Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Three Graphs That Skewer Europhile Myths

At the beginning of the last decade over 60% of Britain’s goods exports was to EU countries. Over the last twelve years that percentage has fallen to 50%, as our goods exports to the rest of the world has increased from under 40% to 50%.

What’s more, Britain’s trade deficit with the EU is far greater than its deficit with the rest of the world. The idea they wouldn’t trade with us if we leave is farcical.

Thirdly, Europe is becoming less important in world trade. In 1990 the EU was 27 per cent of world output. By 2016 it will be just 18 per cent of world output, a pretty significant fall.

Food for thought come Friday.

Via notourbiggestmarket.org

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WATCH: Money-Grabbing MEPs Exposed

Great work from Dutch journalist Tom Staal, who has exposed the shameless MEPs turning up to claim their €300 allowance at the European Parliament only to leave without doing any work. Every British man, woman and child makes a net contribution of €74.53 to the EU a year. This is what you get for your money.

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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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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