Dear fellow bloggers, I would just like to add a quick update on my extended absence. My internship, as it turns out, is far longer that most of my peers' hence my time and energy on this blog is limited as of now. However term starts in just under a month and the 'informed' ranting will start again. Political events which I highly suggest you attend (I plan to) include Congress for an EU Referendum - hopefully you are not too cynical about us leaving the EU. I maintain that it will happen within 10-15 years.
In the Palace of Westminster, exercised on behalf of elected representatives of the people. Democracy is not a spectator sport.
1971 FCO 30/104
"The transfer of major executive responsibilities to the bureaucratic Commission in Brussels will exacerbate popular feeling of alienation from government. To counter this feeling, strengthened local and regional democratic processes… and effective Community regional economic and social policies will be essential… there would be a major responsibility on HM Government and on all political parties not to exacerbate public concern by attributing unpopular policies to the remote and unmanageable workings of the Community."