Friday, January 1, 2016

INDEX and beginning

*Representation of BRITISH CITIZENS*
**Read why all expatriates should be represented at Westminster
and why it is absolutely vital for those who live in the EU.**
Were the British Public to vote the UK out of the EU an abyss could open under expatriates in the European Union. They would not be consulted - Unless The British citizen gets to VOTE.. 

2. Read and Act - Please.  
Originated by the Editor of The Connexion, France
*This activity has created a large number of articles and some radio interviews around the world - they are listed here. *

 The latest Posts of importance.
* The British pensioners abroad - ignored October 2014
* The Migration of the British Pensioners August 2014
* The British Citizens in Europe - Referendum. June 2014
* Who needs the vote? Government and/or Voter? Feb 2014
* Winter Fuel payment in Europe - The manipulation of statistics  by the Dept.of Work & Pensions
Health costs and democracy in Europe
*  The Referendum in/out Europe 
*  Brussels 5th September meeting with the EU Commission

 * How do British Pensioners live in France (Updated December 2012)

Correspondent list -- An 'update'  email is sent approximately every 2/3 months (or if some development warrants it) to all who email the site.  All email addresses are 'hidden' and anonymity is hoped to be always achieved. If you wish to be on this correspondent list,  please email.  Nothing is asked of you, other than your goodwill. 
There have been  .34000 visits [and >64,000 pageviews] 
Numbers count when petitioning politicians. When letters are sent to politicians it is immensely helpful to say that one has the support of xxxx expatriates. So please give support. Encouragement is also a great boost to morale! Nothing will change without your support!
One should not expect fast movement but please keep in touch and never surrender.
Short Biography of the Organiser *Brian Cave*
Your thoughts on everything would be welcome. One relies on feedback to improve this site. No contribution is an unnecessary contribution.

And please make a nuisance of yourself in Whitehall and Westminster.
Constant dripping wears away stone. Do not underestimate the value of the constant drip!

Please disseminate information about this site, inform your friends and media outlets, and keep watching!
If you do not stand up for yourself, others will surely keep you down!

Remember - Please tell others about this blog - and please write to the politicians - you must do this if anything ever is to change. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Overseas Voting - Take ACTION!

Removal of the 15 limit on Registering to vote for British Elections.
It is important that you take action – see below

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for The Cotswolds is tabling a 10-minute Bill with the above objective on Tuesday December 2nd 2.45 p.m. House of Commons.  He will be supported by Sir Roger Gale and others.
In advance, on December 1st (room W1 House of Commons) there will be a press conference attended by Harry Shindler MBE, who expects to speak.
The House is normally fairly well attended on a Tuesday but we must try to assure that as many MPs are there as possible.
It would be a highly significant milestone if this presentation were to result in a change of law but it is also a necessary step in testing the opinion of MPs from all the major parties. 
The 15 limit on voting for expatriates is a huge deterrent to registering to vote.
The fact that very few expats register to vote is a huge deterrent to politicians to pass a bill removing the limit -
A classic chicken and egg situation.
Yet it costs nothing in labour, commitment, money to remove it – why is it not done? 
TAKE ACTION please to ensure a good attendance of MPs.
1.  Select email addresses of your ex-constituency MP from here

2.  Send this message to him/her/them. 
Encourage Overseas Voting    On Tuesday December 2nd Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for The Cotswolds is tabling a 10-minute Bill with the above objective on at  2.30 p.m. House of Commons.  He will be supported by Sir Roger Gale and others. 
Please attend the House and support the removal of the 15 year limit on voting by British Citizens Abroad.
This limit is a massive deterrent to registration to vote. 
The removal will send a message of goodwill to the citizens abroad from the British Parliament – and reassure the citizens abroad that they are valued.

Take action 2. Persuade Friends and Relatives in the UK to send this  to their MPs.

The ten-minute rule Bills are one of the ways in which backbench MPs (private Members) can introduce legislation. However, the process is used more as a means of making a point on the need to change the law on a particular subject as there is little parliamentary time available. They mainly provide the opportunity for MPs to test Parliament's opinion on a particular subject.
The ten minute rule allows a brief introductory speech of no more than ten minutes and one of the same length opposing the motion to be made in the House of Commons after question time on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the House is likely to be full. Not all Ten Minute Rule Bills are printed.
To register to vote go to..

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Message on Poppy Day - from Harry Shindler

Harry Shindler MBE 
this message to all Members of Parliament
Please will you do likewise?

Click on the image to enlarge- To return press 'esc'
please CIRCULATE widely
The jpg document 'A Thought on Poppy Day' can also be downloaded from

To go to the INDEX of this blog click on Index

Saturday, November 1, 2014


and the deception by the Department of Works and Pensions.
 Below in this mail are two links to documents compiled by one of our team of fighters for democratic justice for British Expatriates - In this instance those of us who are retired and are Resident in Europe.
Roger Boaden M.B.E. (the author)  has had a career working in the Conservative Central Office, London.    Roger organised and managed 3 General Election Campaign Tours for Sir Edward Heath, and 3 for Lady Thatcher, between 1970 and 1987.  Quite clearly Roger knows the workings of the political system in Westminster from the inside.  He now lives in retirement in  the Haute-Vienne.
The first attachment  link is a letter addressed to Steve Webb MP - Minister of State for Pensions,
The second is a further exposure of the manipulation of statistics by the Department of Works and pensions under the leadership of Iain Duncan Smith.  It particularly draws attention to the anomaly of, and blindness of the DWP to the
situation in, Ireland in comparison to the other States of the European Union.

Mailed on behalf of the Campaign
It is so important that as many of us as possible take action in these matters. You can copy and send this mail - down to the ***asterisks**** -and add some preamble of your own to your/some MP at Westminster.
Roger is of course sending his documents to selected politicians by email and also by letter post.
The addresses of politicians are to be found here --

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Brits abroad: get your voice heard!

Brits abroad: get your voice heard!
Register to vote now,
We British expats often feel neglected by our home country. We’re proud to be British, we have strong ties with back home… but we don’t feel our voice is being heard in government about the issues that affect us.
But there is a way: register to vote. You can now register on line, so nothing could be simpler. Do it now, and provided you’re outside the scope of the 15- year rule, you’ll have a voice in the General Election on 7th May 2015. Young people can register from the age of 16, but to be able to vote you must be aged at least 18 on Election Day. Regularly keeping your voter registration up to date with means you’ll also be ready to vote in any referendum on continuing membership of the EU, if one is called, again as long as you’re not prevented from voting by the 15-year rule. To register, all you need is a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, your passport details (number, issuing authority, date of issue), your National Insurance (NI) number, your last postal address in the UK and your current address abroad. The whole process should take less than five minutes. If you haven’t got your NI number to hand, you can ask the site to find it and send it to you, or alternatively identify yourself by other means. All this is clearly explained on the website.
If you’ve lived outside the UK for more than 15 years, you won’t be able to complete your registration, but do try to register anyway, in the hope that the website will log failed registration attempts as well as successful ones.