Saturday 17 December 2011

London Launch Party for "What the Immigrant Saw" by JP Floru

Video features Lord Howard Flight introducing author JP Floru

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Interview with the author of "How to be a Successful Candidate"

A simple, step by step guide on how to be a winning election candidate by one of the best campaign managers in the business.   

After over 25 years of campaigning experience, Rupert Matthews has finally decided to tell all. Whether you are standing for local council, parliament or other elected office, this is the book for you.

From how to dress for the public to how to deal with the press, from how to write leaflets to how to organise a petition, Rupert covers all the basics of running a successful political campaign. He also includes easy to follow, step by step guidance to the legal minefield that is modern political campaigning. Rupert also spills the beans on the darker arts of campaigning, explaining the tricks and turns of the backroom boys that are essential to any winning candidate, but which rarely get talked about and are never acknowledged in public.

As Rupert says
“There is a world of difference between a candidate with a good message and one who actually gets elected to office. Always remember, you want to be ELECTED.”

About the Writer
Rupert Matthews is a former staffer at Conservative Central Office who has acted as a freelance campaign manager on parliamentary by elections. He has stood himself as a candidate at Council, Parliamentary and European elections. He is recognised by friends and foes alike as one of the most dynamic and innovative political campaign managers in the business.

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Interview with Nicky Morgan MP, author of "The Ombudsmen - Time for Reform"

Thoughtful and convincing work arguing for the thorough reform of the Ombudsman system written by an MP PPS in the House of Commons.

The Ombudsman was established in 1967 to investigate complaints of maladministration and injustice by central government. In 1974 the Local Government Ombudsman was established to perform a similar role for complaints against local councils. In 2001 they were joined by the Financial Ombudsman Service. There are now more than two dozen Ombudsmen covering everything from the NHS to furniture manufacturers.
In this provocative booklet Nicky Morgan MP argues forcefully that the system is ripe for a long overdue overhaul. She calls for Ombudsmen to look at service failure as well as at maladministration, to publicise their findings more widely and to be given greater powers to right the wrongs suffered by individuals at the hands of faceless bureaucrats. "The Coalition Government is committed to empowering people" writes Nicky. It is now time to act.

About the Author
Nicky Morgan is Member of Parliament for Loughborough. Nicky studied law at Oxford University. In September 2010 Nicky was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Cabinet Minister at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. She had previously been elected by her fellow MPs to serve on the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee, but gave up that position following her appointment as a PPS.

Thursday 20 October 2011

Negative Political Campaigning - the video

Insiders' analysis of negative campaigning in the politics of the UK and USA - why it works and why it does not.

The aim of A History of Negative Campaign: UK and USA stems from our recognition of those who continue to engage in the dark arts. Politics still very much remains a game of two halves: Positive campaigning everyone talks about and Negative campaigning they don't acknowledge.
Sangra, begins with an historical overview of the presidential elections in the United States of America, the birthing ground of political campaigns, political consultants and ultimately the rise of negative campaigns; drawing on the popularity of the Democrats and Republicans during a timeline of eras.
Woodman, proceeds with the lessons the United Kingdom have learnt from the Americanisation of politics and examines the negative campaigns of the Conservative, Labour and LibDem Parties. He concentrates on General Elections, but also talks about America's style in the London Mayoral Election.
Both authors present separate conclusions with predictions ahead of the upcoming Presidential and General Elections.

About the Authors
Harpreet is a 2008 graduate of Loughborough University with BSc Hons in Communications and Media Studies and has completed a dissertation researching spin and Alastair Campbell. She now works as a full time political analyst.
Andrew has worked for the Direct Democracy movement as well as co foundering the successful Reinstate Roger Helmer campaign. Andrew worked for seven years as campaign manager and election agent for the Conservatives in the North West Leicestershire constituency. He now works as Senior Parliamentary Assistant for Andrew Bridgen MP. '

Tuesday 18 October 2011

What the Immigrant Saw - the video

Today we launch the first video of our autumn 2011 season. Below you can watch JP Floru talk about his new book "What the Immigrant Saw"

Britain as seen through the eyes of an immigrant from Belgium. Amusing, serious, incisive, but always affectionate, JP Floru brings an outsider's eye to look at Britain.

In this book JP Floru takes us on his journey to get to know Britain, his adoptive home. He recounts events both amusing and serious. He looks at British towns and countryside with a fresh eye, revealing us as others see us.

"I nearly walked under a car when I spotted my first ever bus queue. A dozen people of all ages and walks of life stood neatly behind each other (without touching!). I stared at it in wonder."

"Initially I thought people really wanted to hear more when they said "how interesting"; and I appreciated the compliment when they said "nice tie"."

"I wonder what Marlborough, Wellington or Churchill would have thought about the EU."

"Conviction is key: people can spot from a mile away if a politician just speaks spin manufactured to please them."

About the Author
JP Floru arrived in Britain in 1994 with a single suitcase and a scholarship to Leeds University. He has since become a full time artist selling his works at galleries in Londong and New York. He has also entered politics becoming a councillor in London and standing for the European Parliament in 2009.

Monday 10 October 2011


We are about to release some videos about our new range of political books. Watch this space.

Thursday 6 October 2011

Website redesign

We are currently revamping our website. Watch this space for changes as they happen.

Friday 30 September 2011

Our Book Launches for next week

Our Book Launches for next week are now featured on the website of THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION

Saturday 17 September 2011

Programme for Conservative Party Conference

We are pleased to announce our programme for Conservative Party Conference as follows:

Fringe Events Sunday 2nd October

3.15pm    Can Britain Leave the EU?
Rupert Matthews. Book Launch.
At the Bretwalda Stand, The Freedom Zone, Bridgewater Hall.

5.45pm    The Very Best of Tory Radio
Jonathan Sheppard. Launch. Bretwalda Stand.

All day    Sceptic at Large
Roger Helmer MEP. Collect your free book

Fringe Events Monday 3rd October

10am        How to be a Successful Election Candidate
Rupert Matthews. Book Launch.

11.15am  Windfarms and the Rape of Britain
Struan Stevenson MEP. Book Launch.

1.15pm    Local Government Ombudsman -
Time for Reform
Nicky Morgan MP.
Fringe Meeting   Refreshments

3pm        What the Immigrant Saw
JP Floru. Book Launch.

5.15pm    A History of Negative Campaigning
Harpreet Sangra & Andrew Woodman.

Friday 2 September 2011

Still working on our Conference Programme

And it looks like being a real cracker. Watch this space.

Monday 29 August 2011

Schedule coming together for Conservative Party Conference

This year Bretwalda Books will be forming part of The Freedom Zone at Conservative Party Conference. We will be announcing our Diary of Events in due course, but meanwhile more details of the Freedom Zone can be found HERE.

Wednesday 17 August 2011

2 new contracts signed for Policy Papers

Watch this space for details of the papers and launch events.

Sunday 14 August 2011

Paperback Edition out now! - Can Britain Leave the EU?

Buy the paper back HERE.

There are many people who would like Britain to leave the European Union. But the question is rarely asked if Britain would be allowed to do so. In this booklet historian Rupert Matthews looks at previous multinational associations such as the League of Delos and the United States America. He traces how there is an inexorable tendency for powers to accrue to the centre and for the interests of the member states to be ignored. The associations that were formed voluntarily always react with violence whem member states seek to leave.

Rupert then looks at the current constitutional arrangements of the EU and shows how the EU Commission has taken to itself the legal powers to frustrate attempts at secession. Chillingly he outlines the legal powers that the EU Commission has to deploy military force into member states. We might yet see the panzers in Parliament Square.

Rupert Matthews is an historian who has had more than 150 books published on a range of subjects. He stood for the Conservative Party in the European Elections of 2009 and in the General Election of 1997.

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Washington DX book Launch

 More photos from the Washington  DC  launch of our book "Sceptic at Large" by Roger Helmer MEP 

Sunday 7 August 2011

"Sceptic at Large" launched in the USA

This week Roger Helmer MEP travelled to Washington to launch his book "Sceptic at Large", published by Bretwalda Books. 

Roger writes:
"On Tuesday April 3rd I was in Washington for a signing of my new book, “Sceptic at Large”, in an auditorium in the Margaret Thatcher Centre at the Heritage Foundation, courtesy of Senior EU Analyst Sally McNamara.
I have known Sally now for over a dozen years.  I first met her in early 1999, when I had been selected as a euro-candidate, but not yet elected.  She served as Press Officer to me and Chris Heaton-Harris, and then as my political researcher in Brussels.  In 2004 she went to Washington with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  In fact as I write I am at ALEC’s annual conference in New Orleans, where I went on after the Washington book-signing.
I am hugely grateful to Sally for giving me the opportunity to introduce my book in the USA — and extremely proud of the work she’s doing in Washington.  I plan to blog separately about her excellent report on the EU’s outrageous spending (of our money) on left-wing causes in the States.  I take considerable pride in the achievements of a number of my former staffers, and Sally is a prime example.
We had a turnout of seventy, which is good for that type of event.  They included diplomatic people, think-tankers (an excellent showing from the Competitive Enterprise Institute), and academics.  I have already blogged about the personal invitation I issued to the EU’s “Ambassador” to the USA, but so far as I could see no one from the EU delegation, nor from the representative office of the European parliament in Washington (yes, there is one, I’m afraid) was there.
Apparently the video technician, setting up the scene, had suggested that maybe there should be an EU flag to add to Old Glory and the Union Jack on the stage.  Of course I would have objected — but I was amused to learn that the Heritage Foundation simply hasn’t got an EU flag.   And quite right too!"