Sunday, February 14, 2016

Whatever "rabbit" emerges needs to be scrutinised very carefully by the media

On the Andrew Marr Show this morning Labour MP Giesela Stuart warned that the EU is heading towards deeper political integration:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03jhyl1

Andrew Marr also warned us "we know there is a rabbit in David Cameron's hat".

We must be wary of this.  The whole of the renegotiations has so far been a manipulative pantomime with stage villains, choreographed storylines, and two-dimensional principle boy heroics.  Whatever "rabbit" emerges needs to be scrutinised very carefully by the media, and it is certain to be an attempt to deceive.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Ridiculous scare-mongering by travel "chiefs"























Ridiculous scare-mongering by travel "chiefs" on the front page of the Sunday Times:  http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/article1668219.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2016_02_13

What next?

Brexit will lead to a national shortage of marron glace?

Brexit will lead to British holiday makers on the continent being pelted with dead animals and called rude names a la Monty Pythonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V7zbWNznbs

Brexit will lead to Germany firing vengeance-weapons at British cities? *

* this last actually happened, which makes Gunter Krichbaum's current threats all the more offensive.

John Kerry urges UK to stay in "united EU"











John Kerry urges UK to stay in "united EU".

https://twitter.com/GdnPolitics

Surely he is not going to claim to be a friend of the United Kingdom?















According to the Guardian the American President is planning to interfere in British affairs (article by Patirick Wintour):  http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/12/barack-obama-plans-eu-referendum-intervention

It will be interesting to see how Barack Obama does this.

Surely he is not going to claim to be a friend of the United Kingdom?

This is Barack Obama who in his autobiographical Dreams From My Father accused the British of atrocities during counter-terrorist operations in Kenya here

This is Barack Obama who maliciously accused "British Petroleum" of polluting the Gulf of Mexico when the company he was referring to had been known as BP for years, was as much American-owned as it was British-owned, and when almost everyone involved in the pollution fiasco was American not British.

This is Barack Obama whose first action on becoming American President was to send back to London the bust of Winston Churchill that had been displayed in the White House Oval Office.  It is not clear whether he spat on it before it was sent back.  But certainly it was sent back in a symbolic act that was unmistakable.

No, Barack Obama cannot claim to be a friend of the United Kingdom.

And any attempt to interfere in our internal affairs needs to be robustly rebuffed.

Indeed, let me start the rebuffing now by saying:  fuck off Obama, you are no friend of ours.

Friday, February 12, 2016

THIRTEEN government ministers will defy David Cameron

Tomorrow's Sun:  http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/6928178/Rebellion-looming-THIRTEEN-government-ministers-will-reject-PMs-EU-renegotiation-deal.html

"THIRTEEN government ministers will defy David Cameron to campaign to leave the EU."

And presumably one of those thirteen will be the next Conservative Party leader since whatever the result of the EU referendum (and I am hoping for a LEAVE win) it is inconceivable that Cameron could stay on after his farcical Jungle-camps-in-Kent blunder.

A politician can survive many things, but not ridicule.

Cameron's fear-mongering will rebound upon him



















There is a wonderful article by about the EU by Melanie Phillips in today's Times:  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4688706.ece

I urge you to read it.

Such intellectual clarity is rare.

"...Cameron's fear-mongering will rebound upon him.  For he is displaying contempt, not just for the public's intelligence but their desire to govern themselves."

A discussion about fear-mongering in the EU referendum

On Daily Politics this lunchtime there was a discussion about fear-mongering in the EU referendum campaign.  Agreement from Kelvin MacKenzie and Anne McElvoy that for David Cameron to use the fear of Jungle Migrant Camps so early in the campaign is an indication that things are not going well.  "His private polling is probably telling him he is going to lose" Kelvin MacKenzie said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mjxb


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Discussion on immigration

Nigel Farage easily won a discussion on immigration on this evening's Question Time:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006t1q9

Margaret Thatcher and the EU























There are so many claims flying around about Margaret Thatcher and the EU that it is worth setting the record straight with this letter she sent to Bill Cash MP.   https://twitter.com/ConHistGrp


If you vote LEAVE you are a Russian stooge

Hereditary Labour MP Hilary Benn (in the House of Commons for no other reason than that he is his father's son) is using fear to compel voters to remain in the European Union:  https://www.politicshome.com/foreign-and-defence/articles/story/hilary-benn-vladimir-putin-would-welcome-brexit

If you vote LEAVE you are a Russian stooge Mr Benn is telling us.

This is of course a disgraceful claim to make.

But for the LEAVE campaign it is encouraging that Hilary Benn stoops so low. 

The REMAIN side have nothing to offer.  They are bankrupt of ideas.  In short, the REMAIN side is going to lose.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Boris is such a legend

This is VERY interesting:  http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/10/boris-johnson-eu-marina-wheeler-david-cameron-deal-renegotiation?CMP=twt_gu

If Boris Johnson were to lead the LEAVE campaign everything would change.

And on a personal level it is his best chance of becoming Prime Minister.

And Boris is such a legend.

A scam, a fix, a deception

Faisal Islam talking to Adam Boulton on Sky News just now mentioned that Bil Cash MP has published the legal advice of the European Council to David Cameron about the renegotiation.

Apparently the much-vaunted "Summit" of EU leaders next week is not a summit at all.

It is a scam, a fix, a deception.

Shame on you David Cameron.

http://news.sky.com/uk

Not much in the way of integrity from George Monbiot


















Actually George Monbiot mentions TTiP in today's Guardian (which I did not get to look at until this evening):  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/10/eu-in-health-wildife-european-union

But he concludes he is a "pro-European Eurosceptic" and intends to vote to stay in.

Not much in the way of integrity from George Monbiot.

His policy is to just hope for the best (against all the evidence).

Former Tory leader William Hague

Notice how in this article for the Daily Telegraph former Tory leader William Hague (a failure as a leader let us remind ourselves) tells us that someone who is 100% sure on an issue is a "fanatic":  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/eureferendum/12148794/Every-good-Conservative-should-feel-torn-on-the-EU-referendum.html

Note the line:

Is the national identity of the United Kingdom best preserved by escaping from the supranational goals of the European Union, or would withdrawal from it risk, as I have argued, the disintegration of the United Kingdom itself?

I think people will be surprised at the strength of LEAVE feeling in Scotland, and on the day it may well be the majority opinion in Scotland for a variety of reasons.

TTiP is of course an EU initiative

How quiet the left is being over the EU referendum.

Nothing from the Unions.  Not a peep out of lefty activist Owen Jones.  Very sotto voco murmerings from well-known Eurosceptic Labour MPs.

And yet these are all people who get agitated about Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTiP).

TTiP will mean the end of the NHS the left usually shouts.

TTiP is of course an EU initiative.

Leave the EU and we choose ourselves whether we want TTiP, or a watered-down TTiP with special exemptions for the NHS and other sectors.

So one must conclude that the Labour Party and the left generally (I looking at you Owen Jones) would rather abandon the NHS to TTiP rather than campaign against the EU.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/what-is-ttip-and-six-reasons-why-the-answer-should-scare-you-9779688.html 

Ian Birrill writes dismissively about the LEAVE campaign













In yesterday's Guardian Ian Birrill writes dismissively about the LEAVE campaign and confirms his status as a rotten columnist by cramming in all the usual cliches ("Little Englanders", "tiresomely banging on", "yearn for the past" etc):  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/09/eu-referendum-vote-scaremongering-operation-fear

Ian Birrill pretends to be in the dark about "post-Brexit Britian".

Let me enlighten Mr Birrill.

A post-Brexit Britain will be a nation that controls immigration.

That is the one thing above all others that the ordinary people want.

You are stupid Mr Birrill if you have not grasped that fact.

The Shy Leavers are not being reflected in the polls

George Eaton interviews Graham Brady MP for the New Statesman:  http://www.newstatesman.com/2016/02/tory-backbench-leader-graham-brady-when-we-vote-leave-eu-pm-should-stay

Note the paragraph:

Brady, who had just returned from a breakfast meeting in the City of London, told me that a number of business people have revealed to him that although their “institutional position is firmly that we should remain in the EU . . . privately their view is completely the opposite”.

More evidence that the Shy Leavers are not being reflected in the polls.

"Britain's trade to EU slumps"


















Wednesday's front cover of the Daily Mail - worth reading.

"Britain's trade to EU slumps".

Hugo Duncan:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3439693/Britain-s-trade-EU-slumps-Major-boost-Leave-campaign-exports-outside-Europe-continue-soar.html

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The implications of the EU referendum for any future leader of the Conservative Party

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP points out the implications of the EU referendum for any future leader of the Conservative Party: "...it won’t be somebody who backs the stay campaign because the bulk of the voters are outers",

https://www.politicshome.com/party-politics/articles/story/boris-johnson%E2%80%99s-leadership-hopes-would-%E2%80%98vanish%E2%80%99-if-he-backs-campaign
it won’t be somebody who backs the stay campaign because the bulk of the voters are outers - See more at: https://www.politicshome.com/party-politics/articles/story/boris-johnson%E2%80%99s-leadership-hopes-would-%E2%80%98vanish%E2%80%99-if-he-backs-campaign#sthash.1QwXSGVN.dpuf
it won’t be somebody who backs the stay campaign because the bulk of the voters are outers - See more at: https://www.politicshome.com/party-politics/articles/story/boris-johnson%E2%80%99s-leadership-hopes-would-%E2%80%98vanish%E2%80%99-if-he-backs-campaign#sthash.1QwXSGVN.dpuf

The primacy of EU legislation has already been conceded

David Cameron's proposed new law to "assert the sovereignty" of Parliament was exposed as a bogus con by Dominic Grieve, the former Attorney General, interviewed by Martha Kearney on the World At One this lunchtime.

The primacy of EU legislation has already been conceded.

Only by leaving the EU can Parliamentary democracy be re-established in the United Kingdom.

Lying, fear-mongering, inept bungling at every level - David Cameron is not doing very well in this campaign.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qptc

The establishment always conspires to frighten ordinary people into conformity

There was a wonderful moment on the Today programme this morning when presenter Nick Robinson, discussing the EU referendum with Whitehall "mandarin" Sir Peter Ricketts GCMG ("God Calls Me God") gently pointed out to him that the establishment always conspires to frighten ordinary people into conformity, and therefore his scaremongering about leaving the EU is likely to be disregarded.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj9z

Monday, February 08, 2016

The Daily Express tomorrow - quit the EU to save our NHS



















Might be worth buying the Daily Express tomorrow - quit the EU to save our NHS the headline proclaims.

http://www.express.co.uk/

Cameron got a bad deal
















I enjoyed Tim Montgomerie's column in today's Times. 

"Cameron got a bad deal in his negotiations with the European leaders".

Exactly.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/thunderer/article4685219.ece

Empty threats that mean nothing

Despicable behaviour by the Prime Minister David Cameron who earlier today was fear-mongering to tell us that the "Jungle" camp of migrants in north France would move into the United Kingdom were we to leave the EU.

The implicit threat in his statement is that if the United Kingdom dares to leave the EU there will be recriminations and retaliations by the French.

This is bullying behaviour from an Old Etonian toff the Guardian openly mocks as "Flashman".

The only possible response to bullying is to face up to the bullies and make them back off.

So let us look at the threat made by David Cameron.

Personally I believe in the sovereignty of nations, and I do not want a British border "somehow" administered in a foreign country.  I have every confidence in our ability to police our own borders.  And I am also unimpressed by the efforts to date of the French to control the Jungle or stop illegal attempts to enter the United Kingdom.

The threat of having to administer the border ourselves is no threat at all - we would do it much better than the French, and without all the European Court garbage the illegal migrants would be much easier to process.

And in any case, were we to leave the EU the numbers of cheapo predatory haulage companies pouring into England each day would be dramatically reduced, so far less lorries for the illegal migrants to jump onto.

And to address the underlying nastiness in Cameron's argument that the French would retaliate against the English, he overlooks the fact that there are approximately half a million French living in England.

Of course, there are also hundreds of thousands of English living in France, but these are mostly retired people - if the French were to retaliate against them they would simply move back to England taking their retirement wealth with them and France would be the poorer.

The French who live in England on the other hand are mostly working professionals.  I hope there would be no "retaliation" against them, but in the unpleasant world threatened by David Cameron it is possible they would be asked to leave.  In which case France would have a big surge in unemployment.

So you see the nasty negativity of David Cameron is nothing more than empty threats that mean nothing.

Using fear to imply that leaving the EU would not be good

On Farming Today this morning a Professor Mark someone or other was using fear to imply that leaving the EU would not be good for farmers and would lead to across the board price rises in food.

He disgusied his fear mongoring with a lot of humming and hahing, but that was what he was getting up.

Actually food will fall dramatically in price, and at the same time the government will be free to give subsidised support where it is needed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj8q