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David Cameron has been trying to keep everybody happy on the EU, as usual. He has hinted that he might have a referendum. Some time. On something or other. Maybe, if it’s appropriate. When the time is right. Or at least have a manifesto commitment to a referendum. Or maybe a commitment to consider one, or a commitment to promise a commitment.
Or maybe not, if he changes his mind again.
He has written an article for the Daily Telegraph.
This world class fudger has the nerve to start his article by saying
We need to be absolutely clear about what we really want, what we now have and the best way of getting what is best for Britain.
Some of us are indeed absolutely clear. We want out, not least because the purpose of the EU is to create a single federal European state. And that’s before you even start on the immense cost, the damage caused to our economy by EU red tape and the anti-democratic tendencies of Brussels.
Others, of course, are clear the other way. Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats, for example, believe that Britain should be part of a federal Union of Europe. Fair enough. Wrong in my opinion, but fair enough.
Mr Cameron, though, is very far from clear. He wants to stay in the EU, whose purpose is to create a federal Union. But he wants to remove all the bits he doesn’t like – including all the bits that make it a federal Union.
We actually have two choices – in or out. Mr Cameron thinks we have three. We can stay in; we can leave; or we can wave a magic wand and make the world a different place.
As a trading nation Britain needs unfettered access to European markets and a say in how the rules of that market are written.
The single market is at the heart of the case for staying in the EU.
Numptie. The single market has nothing to do with free trade. The “single market” means a single set of regulations and standards to cover the whole EU. You can trade freely with the EU without having anything to do with the single market.
To give a simple example, a single market means you have a single standard for the design of electric plugs in Britain and Germany. Free trade, on the other hand, means that German manufacturers can sell British-standard plugs to Britain, and British manufacturers can sell German-standard plugs to Germany. (You may have noticed, incidentally, if you have been to Germany, that plugs are very different there. We don’t even have a single market.)
But let’s get back to ducker and diver Cameron.
What is wrong with what we’ve got?
he asks, and then answers:
Too much cost; too much bureaucracy; too much meddling in issues that belong to nation states…
Not a word, then, about the actual purpose of the EU. It’s a bit like the Confederates in the American Civil War saying that the reason they wanted to leave the Union was that taxes were too high and Abraham Lincoln had too many paper-pushers.
“Issues” don’t belong to nation states, in any case. Or rather, all issues “belong” to nation states. Nation states are sovereign. They govern themselves. Sure, they may make treaties and agreements to act together, but ultimately they retain the right to make decisions for themselves. States in the EU do not have that right even now, and they are being bound ever tighter to Brussels.
There is more to come where we can take forward our interests, safeguard the single market and stay out of a federal Europe.
No, there isn’t, Mr Cameron. We are already in a federal Europe. We already have EU law taking precedence over British law, a supreme EU court, an EU foreign ministry complete with EU diplomats, the core of an EU army, common fishing and agricultural policy … the list is endless. Increasingly we hear British Ministers telling us their hands are tied, because of EU “rules” – for which read “laws”. And we have only just begun.
How do we take the British people with us on this difficult and complicated journey?
asks our Prime Minister. For Mr Cameron, it really is difficult and complicated. It is difficult and complicated because what he wants is self-contradictory, meaningless and confused.
As we get closer to the end point, we will need to consider how best to get the full-hearted support of the British people whether it is in a general election or in a referendum.
“We will need to consider how best to get the full-hearted support of the British people”. Really, just think on that for a minute. For this man, the only purpose of general elections and referenda is to get the full-hearted support of the people. For him, votes are not choices. Votes are means to manipulate the public.
But Mr Cameron finally reveals the true extent of his banality, and the true emptiness of his position right at the end.
As I have said, for me the two words “Europe” and “referendum” can go together, particularly if we really are proposing a change in how our country is governed, but let us get the people a real choice first.
We already know that for Mr Cameron the two words “referendum” and “Europe” can go together. As in, “No, you can’t have a referendum on Europe”.
And what does he mean by “get the people a real choice”? Presumably it means he wants to make sure they choose what he wants them to.
Says the Telegraph:
David Cameron will face a record rebellion over Europe unless he clears up his confused plans for a referendum, Conservative MPs warned.
Looks like he didn’t convince them either, then.