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Sarkozy has been quoted as saying that we will not have a strong Europe without strong nations, which seemed to be an attempt to back away from a federal state. I believe it is, and I think there are a few signs that the euro-elite recognize that their federal plans are not likely to succeed. Little things like the backtrack on the weights and measures legislation, the Lib Dems retreating on the euro, Chris Huhne saying that Toben should not be extradicted despite passing the legislation that made it clear he should (I assume pressure was brought to bear diplomatically on Germany, which is how this farce of democracy really works) all point to a retreat. The financial crisis has given them a card to play, but the deck is stacked against them.

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Whatever the case, the fact that Europe is a mechanism for satisfying the egotism of politicians remains so. There is no surprise that the biggest supporter in this country for the idea of a European President was Tony Blair. Sarkozy’s ambitions in that regard are obvious. His performance in the European Soviet also shows he is not averse to using the euro-patriotism of the MEPs to get what he wants. His attempts to push the Czech’s out of their presidency have taken another step up with news that he is refusing to attend the ceremony for handing over power to them. It is a clear attempt to create an alternative authority in the EU, with France at the forefront. Coming after his attempt to create an unofficial ‘economic government’ of Europe it shows an alarmingly cowboy approach to international relations. Even if the federalists dreams are over, there are great dangers to the webby morass of powers throttling Europe.

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Joining the Dots

For the fourteenth year in a row, the European Union can’t account for the money we give it. They don’t know where it went. Imagine that was your business. Tax time comes around again and you say to the tax man, ‘Sorry, I don’t know where the money is’. Again. How long would you stay in business? Fourteen years? No. You’d be in jail, which is where a whole number of eurocrats should be for defrauding the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile Paul Dacre writes in the Guardian that newspapers are under attack from privacy rulings made under ‘Strasbourg laws’, in other words, European Union laws. He says that the British press is becoming more like the French and Italian press, less keen to pursue wrongdoing by public figures from fear of litigation.

Let`s sum things up. The EU is ruining our press and is stealing our money. Can we leave yet?

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Did you know that the EU runs our elections now? You probably didn’t. The politicians know we hate the EU and so they hide their influence. The Observer reports today that our next GE will be illegal under EU law unless we give the right to vote to prisoners. They have decided that blanket bans on prisoners voting are a breach of human rights.

What are the government to do? If they change the law, the Tories won’t let them forget it. Both the party and the right wing press will hound them with the charge they are selling out to Europe. If they don’t do anything, how long before a prisoner takes a case to the European Court of Federalism (or European Court of Human Rights, as it likes to be known)?

It will be very interesting to see what happens if the government tries to change the law. What will the Tories do? And what about the eurosceptic Labour back-benchers? It’s possible such legislation could be rejected by the house. In which case we would see real evidence that the Tories are going to redraw our relationship with Europe. Cameron could whip his MPs to reject any such legislation. He would thus leave his party – if they win the next election – facing a court case in the EU, and the obligation to renegotiate our membership of that organisation.

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Part of the wrench needed to make Britain part of a Euro super-state is the weakening of our ties with the Commonwealth and the US. The Telegraph reports that non-EU retirees will be barred from Britain. The claim is that this is to avoid the number of old people putting a financial burden on the state. However, according to the article, “only a small number of non-EU currently retire to Britain.”
In which case, what is the real point of the policy?

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David Cameron must promise a referendum on whether the UK should leave the European Union, former Tory chairman Lord Tebbit is expected to say.

In a speech on Monday, he will call on the Conservative leader to show “Thatcherite courage” on the issue.

This should happen “within two years” of a Tory election win, he will add.

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Most conservatives are at best ambivalent about Cameron’s eurosceptic credentials. We don’t trust him or his party to make substantial changes to our relationship with Europe. In fact, cynicism about his position on Lisbon is widespread. However, I wonder whether much of this cynicism is just a reaction to the feeling of helplesness that comes from being out of power for so long. The Tory party is now eurosceptic, as is the electorate as a whole. Cameron has nothing to lose politically from being as eurosceptic as he likes. I think the reaction to a repeal of the ’72 European Communities Act would be relief and joy. People have been so beaten down by the ridiculous idea that an island trading nation of 60 million people at the centre of an international English-speaking community would be in trouble as an independent country, that to have the shackles broken would be immensly liberating to the spirit. More people would rejoice than now think they would, more of those on the left as much as of those on the right.

The problem with Tebbit’s idea is that if the electorate vote against the specific results of a negotiated settlement the Tories present to them, the Tories would be politically damaged. Furthermore, the negotiations would be a tricky time. The europhile press – the Independent, Guardian and FT – would attempt to make hay over every problem in the negotiations. Far better it would be just to repeal the Act and leave. Let the chips fall where they may with Europe. Europe needs us much, much more than we need it.

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citizenship drivel

Says Nicholas Sarkozy, “I don’t want the citizens of Europe to wake up in a few months and discover that European businesses belong to non-European capitals”, according to El Pais.

Nick, we are not European citizens. When a German company buys our postal service, we consider that to be a foreign company. Europhiles like to bullshit about free trade, but all they are really trying to do is build a nationalist protectionist block with Brussels the capital of a new nation. Were an American, Canadian or Australian company to buy a British company we would consider that less foreign than a German or French company.

In other news our new European Comissioner, some bint from the Lords that no-one has ever elected and looks like a horse, has referred to herself as a European in her acceptance speech.

When will we be free of these parasites? They’re talking to themselves. No-one in this country thinks they are European or wants a European nation. Yet these wankers continue to build one.

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