Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Emigration to Britain Gets Romanian Mayor’s Goat

Something to be gruff about for this mayor of two Romanian villages, who has got to be kidding when he bleats that his previously rammed towns will be deserted after immigration restrictions are lifted in January. Koller Gabriel-Adrian is cheesed off:

“I think it is possible that half of the people in Berini and Uliuc, the Romanian and Roma people, will go to the UK next year. In particular, the young people will go, because they don’t have anything here. They will go to work in agriculture and construction, but also for the benefits. My advice to Britain would be not to give people everything. You should take care because, if everybody goes to the UK, what will you do? Can you afford it? People do not have big salaries here and will obviously be interested in the salaries and the benefits in England.”

Future migrants admit they are preparing to milk the system:

“In January, the only thing left in the village will be the goat.”

Un-billy-vable.

Friday, November 8, 2013

EU Referendum Vote Day

How many MP will back Adam Afriyie’s amendment? How many who want a referendum in 2014 will put their money where their mouth is? What next for Afriyie if he is humiliated? William Hague is rallying the Wharton troops ahead of the vote, writing to MPs telling them to keep quiet during report stage. Then up afterwards is the key business of the day, the Margaret Thatcher Day Bill…

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Afriyie’s Last Chance

You get the impression Adam Afriyie knows what is coming reading his begging letter to colleagues ahead of Friday’s vote on the Wharton bill. He has a point when he underlines – literally – how this is the last the chance to hold a referendum this parliament, a Tory majority post-2015 isn’t exactly odds-on so the government’s route to a referendum is hardly convincing. As he says, “we have been hamstrung by the LibDems in Coalition”.

Guido has knocked Adam in the past for his terrible media strategy, his inability to build support for his amendment and his cack-handed and now still-born leadership campaign. Guido is however sympathetic to Afriyie’s argument, it just has no chance of success and he should have tried to build support for the argument before advancing the amendment…

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Look Away Now Russell Brand

Russell Brand might want to avoid Parliament for the next couple of hours unless he wants to come face to face with his nemesis: a giant ballot box. In preparation for Friday’s vote on James Wharton’s EU referendum bill, Business for Britain and Labour for a Referendum have erected the giant inflatable stunt outside Old Palace Yard and the Tories will be broadcasting from next to it before PMQs. Grant Shapps is popping down and can ask Labour donor John Mills about that curious donation to Miliband efficiently given in shares. Sir John is pictured above, centre left.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Electoral Commission Claim Voters Too Stupid for Brexit Vote

The Electoral Commission have left themselves open to all sorts of accusations today after making a very loaded intervention into the EU referendum debate and the passage of the Wharton Bill. They are suggesting that the best question would be:

“Should the UK remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

With STAY or LEAVE as the answers. Instead of the simple Wharton Bill question:

“Do you think United Kingdom should be a member of the European Union?”

With YES or No as answers. The Electoral Commission are pathetically/hilariously claiming that too many people would be confused about “whether UK is currently a member”. A line that won’t wash against the conspiracy accusations. 

UPDATE: 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pro-EU Group British Influence’s UKIP Charity Stitch Up
Party Demand Charity Commission Investigates

The cross-party pro-EU group “British Influence” – backed by Danny Alexander, Kenneth Clarke and Peter Mandelson – has written privately to a charity to ask for their help campaigning against UKIP in the European elections next year. That despite campaign director Joe Coney knowing this to be a breach of strict laws against charities getting involved in party politics. He wrote “We realise that your charity status means that” – as a charity you – “can’t campaign…”.

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun on Sunday, inevitably the email leaked to UKIP and now party chairman Steve Crowther has asked the Charity Commission to investigate. All British Influence will say is that “This was just a clumsily-worded email”.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

WATCH: The Way We Do Things in the European Parliament

A typical day in the European Parliament as MEPs get ready for a vote. But there is a problem. One MEP stands up and explains that the room has no idea what it is voting on, as they haven’t yet been given a chance to read the alterations to the amendments about to be passed. The response?

“This is the way we do things here.”

Of course it is.

Labour MEP’s Fake Q&A Session

Meet Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber. She is currently in charge of attempts to push through medicinal regulation of e-cigarettes through the European Parliament. Showing just what a bastion of democracy the European Parliament is, Linda hosted a Facebook Q&A session on the issue this week, where the idea was that she could be held to account by citizens across the continent. Which is all well and good, except it seems the event was a complete stitch-up.

Linda was lucky to receive a number of soft questions, which she answered comfortably. Just which inquisitive European citizens asked the questions? For starters there was Laura Guiot, a consultant working at the European Parliament. Then there was Evita Naumova, of the European Parliament network. And Celine Bras from the EU information office. Not to mention Martina Klugova, who also works for the European Parliament. No wonder the questions were so easy. Democracy in action!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Herman Van Rompuy Meets UK Twitter Users

It was never going to go well for the EU President Herman Van Rompuy when he decided to do an online Q&A with British Twitter users:

And they were the printable ones…

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Attorney General Says EU Membership is “Ethical”

Here’s one for the Euro-sceptics. The Attorney General thinks we should stay in the EU for “ethical” reasons. Dominic Grieve was speaking to his legal chums about the EU and the ECHR:

“I hope it is clear that the economic, physical and ethical well-being of the United Kingdom remains rooted in international engagement. We have to play an active part in these organisations.”

That should further endear him to his party.


Seen Elsewhere

Labour’s Plan to Attack Part-Time Boris | Standard
Ex-Sun Hack Cleared After 582 Days on Bail | MediaGuido
11 Times Boris Denied He Would Stand for Parliament | Buzzfeed
Attacking UKIP’s Posters is Counter-Productive | Guardian
Sarkozy Tried it on With Hollande’s Ex | Times
Another Spare Room Subsidy Cut Success | Harry Phibbs
Rich Now Have Less Leisure Than Poor | Economist
UKIP’s Immigration Policy Promotes Migrant Entrepreneurs | Breitbart
Another Feminist Lecture | Laura Perrins
UKIP Posters Bad Economics But Good Politics | James Delingpole
Tories Losing to UKIP in Scotland | ConHome


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A confused Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:

“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”



Alexrod says:

It’s money innit.


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