Mario Monti (2011-2013) and Enrico Letta (2013-2014), which bled the Italian economy white, destroyed the social sphere, sent the value of Made in Italy goods down, forced the closure of many construction companies and drove dozens of business people to suicide,” he emphasized.

He said that Juncker had probably tried to forestall the outcome of Sunday’s vote: if the winner fails to garner enough votes to form a Cabinet, the EU could try to persuade Italy to have a grand ruling coalition whose inability to govern will ruin the economy once again. He added that Germany had taken months to form a a new government and no one dared say that the absence of a government was weakening Europe. Italy is another matter, especially with Eurosceptic parties now leading in polls.

Juncker’s statement invited a joint chorus of condemnation from all of Italy’s political parties, save only for President Mattarella, who was the only Italian politician who refused to comment on it.

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A new opinion poll carried out on support for the European Union in Sweden has produced some shock findings as a massive turnround among Swedish voters probably due to mass immigration and migrant related crime waves in cities. From being one of the most solidly pro-EU member states, Sweden now has a substantial majority against membership of the EU.

EU leader Juncker Has Praised The ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Lisbon Treaty Which He Says Led To Joint European Union Army
The European Commission president Jean – Claude Drunkard has praised the federalisation – by – stealth deceptiveness of the Lisbon treaty for helping bring about the creation of a “European Defense Force,” in effect the EU Common Army. The treaty was initially called the European Constitution and unequivocally laid out the path to creation of …

Massive Influx of Migrants ‘May Start Civil War’ in EU
As Germanys immigrant crisis shows no sign of easing and nobody in Chancellort Merkel’ s ruling coalition seems to have a clue how to deal with it, left and right wing politicians are starting to talk of the crisis dividing netions so deeply it could lead to civil war

RIP the British Steel Industry, murdered by The EU. Vote Leave
As the future of not just Port Talbot steelworks but british steelmaking hangs in the balance with Indian conglomerate Tata Industries deciding the fate, we reflect that (A) the latest disaster for manufacturing is the fault of the EU and (B) We’ve been here before with Tata, a steelworks and a carbon credits scam.

Government Whistleblower admits Labour Opened Borders to Eastern Europe to ‘Lower Wage Growth’
It’s likely that most well informed people realised The Labour Party had ceased to live up to their claim to “speak for the working class” by the time they won the 1964 election under Harold Wilson, and anyone who has read George Orwell’s book “The Road To Wigan Pier” will be aware that “the people’s …

RIP the British Steel Industry, murdered by The EU. Vote Leave
As the future of not just Port Talbot steelworks but british steelmaking hangs in the balance with Indian conglomerate Tata Industries deciding the fate, we reflect that (A) the latest disaster for manufacturing is the fault of the EU and (B) We’ve been here before with Tata, a steelworks and a carbon credits scam.

Fears Over Threat To Sovereignty Could Wreck EU European Army Plan
No they’re not Star Wars Imperial Stormtroopers, they are German soldiers assigned to an international peacekeeping force, showing how like Imperial Stormtroopers a pan European army might look (Image source)

EU President Branded a Tool of Germany and ‘Europe’s Left-Liberal Elite’

Following an astonishing attack on his home nation, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and former Prime Minister of Poland has suffered an immediate backlash from the Polish government, which has called into question his ability to act as an honest broker between EU member-states. Repeating a pattern we have seen many times before, …

Cameron’s Hopes For EU Membership Reforms For UK Torpedoed By Tusk
David Cameron’s hopes of winning serious concessions on sovereignty, border controls, contributions, trade agreements, human rights and labour laws so he could claim to have won a better deal for Britain by the time the in / out referendum starts next year European Union suffered an early blow when European Council President Donald Tusk warned that reaching a deal would be “very tough” …

Self-Loathing Sweden Should Only Welcome Persecuted Immigrants, Instead They Invite The Persecutors Too.
We have covered immigration problems in Europe extensively, but the European country that demonstrates how wide the gap between ordinary people and the ruling eilte has become is Sweden where the politically correct governing coalition’s immigration and social policies seem to indicate the elite are engaged in a genocide campaign against ethnic Swedes

Soros network in Brussels planning ‘Europe of mixed population’:- Orban
According to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, The Open Society Foundation network, a pseudo – charity founded by American-Hungarian billionaire Marxist, George Soros has, through patronage and generous hospitality to those who might be useful in advancing the hedge fund operator’s global government agenda, amassed vast influence over European Union bureaucratic instiutions in Brussels, including …

German Ubermacht Gives Greek Upstats The Finger In European Union Confrontation.
The confrontation between Germany, which some say sees itself as the increasingly dominant nation in the EU as ‘ever closer integration’ progresses, and Greece, the Euro zone economic basket case but a proud and independent nation all the same, had to come. Germany was more austerity from Greece to protect the value of the Greek debt it hold. Greece want money from Germany to settle old grievances.


David Cameron Blames Madness Of Bussels Red Tape For Euro Crisis


Speaking at the EU economic forum in Davos, Switzerland The Prime Minister said Europe is still in a perilous time (up shit creek to you and me) because of its debts and the financial burden of over – generous statutory welfare systems. He told the gathering the EU Central Bureaucracy must stop throttling growth with pointless rules and regulations. Mr. Cameron urged his fellow leaders not to impose …

Bank Of England To Print Money To Avoid Recession


Monetary policy policy-makers at Bank of England have unveiled plans to inject an extrat £50bn of stimulus money into the economy in an attempt to avert a second recession. Before we go on to look at how much harm this wil;l do there are one or two things that must be understood. When we talk about printing money in a modern economy it is not simply a question of buying paper and printing ink and setting up the presses …

The Decline And Fall Of The Bureaucratic Empire

The societies we live in, the companies we work for and by extension our lives are run by people who tell us they are much cleverer than we are. This is why we need elites and why, we are told, we must tolerate their high living, their jollies off to luxury resorts where they may focus their minds fully on how better to exploit us, use our money filched from tax revenues that should be spent to our benefit, on high class hookers. The point is we the ordinary punters are, according to these people, simply too stupid to …

Why Brexit: A Reader Explains

In answer to the question “Why Does Britain Want To Leave The European Union” posed in a comment thread (in one of our other locations) a reader gave this explicit answer which is worth sharing as widely as possible.

David Reardon

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Brussels Foreign Affairs Chief Mogherini Still Wants Turkey to Join EU
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said in Malta on Friday that accession talks with Turkey have not been halted, following a Turkish referendum that gave President Erdogan dictatorial powers. Despite this rejection of the democratic principle all EU members are in theory expected to uphold, Mogherini still wants the predominantly Islamic middle eastern nation, to join.

Why does the United Kingdom want to leave the European Union?
I worked for the European Commission, the administrative branch of the EU governing bureaucracy for several years, though I was not an official but an external consultant. On the way to my office in the Batement Jean Monnet in Luxembourg City every morning I would pass a large plaque, The words etched on it described the vision of Monnet, Coudenhove – Kalergi, Robert Schuman, Paul – Henri Spaak and others, of a Europe in which there were no French people, no Germans, Italians, Dutch, Belgians and eventually, as the community expanded, no Britons, Spaniards Portuguese, Greeks, Austrians, Swedes etc., only Europeans,

Manfred Weber criticised Britain’s apparent desire to still do business with the European Union while not being a member of the bloc.

He also claimed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was attempting to “provoke” Brussels with his recent choice of words while speaking in India.

However, an angry Neil railed against the MEP and asked was he not concerned about the rise of Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen, with the Netherlands and France both facing general elections this year.

Manfred Weber criticised Britain’s apparent desire to still do business with the European Union while not being a member of the bloc.He also claimed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was attempting to “provoke” Brussels with his recent choice of words while speaking in India.

However, an angry Neil railed against the MEP and asked was he not concerned about the rise of Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen, with the Netherlands and France both facing general elections this year.
Quitaly? Will Italy follow Britain out of the EU?

With a referendum in Italy, ostensibly on constitutional reforms but perceived as a referendum on the leadership of the ruling elite, looming in November and the anti – globalisation, pro sovereignty Five Star Party growing in popularity all the time. Should the constitutional changes be voted down, and the against campaign is showing a comfortable lead in opinion polls at the moment, it will put a Quitaly in-out referendum, similar to the so called Brexit vote that kick off the process of Britain leaving the European Union, at the top of the agenda.

‘Have you learned NOTHING from Brexit?’ Brilliant moment Andrew Neil SKEWERS German MEP

Threat Of Major Scandal Prompted Early Election Move – UKIP
Leaders of the (UKIP) have made astonishing claim that Prime Minister Teresa May’s calling an early General Election was done to pre-empt a series of by-elections that could be called following alleged electoral fraud. Accusing the Conservative government of “putting party before country”, UKIP appeared to suggest the scandal and ensuing disqualification of MPs could rob the government of its slender majority.

Nigel Farage Swipes Back At Irrational, Screeching, Crazy Clinton
US Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton launched a hysterical, irrational attack, filled with half truths and blatant lies, against the most prominent figure in the campaign to get Britain out of the EU (Brexit), UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, during a speech at a rally today. Mrs Clinton, responding to Farage’s address to a large and enthusiastic audience at a Donald Trump rally, may have been rattled at the prospect of having such a hihly effective campaigner in the rival camp …

Rebellion Against EU Authoritarianism Escalates As 8th Member Nation Threatens Referendum

Brussels went too far, they crossed the line in moving from an economic union to a political pan – European political empire. In the end it was a race as to which member state would quit first, Britain, Natherlands, Denmark or Italy. In the event it is Britain.

Is Brexit A Harbinger Of Doom For The ‘Experts’
The Brexit vote, the decision by a democratic majority in Britain to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves around the world. Not only does the EU now face a tsunami of departures, the usurpation of democracy by ‘experts’ ( technocrats ) has been challenged and exposed as a sham.

BREXIT vs. GREXIT – The Truth About The European Union And How It Treats Members

Unless the testicularly deficient politicians stand up for their nations he only thing that will halt the European Union’s push beyond Europe’s geographical borders to incorporate Asian, middle eastern and north African nations is war. Power is addictive and the bean counters of Brussels have ambitions far beyond Europe.

The Hypocrisy and Snobbery Of The Remain Campaign And The Antidote
When I had to defriend a Facebook contact because she was arguing in favour of the EU, it was not simply because I support Brexit that I had become pissed of with her, it was the snobbish and condescending way she dismissed supporters of LEAVE and their case. People are entitled to their opinion on the European Union, but they should check the ‘facts’ they post in support of their arguments.

The Labour Case For Brexit by Kate Hoey M.P.

After my short intro is a savage indictment by Brexit supporting Labour MP Kate Hoey of the way the Labour Party has abandoned the working class and is now trying to betray the party’s proud heritage and its roots in the industrial areas by taking Britain into an undemocratic, corporate controlled, capitalist friendly, elite dominated globalist control freak project.

Dutch Referendum This Week Shows why We Should Leave The EU.

Few of you were aware probably that there is an EU referendum vote in The Netherlands this week. As usual with anything negative about the EU barely a word has been printed in the topic in mainstream media and the silence from our notionally unbiased national broadcaster The Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been deafening.

French, Belgians, Dutch, Italians Follow Britain in Euroskepticism

Europeans want us British to lead them out of Europe. Don’t be fooled by project fear, the European Union (aka the Euronazi Federal Superstate) is falling apart. There will not be chaos if we leave, there will be chaos if we stay.

Head Of European Institute: Brexit ‘Better’ For Everyone

Brexit would be the best result of Britain’s in / out referendum for both Britain and the EU i a Belgian professor who heads up the European Institute at the London School of Economics (LSE) has said.

Johnson’s article lines up his reasons why Britain must exit on June 23rd. It’s time to be brave

OK, I know a lot of you think Boris is most accurately described by a word many people find offensive, but he’s put together a very good argument here on why we must leave the EU. Published in part here under ‘fair use’ terms and conditions, in the public interest …

Cameron’s EU Package: Not A Deal But A Few Turns In The Spin Machine
As we and almost everybody else predicted, David Cameron’s deal to improve Britain’s relationship with the EU is worthless. It changes nmothing, and can be vetoed once we have voted to stay in.

 

Top German Politician Warns EU Determination To Punish Britain Will Harm Europe.

A leading German member of the European Parliament has warned that top EU negotiators frustrate Brexit in order to punish Britain and keep other Eurosceptic member-states in line as opposition to the Union’s authoritarian style of governance grows all around Europe.

Hans-Olaf Henkel, deputy chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group – to which Britain’s ruling Conservative Party is aligned– claimed that Belgium’s former prime minister Guy Verhofstadt and France’s former foreign minister Michel Barnier “want to make a mess out of this whole unhappy situation” in an article published by The Times.

Verhofstadt, once described by UKIP’s Nigel Farage as “high priest” in “the temple of European federalism” by Brexit campaign leader is the European Parliament’s chosen representative in the Brexit negotiations.

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EU Brexit negotiator Verhofstadt responds to Nigel Farage?

Barnier,  a former member of the unelected European Commission (Euronazis), as well as being Frane’s former foreign affairs chief, is the bloc’s chief negotiator.

“Mr Verhofstadt is an ambitious politician who wants to achieve a United States of Europe,” wrote Henkel, alleging that the attitude he typifies “was responsible in no small part” for the British public voting to Leave the European Union in June 2016.

“Mr Verhofstadt now wants to punish the British,” he continued.

“My impression is that Mr Barnier wants to do the same. The reason is simple. They would seek to make sure that Brexit is such a catastrophe that no country dares to take the step of leaving the EU again.”

Unfortunately many nations that are far more natural trading partners for Britain than the EU are falling over themselves in their eagerness to do business with British firms one we are free of the suffocating blanket of EU bureaucracy.

In Henkel’s estimation, failure to reach a reasonable separation agreement Britain would be “a terrible situation for us all,” he said, adding, “in Germany we value the ties we have with the British”. He probably means that German politicians are crapping themselves at the prospect of having to explain to German taxpayers just why they have to pick up the tab for the Union’s dept crippled ‘Club Mediterranean’ nations one the only other net contributor to the EU treasury has gone.

The UK will be the Eurozone’s single largest export market after Brexit, and Leave campaigner and former environment and rural affairs minister Owen Paterson MP has recently noted that Germany sold around 950,000 cars to British buyers in 2016 alone.

Other European leaders, such as Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó and Flemish minister-president Geert Bourgeois, have also said that attempting to “punish” the British would be damaging for the EU, with European exporters losing competitiveness and market share in the UK (mostly thanks to bureaucratic restrictions on trade and idiotic labour laws pushing up costs,)  as it reclaims its powers to conduct an independent trade policy and strikes deals with global economies such as Australia India, and the United States.

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US Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton launched a hysterical, irrational attack, filled with half truths and blatant lies, against the most prominent figure in the campaign to get Britain out of the EU (Brexit), UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, during a speech at a rally today. Mrs Clinton, responding to Farage’s address to a large and enthusiastic audience at a Donald Trump rally, may have been rattled at the prospect of having such a hihly effective campaigner in the rival camp …

Rebellion Against EU Authoritarianism Escalates As 8th Member Nation Threatens Referendum

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The Brexit vote, the decision by a democratic majority in Britain to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves around the world. Not only does the EU now face a tsunami of departures, the usurpation of democracy by ‘experts’ ( technocrats ) has been challenged and exposed as a sham.

BREXIT vs. GREXIT – The Truth About The European Union And How It Treats Members

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When I had to defriend a Facebook contact because she was arguing in favour of the EU, it was not simply because I support Brexit that I had become pissed of with her, it was the snobbish and condescending way she dismissed supporters of LEAVE and their case. People are entitled to their opinion on the European Union, but they should check the ‘facts’ they post in support of their arguments.

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After my short intro is a savage indictment by Brexit supporting Labour MP Kate Hoey of the way the Labour Party has abandoned the working class and is now trying to betray the party’s proud heritage and its roots in the industrial areas by taking Britain into an undemocratic, corporate controlled, capitalist friendly, elite dominated globalist control freak project.

Dutch Referendum This Week Shows why We Should Leave The EU.

Few of you were aware probably that there is an EU referendum vote in The Netherlands this week. As usual with anything negative about the EU barely a word has been printed in the topic in mainstream media and the silence from our notionally unbiased national broadcaster The Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been deafening.

French, Belgians, Dutch, Italians Follow Britain in Euroskepticism

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Cameron Plays Deal Or No Deal In Europe

David Cameron, who was apparently up all night trying to make other European leaders understand why his country needs a better deal in order to poersuade the prople it is a good idea stay in the EU. Unless Cameron gets what will enable him to sell the idea of surrendering national sovereignty to a Federal European Superstate ruled by a committee of unelected bureaucrats in to the British public he will not campaign for the UK to remain in the bloc

EU Refuses to Block Eurozone Integration to Reach Agreement With UK

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said at the E?U summit on British membership terms that the European Union wants to reach an agreement with the United Kingdom, but it is not prepared to compromise the banking union (financial integration) or the further integration of monetary union (UK being forced to abandon the pound join the Euro?) to achieve this goal.

Cameron’s EU Deal Worthless. It Can Be Vetoed In European Parliament?
Opinion polls show Britain is evenly divided on the question of whether to leave or remain in the EU, though it has been suggested up to 10 million other voters, many of them women, have yet to make a decision. How they cast their vote will shape the future of the world’s fifth largest economy and the EU itself. But what is really at stake is more important than economics …

Obama’s intervention in UK politics triggers angry backlash
Angry Britons have launched a petition calling for U.S. President Barack Obama to be prevented from speaking in the UK parliament on Britain’s forthcoming referendum on European Union (EU) membership.

NATO Rhetoric About Russian Threat is ‘Absurd’

The reasons being given for the latest NATO military buildup in Eastern Europe, the idea that the Russian ‘Russian threat’ to Eastern Europe grows every day is “simply absurd,” according to former US diplomat and Senate policy advisor Jim Jatras. Effectively, Jatras says, the buildup is an attempt by the US to keep Germany and France on board with Washington’s world domination agenda and …

E U To Push TTIP Trade Deal Before Obama Leaves Office

TTIP, the Trans Atlantic Trade And Investment Partnership is being promoted bt the US government and the EU Commission as a free trade deal that will create thousands of jobs and bring economic benefits to partners. It’s critics however claim it is a blatant attempt to shift power from national governments to corporate business.

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“The European Project Was Always Bound To Fail” – Europe Abandons The Union

After Brexit European Union Moves To Abolish Free Speech!
While European citizens are increasingly at risk of arrest for “hate speech” and “xenophobic remarks” (both terms for which there is no legal definition in any state of Europe,) the law does not apply equally to all Europeans, the ruling elites it sems can say what they like about whom they dislike.As I have previously mentioned (elsewhere if not here), in the mid 1980s I spent some time working for the European Union. It was not a long contract, I could have embedded myself and spent ten years picking up big fat freelance contractor fees for doing very little. The incessant meetings, consultations, steering groups, committees, policy documents and blah blah blah were driving me insane. In the end even the lovely and equally married Marie Dondelanger could not keep me in Luxembourg, which BTW is a delightful place to live and work.

My experience was similar to many people with a ‘doer’ mindset who have been involved with the EU’s bureaucratic machine and its culture of not doing but counting and measuring, documenting, regulating and planning.

The European project was always bound to fail. Europe is a continent riven by geographic and cultural barriers. It has spent two millennia not only indulging in massive and constant internal wars, but also keeping written records of them, informing each generation of all the times their forebears were wronged. Over the centuries, great empires have risen and fallen, leaving behind distinct groups of people with different histories, languages and cultures and enough chips on their shoulders to power a Google data centre.

Any project attempting merge these diverse economies and cultures into one centrally controlled, bureaucratically governed superstate over the course of just 70 years was doomed from the outset. It would inevitably encounter insurmountable levels of nationalistic resistance, both pragmatic and emotional, and eventually the project would implode. That is where we now find ourselves.

Crises proliferate, and though they all have different outward appearances each stems from the same underlying issue: Human beings value their national and regional identities over the supranational dream. The sovereign debt crisis and repeating Grexit scares, born of the introduction of the euro in 1999, have exposed Northern Europe’s unwillingness to subsidize the south. TheBrexit referendum, scheduled for June, can trace its roots to the 2004 enlargement of the European Union, which unleashed a wave of Polish and east European migration to the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, amid the ongoing immigration crisis, national leaders are appeasing their populations by bypassing European rules and re-erecting border controls to stem the flow of refugees across their territory.To be fair here, the EU rules on free movement were never meant to grant people from outside the Union free access through its borders or free movement within the EU.

In all of these situations, the same factors are at work: The driving forces within Europe are national in nature, and member nations will ultimately put their own interests first.

Today’s problems were both predictable and predicted.  Having identified the flaws in  a system is one thing however, to propose ways of fixing those flaws without introducing new and even more serious flaws is quite another. And after many years tickering around the edges, the EU’s flaws have become terminal.

There are still many different ways that the demise of the European Union’s current form could come about. For example, the project could unravel via market forces, as it nearly did in 2012 when investors tested the commitment of the core to save the periphery and found it to be (barely) willing to do so. Or a disaffected populace could elect a nationalist party such as France’s National Front, which could either lead the country out of the European Union or make the bloc so unmanageable that it ceases to function.

Perhaps the most likely scenario at this point would be for the European Union to survive as a ghost of its former self, with its laws ignored and stripped back to the extent that it holds only a loose grip on its members.

When Britain joined in 1974 after a referendum, those of us who voted for the EU were led to believe our country would be joining a free trade association. In fact, as I was reminded every morning on the way to my office in the Baitment Jean Monnet, by a large stone plaque in the lobby, the original vision in the years that followed World War Two, the intention was always to dissolve the sovereign nations of Europe and by geographic expansion and economic integration to create a single European state.

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After Brexit European Union Moves To Abolish Free Speech!
While European citizens are increasingly at risk of arrest for “hate speech” and “xenophobic remarks” (both terms for which there is no legal definition in any state of Europe,) the law does not apply equally to all Europeans, the ruling elites it sems can say what they like about whom they dislike.

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