Wednesday, November 27, 2013

David Cameron is destined to achieve greatness

The Today programme led this morning with the news that David Cameron is to seek to curb the free movement of people in the EU.



Financial Times:  http://www.ft.com/cms/s/add36222-56be-11e3-ab12-00144feabdc0,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2Fadd36222-56be-11e3-ab12-00144feabdc0.html%3Fsiteedition%3Duk&siteedition=uk&_i_referer=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FfkqgJ7zIb0#axzz2lpwe6JUG


A few weeks ago Andrew Rawnsley wrote in the Observer a rather slighting article about the supposed vacuity of David Cameron's premiership:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/17/david-camerons-convictions  


I have never doubted that David Cameron is destined to achieve greatness.    He will seek, in good faith, to negotiate with the EU to achieve those objectives desired by the ordinary people (an end to free movement and the dumping of surplus labour in the United Kingdom; an end to "ever closer union"; an end to arbitrary "directives" imposed without the agreement of the Westminster parliament).  He will meet obdurate opposition and the talks will break down.  He will call a referendum on the EU and will go down in history as the Prime Minister who reaffirmed our sovereignty and led us out and into the world.  


I am not opposed per se to the idea of EC membership (EU is going too far) but in the unlikely event that the negotiations are successful and are approved by the electorate I think we need to introduce the safeguard of a principle of continuing assent to membership, with a scheduled referendum every ten years. 

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