Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The EU ideal (sic) has a much darker legacy

Very shallow and intellectually light-weight "historical" analysis of the EU by Gabriel Gatehouse on Newsnight this evening:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03szkkl

If he had bothered to read When Nazi Dreams Come True by Robert Edwin Herzstein he would realise that the EU ideal (sic) has a much darker legacy.

Is there anything in current EU ideology that is not consistent with the long-term post-war plans for a greater Germany, even down to fanatical insistence on a common currency, a common legal framework and even annexation of Ukraine and Croatia?

Ignore the wartime violence and horror.

Look at the long-term German plans for Europe.



EU army

Expose in the Daily Express of a German white paper proposing an EU army:  http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/666516/Anti-Brussels-fury-Germany-secretly-plans-for-EU-army-Brexit

If we remain in the EU it is inevitable that we will lose all the institutions that define the United Kingdom as a nation.

If we remain in the EU we will be effectively dead.

"Liar liar pants on fire" is a phrase one might legitimately direct towards the Remain campaign

On Channel 4 News this evening an expose of Remain side lies - the claim that everyone is £450 better off as a result of remaining in the EU was based on statistics that applied to America!

"Liar liar pants on fire" is a phrase one might legitimately direct towards the Remain campaign.

http://blogs.channel4.com/factcheck/factcheck-eu-raise-prices/22854

Monday, May 02, 2016

Laws should not be passed nor taxes raised except by our own elected representatives

The Spectator on the EU debate:  http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/04/live-from-the-london-palladium-the-spectators-brexit-debate/

It’s not just the financial price of EU membership – it’s the democratic price. We fought a civil war in this country to establish the principle that laws should not be passed nor taxes raised except by our own elected representatives.

It is no use the Home Secretary Theresa May wittering on about our power in theory

Andrew Neil on Twitter:  European Commission to propose visa liberalisation for Turkey even though it's failed to meet significant benchmarks it was meant to meet.

Does the United Kingdom have sufficient border controls in place to reject the inevitable attempts by these Turkish people to get to London?

We know that there is a total of about 500,000 people of Turkish origin in the UK, made up of approximately 150,000 Turkish nationals and about 300,000 Turkish Cypriots.

We know that established minority communities will attract similar migrants who in turn will attract "family reunions" and "marriage" partners in a continuing cycle - perhaps doubling every ten years.

It is no use the Home Secretary Theresa May wittering on about our power in theory to stop anyone at our borders.

The concern is that no-one at the Home Office or the border control agency has the strength of personality or necessary leadership skills to be able to make the theoretical power to stop people actually work in practice.

Is it not the case that within a few months we will have a de facto open border with Turkey?

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c16cba7a-0fa5-11e6-91da-096d89bd2173.html#axzz47UDeCJrU

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-eu-turkey-idUSKCN0XS0YF

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/666197/EU-Turkey-deal-migrant-crisis-Ukraine

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Leaked TTIP documents confirm major risks for climate, environment and consumer safety | Greenpeace International

The Single Market is over-sold

Very interesting and important paper on why the Single Market is over-sold:  http://www.civitas.org.uk/content/files/mythandparadox.pdf

The cosy futility of life in the EU

Is there anything you could disagree with in Nigel Farage's vision of the future:  “Self-governing, self-confident and much more global in outlook,” he said.  “We have become too obsessed with Europe. It’s an important market place but there is a big world out there.”

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/01/brexit-vote-will-oust-david-cameron-as-pm-says-farage?CMP=share_btn_tw

One of the objections I have to the EU is the way in which it has encouraged dependency.  The way in which British national life has relapsed into self-indulgent apathy, the irksome disciplines of running our own nation replaced by ostensibly pleasing trivialities.  It is the cosy futility of life in the EU that makes it so noisome.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

TTIP

Very thoughtful and interesting piece by Helen Lewis in The New Statesman about TTIP:  http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2016/04/case-against-ttip

Everyone should be concerned.

Fagin

I hope that Labour's enquiry into anti-antisemitism within the party looks at the disgraceful campaign waged against Michael Howard in 2005 - with Fagin and Flying Pig posters.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36175660

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4217009.stm

A second referendum would be justified

ENGLAND 41% to 43% to OUT
WALES 35% to 42% to OUT
SCOTLAND 51% to 34% IN
OVERALL 42% to 41% to IN

If Scotland forces the rest of the United Kingdom to stay in the EU a second referendum would be justified.

The Remain side is relying on Labour voters getting them over the line

Interesting too speculate what effect the current in-fighting in the Labour party will have on the EU referendum.

If the Remain side is relying on Labour voters getting them over the line this may well have been the week that nixed their chances.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jeremy-corbyn-labour-anti-semitism_uk_5723b9ace4b06bf544e1be6b?43pzxgvi




Friday, April 29, 2016

John Major has a vested interest in the United Kingdom remaining in the EU















Forgive me for pointing out the obvious, but John Major has a vested interest in the United Kingdom remaining in the EU.

If we leave (as we must) the cornerstone of his premiership record is immediately undermined.

There will be no Major legacy of any kind (even the Cones Hotline was a flop).

Already seen as one of the shittiest Prime Minister's ever, his reputation will fall even further.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/665655/John-Major-Brexit-campaigners-NORTH-KOREA-EU-Remain-rant

https://twitter.com/BBCr4today/status/725950567072301056

They are losing the intellectual argument















What to make of this incredible accusation by John Major that the Leave campaign wants to turn the United Kingdom into North Korea?

Most people of course will just ignore him.

This is the Prime Minister whose greatest legacy was the Cones Hotline.

But when the Remain campaign resorts to abuse does it not indicate that they are losing the intellectual argument? (they've already lost the emotional argument).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj9z
As Daniel Hannan MEP has just pointed out on Twitter:  Today EFTA signed a free trade agreement with the Philippines. The talks took less than one year.

https://twitter.com/DanHannanMEP

Thursday, April 28, 2016

"There is an institutional ganging-up against the British voter".

Wonderful interview with Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom talking about the EU on Newsnight this evening:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mk25

She was calm and rational and told us "there is an institutional ganging-up against the British voter".

"Crisis, what crisis"

Do you remember all those smug lefties who said they were enjoying watching the Tory party tear itself apart over Europe?

Well now it's our turn:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36160135

And I LOVE Jeremy Corbyn's reprise of "Crisis, what crisis" - he is truly a 1970s man.

If the EU protects workers rights, what do we need trade unions for?

Rather obtuse article by Kam Gill on the Left Foot Foward website:  http://leftfootforward.org/2016/04/eu-health-and-safety-laws-have-protected-workers-rights-says-tuc/

If the EU protects workers rights, what do we need trade unions for?

One rather thinks Kam Gill has just talked himself out of a job.

And he rather overlooks the fact that the TUC would have NO INFLUENCE WHATSOEVER on the EU high panjandrums.

A “Social Europe” is in practise impossible to achieve.

Candid and realistic assessment by Danny Nicol (Professor of Public Law at the University of Westminster) of the implausibility of a "social Europe" on Left Futures website:  http://www.leftfutures.org/2016/04/implausibility-of-a-social-europe/

It should be required reading for all those lefties who are thinking of voting Remain.

Particularly pay attention to the paragraph:  EU Treaties provide no means of discarding the TTIP; and the other reforms would require a complete absence of neoliberal governments throughout the EU.  Sadly these policies are so heavily protected against repeal that a “Social Europe” is in practise impossible to achieve.  No doubt “another Europe is possible” – but outside the European Union.


The SNP has been taking money from Vladimir Putin

Interesting comment on last night's Newsnight by David Frum (Senior Editor, The Atlantic) that the SNP has been taking money from Vladimir Putin.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mk25

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dry as dust and dull as ditchwater

Pro-Remain article by Andrew Dismore for Progress:  http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2016/04/27/london-is-stronger-in/

Dry as dust and dull as ditchwater.

A succession of highly-selective stats that might be half-true or might be entirely spurious - it depends on your point of view.

But nothing that addresses the sense of bewilderment ordinary people (including ordinary Londoners) feel that their country has become an alien place where they are no longer safe or cared for.  That impersonal forces are making unaccountable decisions beyond any suggestion of democratic control.  That their country is being taken from them.

Doubt on the accuracy of George Osborne

Niamh-ni-Mhaoileoin, writing for Left Foot Forward, casts doubt on the accuracy of George Osborne in claiming the Leave campaign was causing economic slowdown:  http://leftfootforward.org/2016/04/osborne-blames-eu-for-gdp-growth-slowdown-but-what-about-his-policies/

Significant quote:

Lee Hopley, chief economist at the manufacturer’s organisation EEF commented that ‘’The extent to which this across the board weakening can be attributed to political uncertainty ahead of the referendum is open to question.’
While acknowledging that ‘referendum wobbles could make themselves felt in the coming months, she suggested that ‘global financial market volatility, stuttering world trade growth and challenges on the high street feel like more obvious explanations for the slowdown’

The moral corruption of British politics

on this evening's Channel 4 News Michael Crick revealed that the main unions have done a deal with Tory Remainers - David Cameron will drop key areas of union reform in return for the unions backing the Remain campaign:  http://www.channel4.com/news/

Never was the moral corruption of British politics exposed so nakedly.