Dave Backed From Poland to India, Just Not Backbenches

daveSome pretty unpleasant reading for Dave this morning: the plotters are hard at work and Lord Ashcroft says his big Europe speech has done little to boost his poll ratings. All is not lost though. The PM’s renegotiation, then referendum pledge has won the support of governments across the world. Poland’s ambassador sees no problem with Britain changing its relationship with the continent telling Ned Simons:

“We see a lot of room for manoeuvre. We all want a better functioning EU, respecting subsidiarity, and reducing its bureaucratic burden…I believe we can accommodate some British proposals.”

While the Indian finance minister goes further telling the FT:

“We have had historical relationships with the UK and I don’t think that will be affected whether you are in the European Union or not in the European Union…our relationship with the UK will only get stronger whether you are in the European Union or not.”

If only Dave’s own MPs were as friendly as foreigners…




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The FT’s Wolfgang Munchau on the “fake maths” of economic forecasts:

“The truth is that our ability to forecast the future beyond the current quarter is limited… The curse of our time is fake maths. Think of it as fake news for numerically literate intellectuals: it is the abuse of statistics and economic models to peddle one’s own political prejudice… The fakeness of the maths lies in an exaggerated inference. Economic models have their uses, as do opinion polls. They provide information to policymakers and markets. But nobody can see through the fog of the future.”

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