Suella – Our ‘Militant’ MP

Suella Braverman is a senior member of the European Research Group, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, who are pushing for us to leave without a deal, a crash out Brexit. A Tory Minister, Richard Harrington MP, has called ERG members “traitors” saying they should quit and join Nigel Farage’s party instead.  ERG do seem to be the Tory’s version of Militant or Momentum – a party within a party.

In the 2016 advisory referendum more people voted to Leave than to Remain but the margin was small, less than 4%. The withdrawal agreement that Mrs May’s Tory government has reached with the EU is quite extreme enough in that it means we withdraw from the Single Market and the Customs Union – definitively leaving the EU – but it is not extreme enough for our MP.

Suella with Jacob Rees-Mogg

Suella now chooses to believe that we should accept the most extreme version of Brexit. However we don’t have to guess what the electorate meant by ‘Leave’ because they were asked shortly afterwards (July 2016) – and two thirds said the highest priority was staying in the Single Market.

Our Tory MEP, Dan Hannan, said during the campaign that “Absolutely nobody is talking about threatening our place in the Single Market”

Suella held a 2nd Q&A session on Brexit on 1st March after being mocked (by Jennifer Saunders amongst others) over her first Q&A. The event was heavily stage managed and the  questions were screened beforehand.

We were reassured that under a No Deal Brexit there would be no problem with medicines despite a questioner having been told by a pharmacist and a doctor that supply couldn’t be guaranteed.

We were told that it was too difficult to come up with a question for a referendum on the results of the Brexit negotiations.

No questions were taken on Brexiteers assurances during the referendum that a free trade agreement with the EU would be “the easiest in history”, that “we hold all the cards” or that “there will be no downside to Brexit, only a considerable upside”.

No questions were taken on the fines meted out to organisations that campaigned for Leave 

The meeting was mostly polite although some booed or cried ‘shame’ when Suella referred to the BBC as the Brussels Broadcasting Corporation.

Reform Council Tax, say Lib Dems

Councillors Roger Price and Jim Forrest

Fareham’s Council Tax is to rise beyond the inflation rate for the fourth year running.

The council meeting on February 20 agreed a Council Tax of £160.22 per Band D property for 20190-20, a  rise of £5 compared to the current year.

Lib Dem councillors reluctantly supported the rise to prevent cuts in services. But group leader Roger Price urged the Council to consider other means of raising finance.

His deputy JIm Forrest called on the Council to lobby the Westminster government for changes to make the tax system fairer.

You can see their speeches in the Budget debate here:

Roger Price

Jim Forrest