Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dash for populism or a preparation for the inevitable?

EU ~ New Tory battlelines drawn

"David Cameron has opened the door to a historic referendum on Britain’s future relationship with the European Union — declaring that voters need a “real choice”". BBC & SKY are carrying this already (and the article isn't even printed, yet). The developments come in the wake of last week’s Brussels summit in which leaders of the eurozone countries took the first steps toward a "rescue plan" for the single currency. At the same time, approximately 100 Conservative MPs wrote a letter to the PM calling on him to legislate for a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU to be held in future years. Many of Mr Cameron’s most senior aides have been urging him to take such a step for several months (results will surely impact economics in the UK, going forward).

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9 thoughts on “Dash for populism or a preparation for the inevitable?

  • mark wadsworth says:

    It’s a historic fact that Tory governments are slightly more acquiescent with the EU than Labour governments. I don’t expect to see that change any time soon. Even UKIP know this.

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  • Once the Euro cracks have been papered over sufficiently papered over, the European banks joined together and the Euro governments are joined in a fiscal pact the UK has major problems.
    It is the odd country out as it has no deficit limits (unlike US & EU), can print it’s own money and makes up the banking rules as it goes along. It also has high levels of corruption in the banking sector that come to light regularly.

    It’s not going to be a good decade for ‘Pound Land’.

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  • To recap the ‘markets’ will bully the UK into joining.

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  • These 100 MP’s should defect to UKIP or set up a new anti-EU Conservative Party, or at least threaten to do so. They would get their vote if they said, give us a vote or we defect to UKIP.

    Cameron is a schill for the bankers and the Bureaucrats and will not budge an inch. He cares not for Britain and will sell us down the river along with his banker buddy Chancellor.

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  • Animal Farm, farmed like animals, tighter Euro fiscality, the financial singularity, led to the slaughterhouse bleeting, bleeting!

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  • Oh b*lls, bleating, c*cked it up again!

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  • Krustyatemyhamster says:

    It’s because he’s worried about his job. Hence all the knee-jerk right-wing rabble rousing (scrapping HB for under 25s, etc). He’s in a competition with Gove (scrapping GCSEs) to appeal to the backbenchers. As for appealing to the electorate, this stuff is about as effective as if Labour started trying to please Arthur Scargill. It may be populist but it’s not popular.

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  • All sing together

    “There’ll always be a little England
    While there’s a damned foreign lane”

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  • So, Cameron might, just might, give us a referendum on Europe, when the “time is right” over an unspecified question but will not be a case of “in” or “out”. Why’s this news? He’s said the same thing many times before and, frankly, it was as meaningless the first time he said it as it is now.
    Is he just trying to deflect attention from the more important questions at the moment, ie how is he going to get the economy growing again; what is he going to do about the excesses of the banks and his financial chums in the City; and what is he going to do to reign in the excesses of the Press once Leveson has reported?
    This is a man whose choice of friends, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, among them, suggests either he’s not a very good judge of character or their alleged crimes – including those of his banker friends and financiers – were something that could be whitewashed or glossed over.
    If anyone falls for this latest line from him, they deserve to be shafted.

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