Tuesday, 15 April 2014

NOW AS AN EBOOK - The Discerning Barbarian's Guidebook to Roman Britain

NOW AS AN EBOOK - The Discerning Barbarian's Guidebook to Roman Britain

The Past, as they say, is Another Country. Now there is a guide book to Britain as it was in Roman times. Written by Dr Lee Rotherham this book tells the average modern Briton everything they would need to know when visiting Roman Britain.
Whether it is the construction of villas and bath houses, the history of the province or army organisation, this book contains enough nuggets of knowledge and background information to keep the most curious modern reader entertained for hours.
Written as if it were a guide book to be used by a visiting barbarian, and profusely illustrated with maps, reconstructions and photos, this book is the essential guidebook to Roman Britain.
As Childeric the Sluggish writes: “Pillaging is a tough line of work. You spend half your time rowing to somewhere swampy, hide your boat somewhere where it takes hours to find it again afterwards, and then have to run round the countryside like a mad thing to grab your trinkets and livestock before the nearest guard force comes charging down the road after you.
“This book is a real help. Nowadays, I while away my hours crossing the northern sea picking my spots with care, safe in the knowledge that I can park in a nice sandy beach only a quick hour’s jog from some unsuspecting person’s villa.
“And if you can’t read the book, it has pictures in.”

About the Author
Dr Lee Rotherham is by background a linguist, historian, author, political agitator and occasional soldier. Having written widely on EU affairs and on government waste, he here returns to his academic roots after being serially impressed by the evocative illustrations on display boards at numerous historical sites, particularly those commissioned by English Heritage where he once briefly worked.

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Question - Don’t we have to be in the EU as half our trade is with the EU?

Q3:   Don’t we have to be in the EU as half our trade is with the EU?
A3:   ‘Half our trade’ does not mean ‘half our economy’- let’s get it in proportion. Most British trade is within Britain – 80% of our economy is British citizens and businesses buying British goods and services. Some 20% of our economy depends on international trade; and less than half of that (around 8%) is trade with the EU. Britain is increasingly trading more with the Rest of the World than with the EU. 
Non-EU member countries such as Norway and Switzerland enjoy very beneficial trading relationships with the EU thanks to their free trade agreements. On leaving the EU, Britain would secure a similar, if not better, free trade agreement with the EU as its biggest customer and a major world economy. Our trading position will benefit from reduced regulation and taxes, and more appropriate free trade agreements with other countries.
In addition, the EU export figures are skewed upwards by the ‘Rotterdam-Antwerp Effect’ and the ‘Netherlands Distortion’.
This is where UK exports to non-EU countries sent via a transhipment centre such as Rotterdam are counted as exports to the EU, even though their ultimate destination is not in the EU.   The UK will be able to secure a very advantageous EEA Lite agreement with the EU.  The UK is the EU’s second biggest trading partner after Germany - bigger even than France  and the EU enjoys a sizeable trading surplus with the UK.
Eurozone 2011 goods exports in descending order, by country, billions of Euros:
UK       213.4
USA     200.6
China     115.5
Switzerland   109.2
Russia       79.8
Sweden       60.4
Turkey       56.7
Japan       39.4
(Source Table 7.5 – 3 – Geographical Breakdown – ECB Monthly Breakdown – February 2013) 

from "Time to Jump" By David Campbell Bannerman MEP


Friday, 11 April 2014

NEW facebook page for a Bretwalda Book

NEW facebook page for a Bretwalda Book

Our Author Richard Thomas has created a Facebook Page for his book about the Hill UFO Abduction Case.
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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Bretwalda Author Joins the Cabinet

Bretwalda Author Joins the Cabinet

Bretwalda Author Nicky Morgan MP has been promoted to attend David Cameron's Cabinet in the British government.

Nicky Morgan has been promoted to be Economic Secretary to the Treasury. Miss Morgan has also been given policy responsibility for women’s affairs, which gives her the right to attend Cabinet. Mr Javid is understood to have been given Mrs Miller's equalities brief.

Both Mr Javid and Miss Morgan were elected to Parliament in 2010 after the expenses scandal. The mini-shuffle – which was announced on Twitter - mean that there are now five women and two Asians who have a right to attend Cabinet.

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How Britain Would Leave the European Union
Step 1:
The UK Government would notify the European Union that the UK has decided after an appropriate public referendum to withdraw as an EU member, and to do so under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty (TFEU – The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union). The UK would then commence negotiations on a new relationship with the EU. This could be based around the EEA Lite model. The UK would notify the EFTA Council of its intention to apply to rejoin EFTA.
Article 50 stipulates that ‘any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements’.  The UK would notify the European Council of its intention to withdraw. In the light of guidelines provided by the European Council, ‘the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union.’ This is called ‘an UK-EU withdrawal agreement’ here.
This suggests a deep and comprehensive trade, economic and political agreement of substantial benefit to both parties, particularly securing the EU continued access to the UK as its largest market from the other EU-27 nations. The EEA Lite model would qualify as such an UK-EU withdrawal agreement, provide a familiar framework, and ensure tariff-free trading between the UK and the EU. Alternatively a free trade agreement relating to the EU’s Common Commercial Policy (Article 207 TFEU) and a political agreement could be negotiated separately, with the trade agreement being similar in many terms to the EEA Agreement trade terms, and requiring Council unanimity. Both parties will be keen to reach agreement so as to minimise any disruption to political or commercial ties.
This(/these) agreement(s) should be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union. This article empowers the EU Commission or High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / European External Action Service (EEAS) to negotiate International Agreements, where the agreement relates exclusively or principally to the Common Foreign and Security Policy. If the withdrawal agreement is more of a trade agreement, this may be handled, as all FTAs are, by the EU Trade Commissioner. The existing (regular) EEA Agreement has now been passed to the European External Action Service to handle relations with EFTA countries on the part of the EU.
The article goes on to say that the negotiating body such as the Commission shall submit recommendations to the European Council, which ‘shall adopt a decision authorising the opening of negotiations and, depending on the subject of the agreement envisaged, nominating the Union negotiator or the head of the Union’s negotiating team.’
Lisbon’s Article 50 states that the agreement ‘shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.’ Legal experts in EU Law suggest that any legal constriction on a member state leaving would be token as a member state not receiving such consent would simply withdraw in any case under its own constitutional arrangements and revert to internationally agreed World Trade Organisation tariff-reducing rules ( such as a Most Favoured Nation basis at worst).
In short, a departing member state will not need the EU’s ‘permission’ to leave though the other EU-27 might in theory seek to bring pressure through a withdrawal agreement. However, the bald reality remains that the other EU-27 needs its largest customer, the UK, more than the UK needs the EU: if 3 million UK jobs depend on trade with the EU, 4 million plus EU-27 jobs depend on trade with the UK: the question would be: ‘would the EU-27 cut off their nose to spite their face?’.
In the UK, the UK Government would announce an immediate halt in the transposing and implementation of new EU Directives and have the power to enact or to suspend the enforcement of new EU Regulations, as appropriate. For example, new regulations with a safety aspect might be continued, and be reformed or repealed later in due course. The Government would also start the drafting of an ECA Repeal Bill. The UK financial contributions to the EU would continue for the moment.

from "Time to Jump" by David Campbell Bannerman MEP

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Bretwalda Author in Brexit Prize Runoff

Bretwalda Author in Brexit Prize Runoff
Yesterday evening a joint submission from Rory Broomfield, Bretwalda author and Director of The Freedom Association, and Iain Murray, Vice President for Strategy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, narrowly missed out on claiming the Institute of Economic Affair's (IEA) Brexit Prize, coming second out of nearly 150 entrants.

The Brexit Prize required entrants to imagine a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union (EU) had resulted in an "out" vote and the Government had triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Against that background, Rory and Iain composed a blueprint for the UK outside of the UK - covering the process of withdrawal and the post-exit repositioning of the UK in the global trading and governance system.

The initial 149 submissions to the Brexit Prize were whittled down to a final 6, with the winner decided at a central London ceremony and the €100,000 prize was presented by The Rt Hon. the Lord Lawson of Blaby PC, former Chancellor of the Exchequer. The submission which came second was awarded €10,000 and the submission which came third €5,000.

Further information on the winning submission and the other submissions can be found on the IEA's web site.

Following the announcement that The Freedom Association's submission had secured second place, Simon Richards, Chief Executive of The Freedom Association commented:

"The significance of the IEA's Brexit Prize cannot be overstated; it provides a practical step to a brighter, more prosperous and more democratic future for the people of the United Kingdom. I should like to congratulate the worthy winner and to thank the IEA for organising the prize.

The Freedom Association is honoured to have worked with Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute on the runner-up entry. Lord Lawson said there was barely a "cigarette paper" between 1st and 2nd place. I am immensely proud of the work that Iain, and my colleague, Rory Broomfield, Director of The Freedom Association, have done to help bring this country a step closer to regaining its freedom and independence from EU rule."

Rupert Matthews, Editorial Director of Bretwalda Books, added "Rory has written some inspirational books for us on a variety of topics. We are delighted that he has achieved such a success. Our congratulations go also to Rory's partner in pen Iain Murray.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

NEW EBOOK - The Private Detective

NEW EBOOK - The Private Detective

When Stanley Canton is engaged by a local politician to discover the identity of a blackmailer, he encounters a world of gangsters and influential citizens.
Hidden secrets and blocked-out memories provide Canton with a network of deception and grudges that he must penetrate – and fast – if he is to discover who the blackmailer is and save a reputation and a career.

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