While it naturally sounds extremely self-important for a minnow in the blogsphere to trumpet the fact that our Prime Minister reads this blog, as he so obviously does, perhaps he may take time out of his day to respond to the following:
Dear Mr. Cameron,
You are reported, in the Daily Mail and likewise in the Guardian, as stating that where this country’s membership of the European Union is concerned you wish to retain the status quo, your reasons being based on the point that:
“I don’t think it’s right to aim for a status like Norway or Switzerland where basically you have to obey all the rules of the single market but you don’t have a say over what they are.”
Let us deal with this assertion that Norway and Switzerland have to obey all the rules of the single market but don’t have any say over what they are. Forgive my bluntness but, as you are well aware, I am one who tends to speak their mind.
Where the rules of the single market are concerned you are fully aware that your statement belies the way most single market legislation is made. It is well known that most proposals, by the time they reach the Council for a vote, are already cast in stone and thus unable to be changed; consequently the voting issue is the last and least important part of the process. Not least, a huge amount of technical legislation is formulated at a global or regional level, in bodies such as UNECE (on which Norway is represented) and then handed down to the EU institutions as “diqules” which cannot, in substance, be changed. Thus Norway, for example, has a considerable say in the nature of regulation, long before it gets anywhere near the EU.
You are also aware that as members of EFTA both Norway and Switzerland are represented on over 200 EEA committees which assist in the framing of Single Market legislation. You are also aware that as members of EFTA those nations have the ability to refuse to implement any Directive that the European Commission produces; something that Norway did do in respect of the 3rd Postal Directive, one which this country had to implement via the Postal Services Act 2011. You keep talking about “influence” that you maintain the UK has, yet you know damn well that with the steady gravitation to Qualified Majority Voting the UK’s mythical “influence” in the EU is being diluted to nothing.
The assertion by you, with regard to Norway and Switzerland, shows that you, Sir, are disingenuous, that you are a liar and thus guilty of misleading the public. Following the indecisive result of the 2010 General Election, when you seized power you wrote in the Foreward to your manifesto, one on which not one voter had had the opportunity to accept or reject, that you would extend transparency to every area of public life. Transparency means being open and honest with those you are elected to serve, something which during the past two years you have exhibited a tendency not to so do – but then why break the habit of a political lifetime?