Friday, June 21, 2013

EU Agrees Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

Olive oil, conkers, baby pictures; it was only a matter of time before the next crazy diktat from the ban-obsessed EU. Now hectoring health ministers at a meeting in Luxembourg have agreed a prohibition on menthol cigarettes to try to stop younger generations from smoking. It now needs to go through the European Parliament, who can no doubt show just how joined up they are given they have just bunged hundreds of millions of pounds worth of subsidies to tobacco farmers. Absolutely menthol…

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Final Draft EU Referendum Bill

James Wharton’s Let Britain Decide question changes from:

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

to:

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

Roll on July 5th…

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dave’s New Eurosceptic Trade Minister

The smallest of mini-reshuffles announced at PMQs, with BT chief executive Ian Livingston replacing Stephen Green in December. Livingston will be trading his £9.1 million pay package, chauffeur rides to work and holidays to Martha’s Vineyard for a seat in the House of Lords. He is hated by the Communication Workers Union, though one detail will please the Tory backbenches in particular:

According to the This is Money back in 2008:

“His commute now is by chauffeur-driven car. He is picked up at 6am for delivery to BT’s HQ near St Paul’s at 6.40am. He eschews the business lunch and tries to avoid all but the most important of evening engagements. He will do business breakfasts ‘so long as they start promptly at 7.30am’”

He’s in for a surprise moving to the public sector…

Friday, June 14, 2013

Ed Leaves Room to Kill Tories on Europe

“Weak” is the word Tory spinners want their MPs to repeat over and over (and over) again this morning following Miliband’s decision to duck the EU referendum vote. One particularly jubilant CCHQ source tells Guido “we are literally punching the air”. They will want to be wary of complacency though. Ed may well look weak now, though when the dust had settled in the run up to 2015 he has left himself in a position where he can still kill the Tories on Europe.

It isn’t impossible that this is part of a coordinated strategy to overtake the Tories on the inside and pledge a referendum in 2015. It is certainly no coincidence that abstaining leaves Miliband room to do so, as the Labour For a Referendum campaign will be arguing for the next two years. Indeed one of James Wharton’s greatest fears has been that they would spring a surprise and ruin his fifteen minutes. Guido wouldn’t even rule out Labour and the LibDems turning up on Friday, July 5. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition…

Thursday, June 13, 2013

WATCH: Labour to Abstain on EU Referendum Vote

Exc: Labour Orders MPs to Avoid Westminster for EU Vote Day
Miliband Orders Abstention on Wharton Referendum Bill

Guido has been leaked documents purporting to be Labour’s whipping orders on how Miliband plans to deal with James Wharton’s EU referendum Private Members Bill at the beginning of next month. It’s pretty rough and ready – Labour seem to be ordering their troops to run away.

1. OUR APPROACH
We are not asking colleagues to be in Westminster on Friday 5 July, as if there was a vote Labour will abstain on the Bill at Second Reading. A suggested response will be circulated by the PLP via email shortly.

This is a Tory gimmick, a political stunt and therefore we are suggesting colleagues do not need to be here, unless they are prepared to make a supportive speech on Labour’s position (see below).

The PM has been forced into supporting this Private Members’ Bill because he’s a weak leader and in hoc to his eurosceptic backbenchers. He’s conned his backbenchers into believing that this will become law and we will dismiss this as a political stunt that it is, saying it is quite wrong to use the mechanism of the Private Members’ Bill to bring in a major constitutional measure.

It is quite wrong to commit and legislate now for an in/out referendum which would create four years of uncertainty, putting at risk the national interest by damaging both jobs and the economy.

For these reasons we will not be voting on the Bill at Second Reading.

2. SPEAKING AT SECOND READING

NOTE FOR WHIPS: We will be looking for suitable speakers so that the chamber is not completely empty and if there are those in your group who would be happy to speak and make the points above, then please make a judgement and ask them whether they would be prepared to make a speech on Friday 5 July.

If this is the real line then Guido is sceptical that this is Labour’s best tactic. Ducking the issue through parliamentary jiggery-pokery will not save them from the voters…

Nanny EU State Bans Pictures of Babies on Baby Food

More utter madness from the European Parliament. They have cracked down on the insidious labelling of baby milk and food, decreeing that “pictures of infants, or other pictures or text which may idealise the use of such formula” will be banned henceforth. Our own bonkers pen pushers are culpable as well, they had already stopped the use of baby pictures on infant formula for tots younger than six months. Now EU rules say no photos on baby food and milk for the first year.

Olive oil, conkers, baby food: you can’t accuse them of failing to address the burning issues of our time…

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Digital Dave Launches Online Referendum Push

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businessforbritain.org/

The Tories have finally realised that they need to bang on about Europe now UKIP have pushed it up the political agenda. The launch of the all-party Business for Britain campaign was the starting gun for the referendum campaign Cameron is promising for 2017.

Though the LibDems will hate it, the ‘Let Britain Decide’ website will target MPs who are refusing to trust the public with a referendum. Finally we are seeing the Tories utilising their European policy as a strength, it could all have been so different for Ed Miliband…

UPDATEFew teething problems, possibly CCHQ were a bit unwise to brief out the site before it was ready:

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

EU Poll Split Down Middle

A big poll for Sky News and Survation this morning. Their EU referendum poll is split down the middle with the No vote just shading it. Interestingly the majority say they won’t change their mind, 96% say they either won’t change their mind or that there is just a small chance of them changing their minds. Meaning the 5% up for grabs (2.5% margin of error) will swing it either way. What’s the betting most of them are wavering Yes voters…

Monday, June 3, 2013

Loony EU Unions Ban Members From Using Computers

As strikes go, they don’t get much more ridiculous than this. Four EU trade unions are telling their members that they have no problem with them turning up for work during Wednesday’s industrial action against threats to jobs in Luxembourg, they just can’t use their computers:

“To support the strike in the Council and the forthcoming in the Commission and to show solidarity with the Inter-Institutional Trade Union Front in Luxembourg, the staff of the European Parliament in Brussels is invited to consider 5 June as a “NO PC DAY”. Staff can then go to work, but it is strongly urged not to use computers throughout the day.”

Picket lines 2.0…


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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