“The moment there is a suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted” Mahatma Gandhi
David Cameron and his cabinet supporters (with the backing of multi-national big business) have just published a leaflet entitled “Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the European Union is the best decision for the UK”. The estimated cost to the taxpayer is said to be around £10 million and now over 100,000 people have signed a formal petition demanding that the government stops spending public money on biased campaigning – a view supported by the Electoral Commission. Here’s a summary of Cameron’s Remain message with commentary in italics:
- The EU is by far the UK’s biggest trading partner, therefore we need to be a member of the EU. No mention of a free trade deal achieving the same result, no mention of EU constraints on our ability to trade with non-EU countries. Just talk of how countries with relatively small economies have to pay to trade with the EU and must abide by its rules, plus very brief reference to the length of time the virtually no-strings Canada/EU trade agreement took to conclude. The UK is one of Germany’s biggest export markets – as a PR man, has Cameron forgotten that the customer is king?
- Leaving the EU would put pressure on the pound which would risk higher prices on some household goods and damage living standards. The Bank of England has been actively seeking to devalue sterling for some time and this policy is supported by the government as a means of boosting exports and the economy
- Voting to leave would create years of uncertainty and potential economic disruption. “Nothing is going to happen if we come out…There will be absolutely no change…It’s not going to be a step change or somebody’s going to turn the lights out” Lord Rose, Chairman of the IN (Remain) campaign
- Immigration – the government has negotiated a deal which will make our benefits system less of a draw for EU citizens. Some 250,000 EU immigrants enter the UK every year and there’s no mention of by how much a temporary restriction on access to welfare benefits is going to reduce this number, if at all. The leaflet is equally silent on the huge pressure this creates on the NHS, schools and infrastructure generally
- EU membership means UK police can use law enforcement intelligence from 27 EU countries. Why on earth wouldn’t this arrangement (if it exists in practice) continue in the event of a Leave vote? And of course there’s no mention that the EU’s free movement rules mean that criminals and terrorists can travel from the EU to the UK undetected. “…pulling out of the EU would have very few security implications – neighbours help each other regardless…” Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6
David Cameron together with George Osborne and a few cabinet cohorts have decided to ignore the British tradition of fairness and integrity and have displayed zero confidence in the UK’s potential to remain a world leader and world trader. Instead, they’ve just sidelined the electorate which seems to be a deliberate policy. Remember their determination to pursue HS2 (the ludicrously expensive, blank cheque railway line that no-one wants and we can’t afford)? And then there’s Cameron’s illogical overseas aid budget of £12 billion which amongst other things apparently includes a £35,000 payment to boost Panama’s hospitality and tourism industry. The UK has struggled to recover from the Blair/Brown government’s economic and social disaster and now it seems that exiting the EU to regain control of our destiny will need to be followed by finding a leader that believes in Britain – a genuine vote winner.
“Cameron’s talk about the reformed European Union is where hyperbole tips into dishonesty” Christopher Booker
“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time but ….” Abraham Lincoln
Prime Minister David Cameron has concluded negotiations with EU representatives on the new terms that will govern the UK’s continued membership of the European Union. Prior to last year’s General Election, Mr.Cameron promised that a new deal seeking reform, including the transfer of significant executive power back to Westminster from Brussels, would be secured prior to asking the British people to vote on whether to remain in or leave the EU. The referendum will be held on the 23rd June – here’s the deal offered by the European Council, but subject to ratification by the other member states and the EU courts.
- Welfare Benefits for EU immigrants – to be temporarily limited, subject to European Commission approval.
- Discrimination – Britain will not be discriminated against because it is a non-Eurozone country, subject to European Council review if there’s a dispute.
- Working hours – the EU remains in control of working hours regulation.
- EU budgets and waste – no prospect of a change in ways.
- Child Benefit – paid to EU migrants with children living abroad – payments to continue.
- Sham marriages and illegal working – no change
- Unwanted legislation – if 55% proportionately of EU parliaments object to a piece of legislation, the European Council will hold a “comprehensive discussion” on the objections.
- Ever closer union(federal government) – it will be recognised that the future use of the term “ever closer union” shall not apply to the UK.
- Security – deportation of known terrorists; taking suspects past conduct into account could be sufficient grounds to act!
- Monetary union (the euro) – whilst the EU’s main objective is to establish “an economic and monetary union”, it is also stated that “not all member states have the euro as their currency” – at present?
So there it is, a range of cosmetic, unenforceable platitudes which have zero effect on improving the UK’s ability to govern itself and control its borders. The electorate of the world’s fifth largest economy are not fooled by this charade – it is neither a vote nor a referendum winner.
“Within a decade it [the European Union] will have morphed into a gigantic eurozone political union made up of perhaps 25 countries – and four much smaller non-euro members. The eurozone political union will set the rules and the rest of us will have to agree” Andrew Lilico, Senior Economics Correspondent, Daily Telegraph.
The EU referendum date has now been set for the 23rd of June and the people of the United Kingdom will be asked this question: “Should the United Kingdom REMAIN a member of the European Union or LEAVE the European Union?”
In the forthcoming months the UK electorate will be bombarded with irrelevant scaremongering by the Prime Minister’s supporters and the European Union leadership (of which there’s many presidents, commissioners, MEPs and an army of very well paid support staff – none of whom want to lose the massive income stream from the UK). There will also be a huge amount of groundless negative propaganda from misguided multinationals – especially companies that have lucrative business links with EU member governments and the European Commission. This will be pretty much the same crew that insisted we should jettison sterling and adopt the euro in order to survive.
The campaign has just started – the prophesies on the impact of the UK leaving will be dire from the “remain” camp but the British tradition of tolerance and fair play has been pushed to the limit and as the fifth largest economy in the world it’s time for us to exit and to let the United States of Europe proceed towards its stated goal of non-elected government from Brussels. The United Kingdom moving forward as an independent democracy and global trader has to be a vote and referendum winner.
“Every election is a sort of advance sale of stolen goods” H.L.Mencken
“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results” Winston Churchill
Labour’s key economic thinking, as advocated by Messrs. Miliband and Balls bears a striking resemblance to the policies of France’s socialist president, Francois Hollande. The president came to power in 2012 with a programme for more regulation, increased public spending, punitive taxation and a worrying disregard of the growing budget deficit.
These policies are now widely blamed for France’s woeful growth performance, the rapid worsening of public finances, unemployment rising above 10 per cent and a serious increase in social and racial tension. “This president’s policies have been terrible for French growth” (Robin Riverton, adviser to Aeroports de Paris) and Hollande’s approval rating has sunk to 13 per cent, the lowest for any president in more than five decades.
Labour’s high public spending, high borrowing and high taxation plans coupled with the unquestioning adoption of increased regulation (from Brussels and Westminster) are virtually identical to President Hollande’s. And the consequences will be the same. The successful recovery of the UK economy will stop in its tracks, unemployment will grow rapidly, public finances will deteriorate, foreign investment will halt, talented entrepreneurs will emigrate (as happened in France) and no doubt the future economic and social agenda of the UK will then be determined by the EU and the International Monetary Fund.
Adopting the catastrophic policies inflicted on France by President Hollande and now advocated by Ed Miliband is definitely not a vote winner for common sense.