Thursday, February 6, 2014

US Assistant Secretary of State: “F**k the EU”

According to Kyiv Post, this is a leaked recording of US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt and US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland discussing a plan for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to help sort out the situation in the country:

Assistant Secretary of State Nuland: “That would be great I think to help glue this thing and have the UN help glue it and, you know, f**k the EU.”

Ambassador Pyatt: “Exactly.”

Always good to hear our transatlantic allies share our values…

Friday, January 31, 2014

Wharton Bill Dead

Labour and LibDem peers have voted 180-130 to adjourn the Wharton bill, effectively rendering the attempt to secure a referendum dead. So no law requiring a referendum in 2017, unless the Tories decided to invoke the Parliament Act. Incidentally, the Euro elections are in 111 days…

UPDATE:

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Yet More EU Waste

The European Commission’s Anti-Fraud Division looks like a fun place to work…

Friday, January 24, 2014

Lords Kill EU Referendum Bill

Wrecking amendment after wrecking amendment laid down in the Lords today, with George “Fatty” Foulkes trying every trick in the book to stop the public from getting a say on Europe. The Tories are accusing Labour and the LibDems of organising an unofficial whipped vote against the Bill, with Bill Cash now saying it is dead. Tellingly, in a barely literate press release, Foulkes says of the filibuster amendments that he himself tabled:

“most amendments do not represtent Lord Foulkes’ [sic] opinions/wishes.”

The Tories blocking Lords reform doesn’t seem so clever now…

The ‘People’s Peer’ Who Doesn’t Want the People to Have a Say

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…

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

WATCH: Taking the Fear Out of Brexit

A teaser for David Campbell Bannerman’s documentary investigating the myths surrounding Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Farage is Prime Time Greek Hero

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…

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Osborne Europe Speech Wordle

Click to enlarge.

“We can’t go on like this…”

Saturday, January 11, 2014

SKETCH: EU Referendum Bill
It’s in the Lords: Will it Ever Come Out?

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.

(more…)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Lords EU Referendum Debate Running Order

Main business

European Union (Referendum) Bill – Second Reading – Lord Dobbs

Speakers:

L Dobbs

L Liddle

L Strathclyde

B Falkner of Margravine

L Hannay of Chiswick

L Crickhowell

L Radice

L Roper

L Kakkar

L MacGregor of Pulham Market

L Mandelson

L Taverne

L Howell of Guildford

L Turnbull

L Garel-Jones

L Grocott

L Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

L Owen

L King of Bridgwater

L Kinnock

L Shipley

M Lothian

L Willoughby de Broke

L Finkelstein

B Quin

L Bichard

L Vinson

L Monks

L Tugendhat

B Liddell of Coatdyke

L Hennessy of Nympsfield

L Wakeham

L Anderson of Swansea

L Crisp

B Oppenheim-Barnes

L Giddens

L Wigley

L Balfe

L Foulkes of Cumnock

B Suttie

B Hooper

L Whitty

L Jay of Ewelme

L Inglewood

L Tomlinson

L Armstrong of Ilminster

B Browning

L Harrison

L Stoddart of Swindon

L Spicer

B Goudie

L Watson of Richmond

L Cormack

L Davies of Stamford

L Bowness

L Lea of Crondall

L Selsdon

L Grenfell

L Kerr of Kinlochard

E Dundee

L Berkeley

L Thomas of Swynnerton

L Howe of Aberavon

B Farrington of Ribbleton

L Teverson

L Lawson of Blaby

L Triesman

B Warsi

L Dobbs


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State Should Send More Poor Children Private | Sam Bowman


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Damian McBride writes in the epilogue to his memoir…

“At the time of writing, nine months from the election, I’ve concluded that Labour currently has no positive messages to communicate to anyone about why they should vote for the party, no policies which will persuade them, and is being run in a totally dysfunctional way.”



Rob Wilson says:

Without Predujice

Darling

What time will dinner be ready this evening?

Yours

Rob Wilson MP

In the interests of me I am placing a copy of this email in the public domain.


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