Breaking Brexit Before Brexit Breaks Britain

Just out, a book which provides support for people wanting a Better Britain in a Better Europe for a Better World …

Let’s Talk About BREX .. it” offers a practical companion for those of us who are not prepared to let Britain slide into oblivion, just because it is not the English way to point out that we’ve had 2.5 years and achieved absolutely nothing:

  1. No Deal is widely recognised as a catastrophe.
  2. Theresa May’s deal does not secure business continuity through the lack of a customs union, the Northern Ireland border and freedom of movement for our children to live and work in Europe.
  3. Quite simply none of the deals on offer compare with our current arrangement with the EU.

It is always a mistake in business to pursue a strategy in the face of compelling evidence that it will fail. If I waited 2.5 years to give a business proposal to my clients I’d rightly be sacked. Brexit is indeed more complex than my business proposal example, but 2.5 years is a fair test. We must stop before further irreversible damage is done to the UK.

“Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way

The time has gone, the song is over

Thought I’d something more to say”

Pink Floyd – Time

We have reached a point of what I call “Brexit Apathy” on both sides of the false binary debate that has atomised our United Kingdom. Brexit voters are rightly tired of Remainiacs, proselytising, cajoling, shouting, singing.  In some cases they attempt to hug Brexit supporters to death, “killing them with kindness, understanding and warm fuzzies.” By the same token, some Remainers are also unimpressed with the ongoing tsunami of Brexit resistance, as active protest is not the “English” way. Some Remain supporters are now paradoxically of the view that we must follow the “will of the people”, especially if that avoids civil unrest.

My brother is a case in point. He voted Remain but now exhibits what academics call “learned helplessness.” In other words, he does not know what he could do to change the course of history. Nor does he believe he has the right to interfere with the will of the people. He also fears street violence.  This in spite of the fact that the evidence suggests that the vast majority of people have fallen asleep about Brexit. Some even believe we have already done Brexit in my area of “Brexit Central.”

You will find “Let’s Talk About BREX .. it” of value if you want to know how to:

  • Deal with Brexit apathy on both sides of the binary debate to change minds such that we stop the rush into Brexit self-harm.
  • Overcome the sheer despair of offering reasoned debate to leave voters, only to be shouted at with such platitudes as “Get Over It – We won – 2-Nil – End Off.”
  • Cope with verbally and physically aggressive leave voters in their attempt to silence democracy. I myself was punched in the face, receiving two black eyes, by 7 people who had run out of words to conduct a dialogue and found it easier to use fists as an instrument of persuasion. If you are to conduct what I call “Brexorcisms” we must expect aggressive reactions at times, although physical violence is very much an exception.

  • Win the battle for hearts and minds in populist media.
  • Heal strained relationships with friends and family after Brexit, at home, on the streets and on social media.
  • Ride the roller coaster of personal emotions that Brexit uncertainty has thrown at us – what J.K. Rowling would call “Defence Against the Dark Brexit Arts.”

In “Let’s Talk About BREX .. it, I’ve set out strategies, tools and techniques that I and others have used over nearly three years of anti-Brexit activism. They are illustrated with stories that give example as to how to turn around some of the most closed minds on the subject. I have done this in the hope that these will offer some inspiration and support to others.

Are you ready for some Brexit ghostbusting?

Find “Let’s Talk About BREX .. it” on Amazon now.  Support our work via the Crowdfunder.

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A Country and Western Brexit? Resisting Brexit through music.

via A Country and Western Brexit? Resisting Brexit through music.

Read the article and then support the project:

Buy the song on all platformsEVERY click counts towards chart success and a cup of coffee gets you three copies.  Please gift the song to weary Remainers or Leavers in regret, or just your Brexity friends.  Just click the images and follow through:

A Country and Western XMAS Brexit

We’ve had just about every word added to Brexit so why not a Country and Western XMAS Brexit? !! 🙂  “Theresa, May’s a Remainer” is a Country and Western inspired Brexit Hoedown by “The Brexit Cowpokers” released on Friday 14 Dec for UK chart success on Friday the 21st – could this be T May’s Bonanza moment at the OK Cabal in the Westminster cattle ranch?  Watch the “Strong and Stable” film below:

 

TO KILL THE BREXIT BEAST, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE

  1. Buy the song in the week commencing Friday 14 Dec till 23.59 Thursday 20 Dec on all platformsEVERY click counts towards chart success and a cup of coffee gets you three copies.  Please gift the song to weary Remainers or Leavers in regret, or just your Brexity friends.  We are all sick of Brexit.  Here are the main links to download – just click the images and follow through:
  2. Share the project widely with others. Keep sharing throughout the week.  We need a minimum of 20 000 downloads to reach the UK Top 40 charts.  It would be simple if all the Remainers bought a copy or if the central Remain movements got behind the project.  Of course Brexit apathy is a thing and it’s Christmas, so we must press really hard.  If we succeed, we’ll inflict more mortal damage on the severely wounded Brexit beast and the stasis that grips our Government.
  3. If you have contacts in the press, tell them about it using the press release at our “WebStable“.  We have just done press items on BBC Radio, Norwegian TV, Kent Messenger and KM TV
  4. We have a Facebook event at A Country and Western Brexit
  5. If you are able to reach the main Remain movements, please ask them to mail their people.  They have 700 000 contacts and we could easily get the song to No 1 with just one click from them !!
  6. Streaming is available, but please remember this.  We need 150 streams to equal ONE download.  So if you choose to stream on Spotify, Deezer etc. the best option is to stream on repeat overnight – turn the volume off, we cannot be held responsible for the psychological effects of listening to Country and Western Brexit music for extended periods!!  Streaming options via Brexit stream

The Brexit Cowpokers ask our PM to put her spurs on and use the courage of her convictions to go with the will of the people and stop Brexit in favour of Remaining and Reforming Europe.  We ask Parliament not to accept Theresa’s false binary choice of “Deal or No Deal”, intended to bludgeon MPs and a weary public into accepting any Brexit at any cost, economically, socially and politically.  Chief Cowpoker Peter Cook aka Dolly Mayhem intends to undermine the botched “meaningless vote” on December 11 by getting a single of “more meaningful Brexit music” into the UK Top 40 charts.  The song lyrics to Theresa May’s a Remainer give a “Hoedown evaluation” of the Brexit options on the blanket on the ground …  If we chart the song on Friday 21 Dec it will:

(a) seriously impact ongoing Brexit chaos, driving yet another stake through the Brexit Hydra’s heart
(b) impact mainstream culture and thereby affect events following the “meaningless vote”.
(c) shake the foundations of Parliament as they are forced to listen to an awful Country and Western song at Christmas !!

The song lyrics to Theresa May’s a Remainer give a “Hoedown evaluation” of the Brexit options on the blanket on the ground …

“No Deal is Kinda insane-er

May’s deal is mostly Remain-er

Remain is a no-brainer”

Professional singer Rachel Ashley aka “T May Whinette” said of the song:

“Theresa May is dun for unless she gets on a horse and runs down the wagons of rivals such as Jacob Rees Mogg and the Saddle Bums circling her reservation. Just like Johnny Major, she must shoot the bastards with her revolver”.

Find out more about the Rage Against The Brexit Machine project, which reaches people’s heads via their hearts.  We have produced an album’s worth of songs to defend against the dark Brexit arts. Some are poignant, such as our song “In Limbo” for the 5 million EU citizens and UK Ex Pats trapped by Brexit uncertainty.  Others are pointed, such as “Nigel Farage’s Garage” and “Jacob Rees Moog” – an 18th Century Tory Synthpop Trancefloor groove.

Guitar Ecstasy

The enigma formerly known as Bill Nelson. Photograph by Martin Bostock

I attended the concert of legendary musician and artist Bill Nelson just recently, at 70 years old.  What can I say?  Well very little needs to be said. It was sheer perfection and I’m in the privileged position to be able to invite you to attend the concert yourselves ….

For just one month you have a unique opportunity to view the concert online via Plectronica.  Bill was accompanied by enigmatic ambient artist Harold Budd, who worked with Brian Eno amongst many others.

Check Bill’s music out at Bill Nelson.

Click the picture to access the live video stream

I also wrote about Bill’s approach to music and life in the books The Music of Business and Sex, Leadership and Rock’n’Roll.  Contact me directly if you would like to get hold of copies of the books.

Some of my Bill Nelson collection

 

Highway to Hell

OK, a snappy AC / DC song title to lure you into my “Brexit Venus Fly Trap”.  Truth be told, I’m sick of it, more so that many as I’ve been fighting to drum some sense into our politicians for two years now.

I’m proud to present this article on Brexit End Games, written for Europa United.  It has racked up a phenomenal number of views and a few bits of faint praise.  More importantly, the scenarios it outlines seem to be coming true, although we all know the inherent danger in predicting the future.

One unpredictable event was that the author of “50 Shades of Grey” liked the article so much that she shared it !!  Click here to read it now.  Please share and comment.

If you think Brexit is inevitable, think again.  I’d say the probability is now about 30% and declining with every day that passes.  Meanwhile I’m bemused by the fact that I did not have to look very hard to find a picture of Theresa May “taking back control” through the medium of BDSM aka Brexit Dystopian Self Mutilation …

But we must respect “the will of the title” of this blog, so I leave you with AC / DC.

Chas And Dave

I was extremely saddened to hear of the death of Chas Hodges, one half of “Cockney novelty act” Chas & Dave.  Of course, what lies behind all great success stories is the sheer hard work and preparation.  It’s rare to have success in one easy move.  In fact Chas & Dave were no novelty or a product of luck.  Chas Hodges worked with The Beatles, Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, Joe Meek, Richie Blackmore and Labi Siffre. He was also sampled by Eminem. This is testament to the importance of preparation and sheer hard work in success.

Chas’ death resonated strongly as I’d only just finished recording a song in honour of Chas & Dave last month.  I’m sure he would have loved its embedded non political correctness and cheeky allusions to Cockney rhyming slang.  Now we’ll never know 😦

In respect of his recent death, I have decided to donate proceeds from the sales of the song towards “Balls to Cancer“.  You can find the song at Chas & Dave Tribute.

I’d heard a round of criticism from people in social media that I’d dared record a Chas & Dave song.  These people of course are not musical, just musical snobs. A quick analysis of any one of their songs will tell you just why they are so popular. Great vocal syncopation, superb hooks, tight integration of the rhythm section to the words and a number of great earworms in every song.  Not a second wasted.  20 minute Genesis songs they are not, but that’s a different skill altogether.  There is a tremendous skill in writing a 3 minute pop song. It was a really hard job to bring these elements together in a respectful way in the song and I hope we gave a nod and a wink in the right direction.

I was extremely lucky as I saw Chas & Dave some 300 yards down the road from my house when they played a festival in my town. I could not believe that people of all ages knew all the words to their songs and the sheer euphoria of their performance and musicality. True professionals.

We finish with some of their great songs:

Chas Hodges R.I.P.

Brexit Goes Up To 11 …

Some of you will recall the famous sequence in the spoof Rockumentary “This is Spinal Tap”. I got thinking about the virtues of economy when I was pondering how much we have been manipulated by lies over the Brexit referendum. In data management terms we are still “drowning in data” on Brexit rather than “swimming with information” and fake news abounds, such as the bizarre story from a man I met in a pub who told me he voted to leave because he did not like garlic! Even more unusual the elderly “Christian” couple in a cafe who said that we must now leave because it was God’s will – My God!

In the spirit of keeping things simple, I decided to use the idea of less is more to simplify Brexit using the medium of just 11 words on single issues. The use of constraints as a spur to sharper thinking is a device I’ve used many times in my writing such as in the book Punk Rock People Management. Here then are some stylised memes. For a longer read, check out our articles at Europa United and The Independent.

Lest we forget the great moment when the amplifiers went up to 11, here we go …

It is clear that Chequers proposal is now officially dead – it will be represented again within the next 9 days and will be again rejected as a “walking wounded” proposal, in part because of the divisions inside the Conservative party.  That will leave the real choice as follows:

No Deal = “Sudden Death Brexit” versus RNR or “Remain and Reform”

Find out more about our plans to Exit Brexit at Exit Brexit.

p.s. Note that there are only 10 of these memes at present.  It would be nice to go up to 11 …