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The Cameron Sky News Interview

For those who missed it, the full rogramme:

 

Soraya Bouazzaoui starts at 32:10 – watch Cameron’s face when she accuses him of ‘waffling’.

Cameron continues to make the point in his answers that if we leave the EU we leave the Single Market but fails to acknowledge that we can be in the Single Market without being in the EU – Oh Dear!

Sparta vs The Athenians

The Mail reports on a speech by the President of the European Commission , Jean-Caude Juncker; made today at The Hague – the original text can be found here (for non-speakers, try Google translate).

Juncker rubs salt into Cameron’s wounds when he states: …….but also because he was so happy that we have helped him to get to grips with his problem, his self-created problem. Yup, a self-created problem for Cameron because at the outset he promised so much where renegotiation of the UK’s terms of membership of the European Union were concerned; and ended up delivering so little – in fact, he delivered nothing of substance.

One suspects that Cameron now rues his public opposition to the appointment of Juncker as Commission President, following the remark above by Juncker. One can be forgiven for believing that Juncker had been waiting for his revenge and now saw his opportunity to put Cameron ‘in his place’. Still waters do indeed run deep. We are also told that ‘many a true word is spoken in jest’ – if ever that saying was proven untrue, Juncker just did it because I defy anyone to believe he spoke in jest.

One can draw a parellel with the Spartans: David Cameron(Sparta) promised to protect the liberty of the UK against the Athenians (Brussels) and the suppression that the UK had experienced at the hand of Brussels. Cameron hails his renegotiation as the beginnings of liberty from the EU; but Cameron, in common with all our political elite, is not suited to the task of protecting liberty as, like Brussels, he/they only believe in rule by force. If they did not then direct democracy would prevail in this land.

With a bit of luck Juncker may just have torpedoed Cameron’s hopes of winning the forthcoming referendum – unfortunately Vote_Leave, Leave.eu and GO will not have had their hand on the firing button.

 

 

 

When David Cameron said ‘he ruled nothing out’….

….did we realise what it meant?

I wonder how many of the electorate saw Hardtalk, aired on 24th February 2016, which was quite an ‘insightful’  interview of Martin Schulz conducted by Sarah Montague.

Perhaps the most telling comment from Martin Schulz comes (@11:29) when Schulz states:  For the first time a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is fighting for Europe and the European Union; this is progress in itself.

For one who has stated that he believes in the United Kingdom, it then begs the question why is he fighting for the European Union?

On Cameron’s ‘reforms’ Schulz earlier states, in answer to a question from Sarah Montague about whether the changes to migrant’s benefits will stop migrants coming to o the UK, Schulz said (04:57) : I don’t believe so, the whole exercise was to protect the United Kingdom for the time being….. (my emphasis).

On the subject of ‘contagion’ (whether other Member States, seeing what the UK has got, might want the same), Schuilz states that it was a ‘UK deal’ and it does not mean others may follow.

I believe Schulz is an authortive voice in the European Union and as such carries ‘weight’, so it follows that which he said was probably agreed in advance with his ‘contempories’.

As with all politicians, nothing they say can be taken at ‘face value’ and the sooner they begin talking to us in plain English, the better!

Politicians don’t indulge in ‘spin’, ‘double talk’ and ‘propaganda’? Tsk; ours do; and I don’t believe Schulz does!

 

 

A Question:

There has been much ‘discussion’ about the fact that David Cameron has ‘ruled’ that those members of the Cabinet who are agin membership of the EU in the forthcoming referendum should not be allowed access to government papers to further their case.

 Leaving to one side that they are also members of the electorate, this begs the question why should those who, whilst being members of the government, be denied the information that is available to those who agree with him?

Just where is the difference twixt the two if democracy is to mean owt? Come to that, why should ‘we plebs’ also be denied that information if we are to make an informed decision?

If ever any one subject demanded the introduction of The Harrogate Agenda, is this not surely it; because does not Cameron’s decision mean that we do indeed live under democratised dictatorship?

Cameron is not ‘rigging’ the referendum? Oh yes he is!

Just saying/asking………….

 

 

The people are mere ‘spectators’

Where the forthcoming referendum is concerned, the title of this article has never been truer. The latest ‘tittle-tattle’ that journalism has produced is the offering from James Forsyth in the Speccie Coffee House blog.

Just why does either ‘campaign’ need to be led by a political figure or anyone connected with the establishment? Just when will journalists recognise and accept that the whole idea of a referendum is that it is supposed to be the people’s choice – and in order for them to make that choice all they need is the facts pro and anti membership of the EU? Just when will journalists, in pushing for one ‘campaign’ or another, be ‘open’and in the case of Forsyth admit that the commissioning editor of his article is married to the campaign director of Vote_Leave?

Much has been in the news about Cameron and his cabinet being able to campaign for either view – ‘In’ or ‘Out’ – but if, as Cameron statedUltimately, it will be for the British people to decide this country’s future by voting In or Out of a reformed European Union in the referendum….. then the question must be asked, should not our politicians refrain from expressing their individual preference on the basis that as politicians it has nothiing to do with them? Unless of course they have a hidden agenda, in which case should we not be told what that is?

We are supposed to have democracy in this country – which we don’t – consequently what exists can be compared to a spiders web; a widening circle of compliant pressure groups and media; and controlling everything, at the centre, a prime minister with his feelers touching every strand of the web of deceit which he has created.

Democratised dictatorship, anyone? That it is, is beyond doubt. I would refer readers to an earlier article and the words of Peter Grant (Glenrothes – SNP) who said: For Scotland, sovereignty does not reside in this place, and it does not reside in those of us who have been sent to serve in this place. It resides for ever in those who have sent us to serve here. Watching the proceedings one could almost see, if not feel, the shudder of fear that permeated those MPs present when it  dawned on them that one of their own kind felt that the people should be able to over-rule them.

Until the media, in all its forms, starts to publish the truth, starts to publish/air the views of those that buy their services, we ‘the people’ will remain mere spectators of an event that is all about us!

Cameron – the Master of Fraction

The master of fraction (mixing fact with fiction) – aka David Cameron – has been honing his skills again today where the subject of the Treaty of Touquet is concerned.

Letting it be known that Brexit would mean migrant camps would have to be set up in south eastern England as the French would terminate the aforementioned treaty as the UK would no longer be a member of the EU, is not strictly true.

Justifying his comment, Cameron is quoted as sayingThere are any number of opposition politicians in France who would love to tear up the excellent agreement we have with France to make sure that we have our borders on their side of the Channel – I don’t think we should give those politicians any excuse to do that……..If we can get this deal in Europe, if we can get this renegotiation fixed and we can stay in a reformed Europe, you know what you get. You know the borders stay in Calais. (see video)

There are indeed some French politicians quoted as having the wish to ‘tear up’ the Touquet Treaty (see The Local [which is worth reading] this article is a rehash of one that appeared last year). 

In admitting that the Touquet Treaty is bi-lateral in nature – and therefore nothing to do with the EU, for Cameron to maintain: If we can get this deal in Europe, if we can get this renegotiation fixed and we can stay in a reformed Europe, you know what you get. You know the borders stay in Calais – he is misleading the electorate of the United Kingdom.

Cameron should have our pity as he just can’t stop himself from lying!

 

Dear Mr. Cameron

The following has been forwarded to our Prime Minister  by first class post, recorded delivery.

Prime Minister & First Lord of the Treasury,
10 Downing Street,
LONDON
SW1A 2AA

Dear Mr. Cameron,

A couple of months ago I emailed you, via your Constituency Secretary, explaining that I had moved from your constituency to that of Easington (Grahame Morris – Labour); but that as I  considered having become Prime Minister of our nation you are answerable to any member of the electorate, I hoped for a response. Your Constituency Secretary, in her reply, wished me well in my move and advised that as she could only deal with your constituents she had passed my email to ‘Number 10’ for a reply.  Needlessly – and sadly – to say, I am unable to trace receipt of any such reply.

In the aforementioned email I took you to task – complaining that you had misled the House of Commons and, more importantly, the people you were elected to serve; ie, you had lied – with regard to statements you had made in relation to this nation’s membership of the European Union.

You have consistently ‘rubbished’ the ‘Norway Option’; witness, courtesy of the Guardian[i], you state: …….Norway actually pays as much per head as we do…..they have no seat at the table, no ability to negotiate….. From the Norwegian government’s own figures[ii], net payments are about £340m (€470m) per annum, or about £68 (€94) per head. On the other hand, in 2014, the UK governments own figures[iii] show that our net per capita payment was £153 per annum – more than twice the Norwegian payments. You then continued with the slogan ‘while they pay, they have no say’, which completely disregards the level of ‘consultation’ that Norway has with her seat on over 200 EU committees, where the formation of U ‘law’ is concerned, coupled with the influence that she exercises, in her own right, on numerous UN bodies.

Consequently, Mr. Cameron, you are telling a clear lie in the apparent belief this is an acceptable level of behaviour for a Prime Minister of our nation; and, unfortunately, you do not stop there.

Compounding that despicable level of behaviour, you recently – only a few days ago – lied once again to the House of Commons during your statement regarding your renegotiation on our nation’s terms of membership. Recorded in Hansard[iv] is your statement: Finally, let me be absolutely clear about the legal status of these changes that are now on offer. People said we would never get something that was legally binding—but this plan, if agreed, will be exactly that. These changes will be binding in international law, and will be deposited at the UN. They cannot be changed without the unanimous agreement of every EU country—and that includes Britain. So when I said I wanted change that is legally binding and irreversible, that is what I have got. And, in key areas, treaty change is envisaged in these documents.

Since when have heads of government, acting as an intergovernmental body outside the framework of the treaties, been able to impose obligations on the European Union – which is what you appear would have us believe will happen as a result of the forthcoming European Council – or as our media would have it: a summit? Since when have you been able to foretell the result of treaty change, which you state will be necessary? Any treaty change will be subject to referenda in some EU Member States, so since when have you been able to foretell the results of any referendum (other than the upcoming one in the UK on our membership of the EU, where you seem to be going out of your way to rig the result)? Logic dictates the results of any decisions agreed at the forthcoming European Council are not – and cannot be – binding!

Only today you were quoted[v] by the BBC, on the subject of the Touquet Treaty saying: ……..If we can get this deal in Europe, if we can get this renegotiation fixed and we can stay in a reformed Europe, you know what you get. You know the borders stay in Calais. If, as you admitted, the Touquet Treaty is a bi-lateral treaty, then it has nothing to do with EU membership, despite the implication you make; in which case your statement is again a lie. In any event, if the Touquet Treaty is a bi-lateral treaty which can be abrogated by either side it follows the borders in Calais cannot stay forever – which is implied in your choice of words.

This penchant you have, Mr. Cameron, for being economical with the actualité or, as I believe logic dictates, lying, must cease if you are to retain your integrity and position as Prime Minister of our nation; and by so doing, allowing the electorate the ability to make their decision on an unbiased basis, which presently, due to statements by you and others, they are unable so to do.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

David Phipps

[i]  http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/oct/28/cameron-to-confront-norway-option-anti-eu-campaigners

[ii] http://www.eu-norway.org/eu/Financial-contribution/#.VrnwOliLREJ

[iii]https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/388882/EU_finances_2014_final.pdf

[iv] http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm160203/debtext/160203-0001.htm#16020344000001

[v] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-35519210

As an afterthought I have forwarded my MP a copy of this letter with the request he raise the contents with Cameron, preferably in the House of Commons. Let us see how my MP regards his duty to represent the concerns of one of his constituents – or whether his need to ‘toe the party line’ ‘Donalds’ representation of a constutient……

 

 

 

 

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Cameron lies again!

Readers will be only to aware that I have, in the past, attempted to hold David Cameron to account, in the politest sense possible, of being economical with the actualité. The time has come to withdraw politeness – the man is a liar.

Today, following his statement to the House of Commons on the subject of the last European Council meeting, the following exchanges took place – source is Hansard.

Mr Chuka Umunna (Streatham) (Lab):

Many of those who argue for us to leave the European Union suggest that we could continue to be part of the single market without having to abide by any of the obligations that go with it. Does the Prime Minister know of any non-EU states that enjoy free trade with the single market but are not part of the free movement that goes with it?

The Prime Minister:

The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. Look, my argument will in no way be that Britain could not succeed outside the European Union, because of course we could; we are a great country, the world’s fifth largest economy and a great trading power. The argument will be about whether we would be more prosperous and more secure inside or outside a reformed EU. To answer his question directly—I answered this when I went to Iceland—countries such as Iceland and Norway have to obey all the rules of the single market, including on the free movement of people, but without having any say on what those rules are. In Norway it has been described as democracy by fax, because the instructions comes through from Brussels, and they pay more per head to the EU than we do. It will be for the campaign responsible to make the arguments about what life would be like outside the EU, and this is a crucial question that it will have to answer.

Norway does not pay more per head than does this country! This has been illustrated by this article by Richard North. I really can’t be bothered refuting, once again, his claim that Norway has no say on the rules of the European Union; suffice to say that he refused to answer this same point in his reply to my dossier that I handed to him.

Another lie:

Kate Hoey (Vauxhall) (Lab):

The Prime Minister is right to give his Ministers a free vote, as Harold Wilson did in 1975, but does he realise that underpinning everything in the referendum is trust? How will the British people trust anything that he brings back, dealing with a European Union that they do not trust and with institutions that they do not trust, if we do not have a proper and fully worked out treaty change?

The Prime Minister:

I think people can see that this is a process in which they can trust. We promised a referendum; we have legislated for a referendum. We promised a renegotiation; that renegotiation is well on course. This is all from a Government who said they would cut the EU budget—nobody believed us, but we did; who said we would veto a treaty if necessary—nobody believed us, but we did; and who said we would bring back the largest number of powers since Britain joined the EU which, with the Justice and Home Affairs opt-out, we did. This is a Government who have a track record, but in the end it will be for the British people to make their decision about where our future is most secure.

I am still waiting for an answer from David Cameron to the question just what was the name of the treaty he vetoed and where and when was the venue of the required IGC and convention that would have had to have taken place for a treaty to be vetoed. He has also to answer my counter accusation, again contained in the dossier he was handed, that he did not cut the European Budget.

This man has the effrontery to talk about trust where the process of the fothcoming referendum is concerned? He is doing everything in his power to rig the damn thing  and lies to boot.

An interesting question was also posed by one of his backbenchers:

Mr David Nuttall (Bury North) (Con):

The Conservative party manifesto said:

“We will insist that EU migrants who want to claim tax credits and child benefit must live here and contribute to our country for a minimum of four years.”

Although I am clear that in the referendum I will vote to leave the European Union, many of my constituents are waiting to see the outcome of the renegotiation. I would be grateful if my right hon. Friend could explain whether we are still insisting on that idea, or is it now simply a basis for negotiation?

The Prime Minister:

No. I very much stand by what we put in our manifesto. The four issues that we are renegotiating were clearly set out there and we need to deliver in each of those four areas.

If Cameron stands by his manifesto pledge then he has just dug a very big hole for himself. When he returns from his ’tilting at windmills’ foray clutching his piece of paper proclaiming ‘renegotiation success’, Nuttall’s question and his reply should be thrown back in his face.

Another of his backbenchers seems to have found Cameron’s ‘Achilles Heel’:

Philip Davies (Shipley) (Con):

The Prime Minister has for many years rightly berated the Labour party for giving up our rebate and getting nothing in return. If his negotiations are so meaningful, why did he not ask for our rebate to be reinstated or for a cut in our contribution to the EU budget? Is it because he does not think that we should have our rebate back any more, or because he just asked for what he knew would be agreed to so that he could claim some bogus negotiating triumph at the end of it?

The Prime Minister:

I hope my hon. Friend had an enjoyable Christmas and new year; he seems to have started in a slightly churlish manner.

I would make the point that we negotiated a cut in the EU budget, not just for one year but across the seven years of what is known as the EU financial perspective—in plain language, the EU budget year on year on year. We also protected what remains of our rebate, which is still immensely powerful and saves British taxpayers a huge amount of money.

If anybody thinks that what I am asking for is somehow easy or simple, they can come and sit around that table with 27 other leaders and see that actually that is not the case. I am not claiming elder statesmanship—I think I have now been to 42 European Councils because we have had so many of these things—but I would say that what I am arguing for is at the outside edge of what we can achieve.

To describe a reasonable question from one of his own backbenchers as churlish surely stretches parliamentary courtesy; it was, after all, a perfectly reasonable question. In other words what Philip Davies was hinting at is the point that with so much wrong with our membership of the European Union, where democracy and self-governance is concerned, to select what may be considered four minor reforms is really just playing to the gallery of public opinion.

Yet another lie:

Andrew Rosindell (Romford) (Con):

I welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to end the imposition of ever closer union, if that can be achieved in a binding way for the long-term future, but my constituents want to know what is being reversed. What is happening to the ever closer union that we have been subjected to for the past 40 years, and what powers are coming back to this Parliament?

The Prime Minister:

We have just achieved the biggest return of powers since Britain joined the European Union, which is the opt-out from Justice and Home Affairs, where 100 measures came back to Britain. We have seen exactly the same, and we will see more, with regard to the eurozone, where we want to make absolutely sure that we suffer no disadvantage, we cannot be involved in bail-out schemes, and the British position is protected. That is a return of power. Look at what we are trying to achieve on deregulation, where we are saying that we need deregulation targets and cuts in regulation—that is about powers coming back to Britain. If you look at what we are saying about a subsidiarity test where every year the European Council should be asking, “Are these powers and these areas of powers still necessary, and can they be returned?, you see that the whole aim of this renegotiation is to say, “Yes, we are part of a European Union that is reformed and that can achieve greater prosperity and greater security for Britain, but we are doing it as a proud nation state with institutions that serve the people who put us here.”

Cameron knows full well that the United Kindom is still liable for contributions to any bail-out scheme in which the IMF makes a loan.

If it is Cameron’s policy not to answer any question beginning with ‘If’, then by the same token logically he should not begin his answer with ‘If’? Witness:

Sir Gerald Howarth (Aldershot) (Con):

May I salute my right hon. Friend’s decision to allow Ministers to exercise their freedom of choice on this very important matter? Does he accept that that is a sign not of his personal weakness, but of his personal strength, because he believes that we in this party can have a sensible debate about a fundamental issue of serious importance to the British people? He has just said that the negotiations may come to fruition next month. If they do, when would he envisage the referendum taking place?

The Prime Minister:

I make it a policy not to answer questions beginning with “If”, even if they are put as charmingly as they are by my hon. Friend. If we can achieve a result in February, I do not think we should delay the referendum. I think we should get on and hold the referendum. As I have said, it should not be done in any unnatural haste. It needs to have a proper number of months for people to consider all the arguments, and that is exactly what will happen.

I could continue raising similar points to the above but unfortunately who is listening? Certainly not David Cameron as no rebuttal to the points raised in my dossier; no response to the email sent to him in November last year – and no doubt no response will be forthcoming to the further email encapsulating the content of this article which I have sent.

It has to be said that quite a few of the questions put to him this afternoon were of the ‘patsy’ variety – no doubt at the instigation of Conservative whips – and the remainder were, on the whole, pointless as they only illustrated the lack of grasp MPs have on the subject of our membership of the European Union – and democracy in general.

In view of the fact the media does not want to air our views and our elected representatives will use every trick in the book to avoid answering us, one can be forgiven for thinking it is time we all saved our efforts in attempting to hold them to account.

Dear Donald, Jean-Claude, Martin & 28 Others

Well, here’s my letter setting out my demands for a reformed European Union – says David Cameron – and you will notice that, in common with ‘everything EU’ where reform is suggested, it is set out in very ‘broad terms’,; ie, nothing too specific; well one might be but as you can see I am open to diluting that if necessary. You will also note there is no mention of fishing, agriculture/farming, working time directives, energy or taxation in all its forms – to name but a few where repatriation of powers is concerned, which would then enable me to waffle on further about sovereignty – not bad, eh; coupled with the fact that I hope you will agree I have not ‘rocked the boat’ too much.

That sums up the contents of Cameron’s letter to Tusk and his speech today at Chatham House. As a result, one can but echo Bernard Jenkins’ question to David Lidington, following the latter’s statement in Parliament today: After all the statements made by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Europe, the Foreign Secretary, and the former Foreign Secretary about being in Europe and not being run by Europe, and after all the pledges to restore the primacy of national Parliaments and to get an opt-out from the charter of fundamental rights to restore our borders, is that it? Is that the sum total of the Government’s position in this renegotiation? Normally I do not have much time for Bernard Jenkins but on this occasion he is ‘spot on’ with his question.

In conclusion Cameron really should have mentioned farming and in particular sheep – after all he’s going to need a lot of them to produce the amount of wool he’s trying to pull over our eyes!