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Conservative Policy Forum (CPF) - Values (2/3)

Lundi, octobre 2nd, 2017

Considering the post-Brexit era Erika Angelidi, the Conservatives Abroad Representative in Greece, has provided us with the second part of her input for the Conservative Policy Forum (CPF) on Values.

“In my opinion, Conservative values are values without which one could not talk of civilization, history or society, as they encompass traditional values and institutions. To these values belongs memory as is safeguarded by history. Historical memory and the traditional values are kept alive by the Conservatives.

The British, as a people, acknowledge the value of history and custom and ensure that novelty is weld upon these. This is a trait and a wisdom that is scarce in the modern world.

Another traditional moral value that Conservatism speaks for is courageousness. This is linked with the virtue of bravely addressing difficulties and not succumbing. Churchill is said to have stated the following: “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others”.

The Conservatives also believe in freedom and justice, without which a just society is nonexistent. It is one of the basic pillars of deeply democratic countries in the world. I am reassured of the fact that the Conservative values will play the most significant role in world history in the future as well.”

Erika Angelidi,
the Conservatives Abroad Representative Greece
Athens

Conservative Policy Forum (CPF) - Values (1/3)

Mercredi, septembre 27th, 2017

Considering the post-Brexit era Erika Angelidi, the Conservatives Abroad Representative in Greece, has provided us with the following input for our Conservative Policy Forum (CPF) discussion meeting on the 29th September. The rest of her text on the CPF’s subject of “Conservative Values” is expected in the next few days:

“Our first priority is and should remain the well-being of the British people and the permanence of the influence and radiance of British culture.

My suggestion is therefore the following: that the afflicted groups of the population such as the homeless or those in a weaker financial state must be supported, so that we may all, as a body, enter the post-Brexit era.

I would like to suggest that local communities express more of their own voice and everyone be urged to partake as an active citizen. If citizens were to express their demands and solutions on a local level periodically (every 2-3 months), and these were documented and forwarded to the parliamentary members concerned, this goal would be attained. This would be an efficient instrument in aiding the growth of local communities as well as improving their living conditions.

Another sector that could be ameliorated is education, which is the “bread of life”. A means to its improvement is for teachers to work voluntarily and offer supporting classes, especially for the needier groups of the population.

We live in times where a new future arises and we need to critically reflect on ways to ameliorate our existing situation, as we are called to make history in the post-Brexit era.”

Erika Angelidi
Conservatives Abroad Representative Greece
Athens

Brexit Negotiations & Public Opinion - Erika Angelidi

Jeudi, juillet 27th, 2017

Erika Angelidi, the Conservatives Abroad Representative in Greece, sends her warm summer wishes and, for every reader of this blog, to “have a good vacation!”, while also sharing the following thoughts on the Brexit negotiations:

“First thing after the upcoming August vacations, we’ll all put our minds together to the great issue of the [Brexit] negotiations between Great Britain and the EU. I personally hold the opinion that public opinion will play a large role (as expressed through polls) in their development.

It is not to be doubted that there will be rough patches as the discussion moves further; yet at such times optimism is most crucial! There will be crossroads but with unity and proper strategizing, difficulties will be overcome.

And thus we wait to see the course of events and the result of all discussions…”

Erika Angelidi
Conservatives Abroad Representative Greece
Athens

Life in Greece today

Mercredi, mai 17th, 2017

Erika Angelidi, the Conservatives Abroad Representative in Greece, presents her own views on life for the Greek people today, as a new page opens below on the continuing Greek debt saga:

On the 22nd of May, 2017 a new page in the ongoing development of the Greek debt issue will be written. The Institutions are to present a Compliance Report to the Eurogroup. The new “Agreement” reads terms such as further cuts in salaries and pensions, more taxes, legalisation of collective dismissals, the abolition of Sunday as the day of rest and last, but not least, the privatisation of principal public sector companies.

Please, allow me to present my own views of life in Greece under 3 Memoranda.

As the Institutions and Governments pushed forward with more lay-offs, taxes, severed pensions and salaries, life changed dramatically as one may expect in times of crisis. Purchasing power that would fuel the national market and innovation plunged and with it living quality for large masses.

Furthermore, the neediest members of the Greek society have been marginalised and the healthcare system, which is public, experiencing serious problems with shortage in staff, and material.

In addition, sacrifices were made by the Greek people in promise of better days and for the common good. Yet, as the austerity deepens who is to tell why these days have never come over for many years now. What has gone amiss?

The market will move, I believe, with a reduction of taxes on taxes, investments in sectors that are unique opportunities in this country. This will see the market move upwards.

I wish to plead from the bottom of my heart that viable solutions will be given for the national debt. Even more, that policies will be proposed that will see beyond numbers to the human souls, who live with the conditions as have come to be. Great solutions stem from brave attempts to betterment as global history teaches us!

May solutions be found that this Country vastly rich in culture, history, and human warmth see better and brighter days!”

Erika Angelidi
Conservatives Abroad Representative Greece,
Athens

End of Year Message on Brexit from Erika Angelidi

Samedi, décembre 10th, 2016

In an end of year message Erika Angelidi, the Conservatives Abroad Representative in Greece, looks forwards positively to developments in the UK’s negotiations with the EU:

Without a doubt, the Year that will soon be left behind brought with it numerous important events, some even stirring as the municipal elections and the referendum!

We all await for new developments regarding the negotiations of the UK with the EU. It is most certain that in the upcoming year the air will clear around the relations of the UK and the EU, especially by the entry into force of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which provides for the withdrawal of a member state from the EU.

We wish for fruitful negotiations in all areas, matters such as the freedom of movement of people and goods and the funding of the education and healthcare system(s) being of paramount importance.

Erika Angelidi
Conservatives Abroad Representative Greece,
Athens

Brexit Negotiations - Erika Angelidi

Vendredi, octobre 7th, 2016

In our guest blog posting below Erika Angelidi, the Conservatives Abroad Representative in Greece, continues her reflections on Brexit:

It is certain that in this week’s Conservative Party Conference, many questions were addressed and now the big issue is the process of the negotiations between the UK and the EU. I hope that next year in the Conference, everyone will be satisfied with the continuing negotiations!

I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart, the British Conservatives in Paris, as they give me the opportunity to express my personal views in various matters.

Erika Angelidi
Conservative Abroad Representative Greece,
Athens

Brexit and Science - Erika Angelidi

Mardi, septembre 13th, 2016

In our guest blog posting below Erika Angelidi, the Conservatives Abroad Representative in Greece, expresses her thoughts about Brexit as a physics graduate:

The UK is a pioneer in science. Everyone who has studied physics and other sciences in the UK has received a great education and has acquired important skills.

Please, therefore, allow me to offer some thoughts on the matter of UK’s exit from the EU, as we anxiously wait to see how the negotiations between the UK and the EU evolve and what the post exit period will bring.

In the fields of science and research, the concern has been voiced that with the exit of the country from the EU, the funding for science will cease. This will inevitably influence the scientific research in the country. This naturally leads to further concern and needs to be answered as clearly and as soon as possibly.

It is a wish of all physicists and the entire scientific community, as well as society as a whole, that a satisfactory solution will be found in the matter of funding and research in order to secure this important area.

In my view, research is quite simply necessary for life.

Erika Angelidi,
Conservatives Abroad Representative Greece,
Athens

Brexit - Nick Clegg on the period of phoney peace

Mercredi, août 17th, 2016

“But while the referendum gave the Government a mandate to withdraw from the EU it did not give a mandate on how to do it, or what our new relationship with our neighbours should be, not least because the Brexiteers did not deign to set out a plan during the campaign itself. Therefore we have a duty to hold the Government to account for the way in which it conducts the negotiations.”

Nick Clegg on the period of phoney peace.

Some Thoughts Post Brexit - Erika Angelidi

Samedi, juillet 23rd, 2016

In our guest blog posting below by Erika Angelidi, the Conservatives Abroad Representative in Greece, her latest contribution continues her previous discussions on the critical issue of Brexit, including now the new “Post Brexit” Prime Minister Theresa May:

Since Theresa May became the new leader of the Conservative Party and thus our new Prime Minister, the UK and the Conservatives have taken one more step forward in their respective and common history. Mrs May finds herself in a most challenging position: she is not only to lead one of the most historic Parties in the UK, she will also be the one to shoulder the responsibility of ensuring the unity of the nation while realizing the British people’s decision to exit the EU.

It is certain that her capabilities, her education, as well as her political experience bring great hope for the success of such an endeavour. These are times that more than ever demand unity and solidarity. All should be supportive of her and our common future.

Difficult negotiations with the EU are to ensue: the United Kingdom will exit the EU, but will continue to play a key role in European and world politics.

It is certain that Brexit will cause much controversy in the future. Citizens of all professions within and outside of the UK will protest at leaving the EU. The balance is fragile, and exiting the EU will be a delicate process.

We wait with interest to see how the negotiations with the EU will play out and how long they will take. This is another key point to be taken into consideration, as an extended negotiation period raises the question of prolonged uncertainty. This will put a strain on sterling for instance.

And yet the new page in European and British history is being written, and we are sure that the United Kingdom will continue to have a key role.

Erika Angelidi,
Conservatives Abroad Representative Greece,
Athens

Brexit as viewed by our Representative in Greece

Mercredi, mai 11th, 2016

In our guest blog posting below by Erika Angelidi, the Conservatives Abroad Representative in Greece, her latest contribution continues her previous discussion of the critical issue of Brexit or not for the United Kingdom (Great Britain: EU or Brexit?):

It is now the final stretch before the referendum, which will take place very soon. Every British citizen by now ought to have formed in his or her opinion as to the country’s best interest. Public opinion surveys are so far inconclusive: neither the “yes” nor the “no” seems to be clearly ahead. Everything now depends upon the communication strategy and capabilities of the Brexit supporters and their opponents.

Being of the opinion that GB should stay within the EU, I offer the following suggestions:
1. Through the television, radio and papers, the advantages of GB remaining in the EU should be explained thoroughly and in the most analytical way possible, so that what doubt remains may be dispelled.
2. Concrete and convincing examples of consequences of a Brexit on the life of the average citizen need to be presented.
3. The dangers underlying a Brexit should be underlined.

It is to be noted that by the Agreement that the Prime Minister concluded shortly ago, GB’s interests within the EU have been fully secured. I personally view this as a most compelling factor to vote against a Brexit.

The following issues need to be of concern for each British voter:
1. Is it a risk worth taking, the isolation of GB? The loss of a primary role on the international political scene?
2. Or that of the devaluation of Sterling?
3. Would GB weather the loss of EU investments on research, education and health?
4. Would GB be able to handle a skyrocketing unemployment rate?

If the answer to all these is “no”, then voting against the Brexit seems the only sensible option.

Erika Angelidi,
Conservatives Abroad Representative Greece,
Athens