Once upon a time I was a squishy-squashy brexiteer. The softest of the soft.

In fact prior to about 2008 (though I will deny this when in polite company) I was actually a Remainer. In the late 90's/00's (I am now ashamed to admit) I thought joining the Euro and ditching the Pound would be a good idea.

But as the years ran on I read "stuff". Not all at once but progressively.

I read accounts of the fixing, corruption and denial of democratic decisions that were (and are) just daily routine events in the Eu bureaucracy.

I laughed with everybody else when Neil Kinnock became the only Eu commissioner to emerge from the Santer Commission Corruption Scandal with any dignity.

I read Peter Shore's book "Separate Ways"  rather belatedly 10 years after it was published (aka 2010) It was important to me, especially as Peter Shore's political viewpoint mostly aligned with mine.

As the Eu monster grew and showed us its ugly face my views became less appreciative. Through I was still broadly on-board with the Eu project.

When the Eu Referendum came on us in 2016 I truly agonised over whether to vote in or out. Seriously - I know many find it good to have firm ideas, but I have always tried to be evidence based and bend as necessary.

I studied more, and became that squishy-squashy brexiteer. The softest of the soft (you'll see this in some of the pre-referendum posts!) But as the referendum grew ever nearer I read more, and more. I grew increasingly appalled.

But I was still a softy. I voted leave with a heavy heart.

Now post referendum we see the Eu in full ugliness. A hateful spiteful bureaucracy which is desperate to make the transgressor pay. The Eu is no longer a friend or an allay but a hostile opponent and should be treated as such.

Consequently my opinion now is that we should act similarly to them. But in Spades. No military support, no security support and strict control of products coming into our country from the Eu. It may hurt us some, but better that than to be someone else's bitch.

I remember one guy from "Brexit the Movie" saying he would rather eat grass for five years than stay in the Eu. Today I regard that guy as a wimp.

I am no longer a soft-brexiteer.

I am a case hardened, tungsten tipped hard brexiteer. With attitude.

June 2016
A Love Letter To Europe
UK Foreign Aid, the Eu and German Coffee Barons
Eu Referendum Demographics - A Different take

May 2016
Intimidate us Mr Juncker? I'll Raise you Five
Vetos Turkey the Eu and Deception
The Eu: What Happens when a veto is used

January 2016
Another Year for Sgt Blackman

May 2015
A General Election - Or a Lottery?
The Devils Mark and the UKIP Witch

January 2015
Je Suis Charlie - With Caveats

December 2014
A New Year for Sgt Blackman

September 2013
A Bulgarian Back Door?

June 2013
Safe in Their Hands

May 2013
An Emerging Supermarket Cartel?

February 2013
The Coming Dark Age - Revisited
A Gift Horse in the Mouth
Huhne Pleads Guity

November 2012

Vote Independent for Police Commissioner
Saville McAlpine and the Secret 28

October 2012

BBC Whitewash: Matt or Gloss?

August 2012

Rotten to the Core
Tim Yeo, Contraception and Energy Policy

May 2012

If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next

October 2011

The English MP

September 2011

Redcar and the Barnett Formula
Scottish Tories and a Changing Game
The Road to Weimar UK
Yvette Cooper Immigration and honesty

August 2011

Good News from Redcar Steelworks
Does a Dead Cat Bounce If named Footsie?

June 2011

A Confidential Crime Policy
Rethinking England
Erasing English Politics

May 2011

The Striking Out of England (again)

December 2010
England Almost Unstruck

September 2010
England Erased Revisited
An English Void

August 2010
England Erased

May 2010
What about England Dave?
Cameron Clegg and Elephants
England In a Losers Coalition
A Greek tragedy and an English Vote
A Scottish Debate in England

Aprils 2010
So When Is the English Debate?
Spoil it for England

March 2010
English Railways and English Taxes

February 2010
English Sour and Fusion Reactors
An English Identity

January 2010
An English Apology
An English Conspiracy

December 2009
The Striking Out of England