Thursday, 29 November 2012

Do We Need Press Controls?

I still don't understand why all the improper behaviour of the British Press uncovered by the Leveson enquiry could not be dealt with in some way by means of the privacy laws or by the Press Complaints Commission.
It is true that the police have not dealt particularly well with all cases of phone-hacking, E-mail hacking, intrusive paparazzi and so on, but would a new body with a new name necessarily be any better? It would not be infallible. Are we quite sure that the cure for press misbehaviour would not be worse than the disease?
Draconian laws and loss of freedom will never really be a substitute for morality. The papers acted without a sense of decency, and now they are threatened with a crackdown that might be the thin end of the state control wedge. What might be desirable is to exploit the competition between news media to keep them on the level. If one paper could expose others for invading privacy, resulting in a costly claim for compensation, might that provide a deterrent? It would plainly be unfair to tie up newspapers in a way that does not apply to the internet. Facebook U-tube and Twitter are all capable of spreading news too.
Very few people today even understand what freedom of speech means. I think the subject should be taught in schools, as a part of General Studies. Freedom of speech means the right to express your own opinion or report facts as truthfully as you can, if necessary in a blunt way. It also includes telling fictions so long as you don't try to pretend they are facts. It does not include abuse, swearing, threatening violence, lying, distorting, or circulating information that is stolen (from a copyright book for example). Public interest arguments complicate matters in some cases, and some information is classified ....but that's not what the Leveson enquiry was about. I have come across ignorant young people who think that libel and slander are part of "freedom of speech". This is a sad indication of how badly our younger generation has been educated. Libel and slander of individuals are not "freedom of speech" and objecting to them is not censorship. They are civil offences to be dealt with in the civil courts by means of private compensation.
Many countries in the world still regard state censorship as an unavoidable evil. The Sultan of Qatar (owner and controller of Al-Jazeera) has just sent a poet to prison for life for daring to criticize him.

The Leveson Report calls for a new watchdog to be set up, but that is not the only source of pressure. At the same time behind the scenes, the EU is pushing for closer controls. Remember that under EU law it is already illegal to criticize the EU. They would love to impose those guidelines and restrictions more rigorously, and that would be a disaster.
The European Commission political officer Marie-Madeleine Kanellopoulou, based in the EU's office in Westminster is reported as saying,
"We are following the Leveson inquiry to see the outcome. In the UK we have to deal with a very euro-sceptical British public and that's not helped by the hostile audience in the British press. We want to engage with the media, with stakeholders and non governmental organisations.... but repeated mis-representation in the media was making communication of the true facts about EU policy difficult...We are trying to rebut EU myths in the press but it is not easy because the Press Complaints Commission has a limited remit".

The danger is under the cover of Leveson, far-reaching powers to control and gag the press could eventually be allowed to creep in. And that is something that we absolutely must not permit to happen.


Monday, 26 November 2012

Stalinists Hacks of Rotherham Foster Myths about UKIP

It seems that the Politburo who run social services in Rotherham think UKIP is a racist party and even think that makes UKIP members unsuitable as foster parents.
How ignorant and bigoted can these lefties get? UKIP's policies are not racist. Yes, we are against granting citizen rights wholesale to an unlimited number of people from the EU - but that is not racist. UKIP's policy is to allow people to come here with a work permit if they are needed to do a specific job, but to keep out criminals, haters of this country and those who arrive just to claim benefits. Under the EU, we cannot discriminate between those groups. They are nothing to do with anybody's skin colour!
People who call us racist ought to ask themselves why Commonwealth citizens such as my sister-in-law who is an Indian citizen, now have to pay £1,000 for a visa to come to England. Yes £1,000! As a matter of fact, she was born in London. She earns a very handsome salary and is not going to be a burden on anyone. Why should she have to pay £1,000 for the right to visit England with her husband, a British citizen, while a Latvian can live here free and claim benefits?
Grow up, Rotherham. And if you don't put those children back, you will be hearing from us...

Friday, 23 November 2012

Prod off, Dave

So David Cameron thinks he needs to give the Church of England a jolly good "prod" from time to time, does he, to tell it what to do? Funny, I thought the reason people had religions was to tell the laity about morals, not for the laity to tell the church.
The fact is that David Cameron is burbling nonsense as usual. It is simply not true that the C of E is behind what he calls "wider society" in its attitudes. Why has there never been a woman head of the Bank of England? Look at our bankers - they are almost entirely men. Why has there never been a woman Chancellor of the Exchequer? Don't tell me that women are less good with money than men are, or I might die laughing. Why has there never been a woman director-general of the BBC?
It seems to have taken all of five minutes leafing through Lord Patten's address book to find the new executive chief of the BBC, and they have of course chosen a man, one with a public-school Oxbridge background. The pay is rumoured to be £800,000 p.a. which certainly exceeds the salaries of bishops. It's a lot more than most of my women friends take home, even if you count their child benefit and council tax rebate.

I don't hear David Cameron complaining. And I don't hear him complaining that the Muslims don't appoint women as imams and mullahs. Anyone who raised that subject would get a bomb pushed through their letter-box tomorrow morning.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Vacillating Miliband Cannot Make Up His Mind

Labour's position on the EU is looking sillier every day. One minute they hold a vote in Parliament against the EU budget increase and defeat the Coalition government, forcing Cameron to exercise his veto at the EU summit meeting.

Next moment, Ed is doing a flip-flop and saying that Britain really does not need vetoes!! He seems to be cringing cap in hand to Brussels and issuing an apology for being a naughty boy. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph he now says "Britain must stop heading for the EU exit".

I expect that after the vote in the House of Commons, Ed got a stern talking-to from Tony Blair, (who wants to be EU president), Neil and Glynis Kinnock (who have both made a mint out of the EU) and Lord Peter Mandelson, whose glorious career as an EU commissioner reached its zenith on board the yacht of a Russian oiligarch. Mr Miliband probably got angry letters from the Labour MEPs whose lavish life-styles and fat-cat pensions depend on our EU membership.

So after his brief moment as a Eurosceptic, Eddie the Unsteady is now back following the party line and telling us we must stay inside the EU whatever the cost. He is trying to have it both ways, telling the Confederation of British Industry that we must listen to some of the Eurosceptic arguments - yet at the same time refuse to consider leaving.
Er... yes, that's what he said.
Eddie the Unsteady is warning people that there are terrible "dangers" of leaving the EU. He said nothing at all in his speech about the massive costs of remaining inside it. Nothing about the major international strike that rocked six eurozone countries last week. Nothing at all about the appalling suffering of countries such as Portugal where the austerity regime is causing riots. Nothing at all about the removal of democratically elected leaders in Greece and Italy. Nothing about the way we pay to export our own jobs. Only some damn-fool story about how Japanese companies won't invest in us if we talk of leaving the EU.
Ed even asserts "the business community is genuinely very worried. I think they are genuinely worried that we're going to sleepwalk towards an exit under Cameron."
Nervously repeating himself because he knows he sounds so silly. What the business community is actually worried about is the danger of Britain REMAINING in the EU.
Pull the other one, Mr Miliband, it's got bells on it. It seems to me that Ed does not know what he is talking about. He is babbling a lot of nonsense, vacillating from side to side, and gambling on the fact that a percentage of robotic voters still think that voting Labour is just what you've got to do.

Too Depressed to Go to Gaol

So Margaret Moran, the Labour MP who fiddled the expenses system to wrongly claim £53,000, has been spared going to prison, because she told the judge she was "depressed". She cheated justice just as she had cheated her constituents and the tax-payer for so many years. It seems that she just had to get an obliging shrink to write that she was feeling glum, and had a bad case of the the blues, and the judge accepted this as a good enough reason to spare her the custodial sentence that is supposed to be statutory in cases of major financial fraud.
Mrs Moran will not have to go "inside", she will not have to sleep on a hard narrow bunk bed or take meals in a canteen with other felons, because she is depressed at the thought of it - while other convicted criminals are all overjoyed of course.

This may not be the stupidest decision a judge has made in England this year, but it makes you wonder what we have got sitting on our benches.
Did Mrs Moran get soft, sexist treatment? So far all the MPs gaoled as a result of the Parliamentary expenses scandal have been men.

If the court was soft on Mrs Moran it was positively perverse in the case of Abu Qatada. How foolish, how embarrassed, Home Secretary Chris Grayling looked on BBC Question Time last week when forced to explain this. Qatada is not a British citizen and he hates our guts but we can't throw him out and we let him live here on state benefits along with his large family. Jordan has said emphatically that he will not be tortured there but the lawyers paid for on Legal Aid argued that even this was not sufficient assurance. Harriet Harman also took the line that we ought to be able to get rid of Abu Qatada, and was careful not to mention that the reason we cannot do so is the bloody stupid Human Rights Act passed under the Blair Government, in which she was a leading minister. The Human Rights Act brought all the warped notions of the ECHR home to Britain and will forever be the criminal's best friend until it is abolished.
Qatada, who already inhabits a £400,000 house courtesy of the British tax-payer, is now demanding a bigger one to make room for his ever-growing beard. The only member of the panel who talked any sense was Nigel Farage. He could have been forgiven for laughing at the quandary the other panel members found themselves in. After all, doesn't it prove you are a fascist if you say that Britain has any problems at all with - er - immigration? Border control? Citizenship? Cheeky foreigners breaking our laws and then claiming benefits? That's just what you would read in the Daily Mail - isn't it?
I suppose Labour would say it is completely reasonable for Abu Qatada to be suing the UK government for £10 million now, in compensation for wrongful detention.
After all, we've got nothing better to spend that money on, have we? It's fine for children to be denied cancer treatment so that this non-citizen can get his "human rights".

Abu Qatada has something to thank Margaret Moran for. She along with Harriet Harman, was one of the Labour MPs who passed the Human Rights Act, without which Qatada could simply be put on a plane and chucked out of this country. If that happened he might indeed be feeling rather depressed but everybody else (apart from the lawyers) would be jubilant.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Today, November 14th 2012, is a historic day.

In six countries across the EU there is a General Strike by citizens and workers, unionized and non-unionized, against the economic policies of the European Union.

Literally millions of people in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Belgium and France have joined the rallies, marches and protests today. In the streets of capital cities and all big towns they are waving banners denouncing the austerity measures imposed by the EU. They are burning the EU flag, they are denouncing the EU for taking away their democracy and they are very angry indeed. Factories are closed and transport is being disrupted. Emergency services such as firefighters and ambulance drivers are joining the strike and major roads are impassable.

The Brussels-based European Trade Union Confederation called its first “Day of Action and Solidarity” against policies that it says are crippling much of the 17-nation eurozone. Their anger is fuelled by the fact that the EU has suppressed democratic government in Greece and Italy, and treated the elected rulers of Spain and Portugal as puppets to do Mrs Merkel's bidding. Not since Hitler marched into Poland has there been such an impudent overturning of any European democracy.

Armed and helmeted police are manhandling protestors, who scatter leaflets saying "They leave us without a future!" Violence is breaking out everywhere.
This is proof that the policies of the EU have FAILED.
The austerity measures are being imposed to save the euro currency, something the eurocrats are obsessed with, The suffering and desperation of people in the Mediterranean countries is now a MAJOR INTERNATIONAL CRISIS.
This is not just a matter of unemployment statistics. This is a matter of human suffering that we cannot ignore. In Spain, Emaia Egana, a woman who could not pay her mortgage and was being evicted from her home, committed suicide. She jumped from the fourth floor window of her flat, prompting thousands of angry people in the Basque city of Barakaldo to march last weekend in protest against foreclosures and homelessness:-

It is estimated that more than 400,000 families have lost their homes due to unpaid rents since the start of Spain's financial crisis in 2007. What remedy does the EU offer? None but more wage-cuts, pension cuts and mounting taxes. Austerity means people literally scavenging for food in dustbins.
Meanwhile the average pension of the Eurocrats who impose this regime is £5,200 per month. Yes per month. Even in retirement, they are literally living like millionaires, and they are demanding a RISE in their own budget while imposing these crippling cuts and poverty on us plebs;

Only two days ago there were major riots in Warsaw against EU power and influence:-

Hundreds of thousands of people marched there not for the first time, and streets blazed. Polish conservatives realize that the EU, which started by giving them hand-outs, has taken most of their national assets in return and is now imposing a an alien, atheistical morality that is totally against their own beliefs and culture. They have been sold into moral slavery.

It has taken the people of Europe a long time to wake up to the madness of the EU system. They were promised peace, prosperity and a golden future. What they have got now is more like an omnishambles, to use the work just picked as word of the year by the OED.
What can we in England do about it? Well funnily enough there is something. There is an election tomorrow all over England. Even if you don't believe in electing Police and Crime Commissioners, you can use it as a way of showing you care what is happening in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece and Poland. By voting for the UKIP candidate you can join those brave people protesting in the streets of Rome, Madrid, Lisbon and Athens. You won't have to face guns and truncheons, firebombs and water-cannons, just walk to your local polling booth and if you live in Thames Valley vote for Barry Cooper. To vote for anyone else is to vote for the failed policies and chaos of today's EU.
Labour has not got any answers. The Libdems have got no answers. The Conservatives have got no answers. The Greens have got no answers and can't even make the lights work. Only UKIP in this situation has any policies that make sense. Send a message that these suffering countries MUST be released from the stranglehold of the single currency and must be allowed to elect their own leaders and choose their own policies. National sovereignty must be restored. Oh and we must leave the EU too, by the way.
Don't be inward-looking and bigoted - vote UKIP!!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

EU Fiddling Comes of Age!

It is very important to keep up old traditions, Guy Fawkes, for example. Even though our Parliament has less and less power every year, and is filled with party hacks whose minds are mainly on fiddling their own expenses, we still set off fireworks and light a bonfire in memory of the trouncing of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. It's fun and I will be going to a local firework display next weekend myself.
Same with the EU accounts. They have not been signed off by the auditors for eighteen years now in succession. The last time they passed inspection was back in 1993. Failing its audit has become a well-established tradition. To change it now would be something of a shock. If the EU, which has just called for a sizeable increase in its funding, was able for just one year to balance its books, able to explain where all its billions are going, I would be taken aback. Happily, it has run according to its track-record and once again made a large amount of our tax-money simply vanish into thin air. Hey presto! A swirl of the cloak, a tap of the cane, and it's gone!

Where are the missing billions? They have slipped into the bank accounts of informal advisors, friends of friends, somebody's wife or husband, somebody's private or fake company, somebody's alter ego under a false name in a distant country. All very traditional.

Traditions can be contagious sometimes. Funnily enough, the Labour MP for Rotherham, Denis MacShane, just suspended by the House of Commons disciplinary committee for fiddling his expenses, was Labour's Europe Minister.
He avoided investigation the first time round by pleading "parliamentary privilege" :-

Meaning that the law is just for plebs!
When Marta Andreassen, former chief accountant of the EU, tried to raise awkward questions about the missing billions, she was dismissed, bullied, intimidated and subjected to reprisals. That is why she is now a UKIP MEP.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

America Loses Its Own Election

Jim Turner, a Democrat Party supporter from North Carolina, boasted on his Facebook page that he was voting FIVE times in the presidential election. He had already voted four times using postal votes and was going to vote in person as well.

"I have voted once in Beaufort, once in Henderson, twice in Emerald Isle and will vote again in my precinct, in PKS, I will do whatever it takes to save our country from the world envisioned by Mitt and his fear mongering followers. I do not want my granddaughter to have to re-fight the battles won by women 40 years ago or to make less than my grandson for performing the same work he does. This election is not about taxing the wealthy. It is about the American spirit and caring for our fellow man. Let's continue to move forward, not slip in the dark past."

By moving forward, he means into a world ruled by fraud, dishonesty and cheating in public life. One man, one vote is now "the dark past". His granddaughter will be happy to live in a country where her likelihood of getting a job at all is far less than it was in her grandmother's time and he regards that as a triumph!

There can be no doubt that the massive - and highly sophisticated - campaign of electoral fraud run by the Democrats in this and the last USA presidential elections made a difference. An American friend tells me that Obama won in all the states that do not require you to show proof of identity before voting. Not in the others. Curious coincidence, that.
The other decisive factor was that nine million Americans who wanted to vote Republican would not vote for a Mormon. An online survey taken weeks before the election revealed that for a large percentage of Christians this was a major issue. Result? America remains in the hands of an incompetent President, a windbag who can't succeed in either war or peace.
Unemployed, homeless people queuing up for food hand-outs in emergency welfare stations did not vote for Barack Obama to get a second term. It was the middle-class, the class obsessed with political correctness, that voted for Obama. To the middle class, those who still have jobs at all in their sinking economy, sex and sex-related issues were paramount. They ignored the fact that America's national deficit is now even greater than when Obama came to power. The USA owes even more trillions of dollars now to China than it did in 2008, and both of Jim Turner's grand-children will have to spend their lives paying that back. Yet all he cares about is whether his grand-daughter will, if she gets accidentally pregnant, and wants an abortion, be required to pay the $150 herself. $150 seem to count more with him than FIVE TRILLION.

Mr Turner thinks that Mitt Romney's followers are "fear-mongering" does he? So who invented the massacre of the US embassy staff in Libya? Was the murder of Christopher Stevens a fiction? Perhaps Mr Turner is one of those folk who give credence to the 9/11 conspiracy theory - the idea that it was all staged by the Bush government to give them an excuse for a grievous war in Afghanistan etc etc You know the sort of thing. If all this is fear mongering, why exactly is President Obama carrying on his drone-attacks on Taliban targets within Pakistan? Why did he bother to get Osama bin-Laden tidied out of the way?
I'm not expecting Mr Turner and his likes to feel any concern whatever about the persecution of Christians in Pakistan and in those places affected by what is laughably called the Arab Spring. An Anglican church and school in Mardan, Peshawar, have just been burnt down by rampaging Muslims who deliberately burnt all the bibles they could find and desecrated the premises:-

They seem to have forgotten that in the recent floods, the diocese of Mardan provided free emergency help for all the victims, who were mainly Muslim. Wilson Chowdhry of the BPCA said in the news release, “No Christian in Pakistan is safe. Any community whether in a city or in a more rural location can at any time become the target of similar aggression. Please pray for all Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan.”
Last month, Islamic gunmen attacked the Catholic cathedral in Hyderabad, murdering 28 people:-

Democrats are not in the least worried about such signs, as that would be "fear-mongering". But when they use blatantly illegal tactics such as plastering polling stations with gigantic murals depicting Obama, his campaign slogans and a long list of his promises, they are only revealing the utter contempt Democrats have for "Democracy" itself.
I read a curious story on Mike Huckabee's blog some time ago. It said that way back in the early 1990s, a group of 18 people who had been denied mortgages by one of the biggest lending companies in America brought a court case saying they were being discriminated against. Many of them were black and some were single parents. They won their case, the companies were all legally compelled to give mortgages to high-risk applicants and this led to the sub-prime disaster that led to the banking crisis... The group that organized the case was ACORN and the lawyer who handled it was called Barack Obama. Where or not you believe that is up to you, but it has certainly been on the internet for a long time without any one bringing a libel case.
What is certain is that Obama's wonderful new health care scheme will cost a huge number of people their jobs and it is singularly ill-timed when unemployment is already soaring. The Stryker Corporation, a medical appliance firm whose owner gave massive donations to Obama's campaign, is now closing a plant in Orchard Park New York, and sacking 96 workers because it cannot afford the costs of Obamacare. Thousands of small companies will be driven out of business and medium sized ones will be put under strain to cope with the cost and the paperwork.

Since Obama's re-election the Dow-Jones has dropped steeply and Americans will have plenty of reasons to regret the outcome.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

EU Pay to Export Your Jobs

One of the things the EU spends your money on is the structural fund, which subsidizes enterprises within and beyond the EU itself. It doesn't only pay for lavish new metro systems in Athens (free tickets while we pay £3.50 per stop in London), it pays to set up new manufacturing plants in Eastern Europe, which of course includes Turkey.
Turkey? Yes, Turkey. Although it is not actually inside the EU it has been getting millions and millions of euros for the past decade to spend on everything from sewage systems to factories. Why should the Turks pay for their own infrastructure when they can get our money for it instead? After all, we in the UK are only £1 trillion in debt and if we can't pay then our children and grandchildren will be forced to do so.
At the time of the 2010 General Election I pointed out to a group of trade unionists in East Oxford that EU money was being used to re-locate companies such as Twinings in Eastern Europe, thus destroying the jobs of British workers. They were confused and embarrassed. They could not explain this in terms of the capitalist class oppressing the working class. In Eastern Europe wages are lower, rents and house prices are lower, overheads are lower and the company can make a quick profit by selling its premises here in the UK for house-building. It really is a system whereby we pay to export our jobs.
But the EU does not only export our jobs within its own boundaries, it has been brazenly exporting them to Turkey and elsewhere. The reason why the Ford car company in Southampton is closing down is that it got a grant from the EU structural fund several months earlier to set up its production in Turkey instead of in the UK. It will save by paying workers less money, and the British workers will be unemployed.

Criticizing this as bad for Britain is not "racist". It has got nothing to do with the skin colour of the rival workers. It is not motivated by any unreasonable antipathy to people migrating from one place to another, when they can do so by consent and make a real, needed contribution in their host country.
It is just downright perverse to pay to destroy your own job. It is bonkers. If there's one thing more frustrating than losing your job in the first place, it is the knowledge that you paid to do so. This has not happened through inevitable economic forces, nor has it been caused by the machinations of the banksters (whom I have no wish to defend) but it has been caused by direct interference paid for with our own money.
We are being forced to put ourselves on the dole. We are being compelled to pay to export our own jobs, then to pay to keep the unemployed on benefits, and then we wonder why our benefits bill is so high and our national deficit refuses to go down.
When Paul Nuttall appeared on BBC's Question Time programme on 26th October, Conservative minister Claire Perry snapped at him waspishly, "So Paul, what policies have you got to cut the deficit?" then immediately carried on speaking without giving him any time at all to reply. Paul could have replied "Well, if we left the EU we could stop paying to destroy our own jobs." We could also avoid paying 20% VAT on new houses, which is the EU's latest bright idea. We could avoid paying extortionate bail-outs, and avoid the soaring cost of EU Green energy policies, which are adding 15% to our energy bills each year.
When the fiasco over awarding the rail franchise for the West Coast Main Line was revealed, only after the Virgin Company went to court, people made a lot of fuss about the fact that the process for awarding the contract had cost tax-payers £40 million. Pretty terrible, yes but don't forget that we pay £50 million to the EU every single day of the year, and they now want to raise our contributions steadily every year until 2020.
Our exit from the EU disaster zone is long overdue. It is long past time to leave. People hate UKIP for being right. They heap bile and venom on us because we talk good sense. We must get out of the EU madhouse.

Stop Press The EU has given a French company, Sociêté de Développement de Résidences Touristiques, 1 million euros in "aid" for building a luxury golf resort in Morocco. The grant was to ensure that the holiday villas were "energy efficient" e.g. they will have double-glazing, air-conditioning and swimming-pools, while the local people live in concrete boxes with one room for a whole family and earn £5 per day.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

EU Budget Increases Unpopular It Seems

It seems that there are a few people, even outside UKIP, who don't quite see why the EU should go on increasing its own administrative spending and lavishing more and more billions on itself while keeping the economies of Europe in the tight grip of austerity.
Austerity meaning widespread unemployment, people eating out of bins, and severe cut-backs in the most basic services. Meanwhile the likes of Baroness Ashton are allowed to increase their own funding, spending more on foreign travel and top-quality public relations advisors.
Don't get me wrong. I have no doubt that the mess in the economies of Greece, Italy and Spain has got a lot to do with their own excessive borrowing, prodigal spending and endemic tax-evasion. I am not excusing their bad management or their short-sighted policies, but the trouble is that being inside the single currency zone prevents them from easing their way through the crisis by means of devaluing their currency.
The problems are their own fault, but the imposition of austerity as the only possible solution is the fault of the EU and its obsession with having a single currency.
So yesterday our MPs had the chance to vote Yes or No on whether to acquiesce in higher payments towards the EU's own corporate budget. Can we afford to give them even more billions after all those bail-outs, those contributions of £50 million per day, those creeping taxes and the soaring cost of the EU's Green energy policies? Surprise, surprise, the Labour opposition saw its chance to defeat the government and crack a whip over the Coalition. With the help of 50 rebel Tory MPs, the Nos won and Ed Miliband is the latest, bewildered candidate for a Eurosceptic label.
Will it make any difference? I doubt it. Even if Cameron vetoes the EU budget, I expect it will be passed and we will end up paying it. The days when one member state could actually stop anything by using its veto are long past. Cameron hasn't got the guts to leave the EU and neither has Ed Rubber-band, the bendy-all-elastic-any-policy-politician. Unless we find a leader who has got the guts to EXIT the EU, a UKIP leader in fact, we will end up paying that increased contribution. The money will go towards paying the vast pensions of Nick Clegg, Manuel Barroso and their limousined chums.
Labour has for thirty years given solid unwavering support for our EU membership. In the background stand the figures of Blair, Kinnock and Mandelson, all deeply committed to the EU in principle - if such characters can be said to have any. Blair has been rumbling on the sidelines of politics lately, talking about how we need an EU President and it should be a strong, charismatic, elected leader who can prevent the EU from breaking up. I wonder whom he has in mind for the job? I can't guess, can you?