Cameron : We Want a Referendum

Dave is trying to push a firm line on Europe post Ireland’s likely ‘Yes’ vote. The Tories have just emailed out a message from Dave giving the line:

lisbon_yes_noI want to make one thing clear: there will be no change in our policy on Europe and no new announcements at the Conference. There will be no change in Conservative policy as long as the Lisbon Treaty is still not in force. The Treaty has still not been ratified by the Czechs and the Poles. The Czech Prime Minister has said that the constitutional challenge before the Czech Constitutional Court could take 3-6 months to resolve.

I have said repeatedly that I want us to have a referendum. If the Treaty is not ratified in all Member States and not in force when the election is held, and if we are elected, then we will hold a referendum on it, we will name the date of the referendum in the election campaign, we will lead the campaign for a ‘No’ vote.

If the Treaty is ratified and in force in all Member States, we have repeatedly said we would not let matters rest there. But we have one policy at a time, and we will set out how we would proceed in those circumstances if, and only if, they happen.

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Tory policy now depends on the success of Václav Klaus, the libertarian leaning President of the Czech Republic, challenging the constitutionality of the Treaty. Guido has met Václav Klaus, and he is a clear-sighted fighter, not a quitter.  If he can hold off the EU-elite’s constitutional steam-roller until the British general election, all is not lost.

Holding a referendum is popular across party lines, if the general election becomes a referendum on Brown and Europe all the better. Ken Clarke may have a huff, but he is one of the few prominent Europhiles left in the Conservative Party…

Irish Need a Tie-Break Referendum

lisbon_yes_noWell it is looking like a bad day for Irish sovereignty. Guido feels a bit guilty about not going home to vote. The entire Irish political establishment including the formerly anti-EU Greens backed the Brussels gravy train, the state media and the press likewise. With Declan Ganley neutered the anti-Treaty forces were lacking in leadership. The likely result according to exit polls is a ‘yes’.

That makes it No 1, Yes 1, so surely we need a tie-break referendum?

The Tory Fringe Online

Looks like it will be busy this year on the Tory Fringe.  Guido is using Fringelist.com to organise his schedule online. Register for the service and it will send you free text reminders for events you add to your schedule.  The service integrates with Blackberry, iPhone and desktop calendars.  Or you can just print out the schedule on paper.

It integrates with social media networks Facebook and Twitter, tells you what the most popular event is, letting you search the Fringe to find out who is speaking where and when.  If you want to know where Hannan is, just search for his name. You will get a free text reminder telling where you are supposed to be before the event starts.  It is hangover proof.

It is very social, you can see where your mates are going : tory.fringelist.com/goers. For example you can see where Guido is going tory.fringelist.com/guido.fawkes

No Post-Conference Brown Bounce

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Let the bloodletting begin…

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Routledge Menances Randy Marr

The only paper still unswervingly loyal to the Prime Mentalist is The Mirror.   This morning the paper’s Old School Labour hack, Paul Routledge, rants

marr_pillsBBC presenter Andrew Marr was out of order, demanding to know, on live TV, whether the Prime Minister is taking anti-depressants – merely on the basis of unsubstantiated internet gossip that had been officially denied.

He has refused to apologise. He should think again – or some scandalmonger might start spreading rumours about his interesting private life, which he guards with the tenacity of a Staffordshire bull terrier.

Too late Routledge, that scandal was mongered yonks ago

Via Daily Referendum

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RAF Blonde Bombshell Mocks Gordon Brown’s Leadership

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A month after Gordon Brown appeared at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (on the day Eric Joyce resigned)  he was followed yesterday by General Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan.

General McChrystal called for the war to be prosecuted  vigourously with more resources.  Flight Lieutenant Victoria Anderton told the general

“… can I say how much more confidence I have now in my chain of command than I had after Prime Minister Gordon Brown was here a couple of weeks ago”.

That she would say that so bluntly, and the room would dissolve into laughter, shows that Gordon Brown has become widely despised by members of the armed forces.

She is off to Kandahar, to serve Queen and country…

Another Trougher Bites the Dust

folletGuido predicted that a hundred seats would be vacated following Expensegate, it is a while since he has had a tot up of the numbers. Farewell Barbara Follet, we will remember you for your window cleaning, security patrols and chinese […]

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BAE Prosecution Will Be Political Decision

cash_planeThe Serious Fraud Office has announced plans to prosecute BAE Systems, for bribing its way into contracts from Romania to South Africa. For years, BAE Systems has been cashing in on massive trans-national arms deals on dodgy terms but it’s […]

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High Court Issues First Writ via Twitter

Karl & DonalGuido’s solicitor is another fighting Irishman, Donal Blaney, pictured here to the right of Karl Rove.  Donal is on something of a roll at the moment,* fresh from re-stocking Guido’s wine-cellar after winning a dispute with a multi-national media giant, […]

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Stat Porn : Guido v the Best of the Left

Guido on BlackThe blog you love, and they hate, had 1,526,279 page views from 882,794 visits from 206,965 visitors last month. To which, via the feed, is to be added another 721,280 views from 63,856 visits by 7,365 subscribers.  So a not […]

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