October 29th, 2012

Cameron’s €uro-Frankenstorm
Labour and Tories Throw Halloween Budget Grenade

The call in the Times this morning from Douglas Alexander and Ed Balls for a “real-terms cut” in the EU budget would have been uncomfortable enough for the PM, who is proposing an by-inflation rise, if it were not for a coordinated sting from his own party. Leaving aside the irony of Labour  jumping on this bandwagon after a decade and a half of surrendering the rebate and rubber stamping vast increases in the EU budget, a perfect storm is brewing for the PM.

When the tediously titled “EU budget simplification and the multi annual financial framework motion” reaches the Commons on Wednesday, both Mark Reckless and Mark Pritchard, the doyens of the new Tory awkward squad, are throwing very large spanners in the works. Pritchard’s amendment will call for no rise at all, while Reckless will argue for a cut. A purple plot is forming with Labour going through the lobby with the Tory rebels. A source close to the fun and games on the Tory side coughed this morning that the storm is “not entirely uncoordinated.”

UPDATE: Reckless has written at length on the plan:

“I and other Conservative colleagues are supporting an amendment to say that there must be at least some constraint on EU spending. Although many of us would wish to see a substantial reduction in EU spending, at least in line with cuts at home, today we are only asking the government to strengthen its stance so that there is some real terms reduction in the EU budget.”

Which is pretty much what Labour said this morning…


  1. 1
    Operation Yewtree says:

    Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt: ‘ Everybody was groping everybody on Top Of The Pops

  2. 2
    Wanna be in his (prison) gang? says:

  3. 3
    Kebab Time says:

    I think the current political class are just playing games for the electorate, i doubt we will have EU referendum in the next ten years.

    and they will carry on with there snouts in the EU trough.

  4. 4
    Raving Loon says:

    Labour asking for a cut in the EU budget is like count Dracula petitioning to shut down a blood bank.

  5. 5
    Eddywina Curry says:

    Don’t forget Labour gave away our rebate for non-existent reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, so it’s a bit rich for them to be lecturing anybody on EU spending.

  6. 6
    Red Len says:

    Frakestorm? Typo alert….

  7. 7
    Curry with Cum says:

    When you sucked John off, did you swallow, Edwina?

  8. 8

    My new bandwagon !!! My, it’s crowded with Tories ! Still any bandwagon is preferable to being Balls’ coffee boy.

  9. 9
    jgm2 says:

    Blair gave away our rebate (worth several billion) for a French ‘promise’ to be considered for the EU presidency.

    The French then, unsurprisingly, selected a French-speaker.

    But at least Blair got to send off his CV. So I think we can all agree it was money well spent.

  10. 10
    Tedious old pedant says:

    WTF is a Frakenstorm?

  11. 11
    jgm2 says:

    I don’t see why it’s a problem for Cameron. This strikes me as an excellent ‘cut’ to be making.

    I don’t see how the EU can get upset either since they’re currently enforcing austerity packages on half of Europe in a bid to prop up the single currency. Sauce for the goose and all that.

  12. 12
    Well it's a thought says:

    One nation, big society, who the fck are these tossers kidding, oh yeh the brainbead who will believe anything so long as it’s reported by tv and media.

  13. 13
    jgm2 says:

    A monstrous storm. Of the kind currently lingering off the east coast of the US, deciding which state to hit first.

  14. 14
    The Libor party says:

    Isn’t the budget decided by qualified majority vote so Cameron can’t use his veto ?

    Red Ed Millionaireband can’t decide between the bandwagon and the Gravy Train. What a dilemma for a career politician who in the past has wholeheartedly supported EU expansion ( search under Kinnockio Troughers )

  15. 15
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    We must spend our way out of this debt crisis. Jaw Jozborne is cutting too far, too fast.

  16. 16
    Gordon Brown says:

    Can I be EU president?

  17. 17
    T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

    Give a shit. I’m raking in twenty million quid a year now.t.

  18. 18
    jgm2 says:

    If it is decided by qualified majority voting then a fair few large majority countries like Spain, Italy and the UK might be in no mood to increase the EU budget. And the Germans are probably a bit fed up of pouring more and more money into a shit-pile of ungrateful fuckers who seem to want to be bailed out by them (the Germans) just because the Germans were very mean to them 70 years ago.

    They might get a bit of a fucking shock.

  19. 19

    Guilt-ridden Lefties will need [The Guardian] to swat the mosquitoes in Tuscany. Boris

  20. 20
    Victoria Coren says:

    I almost came when I saw that spelling error.

  21. 21
    anonymous says:

    UK politicians can blow hot or cold all they want, there is nothing they can do about EU budgets, do they still not get it?… all our sovereignty has been surrendered to Brussels.

  22. 22
    The Golem says:

    +1. Only a full repeal of past EU enabling legislation would do anything worth having.

  23. 23
    Deep Froat says:

    Stir it up boys. I’m betting on a twenty minute gap before Mr ‘Cast iron’ (hoof) Cameron does a U turn.

  24. 24
    jgm2 says:

    20 million a year. And living in fear. Surrounded by security guards. Afraid to set foot in your own country in case you’re subject to a citizen’s arrest. Afraid that at any moment your head will explode like a watermelon or your car disintegrate into a thousand little fragments as one of Allah’s little helpers finally takes his revenge.

    Haunted and cadaverous, whoring yourself around various global talking-shops for money you don’t need and can’t enjoy.

    Responsible for a rigged and unnecessary war in Iraq and, by failing to fire the Maximum Imbecile, for a completely fucked UK economy. Reviled at home and abroad.

    I wouldn’t swap places for all the money in the world.

  25. 25
    Observer says:

    They can stop writing the cheques for Brussels.

  26. 26
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    All 27 countries must approve the seven-year budget, giving Britain power of veto, but the increases for 2012 and 2013 are subject to qualified majority voting, meaning the UK will need allies to block the rises.


  27. 27
    VOMIT says:

    And he actually enjoys fucking Slotgob.

  28. 28
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    BBC caught out.

  29. 29
    jgm2 says:


    ‘Responding to voters concerns’ shurely.

  30. 30
    Pundit Too. says:

    “Leaving aside the irony of Labour….”
    More like rampant charlatism and hypocrisy.
    Guido get your words and meanings more into focus please.

  31. 31
    anonymous says:

    That would only happen if we leave the EU but LIBLABCON like us all being vassals.

  32. 32
    Honest Tone your friend in need says:

    I will be making a second go at this post to gather more international esteem and influence and increase my wealth.

  33. 33
    anonymous says:

    Magic Roundabout.

  34. 34
    Plod says:

    Check out the ‘security’ at 1m 15sec….

  35. 35
    albacore says:

    Ho hum. The old ones are always the good ones
    Even when they’re told by a load of dud ones
    The plebs fall for it every single time
    Dave’s E U cuts? As a joke that’s sublime

  36. 36
    EUSSR rolls over. says:

    If no agreement can be reached on increases in contributions from member countries, the EUSSR’s budget automatically rolls over by 2%. So CMD’s 2.8% give away last time around, was in fact 0.8%’

    They will always get what they want, one way or another.

  37. 37
    jgm2 says:

    Fucking genius.

    A bit like the likes of Michael Moore taking the piss out of rednecks we need a lot more of this type of thing taking the piss out of the bedwetters.

  38. 38
    Spode says:

    Yes, Gordon, once you’ve finished up all your Farex.

  39. 39
    No Poofters says:

    It were all different then.

    Harriet Harman wanted to legalise child porn and ban charities.

    Labour hated the common market.

    Conservatives wanted to join the Common market.

    Scientists warned about global cooling.

    Tomorrow’s world was the top TV show.

    Supersonic flight was the norm.

    And no poofters.

  40. 40
    plodding along says:

    If nothing else the cameroon has got the right shaped head for Frankenstein. Just needs a couple of bolts through his neck…

  41. 41
    Dr Evil says:

    The EU is forcing Greece to make drastic cuts and there are riots in Spain and Italy regarding austerity measures. So the EU should also make cuts and try a bit of austerity too. a 25% budget cut seems a good start. This will give Cameron a great mandate and hopefully get the UK chucked out of the EU.

  42. 42
    Sue d'Nymme says:

    Yeah, they’re well dodgy them brainbeads…

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    Blair spooks fluide Francais, actuellement. It’s a dialect of his native lying.

  44. 44
    Bi$$l The Resident Rasta says:

    Wow da drilling from next door wtf!!!

  45. 45
    ToonBert... says:

    EC, EU, EEC or whatever they are called this week….. f*ck ‘em !

    Time to wave ‘em goodbyeeeee !!

  46. 46
    Sir WW says:

    Suggestions for a feature to replace Rich & Mark’s cartoons:

    Readers’ Pets Corner
    Cryptic Crossword
    “Where’s Gordon?”
    “They’re At It Too!” – stories about daft or venal pols in other countries
    Reader’s kids’ playschool art
    Guidomart special offer of the week
    A weekly cartoon

  47. 47
    A Corby female voter says:

    My husband is a security guard and he is only paid minimum wage, the highest he has every had is £7 an hour but those jobs are few and far between. He has to work 60 hours a week just to be able to pay the bills!!

  48. 48

    Call me Dave has got a very small window to turn around a massive defection of traditional Tory voters to UKIP at the next election over Britains exposure to the failed European integration and Eurozone project and open borders.

    Dave should worry less about the 32% of the UK voters who are wholly reliant on government largesse as they are stupid enough to vote Labour while ignoring that B£iar, Brown, Balls and Millionaireband have always make things worse for the less well off (while enriching themselves).

    Grow some balls Dave, forget the loonies and liberals, declare and enforce UK legal supremacy over the EU and ECHR and you might turn this disaster round by the next election, but time and patience is running out

    ….and FFS get a communications chief who can take the fight to Labours lies and mis-dis-information

  49. 49
    Sparkler says:

    “Labour and Tories Throw Halloween Budget Grenade”, a damp squib.

  50. 50
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Stupid prick Osborne is not cutting anywhere near deep or hard enough.

    Add the fact that he has also raised direct and indirect taxation and is forcing up energy costs in a recession, demonstrates a lack of awareness of Gordon McMental proportions.

    Osbornes next jolly idiotic wheeze, is a frigging carbon tax, which will strangle even more life out of the economy. I ask you, lunacy aside, what the hell do these clowns think they are creating here?

  51. 51
    St Tony of haunted expression says:

    Notice that there were some people who actually signed the petition !!!!

    So was it Harriet or Tessa who let the bloke into the house ?

  52. 52
    Sparkler says:

    I think a weekly cartoon would be a jolly good idea, perhaps on a Monday?.

  53. 53
    Luigi Slizzi, Mafia Capo says:

    You cutta da EU budget, I breaka da face!

  54. 54
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Read this by Marta Andreasen:


    How can any Tory support giving more money to the EU after reading this?

  55. 55
    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

    I prefer to belong to a union of over half a billion people. It gives us the necessary clout to compete with the USA and the BRIC countries. The world is changing fast and it’s time Little Englanders changed with it.

  56. 56
    Penfold says:

    Call me Dave will have to stand up and announce an In or Out referendum.

    That will polarise opinion and force those socialist bastards to make a decision. Despite McMental’s opposition to the Euro, NuLab and NeoOldLabour have always been pro the EUSSR. McMental’s stance was simply to stymie B-Liar and ensure that he got his way.

    Come on Dave do the decent thing, let the people decide.

  57. 57
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Easy solution to the EU budget: Stop any further payments unless and until, the EU can provide fully audited and signed off accounts for the last 18 years.

    ANY payment to an organisation operating without verified accounts is theft and taxpayer fraud.

  58. 58
    Sir WW says:

    ‘Seasy. Just cut the 10% or more of the budget that’s nicked by the Mafia and similar scum in other countries, with their politician friends.

  59. 59
    Big is not beautiful. says:

    99.9% of countries are not in the EU.

  60. 60
  61. 61
    Penfold says:

    That won’t stop Barroso or Von Rumpuy from stitching things up in their favour.

  62. 62
    Sir WW says:

    When a city has the plague, it is wise to leave it.

  63. 63
    jgm2 says:

    Yeah. Poor old Switzerland and Norway and Singapore won’t know what hit them.

  64. 64
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Not at all, we can stop payments today, completely legally and there would be nothing the comrades and crooks in Brussels could do about it.

    Account auditing is there for a reason and it is illegal to operate without audited books. Though I have to agree, our spineless and treacherous political class, would rather the theft and fraud continued, than do the honest thing.

  65. 65
    Tachybaptus says:

    Where is this 98 per cent white bit of Merseyside? Your house and the one next door?

  66. 66

    Has he considered increasing his income?

    If he turned window cleaner, he could get four times as much.

  67. 67

    Probably a Catholic priest in Paddy’s wigwam.

  68. 68
    anonymous says:

    And China and Brazil and India and Australia and New Zealand, all curiously little affected by the perfect financial meltdown storm created by the bureaucratic monster.

  69. 69

    …or the same even for a country.

  70. 70
    anonymous says:

    To elucidate:

  71. 71
    Plummet Airlines says:

    When push comes to shove the union cash will decide and the Comrades have never been happy about the EU. So I’d put my money on the bulk of the Labour Party wanting out. The trouble will be it will be a non-party vote so the tactic of the pro EU parties will be similar to the last time we voted in 1975 i.e. don’t vote for this bunch of nuts look at who they are, union barons, Trots, Commies, the Far Right, neo Facists etc… plus the scare factor of losing all the ‘trade’ with the EU. It won’t be an easy campaign and Dave will only go for it (if at all) when he knows he’ll win. Still you never know and it’s worth the battle

  72. 72
    UKIP.i.am says:

    And of those few that are in the EU half of the plebs want to leave but are not allowed any say.

  73. 73
    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

    Yes, it’s cathedrals that dominate the skyline not mosques.

  74. 74
    Sparkler says:

    I think I saw that work of art at Battersea power station along with a dead dog.

  75. 75
    anonymous says:

    Looks like a pastiche of an Egyptian tomb to me.

  76. 76
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    Are Cyprus going to be the first country to exit the Euro ?

    What is Mr Cameron’s position on this ?

    What has he been doing to protect UK interests during the last seven days because the Bankers are at the doors?

  77. 77

    What a wonderful tail…

  78. 78
    A Mitchell.Bike repairs & Spares. says:

    brainbeads, I think they are a form of abacus for morons and plebs.

  79. 79
    Deep Froat says:

    such loyalty to Cameroid and do,nt call me shirley.

  80. 80
    anonymous says:

    EU books not passed by auditors for a consecutive, how many years now, is it about 15?, technical legality is not something they will lose any sleep over.

  81. 81
    Out of Europe says:

    Ha ha ha! mischievous!

  82. 82
    perspective says:

    I’m such a Hunt. I am not spending every waking moment worrying about the storm in the USA.

  83. 83
    Canon says:

    yes, but Frankenstein was the scientist…not the monster

  84. 84
    Deep Froat says:

    Thats a great comment masked imposter…. Wish I had written that!

  85. 85
    Anonymous says:

    Henceforth November 22 2015 will be known as “Capitulation Day” the day when Cameron surrenders to his EU bosses on budget reform an also to the European Courts on votes for villains

    Initially Cameron was talking about vetoing ANY rises, now its been watered down to above inflation. But fear not Cameron WILL give in to Rumpy and pay whatever Rumpy demands. There will of course be buckets of spin put on his surrender to make him sound tough but we will still pay up, The convicts WILL get the vote too just you watch

    Oh yes they will get the vote, Cameron will capitulate. A couple of weeks ago he said he would veto ANY rise in the EU budget and would push for a reduction. But he is now in discussions with Rumpy about a rise in line with inflation at 5%. You can bet he will capitulate on this as well, However for some reason he thinks the electorate will believe his promise of a referendum AFTER the next election, you couldn’t make it up, Ha Ha Ha Ha !!!!!!!!!

    The Spinmiesters will pull out all the stops on this one, Just watch this space

  86. 86
    Anonymous says:

    Come all the electorate throughout the UK
    It’s time to ignore what the LIBLABCON say
    Lets face it these parties have all had their day
    Our politics need rearranging
    So go out and vote UKIP lets sweep them away
    For the times they are a changing

    Not one of them listens to our point of view
    They’d sooner give our cash to the EU
    So lets kick them out and try something new
    We can’t afford this lot remaining
    Political rethink is long overdue
    For the times they are a changing

    They lied about Lisbon and promised a vote
    There all Europhiles and in the same boat
    Their treachery just bring a lump to my throat
    As each other they just keep blaming
    So send them a message and let them take note
    That the times they are a changing

    We will no longer tolerate lies being told
    Tax breaks for the rich but more tax for the old
    Ruled from the EU and our birthrights sold
    They ignore us when we are complaining
    If we all vote UKIP there out in the cold
    For the times they all need changing

  87. 87
    Anonymous says:

    Cheers DF,i,ll do one now.

  88. 88
    Son Excellence says:

    … which quite clearly is more than you do. ‘Actuellement’ means “now, at this moment’ and not ‘actually”.

    Just so you know next time you fail your French exam.

  89. 89
    Son Excellence says:

    Bedlam, mayhem and eventually revolution on a Syrian scale.

  90. 90
    Son Excellence says:

    … and read 49 Shades of Grey from the Dulux catalogue while you are waiting?

  91. 91
    Son Excellence says:

    Oh they are – but their opinions are invariably ignored.

  92. 92
    Saucy Agnes says:

    Anybody got a picture of a duck?

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