George Osborne and the “mistakes” that Lead To The Brexit Vote

George Orborne, A major figure in the EU Remain campaign, has admitted to "regrets" about his time in the office and the "mistakes" that led to Brexit.
George Orborne, A major figure in the EU Remain campaign, has admitted to “regrets” about his time in the office and the “mistakes” that led to Brexit.

George Osborne seems to be happy to admit to his regrets and mistakes which he feels is the reason for the UK voting “Leave” in the EU Referendum, telling BBC Newsnight that it should not have set targets on immigration that they knew they would not be able to meet, and allowed for, in his eyes, a minority concern around leaving the EU to be linked directly to immigration control, which he feels was lethal to the debate on the referendum.

“We were wrong to play into the debate that everything that Brussels did was a challenge and a battle and was wrong.” – George Osborne on BBC Newsnight (Watch Here)

Admitting to not being particularly keen on holding an EU referendum, he only went along with it in supporting David Cameron, of who he was the closest ally to in government and served as his chancellor for the entirety of Cameron’s time as prime minister.

The referendum was launched mostly on the back of a series of failed deal attempts with the EU o curb immigration, with the main warnings given during the campaign itself being the job losses and tax rises that could happen if Britain left the European Union, which critics simply attacked as being a form of scaremongering and to project fear on the masses.

All of this was going on while Theresa May, as the (then) Home Secretary, was failing to hit the targets of reducing net migration to below 100,000 a year.

Other concerns that are raised was that the vote for Brexit could have been encouraged by his austerity policies, with the example of pensioners wanting to leave the EU because of this, all of which George Osborne has denied, but he was nevertheless still attacked by Polly Toynbee, a columnist who writes for the Guardian, who told him that he has “done such harm and damage to this country”.

So what do you think on Osborne’s thoughts about the EU? Let us know in the comments below!

Tabled Decriminalisation of Abortion in the House of Commons

Today, legislation that aims to decriminalise abortion in England and Northern Ireland was tabled in the house of commons, with the bill itself aiming to scrap the the 1861 Offences Against the Persons Act, but in its current form is highly unlikely to become law without government backing.

This bill is one of the many attempts this week by the UK parliament to change the current laws on abortion within the UK and Northern Ireland, where abortions are currently illegal in virtually all situations outside of a few medical and mental health exceptions. The issue with these laws in their current state is that the Supreme Court has found that, in their current state are incompatible with human rights laws, with them saying that the ban in cases of  rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality needed “radical reconsideration”.

Due to the fact that there are currently no ministers at Stormont, which is on account of the impasse of power sharing, many campaigners in the pro-choice group are demanding that the laws themselves are changed to be more lenient and in line with the current laws on human rights at Westminster itself.

The second reading of the bill has been cleared and will be read on the 23rd of November.

Among the 15 Tory MPs to back the bill were Equalities and Women’s minister Penny Mordaunt, who is also international development secretary, as well as her deputy Victoria Atkins,

The private member’s bill, which would make abortion legal within the UK, is not too likely to have enough parliamentary time to make it onto the statute book.

The Offences Against the Persons Act made abortion illegal in the UK except when there is a risk to the life or health of the mother.

The 1967 Abortion Act in England and Wales provided for exemptions to the 1861 Act, enabling legal abortions, but it has never applied in Northern Ireland.

So what do you think of this news? let us know either in the comments below or via getting in touch with us with the details on the contact form!

7 Reasons to Plant Mixed Hedging

Mixed Hedging
There are many reasons to consider mixed hedging, this article will cover 7 of them!

Mixed Hedging is such a valuable form of hedging for so many reasons, the main one being that the benefits do not only apply to your own garden, but the surrounding area in general! This article aims to cover 7 of the reasons why you should consider mixed hedging for your garden and why your next purchase for your garden should be this!

1.      They are species rich

Native hedges, especially when they are mixed native hedges, are very species rich by nature, of which we mean they contain a varied mix of many forms of hedging that allow It to be extremely varied in what the hedge naturally supports, because of this you will be treated to a large diversity of animals, insects and birds visiting your native mixed hedging!

2.      Interest All Year

Due to the varied mixture and assortment of hedge species within the mixed native hedging, you will have vibrant interest all year round, with the mixed hedging delivering berries, seeds, flowers and colourful foliage all year round!

3.      Decorative Backdrop

The combination of the different types of foliage, flowers and also fruit will allow for a truly decorative feature hedge within your own garden while also helping to provide a truly beautiful backdrop for your other plants as well!

4.      Success, Guaranteed

Most mixed hedging is native, which means that it is naturalised to the specific area you are in, this by extension means that the hedging has been there for a long time, and evolved to co-exist in the specific environment, including the type of soil, humidity, rain etc. This means that native mixed hedging is a great option for everyone, even those who are new to hedging, simply because it allows for a thriving and successful hedge, no matter the experience level of the person planting it.

5.      Thriving Biodiversity

Insects and animals strongly rely on native hedging to survive, and as such, by planting a mixed native hedge, you are allowing for a thriving biodiversity thanks to the mixed hedging providing the entire ecosystem which plants, animals, insects and microorganisms all co-exist.

6.      Restoring Natures Balance

Throughout the last few years, there has unfortunately been a rather significant decrease in the amount of hedges that are planted, which in effect means there is a decrease in the amount of native wildlife species around the relevant area. This means that by going out and choosing to plant a mixed native hedge, that you are helping restore the balance of nature in your area.

7.      Easy To Maintain

While many other forms of hedging require active and constant maintenance to look great, mixed hedge plants are well known for the fact that they look the best when left to grow naturally, offering various colours and textures in an informal and laid back way that looks great no matter what, even when simply left to grow!

And that is why you should consider mixed hedging!

As you can see, there are many reasons you should consider planting mixed hedging in your garden, and while this article may only specifically cover 7 of them, the real number of benefits you and your garden will get is almost infinite!

Democratic Unionist Party Planning To Vote Down Brexit Budget

The Democratic Unionist Party are unhappy with the current Brexit plans and as such are planning to vote down the budget later this month.
The Democratic Unionist Party are unhappy with the current Brexit plans and as such are planning to vote down the budget later this month.

Due to the lack of the majority in the house of commons, Theresa May, the current Prime Minister, relies on the votes of the Democratic Unionist Party for key votes, but if the trade deal means additional barriers between Great Britain and Northern Ireland then the DUP will potentially be abandoning the deal, leading to a possible defeat in the vote and a potential no-confidence vote.

With less than 6 months before the UK leaves the EU and no trade deal in place yet, and the checkers agreement being used as a baseline with no real results, the outlook at the moment is very mixed. The main issue with all the trade deals is the principle of the hard border between the republic of Irelend as an EU member and northern island as this has the risk of undermining the fragile peace and also damage business and trade in  general in Northern Ireland. Both the DUP and Theresa May both being in agreement that this hard border is a big turn off in any trade deal, with it undermining the integrity of the UK.