Around 1,500 men authentically dressed, to the rank and regiment of a soldier they represented, who died on that first day 100 years ago, were a powerful reminder. They carried cards which they handed out with the name and age of that soldier.
These moving images of ‘walking ghosts’, did not speak, but occasionally sang ‘we’re here because we’re here’, as sung in First World War trenches. This remarkable project, created as ‘a contemporary memorial’, was designed by National Theatre head Rufus Norris and artist Jeremy Deller.
Most British families lost fathers and sons in both World Wars, and we keep their medals which we occasionally polish and think about them as we do so.
It is all too easy to forget what huge sacrifices these brave men, now lying beneath headstones, made for their King, their families and their country.
All these images and memories put into perspective the challenges that we face today. And following the binding result of the Referendum, we are now able to take back control of our great nation, and we have much to be grateful and joyful for. Our forefathers laid down their lives for our freedom, thanks to them we only required a pen.
The success of the negotiations to fully withdraw from the EU are now in the hands of conservative MPs, and party members. To ensure the transition is carried out swiftly and enthusiastically, they must choose carefully.
Andrea Leadsom set up the ‘fresh start’ project in 2011 with Chris Heaton- Harris and George Eustice. The aim was to examine options for a new relationship with a revised EU. They recognised that the status quo was not an option, and having consulted widely, five significant Options for Change were tabled in 2012, to which William Hague wrote the foreword. They included: An emergency brake for any member state regarding EU legislation that effects financial services. The EU repatriating capability in the area of social and employment law to Member States, or an opt-out for the UK from existing EU social and employment law. An opt-out for the UK from existing criminal justice measurers not already covered by the Lisbon Treaty bloc opt-out. A new legal safeguard for the single market to ensure that there is no discrimination against non-Eurozone member interests. And the abolition of the Strasbourg seat of the European Parliament, the economic and Social Committee, and the Committee of the Regions.
In 2014 they co-hosted a Pan-European Conference for EU Reform, with Open Europe. This brought together 300 delegates from over 30 countries, including eight ministers, a European Commissioner, former heads of state, politicians and business leaders
Dr Imke Henkel of German weekly called the conference “potentially historic” by leading towards a constructive British Europe policy, which provides the important impetus towards the necessary reforms of the European Community.
Andrea Leadsom knows more about the EU than any other MP. And as David Cameron returned from his pre-referendum negotiations empty handed, she recognised that remaining in an unreformed EU is a greater risk to the UK than leaving, considering all the above, and now the EU’s financial, employment and migration crises.
She is the only candidate with the experience, skills and drive to lead the country towards the opportunities and bright future that is waiting beyond the confines of the European Union.
We need a Prime Minister with a clear vision, who is capable of leading the UK through negotiations with European, global and emerging markets. As Mrs Leadsom said, “Great Britain is open for business”.
The uncertainty created by David Cameron on June 24, by not having a plan B was negligent and unforgiveable. The UK now requires strong intelligent leadership, not just a ‘safe pair of hands’.