Crossbencher Lord Hannay has been doing his best Peter Mandelson impression in the EU referendum debate this morning, moaning that the current question “isn’t on a level playing field”. For some reason this leading negotiator in Britain’s membership application of the then EEC, not to mention our Ambassador to the EU, doesn’t want to give the people a say on Europe. He has his name down on eight wrecking amendments trying to scupper the bill. Which is particularly ironic given he is a so-called ‘People’s Peer’, having applied for the grandly-titled role himself back in 2001…
A teaser for David Campbell Bannerman’s documentary investigating the myths surrounding Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.
Greece has taken over the EU presidency and Nigel Farage welcomed it in style. His speech attacking the Greek political classes got shown on prime time news in Greece. With hundreds of thousands of views the YouTube of his speech telling Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras that his country is now under foreign control “run by Big Business, Big Banks and Big Bureaucrats” has gone viral in Greece…
The debate was good enough to shift obdurate, entrenched and virulent opinion (I speak for myself).
In the end the summary seems to be: good idea, bad bill/bad idea, bad bill.
In the blue corner, the democrats who say that it is the settled will of the British people that there be a referendum (Lords Owen, King et alia). In the red corner, the lofty lefties who think the people should act in their higher interests by doing what they’re told.
In the middle, peers who may be for or against a referendum but who prefer to wallow the filthy politics of it. For them it’s a partisan Bill, it’s designed to get Cameron out of a hole, it’s pandering, it’s probably the result of global warming.
Lord Liddle (Lab, obviously) got a great shout of laughter when he described the deep divisions in the Conservative party on Europe and claimed, “Labour does not have these visceral internal divisions to manage.”
Noble Lords: Oh!
“Oh!” may need translating. I leave that to Commentators, below.
European Union (Referendum) Bill – Second Reading – Lord Dobbs
B Falkner of Margravine
L Hannay of Chiswick
L MacGregor of Pulham Market
L Howell of Guildford
L Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay
L King of Bridgwater
L Willoughby de Broke
B Liddell of Coatdyke
L Hennessy of Nympsfield
L Anderson of Swansea
L Foulkes of Cumnock
L Jay of Ewelme
L Armstrong of Ilminster
L Stoddart of Swindon
L Watson of Richmond
L Davies of Stamford
L Lea of Crondall
L Kerr of Kinlochard
L Thomas of Swynnerton
L Howe of Aberavon
B Farrington of Ribbleton
L Lawson of Blaby
Eurocrat-ess Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, has lashed out at David Cameron:
“I am mostly frustrated about the political leaders [in Britain], because what is leadership if you just try with populist movements and populist speech to gain votes. You are destroying the future of your people.”
Those ‘political leaders’ are also elected and accountable to the public unlike you, Ms Reding.
Via The Times.
Christine Lagarde the French chief of the IMF narrowly escaped being charged recently. Her candidacy’s main cheerleader for the IMF was George Osborne, Guido had his doubts at the time. The IMF is searching for a solution for debt laden European states to stop the €uro collapsing. Stop spending more than you tax is considered naive – how will the ruling elites get re-elected if they stop bribing the electorate with their own children’s money? Option 6 in the IMF’s discussion paper on the subject is brutally straight-forward. The final act of financial repression is to steal from everyone who has savings with a 10% wealth tax.
You have been warned now – just like Cypriot political insiders were – don’t keep any capital in €urozone banks. The IMF argues that the element of surprise is essential for the success of a capital levy…
Tellers: Peter Bone and Philip Hollobone
Labour: Mike Gapes