November 28, 2011 Leave a comment
posting for the next few weeks will be infrequent, due to ‘events’. back soon.
November 15, 2011 1 Comment
Wittering Witney has coined the word Cameronspeak refering to the lack of substance, false arguments and statistics, and the ‘clever’ way he words his sentences. Witney’s post prior to Cameronspeak, roll up roll up points to the many times Cameron tells us he and the coalition are “rolling up our sleeves” , supposedly to do some of the hard work required in the governance of the country.
Cameron is just full of catchphrases, one of his favourites is”let me be clear” which it seems he has been using for years now, it often precedes sentence(s) littered with obfuscations, falsehoods, half-truths and more often lies damned lies. Examples include: here and here and here and here, and here and here.
There are more still, though you get the point. In George Orwell’s 1984, newspeak removes all meaning from words, and leaves simple dichotomies, which suits the ‘party’ in the aim to make any alternative thinking (thought-crime) impossible. Cameronspeak, similarly removes all meaning from words and leaves simple dichotomies, but the intention is to beguile and mislead the audience, to confuse and deflect attention away from the issues concerned, and to give off the impression of actual depth to what is being said while saying nothing at all.
November 15, 2011 Leave a comment
David Cameron’s speech at the Lord Mayors banquet has been taken in by the msm as an ‘eurosceptic speech(video here) “a significant moment — the clearest articulation yet of his European Policy” clearly they have been mislead, the section of the speech on Europe was carefully worded by Cameron, so as not to offend anyone (Clegg, Merkel) or give any clear definitions on what he would like British European policy to actually be.
Mr cast-iron could not even bring himself to use the word eurosceptic choosing instead “we sceptics” anyone can be sceptic, of what though? is the pace of integration to slow for Mr Cameron? Is he sceptic of the chances Chancellor Merkel has of changing the basic law in Germany in order to change the Lisbon treaty?
Cameron said “Leaving the EU is not in our national interest. Outside, we would end up like Norway, subject to every rule for the Single Market made in Brussels but unable to shape those rules. And believe me: if we weren’t in there helping write the rules they would be written without us – the biggest supporter of open markets and free trade – and we wouldn’t like the outcome.”
We can debate all day about what is in the national interest, but it is obvious that Cameron does not put the national interest as the number one priority all Prime Ministers should hold. The influence he and this government have in Brussels is limited and ebbing away, any inclination he may or may not have to “refashion” the EU is akin to the “grand plans and utopian visions” europhiles tend to fantasize about. Chimerical.
David Cameron’s Lord Mayors banquet speech, said nothing that he has not already said, he wants Britain to remain IN the European Union; he would like to change a few things about it… but not just now; and he weeelly weeelly is ‘sceptic’!
November 14, 2011 1 Comment
For all the recent talk of the rise of the Fourth Reich I am wary of conspiracy type theories, but the German Chancellor Angela Merkel has throughout the crisis invoked the consequence of War, today she called the ongoing euro crisis “maybe Europe’s most difficult hours since world war two”
She also said “That’s why I’m saying over and over again if the euro fails, Europe will fail” the crisis does not “mean less europe it means more europe”
Merkel stressed the need for tough sanctions against countries who violate the treaties, and “there must be the right to go to the European court against such countries”
Evidently across Europe an anti-EU feeling is emerging and growing stronger, the foundations of the EU as a union of “solidarity and prosperity” has been tarnished and reversed by the crisis and the measures that the EU elites have been trying to implement/impose on their neighbours. It cannot be dismissed the possibility that Germany’s Chancellor Merkel is giving people ideas, or maybe she knows something the rest of us don’t.
November 13, 2011 Leave a comment
José Manuel Barroso of the infamous Frankfurt Group writing in the Guardian intended for a British audience he makes the argument that economics, politics and the idea of globalisation and geopolitics is changing fundamentally he draws five conclusions
Firstly “we either unite or face irrelevance. Our goal must not be to maintain the status quo, but to move on to something new and better.”
secondly “the speed of the European Union and the euro area can no longer be the speed of the slowest or most reluctant member.” Nor “should Europe veer backwards to the 19th-century type of politics when peace and prosperity were supposed to be guaranteed through a precarious balance between a limited numbers of powers”
Third “the crisis has shown that we need a deeper integration of policies and governance within the euro area.”
Fourthly, “all member states need to support and trust the common supranational European institutions…to ensure that decisions essential to maintaining economic stability are not held hostage to political bargaining based on narrow national interests.”
Lastly, “deepening convergence and integration of the European Union must also involve deeper democracy.” He is “fascinated” by accusations that the EU officials are taking over elected politicians when, “Bodies like the European commission and European Central Bank have a duty to act in the common interest, especially when the political and economic stability of the EU is endangered. European governments take the final decisions and that national parliaments and the European parliament guarantee democratic legitimacy.”
In her article in the telegraph Janet Daley argues“this dream of a “modern” Europe is just the latest model of utopian ideology to leave wreckage in its path”
Her article is quite sound, but the situation we are dealing with as can be seen by Barroso’s op-ed is more dystopian than utopian,as the past week testifies. Barroso and his ilk are culpable of practising what George Orwell termed double-think in the extreme:
“to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic”
The believers in the ideology of the EU are like followers of a cult or religion any differing views or divergence from the rule book are seen as treachery, they are like worshipers in adorance to the EU icon and cannot see reality that is staring them in the face.
Janet Daley ends her piece by saying “I doubt that we – or the peoples of Europe – will get any say in it at all.”
I disagree, the people will eventually get their says, whether it be through the conventional measures is what is in doubt.
November 9, 2011 Leave a comment
Angela Merkel has accepted that the current situation needs change.
“he debt crisis is not just something unpleasant, it is a turning point, an opportunity to create something new.”
It may be empty rhetoric of old, and she does not say what that “something new” would be. Merkel received a report
from her economic advisers, who suggested various ‘solutions’ to the crisis, all of which Merkel said
“would require a huge number of treaty changes”
It is clear that any plausible solution to the eurozone crisis will require treaty change and fundamental institutional changes to the EU. The British government is still pushing for further integration of the eurozone, whilst insisting that treaty change will be for the countries with the euro, and therefore does not affect Britain nor require treaty change under the referendum lock.
Treaty change proposals have not been precisely outlined but if the eurozone is to carry on they are required, and they will have repercussions for Britain. It is odd that on the one hand George Osborne and David Cameron say that the British economy relies on the euro working and are calling for the “remorseless logic” of full fiscal union, and on the other that treaty change will not necessarily effect Britain.
Angela Merkel seems to acknowledge whats required, she is still yet to act, but while we are waiting to see if the euro is going to be saved, maybe she can tell Gideon and Donald how the EU works.
November 9, 2011 1 Comment
Apparently “the euro is the norm”, so says Barroso anyway, Nick Robinson of the BBC asked Jose Manuel Barroso
“If the eurozone nations are to become a much more tightly aligned fiscal and political unit – and that is what most economists think has to happen for the Euro to survive – then what happens to those on the outside, like the UK?”
November 8, 2011 1 Comment
The truth is now out about who is really running the EU project, the Groupe de Francfort includes only “an unelected cabal made of up eight people: Lagarde; Merkel; Sarkozy; Mario Draghi, the new president of the ECB; José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission; Jean-Claude Juncker, chairman of the Eurogroup; Herman van Rompuy, the president of the European Council; and Olli Rehn, Europe’s economic and monetary affairs commissioner.”
I doubt this group is new, it is only now we have found out. Since the rebuttal to ex-Prime Minister George Papandreou’s referendum idea, from Merkel and Sarkozy “we are prepared no matter what response the Greek Parliament or people give” Merkel said of saving the euro. The language used by those in the Francfort Groupe has become increasingly petulant.
It is as though the EU project is now do or die for the FG, they can see the euro is in severe crisis and those in the FG have been consistent in keeping with the mantra that the euro cannot fail or Europe will fail, citing war and social strife etc. The EU ‘elite’ are finding themselves against the markets and economic reality, the people, national parliaments et al. And it seems that it may just be that with this crisis and the attention it is gaining that the real motivations of EU project are getting through to the masses, when even the Telegraph has taken to calling this set-up the Politburo , one hopes that the “ignorance is strength” is being diminished.
From the telegraph euro-crisis live blog this morning bruno waterfield posted this:
A new name for the club – “the euro deviants” – has been coined after Jose Manuel Barroso, the commission president, explained that “not belonging is the deviation from the rule” because all EU members, bar Britain, are committed to eventually joining the single currency.
Evidently if you deviate from EU doctrine you get the boot with George Papandreou and Brlusconi removed and being replaced by the installed ‘national unity’ governments, national parliaments are now nothing but card-carrying members – an ‘outer party’ to the EU elite, who must stick to the rules or leave.
November 7, 2011 Leave a comment
tim montgomerie has decided to create a new ‘project’ called ‘rebooting project Cameron’ the name itself brings despair, maybe Cameron is some type of defunct robot. the link is 2/10 montgomerie thinks:
“Cameron needs to tell the country where he stands on Europe. He needs to give a big Bruges-style speech (in fact he should go back to the place where Margaret Thatcher made her landmark address) and set out the kind of Europe he envisages”
David Cameron does not have his own vision for Britain in the european union, and will go along with what merkozy dictate. He is unlikely to give a “Bruges-style” speech anyhow. If he did it would be like all his other speeches: lacking any conviction and simply to push an issue of inconvenience off the agenda for a while.
And yesterday John rentatool put the question: “who will say were better off out of europe?” with the sub-heading: “if the single currency survives it may not be long before a serious politician calls for Britain to leave the EU”
It is maybe another of his QTWAIN : ‘question to which the answer is n0’-one “serious” currently has the bottle.
November 6, 2011 Leave a comment
David Cameron said the word ‘leadership’ 19 times in his conference speech in Manchester titled ‘leadership for a better Britain‘ in an attempt maybe to brainwash the public into believing he actually has the abilities to lead a nation. He does not.
And yet, the G20 has shown that the world over, ‘leaders’ are not leading but limping far behind events that have happened last week; month; year? The Greek tragedy that has consumed the whole event is not the worst of their worries, nor is Italy’s predicament. what are called the Western democracies of the world are suffering a complicated shift in the way the world works and the distribution of power via wealth (of nations) is the central cause.
what the G20 summit has achieved is to present the EU summit of October 27th as a triumph, that created a plan to sort the eurozone crisis out and that must be followed. This is an example of the lack of leadership we have in current politics, the EU summit conclusions were picked apart by markets and analysts within 24hours, and found out to be half measure without structure nor any actual cash to back the plans up. For the G20 to be exclaiming that countries must follow this plan and stick to it, without anything new to fund proposals. Sadly means they have no idea how to solve the current crisis.
Which brings me back to David Cameron, who is stuck in opposition mode. pre-crash 2008 he and boy George were committed to Labour spending plans and only changed course once the election was in sight and they could not any longer persist with the mantra of ‘sunlit uplands’ and ‘sharing the proceeds of growth’, when Lehman’s went down the conservative party was consistently on the backfoot with no ideas let alone a plan to ‘save the world’.
The situation is the same now with the eurozone crisis, the government had no idea what to do, so has decided on the one hand to try to offload the crisis onto the eurozone alone, and push for closer integration of the eurozone countries, whilst at the same time wanting to increase the IMF budget. This is obviously to do with the fact that British banks are more exposed than even the German’s. So why doesn’t the government be straight with the British people and explain the situation instead of trying to cover up their misgivings.
We also have the situation where the eurozone may indeed follow George Osborne’s “remorseless logic” and integrate further, which will inevitably push Britain further away from decision-making, not that Cameron has not done enough already to leave Britain looking like a pathetic bystander while events happen elsewhere. This is one of the main problems, not only are the eurozone nations going to be putting their own interests first but Cameron + co are happy to stand back and watch it happen without the slightest thought about the future consequences.
And yet the conservatives believe they will be able to take back powers ‘repatriate’ ‘renegotiate’ whatever you want to call it, Germany has said nien to the idea, so it seems that even this false scenario is not going to be achieved. Cameron is too weak to even attempt to gain back any meaningful powers for this country . in the event he does make a squeak, the eurozone will agree a new treaty outside the EU involving only eurozone nations, making the veto useless.
Maybe the lacklustre performance is due to Cameron’s own faults; David Cameron edited the Big Issue in the summer he spoke of his youth and how he “didn’t always put the effort in” and “just went through the motions, drifting along”
Some things never change, eh’.