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A sea of confusion

It would seem that the SS United Kingdom is adrift in a sea of confusion with, apparently, only clueless idiots in charge on the bridge.

Two posts, one by Richard North, the other by Autonomous Mind – together with an article in the Telegraph by Isabel Hardman – have appeared today. All three are ‘linked’ and worthy of further comment.

Richard North writes on the polling figures in respect of leaving the European Union, remarking on the fall of those who wish us to leave. Autonomous Mind, while acknowledging the small number of blogs attempting to educate the public, lays the blame for the falling numbers fairly and squarely at the door of Nigel Farage and his party. Isabel Hartman tackles a number of subjects in her article, from Cameron’s wish to ‘slim down the EU’, renegotiation, to the 2017 promised referendum.

Now either Isabel Hardman, Nigel Farage and all the supposed ‘eurosceptic’ Conservative MPs are totally clueless about ‘matters EU’, or they are deliberately choosing not to mention or discuss the intricacies of our membership of the EU – on both counts one has to ask: why? As Autonomous Mind asks: is it any wonder the numbers of those who would vote for ‘out’ are falling, when all they hear and read in the media is about renegotiation, a new deal and reclamation of powers?

Not one Conservative politician, nor Farage, nor come to that Hardman, will talk about what is the ‘nitty-gritty’; that powers cannot be reclaimed, that the 2017 referendum cannot and will not take place, that the EU never will be ‘slimmed down’; that treaty change and an IGC will be required; that it is not necessary to be a full member of the EU to trade with the EU,  thus retaining the statu quo that the business community is so hell-bent on. Where supposed eurosceptic Conservative MPs and Farage are concerned, all we get is: Ah, once we are out of the EU…. Witness Douglas Carswell (at 2:58) in response to a question about EU immigration – After we have left the EU…..

I have yet to hear one Conservative MP talk about all the diplomatic work that would be required were we to leave the EU, nor what type of free-trade agreement we should have – not one! This may be due a number of factors: the ‘payroll vote’ or fear of deselection, for example – or it may be due to the fact besides being afloat on a sea of confusion, there has been a deliberate attempt to create an accompanying fog of confusion and that, having taken Cameron’s plea on board, they are all in it together – including Farage and Ukip.

Readers will have noticed in Hartman’s piece that David Lidington, the Europe minister, has told Conservative colleagues that details of the renegotiation will only emerge after the European elections next year. What we are not told is how soon after the European elections we will be told, not that that is very important. All things considered, does it matter whether you get rebuffed now or later – and it should also be remembered that Barroso has already doomed to failure the repatriation meme.

The way the polls are heading means that if they continue on their present course Cameron faces coming into contact with something that will sink his ship in about 18 months time. Whether he can avoid his impending catastrophe is dependent on whether his radar is still working, which bearing in mind the defence cuts probably isn’t.



The ‘Gnome of Brussels’ sprouts

Herman van Rompuy has delivered David Cameron a little warning with regard to the latter’s ‘repatriation thingy’, during an ‘interview’ that appears in the Guardian. Ergo, if Cameron ever reaches the point when he starts to use what passes for his brain he will soon realize that his ‘repatriation thingy’ is akin to what was on some people’s Christmas menu; namely a dead duck.

Both van Rompuy and Schauble are being a tad disingenuous with some of their statements but when they are but part of the attempt to mislead the British public, what more would one expect. It is also no wonder that the Guardian ‘wheels out’ Robert Cooper who opines that he doesn’t understand why the British would be more sovereign outside Europe. Needless to say, the Guardian refrains from informing us that Cooper is currently serving as a Counsellor in the European External Action Service and that he is also a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. If Cooper is unable to understand the definition of ‘sovereign’ and is an example of a UK diplomat and foreign policy thinker, then it is no wonder that this country is in the mess it is.


Governments ‘in control’ – the need for

So posts John Redwood today, on which I have posted the following (awaiting moderation):

“Your fourth and fifth paragraphs illustrate that we are not a sovereign nation and that our government does not govern the country, as politicians of all parties would have us believe. Not only that, but you repeat the mantra about repatriation of powers.

When I raised the matter, on a post of yours a few days ago, as to how and under what Article in any treaty this could be accomplished; when I pointed out that repatriation of powers is just not on the agenda because if just one power was repatriated to one country it would ensure a tsunami of similar requests from other countries resulting in the collapse of the EU, I notice that no answer from you was forthcoming.

On a separate, but related subject, why should the decisions and enforcement of same just be subject to Parliament; do the views of the people not feature in this? Why should government be able to act in what is no more than a dictatorial manner when we are supposed to be a democracy? If David Cameron maintains, as he did outside No10 on entering, that the people are the masters and politicians but their servants, how do you justify this dictatorial government thingy to which you seem so wedded? You are, no doubt, aware of the call for ‘Referism’ to be introduced into our politics, or is that concept stretching democracy too far in your view?

Your non-response may be due to the fact that I am not a constituent of yours and therefore in common with other MPs you feel no obligation to so respond, but there must be constituents of yours who feel as I do, so how about a reply for their benefit? It is to be hoped that, unlike other MPs, you will not shun a debate on the subjects of government and democracy.”

It is a continuing gripe of mine that MPs invoke this ‘only talk to constituents’ thingy – are they not public servants and therefore do they not have a duty and responsibility to discuss matters of concern with any member of the public?

Bearing in mind that, as Richard North has stated, democracy per se in this country is non-existent, we shall see whether Mr. Redwood ‘takes the bait’.


Update: A conversation (of sorts) has begun………




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