March 27th, 2014

How Farage Won Last Night’s Debate

The YouGov/Sun poll speaks for itself: Farage had a 12 point boost in his personal approval rating after last night, narrowly winning the debate on jobs and leaving the EU. Worth noting Clegg also saw a 4 point rise in the “positive impression” category. The LibDems are in full damage limitation mode this morning, claiming “the real winners are the voters” and “it’s a marathon not a sprint”. We’re getting closer to the finish line…

UPDATE: Blurt’s Twitter worm analysis confirms a narrow win for Farage:

 


146 Comments

  1. 1
    Lord Owen Jones of The Cottage says:

    The House of Commons library never estimated the proportion of our laws made by the EU at 7%. That’s simply untrue.

  2. 2
    Outside the Westminster Bubble says:

    They’re each appealing to the extremes, it’s like a debate between a pot of Marmite and a tub of Vegemite, some might find it tasty but most ordinary people don’t care.

  3. 3
    Phos4 says:

    Teresa May, the Home Secretary, is pushing through a change to the visa system that will allow the Government to claim that there are nearly 20,000 fewer immigrants in the UK. In a move that risks being described as an attempt to massage immigration statistics, Home Office officials are considering plans to shorten visas by as little as one day to avoid having to describe them as migrants. Currently, foreign workers brought to Britain by companies to plug skills gaps on short-term visas lasting 12 months count towards the annual net immigration total. The Home Office will now reduce the maximum stay for Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) short-term visas to under 12 months – meaning they will no longer count towards the annual net migration total.

  4. 4
    Nick Clegg says:

    Viviane Reding, VP of the EU Commission, said in London that the EU writes 70% of our laws.

  5. 5
    Ubique says:

    I was disapointed in the amount of free reign Nick Clegg was given and how little time Nigel was given in rebuttal, not what I expected to see, you could see where Nick Clegg had abused his position to get the information he used to counter Nigel but I wonder how effective he would have been if he hadn’t had that power or if Nigel had been given the same opportunity!

  6. 6
    Bill Cash says:

    The only govt study of every legal act was done by Germany’s Federal Justice Ministry. It put the figure at 84%.

  7. 7
    Devon says:

    Two bald men fighting over a comb

  8. 8
    M2 says:

    Actually there is a House of Commons Library report on this. On average 47% of the laws in the UK came from the EU between 1997-2009. http://t.co/s3rVvNuZAc page 28

  9. 9
    still walking into darkness says:

    Most ordinary people do care, because the EU question affects everything.

    Cameron and Milliband’s absence shows their contempt for us. They would never subject themselves to any debate let alone one on the EU where they don’t have prior knowledge of the questions. It’s an outrage they didn’t turn up.

  10. 10
    Chris Bryant's soiled Y-Fronts says:

    So after they tracked down the 32 people who tuned in outside the paid journos and policy anoraks there was barely any change in people’s views.

  11. 11
    Bill says:

    free rein.

  12. 12
    Shower of shite says:

    Did Clegg explain what value we get for our £55m a day?

  13. 13
    Chris Bryant's soiled Y-Fronts says:

    Polls consistently show people don’t care about Europe. It’s subject reserved for anoraks and angry blog readers.

    The lack of care explains why UKIP are on track to win the Euro vote. Most people won’t vote and within the tiny turnout, many will gladly send a bunch of gibbons to Brussels because they just don’t care what happens there.

  14. 14
    A Misogynist says:

    I like Marmite on toast

  15. 15
    Handycock says:

    Lots of girls have had unconscious couplings with me.

  16. 16
    Prince says:

    Purple rain.

  17. 17
    A Misogynist says:

    Free rain ( a climate denier)

  18. 18
    Ellie-Mae (9) says:

    Or a pot of marmite and a tub of swarfega

  19. 19
    All aboard says:

    No Chris, the reality is that most people were having their dinner, watching the tv with the sound off, at that time and could not be bothered to get up to find the remote.

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Sadly true.

  21. 21
    Mr Nobody says:

    Neither will do particularly well at the general election. Lib Dems are only an option in seats which are Lab/Lib battlegrounds and Ukip might be worth a punt in Labour strongholds but that’s as far as it goes. Other than that it’s a case of keeping what is now a very left wing Labour party out.

  22. 22
    All aboard says:

    Using the Ed Balls abacus method, he explained quite clearly that although we pay 55 million a day to be a member of this exclusive club, we actually get a rebate of 267% of that, despite the fact that Blair gave up most of our rebate in his futile effort to become EU President. I thought he made that very clear, although the bits about EU inspired immigration and other sundry benefits that cost us did seem to slip his mind.

  23. 23
    Stephen Hawking says:

    So why have the number of MP’s increased in that period?

  24. 24
    IAC says:

    They don’t care about Europe but they do about all the sub-issues it generates.

  25. 25
    Cutting to the chase says:

    The quesion should really be how many of these laws ‘made’ by the UK Parliament are actually just rubber stamp jobs ie bringing in new legislation to comply with EU directives.

  26. 26
    Modded for calling Harry cole a kn.ob says:

    The spin room was the big loser last night.
    Vacuous professional pundits who all called it wrong.

  27. 27
    A Civil Servant says:

    It will be worse on the BBC, 2nd April. Nigel Farage will be gagged.

  28. 28
    Modded for calling h a r r y c o l e a k n o b says:

    The spin room was the big loser last night.
    Vacuous professional pundits who all called it wrong.

  29. 29
    Nick Clog says:

    With so little of our law made in Brussels, I’m beginning to wonder if there’s any point in being in the EU.

  30. 30
    Garfield says:

    CLEGG :-

    Noun

    S: (n) horsefly, cleg, clegg, horse fly (large swift fly the female of which sucks blood of Various animals.

    So I think this an apt name for any LibDem. To go further you could call any member of the HoC “A Clegg” Collectively you could call the HoC “A Bunch of Cleggs” Also applies to the BBC.

  31. 31
    Gordon Brown says:

    I agree with Marmite.

  32. 32
    A Civil Servant says:

    It will help pay his EU pension.

  33. 33
    My haircut honours Guido says:

    Farage is nothing but a racist Hunt.

  34. 34
    Endogenous growth theory says:

    Dunno, but don’t look at me.

  35. 35
    Dave Cameron says:

    Does nobody think about the call centres?

  36. 36
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    Is that up to Cameron of up to the voters?

  37. 37
    F##k the LibLabCon says:

    A simple trick of the tongue, Clegg intentionally mislead the people viewing the debate. When he came out with that “7% of our laws” statement he was referring to ALL of our laws going back to time in memorial. He wasn’t referring to NEW laws being made now or even since our joining of the EU. This is typical common purpose training in action, straw man arguments to avoiding answering the real question.

  38. 38
    Owen the noisy little orifice says:

    A tube of toothpaste and a pot of KY

  39. 39
    Diane Abbot says:

    Wacist

  40. 40
  41. 41
    My two pen'orth says:

    Clegg’s main argument seemed to consist of saying ‘that’s not true’ and then going on to say things that were not true.
    I never really had an opinion of him as he didn’t seem worthy however, now I think he’s a either a duplicitous parasite or he is so completely bewildered by reality that he needs to be put in a home and have full time care.

  42. 42
    Londoner says:

    I am not impressed by a man who thinks that the House of Commons library is where you go to find out what is happening in the world outside the Westminster bubble

  43. 43
    Garfield says:

    The so called people in the know made a complete bollocks of their analysis regarding the debate, These are the people that MP’s take on board and act accordingly. I think it is time that MP’s ignored the pundits and “experts” and start listening to the electorate.

  44. 44
    I hate Labour says:

    I’m still waiting for a cancer to eat away at the insides of that disgusting, evil, lying, crooked, corrupt, mass murdering c-unt.

  45. 45
    Too much to ask says:

    Or maybe just doing and saying what they believe in?

  46. 46
    Prime Minister"Money's no object" Cameron says:

    Wakey, wakey, rise and shine! How are we all this morning? Is it looking like summer yet in your neck of the woods?

  47. 47
    Yankee says:

    May go home

  48. 48
    Miriam says:

    I’m beginning to think my Nickelarse is a loser after all. I’d rather have a proper bloke like Garage or Vladimir

  49. 49
    7% Clegg says:

    Surely he’s more than that?

  50. 50
    7% Clegg says:

    Global warming will soon be upon us.

  51. 51
    Criminals are welcome says:

    Meanwhile, the British Government will sell a visa to any gangster who puts up £1 million

    And protect their assets as we have just seen

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2567576/Hundreds-wealthy-Russians-UK-visas-promising-bankroll-1million-national-debt.html

    The Pimp State of Britain

  52. 52
    Dave is a Gay Loving Tosser says:

    We’re waiting for the first bumsex marriage — resulting in another drop in your approval rating.

  53. 53
    Django says:

    Thanks Gordon..Marmite is now toast!!

  54. 54
    Socialism is theft says:

    34.7% of the electorate voted in the 2009 MEP elections compared to 65% in the 2010 General election. This shows that many do care about Europe. Otherwise the European elections would have a much lower turnout.

    Of course a big reason for the lower turnout in the MEP elections is that

    1) there is little or no coverage of EU debates in our media
    2) each MEP has little or no power when it comes to making decisions as they and their votes are overwhelmed by those from MEPs from other countries.

  55. 55
    Obama bows to democracy says:

    This is worth putting up Guido

  56. 56
    Goggle Box says:

    Why do they allow these idiots on the telly? I’d much rather watch a movie.

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    What do you expect? Farage can say what he likes. He’s got the minority party advantage; he can say any outrageous bollocks to get support knowing that he’ll never be a position to implement it.

    No-one has ever come up with credible argument as to “how” Britain would be better off out of the EU, but Farage knows he doesn’t need to worry about that.

  58. 58
    Lucifer says:

    Just suspend him above a vat of concentrated nitric acid, then lower him slowly.

  59. 59
    IMO says:

    They have made covering up for the lies of professional politicians into a career. For them, the bullshit and self-censorship is instinctual.

  60. 60
    7% Clegg says:

    Change you can believe in.

  61. 61
    Gobshite says:

    Fanboy.

  62. 62
    TV makes you look fat says:

    But not that fat.

  63. 63
    7% Clegg says:

    Don’t mention the GDP of Norway or Switzerland it’s racist.

  64. 64
    Socialism is theft says:

    UKIP are currently polling at well over 10% of the vote. The lastest publicity followed by the EU elections will increase that. The Lib Dems had a massive rise in support following the TV debates before the last GE. There is no reason at all why UKIP can not gain many seats at the next election. The only thing that will stop them will be voter cowardice and scaremongering from the deceitful Liblabcons and the control they have over the mainstream media.

  65. 65
    Casual Observer 2 says:

    Confirmation that the U.S.A. is in terminal decline. The mozzie would be paying homage in Washington if Barry was doing a proper job.

  66. 66
    £55 Million says:

    No idea?

  67. 67
    Westminster Bubble says:

    We have looked on Wikipedia and can find no definition for this electorate thing you mention.

  68. 68
    Socialism is theft says:

    The mainstream media are the puppets of the Liblabcons.

  69. 69
    Abdullah says:

    Work the shaft, biatch.

  70. 70
    Ubique says:

    Agree 100% or should that be percent or perpenny? :)

  71. 71
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    impressive mind reading abilities

  72. 72
    T May says:

    No it isn’t.

  73. 73
    Socialism = Starvation says:

    Quite a lot, sometimes EU Directives are brought in as Statutory Instruments under the European Communities Act 1972, and other times, the Directives are implemented by Acts of Parliament, e.g part I of the Employment Rights Act 1996 implements and re-enacts previous employment legislation but harmonises it as EU wide law. It looks as if it was an Act of Parliament but in reality it was an Act part of which brings in EU law.

  74. 74
    Socialism is theft says:

    Or all those other countries around the world that are not part of the EU but are growing much faster than the many struggling EU countries and have much higher employment figures.

    Leaving the EU will not cost jobs. Being in the EU is costing us jobs.

  75. 75
    STD says:

    Did anyone clap?

  76. 76
    Garfield says:

    Nick – Well Prime minister have you any ideas what you might do when you leave politics.?

    Cameron – Nick,Nick, call me Dave, I have thought of doing a bit of writing.

    Nick – Political History maybe?

    Cameron – No, I thought I might try Gay Romace with that young Owen Jones.

  77. 77
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    did Obama kiss the Pope’s ring ?

  78. 78
    British Citizen says:

    You are right, but this isn’t all about jobs. It is also about our way of life. I am fed up with the overcrowding, the strains on public services, the Polish flags on shops in the High Street and the ubiquitous Romanian Big issue sellers. I want a democratic country where the government is answerable to the British people and not busy advancing the interests of unelected bureaucrats and vast hordes of unintegrated foreigners.

  79. 79
    I agree with nick being boiled says:

    Muzzrats, jobs and wages.

  80. 80
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Surely Caroline Lucas, as an actual HOC MP, has more right to debate than Nigel Farage. Equally why doesn’t Nick Clegg debate with Nick Griffin?

  81. 81
    I agree with nick being boiled says:

    Gets my vote

  82. 82
    answers on the back of an envelope says:

    It’s those of us outside the Westminster bubble who know
    the negative effect the EU is having on our lives every day.
    Business owners who have to jump through hoops to meet
    EU directives, overflowing schools and health centres full of
    non- English speakers.
    This is our reality and no amount of lies and spin by the privileged
    elite like Clegg will change it.

  83. 83
    what about me says:

    I don’t like Marmite or Vegemite.
    I’d rather have English Marmalade.

  84. 84
    also says:

    Clegg kept interrupting and shouting down Farage.
    He just came across as rude and bullying.

  85. 85
    It's a free country says:

    Because they don’t want to?

  86. 86
    Little Georgie O says:

    Golden shower.

  87. 87
    he wouldn't know the truth if it bit him on the bum says:

    BBC political “expert” Scrawny Norman Smith declared it a draw.
    The official YouGov poll put Farage 20% ahead,so will he be now
    be sacked for being totally out of touch with his audience?

  88. 88
    NN is Shite says:

    Clegg is a fucking duplicitous quisling c’unt, as are Cameron and Miliband.

    Piano wire for them all.

  89. 89
    Benny FitzClaymont says:

    They’ll start caring soon enough when they have to pay more taxes
    or when the Albanian sex-traffikers get a hold of their daughters

  90. 90
    you really must try harder says:

    Ah- the old Labour standby.
    Call someone a racist in order to stifle
    legitimate debate. I think we’re long past
    that particular trick.

  91. 91
    Wild Oska says:

    You probably think that sounds witty
    but it doesn’t
    because it is not aposite

  92. 92
    Tim Yeo-yo says:

    Bloody Russian Billionaires, coming over here, spending their money, creating jobs, giving us cash for visas.

  93. 93
    exactly says:

    Well said.

  94. 94
    Puttupa Awshuttuppa says:

    Put up a link to anything that Nigel has done or said that is wacyst
    or shut up

  95. 95
    Anonymous says:

    “Farage Won”
    at LBC’s Mind Muddling Mecca? Where the concept of fact-checking assertions is a complete anathema. Resulting in the playing of endless Political Bingo games. During which several invited callers simultaneously make up and shout out contradictory figures as they go. Safe from any form of accuracy challenge. Little wonder then, that there are no real winners to be found amongst the assembled stupefied audience.

  96. 96
    vera says:

    Hear, Hear!

  97. 97
    The Great British Public fed up with being swamped by unwanted multi culteral diversity says:

    And don’t forget how fcuking patronising EUSSR loving Cleggy was talking down to members of the audience, especially when telling one lady in his patronising fcuking manner how she would decide if any new powers would be transferred to Brussels. I take it will be in the same context when McMental signed the Lisbon Treaty in the middle of night & claimed it was only a tidying up treaty exercise, the lying devious 3 face cnut.

    Look forward to Leb Dims being decimated by US the Voters at the
    EUSSR elections also the GE…….

  98. 98
    BBC helpline 4 retards says:

    It’s simple – we just cancel our £55 million per day subscription fee to the EU.

    Every little helps.

  99. 99
    vera says:

    He’s just showing his ignorance.

  100. 100
    My haircut honours Guido says:

    Regarding Ukraine, Dave calls upon the EU to……..

    You dumb fucks just can’t see it can you?

  101. 101
    Watermelonoma says:

    Lucas couldn’t debate her way out of a watermelon.

  102. 102
    jgm2 says:

    Aaaah. Dirty trick.

  103. 103
    My haircut honours Guido says:

    ‘We can run Great Britain all on our own without the EU’

    …..and what a fucking good job we did of it too.

  104. 104
  105. 105
    How bizarre says:

    So the unelected leader of Europe met the unelected “leader” of Ukraine to voice their displeasure about the democratic referendum in the Crimea / Eastern half of Ukraine.

    And Russia managed to plan, organise and bring about a referendum in two weeks yet we have to wait three years for a referendum on the EU.

    You just can’t make this shit up!

  106. 106
    VeryUnimpressed says:

    Xenophobic dickhead.

  107. 107
    tommy5dollar says:

    No, it says 9% to 14%. 7% seems closer than Farage’s 75%.

  108. 108

    Made with oranges from the EU. Continue to trade with them but kick them out of our Institutions. What with free movement. all those who wish to live in the EU only have to catch the train at St. Pancres with a one-way ticket.

  109. 109
    The Public says:

    That’s exactly what I suspect about that 7% figure. Well Clegg needs to watch out because there’s another debate coming, and if I was Farage, I’d be asking Clegg why he picked a figure like that which distorts the reality – what is he trying to hide etc & why does he think it’s acceptable to lie to the British public.

  110. 110
    Stephen Hawking says:

    Are we really getting value for money if whilst the EU and the US discuss the political crisis in the Ukraine and shifting our energy strategy, our MP’s are discussing….. Parking Enforcement.

    http://services.parliament.uk/calendar/Commons/WestminsterHall/2014/03/27/events.html

    £70k a year + expenses MP’s to sit in an echo chamber and discuss yellow lines…

    http://services.parliament.uk/calendar/Commons/WestminsterHall/2014/03/27/events.html

  111. 111
    VeryUnimpressed says:

    Farage was full of his usual bullshit and bluster. He’s a fucking idiot.

  112. 112
    Margot Leadbetter says:

    Well he likes the food!

  113. 113
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    Never ever trust a Libdem.

  114. 114
    Tim Yeo-yo says:

    “The Lib Dems had a massive rise in support following the TV debates before the last GE.”

    Nonsense. Nick Clegg’s approval rating soared but that didn’t translate into votes for the lib-dumbs.

    As for Ukip polling 10%….great news…for Ed Milliband.

  115. 115
  116. 116

    That means you’ll lose your £20,000,000 bung for promoting EU interests.

  117. 117
    Margot Leadbetter says:

    The rest of the EU must be quaking in their boots. 60 million of us Brits have the right to go there. Probably a good thing that we’re all going to make way for the 460 million EU nationals who have the right to come here. Farage talks alarmist claptrap and little Englanders lap it up. There is a lot that is wrong with Europe but getting out of it is not the answer. It’s like getting rid of your car because it’s not working properly and costing you money. But getting rid of your car altogether means you have nothing left.

  118. 118
    Gissajob says:

    How much does the EU (that would be the UK taxpayer too) pay for this kind of posting?

  119. 119
    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    There are many possible huge changes that would result in an exit from the EU. Nobody has yet articulated or quantified what these would actually be.
    After 40 years of integration with Brussels, there would be potentially numerous areas of Law and regulations that would be affected. People need to know what these are and how the change back to sovereignty would be managed, timelines, costs etc.

    Opportunist twats like Farage gloss over the rather important details of what an EU withdrawal actually fvcking means?

  120. 120
    Non-audited accounts for 17 years says:

    The post above is sponsored by the Lib-dem / EU Alliance.

    Looking after your every need.

  121. 121

    Clegg was his usual self, a lying duplicitous waste of oxygen. He is totally amoral in his pursuit of EU domination of Europe.

  122. 122
    VeryUnimpressed says:

    Nothing. It’s free.

  123. 123
    Anonymous says:

    Not in Scotland they’re not!

    At least up here we recognise Farage and the ukippers for the fascist twats they really are.
    They are even more unpopular than the tories, which is saying something…..

    Farage is a snotty wee twat with all the charisma, policies and leadership qualities of a shitty stick

  124. 124
    VeryUnimpressed says:

    I can’t decide which nationalist I dislike more, Farage or Salmond.

  125. 125
    Independence my arse says:

    I cant decide which type of independce I like best a UK tied to Brussells one or a Scotland tied to Brussells one.

  126. 126
    Blowing Whistles says:

    He was his usual gorgeous self sweetie!

  127. 127
    Anthony Bean says:

    The reality is that LBC 97.3 has only just come on DAB nationally and folk aren’t aware (even if they have a DAB radio), the LBC website crashed unable to cope with demand and it wasn’t publicised that it was being screened live on BBC News and Sky News channels. It also didn’t appear in electronic programme guides. There was no problem with numbers interested in the debate.

  128. 128
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    I think an EU withdrawal means that the UK would not have to do as it is instructed by people who do not have our interests at heart and would give us the freedom to create a society and industry as we see fit.
    HTH

  129. 129
    inside out says:

    Only a dead one!

  130. 130
    Anonymous says:

    What? If your car doesn’t work and costs money, then you change it!!! Doesn’t mean you don’t have a car… What a crap analogy! The eu isn’t working for us and costing us money so we should have the right to change it. Europe will still trade with us, if you honestly think we’ll be cut off if we decide not honour the Lisbon tradegy, then you really have been brainwashed. Trade yes, giving up our sovereign right to make our own laws, stop the rampant immigration that our public services can’t cope with, the right thing to do.

  131. 131
    inside out says:

    The only way people would care is if Eastenders,Corrie,and Facebook were banned by EU decree, then they would take and interest.

  132. 132
    Margot Leadbetter says:

    Exactly, you change your relationship with the EU, you don’t get out of it altogether. Brilliant analogy actually!

  133. 133
    Tim Yeo-yo says:

    Nigel needs to get rid of that covert coat. It makes him look like a bit of a twat.

  134. 134
    Car-Parts outreach facilitator says:

    You won’t get far changing your relationship with a failed alternator deary.

  135. 135
    Anonymous says:

    Then get your people to vote yes in September and we will all be happy,but I have a sneaking feeling you will show yourselves to be a nation of bottlers who will be back blaming England for everything within a month.

  136. 136
    thostids says:

    “a swat of Cleggs”.

  137. 137
    thostids says:

    Clegg is crap at evading answering the questions. When he didn’t answer it, he patronised the questioner. “We all have to have rules….”. He spoke to the audience as if they were 5 year-olds. Ferrari asks Clegg why no referendum yet and showing Clegg his own election flyer. No reply comes. Clegg gets out Farage’s flyer saying that 28 millions Rumanians and Serbs given right to enter the UK and his allegation? There aren’t 28 million of them to come here. Clegg wins debate?
    Not many, Benny!

  138. 138
    thostids says:

    We can start by revoking the HRA and sending all the deportees that we ” can’t” get rid of straight back to where they cannot go. And revoke the European Arrest Warrant. If people with crap systems want our Subjects they can show that there is a case to answer. Not to bang them up in some euro-Blackhole of Calcutta and watch the case thrown out years later. Clegg says that the EAW is the way to protect us. What from? The killers, rapists and terrorists we can’t deport? Obviously it’s safer to be banged up in a polish Jail for unpaid parking tickets than being murdered on your own sub-way system by a terrorist bomb.
    Sure Clegg. Where you going to live when you get heaved out of Parliament and from your Party? Brussels? Strasbourg? Hughes flat?

  139. 139
    Jack Ketch says:

    If he was he’d have my vote, unfortunately he is far too moderate on the matter of race and nationality. He disagrees with White people being issued with firearms on the NHS, the mandatory sterlisation of muslims and limbo dancers and the proposal to turn Dianne Abbot into a new breakwater for Folkstome harbour. Anyway. he is married to a foreigner, just like Clegg.

  140. 140
    Jack Ketch says:

    He is a fucking idiot who tells the truth, represents the opinion of a large section of the population and is not a disgusting sodomite. Who in the leadership of the three main parties could you say that of?

  141. 141
    Dick Puddlecote says:

    “Business owners who have to jump through hoops to meet
    EU directives”

    That is, quite literally, all I do with my transport business now. And, if anything, the pace of new regulations has been increasing exponentially since around 2005.

    As for the percentage of regulations in transport coming from the EU, it is over 90%. The only one I know of which is solely from Westminster is the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989.

  142. 142
    Aslan says:

    With an EU membership net cost of over 1billion pa, we could leave and pay off the UK national in less than 15 years.

    It’s also worth bearing in mind that large compsnies (including CBI members) avoid around £120billion pa in taxes by having an office in Dublin, Malta or the like.

  143. 143
    Taxpayer-funded astroturfing EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP

  144. 144
    Alan Calder says:

    Farage is a public school educated bumpkin.

  145. 145
    Mr Neddy says:

    And the fact that they cannot even create any primary legislation at all, they are there solely to amend/rubber stamp what the EU council and EU commission dictate.

  146. 146
    Mr Neddy says:

    Using the earlier years to water down the figure. Since 1997 we have had Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon. That means that per year, the EU now sets a majority of our laws. Our Highest Court, the houses of Parliament is subservient to Brussels and the ECHR. Our elected representatives cannot over turn the dictats of unelected foreigners. That is a profoundly anti-democratic outrage.


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