May 30th, 2014

Stop Lansley Operation Underway

As support for Martin Callanan for EU Commissioner grows, enemies of Andrew Lansley are out to stop the Leader of the House beating him to the job. Some argue Lansley is Dave’s preferred candidate and the favourite, though it is noticeable that he is struggling to win the support of the party. One euro-Tory tells Guido:

“Callanan or Lilley for Commissioner. We don’t need a managerial, consensual Europhile like Lidington, Mitchell or Lansley.  This is a key test for how serious the PM is about reform.  A leftist would be unacceptable to the backbenches.”

Isabel Hardman also raises questions about Lansley’s lack of popularity among colleagues from all quarters:

“So why aren’t Tories pleased that their long-serving colleague might be off to Brussels at the end of his career? For once, Eurosceptics and Europhiles are united in their lack of enthusiasm for a candidate, and indeed the entire reported shortlist. One pro-EU MP thinks the proposal “suggests Dave doesn’t have a plan or a vision, except to make life easy”. “What are his qualifications?” moans one Eurosceptic backbencher. “What’s his vision of the European Union? Where is his battle-readiness to fight our corner?” Mr Lansley’s vision for Europe is indeed rather mysterious, which does not bode well.”

Foreign Office minister David Lidington definitely isn’t part of the stop Lansley operation:

Eyebrows have been raised that ConservativeHome seem to be continuing their ancient vendetta against Lanners, accusing him of being unqualified for the post and arguing that it should go to someone who isn’t just one of Dave’s mates. The Mail has been briefed that Callanan is not in the running:

Will the PM break the habit of the lifetime and actually listen to his party?


  1. 1
    Liar.Politicians says:

    Just send Nick Clegg back to Brussels.

  2. 2
    Gordoom McDoom says:

    I saved the world!

    I am the obvious choice!

  3. 3
    Flowers that get mown in spring tra la says:

    So they will have a vote to allow us trash to pick, will they hell, then they wonder why less than 50% of people vote but really don’t care a monkeys what us trash think, everything is already sorted by the political parties, time for change it’s happening though slowly.

  4. 4
    Flowers that get mown in spring tra la says:

    No, you would be better going to hell, you put enough people there.

  5. 5
    Not an investigative journalist says:

    Surely it was illegal for Cameron to fund the campaigning of the UAF and HnH.

  6. 6
    Lord Rennard says:

    Who’d like to beat me off?

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    Newark…………………………………..The smell of fear.
    Do we detect developing panic in Bullingdon ranks as the Helmer campaign gains further traction?

  8. 8

    Surely the point is: when Ukip so resoundingly won the democratic vote in Britain last week, on European issues, why is it, exactly, that the candidate for Commissioner (the country’s new EU representative, in the most powerful executive body on the continent) is being decided exclusively by and from the ranks of the party that came THIRD?

    It’s these kind of things that make voters feel that politicians are so fundamentally out of touch with the public mood.

  9. 9
    Roger Helmer says:

    Just back from the beach. Ladies, can you please ensure your tampon string isn’t hanging out of the side of your bikini bottoms!

  10. 10
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    How can Cameron break the habit of a lifetime – when he is deaf from the neck up?

  11. 11
    Scottish Voter says:

    I don’t recognise anyone in this article! Who are these people and where have they come from?
    And,what is it with the English media and nicknames? Who is ‘Lanners’, is he Callanan?

  12. 12
    non taxable pikey says:

    Seems reasonable, CM Dave’s Tories are third rate and so is their candidate. Or should that be, so are their candidates because Jenrick fits that description too.

  13. 13
    Lothario says:

    The answer is ‘none of the above’.

    The UK should be proposing that all the commisisoners have their personal bank accounts and those of their families and friends professionally auditted and published: and that no pensions or readjustment allowances ahould be paid to anyone leaving their posts until their personal finances, and the EU’s budget as a whole, have been signed off as legal, honest and accurate.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    Comments on this story make out that a commissioner appointed by the British PM would in some sense be “ours” and act in our interests. In fact the law of the EU is quite clear – commissioners must act solely in the interests of the EU itself.

    There may be suspicions that, behind the scenes, commissioners from certain member states assist their home governments, but there has been no sign of that from British commissioners, all of whom advanced the interests of the union.

    At a practical level I doubt it would make any difference who was appointed as they will end up toeing the EU line. Politically it is significant the Cameron would consider appoiunting an enthusiast for the EU and a recent member of his party too who fought against Conservatives at past elections.

  15. 15
    Reader says:

    Guido is pretending he’s chummy with all the troughers.

  16. 16
    fight the fascists says:

    Hands up all those who have ever voted for a Commissar?

  17. 17
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

    Have you been brought back into the Party or have I sacked you ?

    It’s just that I’ve been busy all day kissing Vince’s bottom.

  18. 18
    Bert says:

    As opposed to, er, being deaf from the neck down?

  19. 19
    Show some muscles in Brussels says:


  20. 20
    Boycott companies that employ EU immigrants says:

    Strapped to the side of a nuclear-tipped Cruise missile.

  21. 21
    Woman gives birth in chains in Muzzyland . . . . a cackle of LieBore Clitorati says:

    Oh how terribly culturally enriching! – more champers darrhhhlings?

    These nibbles are superb – did they come from Fortman’s?

  22. 22
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:


  23. 23
    Anonymous says:


  24. 24
    Boycott companies that employ EU immigrants says:

    Dead from the neck up, surely?

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    But more importantly full steam ahead fir a United States of Europe after all…

    Merkel backs Jean-Claude Juncker for European commission president
    Move deals blow to David Cameron’s attempts to block Luxembourg’s former prime minister from taking up the role

    Nothing changes in Europe, dave never does anything in Europe because he can’t.

    The only thing dave changes in Europe is to move every inch further to a united states of europe.

    vote ukip

  26. 26
    A woomn ob kulla, - she says:

    me voted fo’ de Grouniad Brhoon! he am de masser fo’ me! an he de commisr fo’ de plabs

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    What Merkel wants, Merkel gets…..

    What Dave wants in Europe he can never get because previous governments gave away all our powers to the germans!

    Onwatds to a united states of europe without a vote, we will be just a state, not a country.

    Merkel backs Jean-Claude Juncker for European commission president.

  28. 28
    It was ever so says:

    Democracy my arse.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Finally, Dave finds out who his friends in Europe are………..

    he doesn’t have any!

    Merkel backs Jean-Claude Juncker for European commission president

    onward to the final solution…….

    a United States of Europe and without a vote too!

    vote ukip

  30. 30
    rick says:

    “What are his qualifications?”

    Please don’t insult our intelligence by pretending you need qualifications for that job. What qualifications did Kinnock and his family require to be Euro parasites. It’s purely jobs for the boys, and you know it.

    Please, please, people of Newark do your duty.

  31. 31
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    “Deaf” – as in listens too – but he is not hearing a word from his … la la la la la la living in a bubble.

  32. 32
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    If the current government and the previous government cannot produce a document where i gave lawful written consent and or G Brown or D Miliband had a lawful mandate from the British public to sign the Lisbon Treaty – then said treaty is a fake and will be a fake “forever” despite what the msm and legal shysters tell you.

  33. 33
    tapestory says:

    Paterson’s 5:1

  34. 34
    Strong smell of broken glass says:

    Has Lansley produced the evidence that he actually stayed overnight in the Hotels ( situated a short taxi ride from his home) which he claimed for ?

  35. 35
    Nick Clegg MP DPM says:

    The people have spoken and we must listen to their message: Britain must join the euro – that’s what they’re telling us, right?

  36. 36
    racist loon says:

    And what does a European Commissioner actually do. Does each country have one as well as all the MEPS or do they have one from each country every so often so that its fair. After the elections I noticed that quite a number of enthusiastic people were appearing on the telly to slag off UKIP all of whom seemed to have long job description titles incorporating the word European. I suddenly realised where all the “millions of jobs at risk if we leave” were. What on earth are they all doing over there and we still haven’t heard what was on the menu for that dinner.

  37. 37

    The only people in Dave’s cronies who would be even considered by the EUSSR are Ken Clarke or the unspeakable Clegg, both sworn enemies of the UK’s national sovereignty.
    Neither of these would be acceptable to those outside the Westminster bubble.

  38. 38
  39. 39
    Gunnery Sgt. Hartman says:

    Listen to his party? Only for the pleasure of hearing it howl.

  40. 40

    Does it matter? It’s not like we’re talking about Cathy Ashton’s successor. Given how seriously they take bumface, his nominee is not getting a big job. I suspect the Commission may even create a new post of milk monitor

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Oh well, if the backbenchers aren’t convinced, coupled with the fact that this choice will further alienate the electorate, looks like Dave will probably appoint the guy.

  42. 42
    The Growler says:

    Lansley looks as if he has had a big surprise from behind, judging by that picture, it just to prove walk in front of someone but behind.

  43. 43
    The Growler says:

    The massed ranks of the Bullingdon Club, “No the Conners think they were born to rule the lower orders, it is an ultra safe Con seat, lots of wealthy farmers (least they own the farms), they have 23,000 majority, Liebore don’t stand snowflake in hell’s chance of taking Newark. UKip is the unknown force but the constituency covers a very large area. Did you say Ukip’s Helmer’s campaign is gaining momentum, don’t panic, don’t panic, don’t panic, don’t panic,DON’T PANIC

  44. 44
    The Growler says:

    Why has Dave’s forehead lost it’s shiny appearance these days, has he stopped using baby oil or something.

  45. 45
    The Growler says:

    Should be, “it just to prove don’t walk in front”

  46. 46
    The Growler says:

    ” Callanan” that sounds Iorish to me

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    “As support for Martin Callanan for EU Commissioner grows”
    how fares the struggle for full cream democracy? If political parties were prevented, from engaging in a divide and rule the population operation. Long term policy selection by the majority would triumph. The need for BS speeches, designed to be all things to all voters, would vanish. For the only way to promote an ideology then, would be to openly debate an option fully to convince the dubious of its verifiable validity.

  48. 48
  49. 49
    Budgie says:

    And Boy Dave is just the sort of jerk to have thought of this.

  50. 50
    Budgie says:

    Is that because your pension was obliterated by Gordon Brown? Oops, my bad …. your pension is … paid by the taxpayer.

  51. 51
    Necrophiliac Dating Agency-Just Where Do They Dig These People Up From? says:

    “A leftist would be unacceptable to the backbenches.” – Finally! We don’t want more ‘expansionism’, we want some of the tangible benefits of being a united market! (BTW, every ‘Free Trade’ agreement the E.U. signs, belittles the whole purpose of the E.U. in the first place) Keep it about Trade, that’s what it was conceived about in the first place. If it cannot do that without ‘The Free Movement Of People’ (AKA, fucking exodus) then tough….Au revoir.

  52. 52
    maryjf says:

    Thatcher and the ERM to the Euro – what really happened
    from Armstrong Economics dot com blog

    QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You were a key player in Britain and the euro. That is well-known in private circles here in the UK. You were friends with Thatcher’s personal economic advisor Sir Alan Walters. I believe John Major’s government called you in September 1992 when Major was forced to float the pound as Thatcher had wanted all along. Can you shed any light on those events since you were there and the future for Britain? It might be enlightening if you came out and stated what really happened. I had spoken to Sir Alan at a lecture he gave and he said your computer was an amazing invention he believed countries should follow. He also said that Milton Friedman had first told Alan about you. What are your comments on that?

    Respectfully yours;

    ANSWER: Yes. I was there. Alan and Lady Thatcher were my friends as was Milton Friedman. However, I was unaware that Milton had told them about me. I suppose that makes sense when I think back, but we never spoke about who knew who and why, although we all knew each other. I did discuss with Alan and later Lady Thatcher that the free markets would govern and they were the weapon that destroyed Communism – not politics. How the idea of creating a euro would fail without a political union was the basic theme based upon history. The idea behind the Poll Tax was marketed wrong, but her idea was that if everyone paid something as a flat tax, then they would be that check and balance against runaway government. We drew upon the collapse of the Roman Republic for that very corruption was allowed to take place because the people were bought-off so to speak..

    Unquestionably, the Euro experiment is a total disaster for Europe for it was deliberately designed for political-ends not based upon economic soundness. It will be the self-interest of government that destroys it. Just look at Brussels. The design of the Euro was faulty and they knew it from the start creating a monetary union preaching savings on foreign exchange while hiding the agenda to federalize Europe. The elite politicians just needed to sell the idea and swear it was not some federalist agenda. Margaret Thatcher tried to fight against that agenda within her own cabinet. I was there and had intimate conversations about this with her. It was after the 1987 election, when Thatcher became much more an isolated figure within government fighting with members in her own cabinet who wanted to join the Euro as a new Bretton Woods. There was some New World Order in the creation of the Euro that one government would eliminate war. However, I would say the majority in the UK who wanted to join the Euro were trying to recreate Bretton Woods’ fixed rate regime that began with the ERM that also collapsed.

    Thatcher’s “The Bruges Speech” delivered September 20th, 1988 will always be remembered. She stated bluntly: “I want to start by disposing of some myths about my country, Britain, and its relationship with Europe and to do that, I must say something about the identity of Europe itself. … Europe is not the creation of the Treaty of Rome. … Nor is the European idea the property of any group or institution.” Thatcher clearly saw the motivation behind the Euro that this was the federalization of Europe – not simply a monetary union.

    Nigel Lawson was in her cabinet between 1981 to 1989. Lawson was in favor of privatization and contributed to Britain’s Big Bang. However, he was a closet Bretton Woods guy who felt strongly that currencies had to be fixed. He was not so much a goldbug, but wanted a fixed currency and that would be the ERM followed by the end goal – the Euro.

    The issue of exchange-rate mechanism membership continued to fester between Lawson and Thatcher and was exacerbated by the re-employment by Thatcher of Sir Alan Walters as personal economic advisor who was my personal friend. Lawson’s conduct of policy had become a struggle to maintain credibility once the August 1988 trade deficit revealed the strength of the expansion of domestic demand. As orthodox monetarists, Lawson and Thatcher agreed to a steady rise in interest rates to restrain demand, but this had the effect of inflating the headline inflation figure. Yes, I explained how raising interest rates would attract foreign capital. After all, I myself was standing in line buying assets in Britain when the pound fell to $1.03 in 1985.

    Lawson’s fixing of the pound within the ERM is what led to the collapse of the pound. This was the clash with Thatcher for Lawson favored the idea of the Euro that would be a fixed rate currency system – a sort of rebirth of the Bretton Woods idea. The clash between Lawson and Thatcher, who was dead against the fixed rate idea of the Euro that would become the federalization of Europe, led to his resignation. Alan Walters continued to favor a floating exchange rate and we had many discussions at the time. Lawson was succeeded in the office of Chancellor by John Major.

    The other key cabinet member who clashed with Thatcher also over the Euro was Geoffrey Howe. He masterminded the development of new economic policies embodied in an Opposition mini-manifesto. In June 1989, Howe and Nigel Lawson, secretly threatened to both resign over Thatcher’s opposition to British membership in the exchange rate mechanism of the European Monetary System. Both Howe and Lawson were sold on the ERM and the coming idea of the Euro.

    In the last weekend of October 1990, Lady Thatcher traveled to a European summit in Rome, where Jacques Delors’ dream of European Monetary Union was high on the agenda. But while Mrs Thatcher was fighting her lone battle against the prospective single currency abroad, she was being fatally undermined at home. Geoffrey Howe, her bitterest cabinet critic, went on television to tell the interviewer Brian Walden that in principle Britain did not oppose the Euro.

    Upon Thatcher’s return, she delivered her Commons statement where she was forced to slap Howe down publicly stating: “this government believes in the pound sterling.” Howe resigned, and days later delivered the famous speech from the back benches that set in motion a leadership contest. Howe and Lawson would have destroyed the British economy had they joined the Euro. To Delors, the private discussion I had seemed to believe that he was more trying to defeat the USA than creating a New World Order. He was fixated that joining all the countries together they would have a bigger GDP than the USA and therefore the Euro would displace the dollar. It was a power struggle arising from pride for many in France.

    The committee from the EU came to me about the design. So I am not making something up from my imagination. The Asian Currency Crisis in 1997 was sparked by the shift in capital flows to buy into the Euro that was going to kill the dollar. The Bank of China called me in because I said this was the shift that set everything in motion. They agreed and asked me to speak up louder because politically they could not blame the Euro. The Bank of China has come out stating they now use our Capital Flow Analysis.

    I do not offer opinions. What I report is based upon fact and observation, not what I think is going on. Brussels will defend the Euro because that is all they have. Lose the Euro and what happens? Tens of thousands of bureaucrats are out of a job. They were hiring 20,000 just to regulate the banks. As one reader points out, the EU Commission is regulating everything – even seeds.

    So yes. When the attack upon the ERM and the pound in 1992 took place, I received calls from the British government asking what our models had to say. I warned the pound could not be held. I advised that the pound should be devalued. I was told that John Major had promised the pound would not be devalued. I then provided a “politically correct” way to do it – allow the pound to float to seek its own level. Hence, there was no DEVALUATION, it was the free markets that did the heavy lifting.

  53. 53
    Trixy says:

    Surely if you wanted someone to set Brussels alight you’d vote for the love child of Nikki Sinclaire and Mick Philpott as EU Commissioner?

  54. 54
    Cost-of-Labour-crisis says:

    The only qualification for a job on the EU gravy train is to be a complete fucking failure in your own country. Madlescum, Pinnockio, Barosso the Maoist, etc, etc. The list is endless.

  55. 55
    Cost-of-Labour-crisis says:

    He does what he told.

  56. 56
    Cost-of-Labour-crisis says:

    Plus ca change.

    By the time the Germans had conquered most of Europe during WW2, a new currency was proposed – the Euromark. Unfortunately this was never instigate. By this time Hitler was too concerned with mass extermination.

    Merkel has played it smart this time. A single currency without that inconvenient colateral damage to the Fatherland.

  57. 57

    Er …. yes it was ?

    Did he ?

    By which financial provenance ?

    Come on ole boy — blow the gaffe !

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