16th June 2014: Andrew received his third invitation to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 10th June. He attended with his elder daughter, Louise. In 2010 and 2011, he was accompanied by his younger daughter, Emma.
Andrew and Louise were simply two guests of a total of 8,000 guests, including diplomats, charity workers and people who had made outstanding achievements of one kind or another. Elected politicians were a minority in the total presence.
The event was not, therefore, a political event – at least not with a capital ‘P’. That is, it was not one in which party policies would have been discussed or even aired.
However, it could be seen as being political with a small ‘p’. In a very subtle way, it committed those who attended to a broad brush image of the British Constitution with its two pillars of Constitutional Monarchy and Parliamentary Democracy.
It would have been inappropriate to have brought party politics into the Palace or its garden, so they were left at the gate of entry. However, Andrew did give an interview to fellow Nationalists over the road from the Palace at the end of the Mall. This was to mark the end of his five year mandate.
He did not make any press announcement to publicise that he would be attending. This might have encouraged a demonstration or incident that would have created extra work for the police and security staff.
Andrew savoured this visit, particularly, because he knew that it would be his last and because it marked the end of his five year mandate.
An interview with Andrew at the Palace can be found here.
13th June 2014: At the beginning of the week Andrew Brons sent the following letter to the editors of Britain's national newspapers and those local newspapers covering his Yorkshire and the Humber Euro Constituency.
"The use of a recently drafted statutory instrument* against teachers and governors, who have been found to have misused their powers and authority to undermine state schools, will be welcomed by all well-meaning people. It should be used against all those who seek to impose their own religious, philosophical or political views on public institutions.
However, most would make a distinction between actions taken and words spoken in an official capacity or on school premises and things said and done in a person's private capacity and outside school premises. I am sure that these powers will not be used against Muslim governors or teachers - even those with fundamentalist views - who are entirely innocent of involvement in the so-called Trojan Horse strategies.
I am not so sure that the same distinction will be made in the case British Nationalist teachers or governors. Indeed an Education Department spokesman has boasted that its use would not be restricted to those accused of criminality or professional misconduct but would extend to members of Nationalist organisations who have been accused of neither.
Member of the European Parliament
Yorkshire and the Humber
*The Independent Educational Provision in England (Prohibition on Participation in Management) Regulations 2014."
May 13th 2014: On 16th April at the European Parliament in Strasbourg Andrew Brons made the following speech during a debate on Traditional, VAT - and GNI based own resources - and measures to meet cash requirements. Implementing measures for the system of own resources.
"Own resources is a rather misleading euphemism. The EU has only the resources of its Member States, so their populations pay taxes perhaps more directly to the EU instead of through the treasuries of Member States.
"One of the purposes might be to disguise which countries are net contributors and which are net recipients, thus obviating the necessity for rebates and correction mechanisms and replacing them by a series of lump-sum payments over the next six years. You also remove from potentially rebellious Member States the power to threaten to withhold contributions from the EU.
"There is also a symbolic - or perhaps a psychological - significance of people paying taxes directly to the EU. It sends a subliminal message to taxpayers that the EU has the status of a state. How will own resources be enforced? By using officials and judges employed by Member States? Or perhaps new EU tax officials and courts will emerge, as though from nowhere."