Sunday, 20 January 2019

The Independent Mind of Rabbie Burns. 1759 – 2019

By Willie Drennan

The man o' independent mind – he looks and laughs at aa that”.

The genius of Scotland's immortal bard has appealed to many folks for many different reasons. He had an exceptional ability to deeply understand humanity and to express his observations through his advanced skills in verbal and written communication. He was able to reach people from a wide range of social, political, religious and philosophical backgrounds.

Hardly surprising then that people with contrasting views and ethics seek to embrace him as one of their own. I'm afraid I'm no different. I will stick my neck out and say with absolute conviction that if Mr Burns was alive today that he would be no devotee of the EU and would have voted to escape from the control of that regime in the 2016 EU Referendum. There. I said it. And I await,in eager anticipation, an onslaught of challenge and abuse from an assortment of pro-EU Establishment academics and other non-academic EU devotees.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Leavers of Northern Ireland

The Ulster Folk is supporting the formation of Leavers groups in Northern Ireland, in conjunction with Leavers of Britain. The initial group will be called Leavers of Northern Ireland .The Ulster Folk will encourage and assist any Leave groups in Northern Ireland via social media accounts and web site.

Leavers of Britain has recently emerged from Leavers of London and is rapidly taking-off, across the UK. It facilitates the setting-up of groups for people who have voted to Leave the EU or who now wish the democratic decision of the EU Referendum to be implemented by government. It is the brainchild of the delightfully energetic Londoner, Lucy Harris, who is busy these days travelling all over Britain attending Leave gatherings and offering advice to the various groups. 

Following the referendum result many who supported Brexit across the country felt a degree of obstruction and hostility. In particular many feared for their careers as it was often the case that senior management in many sectors were strongly committed to Remaining in the EU. Leavers of Britain has provided a welcome social network for people to share experiences and support each other. They meet in public venues such as coffee houses and pubs.

Northern Ireland is no exception. In fact it might be more extreme here due to the vociferous support for the EU by those who lead Northern Ireland's large Public Sector. Those who work in Health, Education, Arts, Media or Banking sectors quite often do not feel comfortable to express their support for Brexit. In addition Project Fear had many people convinced that a hard border in Ireland would be inevitable post-Brexit.

It is the aim of the initial Leavers Of Britain members in Northern Ireland that their groups will meet up regularly and their gatherings will be open to everyone who now supports the implementation of the democratic decision to Leave. This can include citizens of the Republic of Ireland who support the growing Irexit campaign: and indeed those from any other country who have concerns about how the European Union is developing. We will also extend a warm invitation to citizens of non-EU countries who feel it is unfair that they do not have the same opportunities to live and work here as EU citizens have.

We encourage anyone who is interested to follow The Ulster Folk initially on Twitter or Facebook and to become members of Leavers of Britain. Those not on social media will receive updates via email from Leavers of Britain.

Join this expanding network straight away and don't miss out on the positive experience. It should be a lot of fun if nothing else. There are a few musicians and colourful characters already on board.

The first gathering in Northern Ireland is being planned for late February. As for the venue, we would welcome suggestions from pubs or coffee houses.

Join Leavers of Britain via their website: Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

The Ulster Folk also encourages Leavers of Northern Ireland to submit Brexit-related blogs for our blogsite:

Monday, 14 January 2019

No Deal, Theresa's Deal Or People's Vote?

By Willie Drennan
Image: courtesy of Fishing for Leave.

I was invited to participate on a panel discussion for Sky TV News this morning at 9.30am. There were four of us on the panel for a 10 minute slot. It was short and a bit frantic: probably the way TV news is meant to work, but I was disappointed that I didn't get to make some important points. So I am going to express them here instead: in bold.
In advance of the show, Sky asked me what I thought of 'No Deal, 'Withdrawal Agreement' and 'The People's Vote'.

If I had had the opportunity I would have expressed my concerns about all this terminology. 

The so-called No Deal has negative connotations and allows for some to interpret leaving the EU under WTO terms as crashing out of the EU.

No Deal however is exactly the same thing as the Leave the EU option that was on the ballot paper in the referendum: the option that the majority of the people in the United Kingdom, of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, voted for.