Blog from the Dead
Cameron’s revival of the Conservative’s poll ratings through his EU con has encouraged me to revive my blog. Firstly let me apologise for neglecting it so much. The truth is it had become too easy to criticise the shambolic Government and was becoming repetitive. Also, after reading 50 Shades of Grey, I became a masochist and took up Tweeting. This made be a pariah and subjected me to torrents of abuse when I dared to cross the Member of Parliament for Murdoch (Louise Mensch) which I made worse when, as a follow up, I suggested that the issue of same sex marriage was not that important. So I have decided to return to the, relatively, sane world of blogging.
Onto Europe it’s game, set, and match to Cameron. By pulling the same confidence trick as Wilson in 1974 he’s won over his party, grabbed the issue, undercut UKIP, and left us floundering.
He can hold out hopes of change on every disgruntlement: Fish, food, Tesco burgers, the social chapter, and the rest. He won’t get any of it but they won’t know that until after the election.
Labour is left saying “don’t be nasty to the unloved EU” “the people shouldn’t be allowed to speak” and “don’t create uncertainty by being naughty.” We can’t even point out that we need big changes to rebuild the economy. That’s what I call stymied. It’s a con but a political masterstroke.
It also shifts the debate back to what changes we need which is divisive as Tory demands such as reducing regulation on working time, health and safety, and union rights are unacceptable to Labour. However Labour must recognise that we do need some changes if we’re to invest and rebuild a productive economy.
If I were Prime Minister (I can dream) my list would be:
1) Control of our fishing grounds in the 50 mile limit
2) Freedom to buy cheaper food without levies
3) Control of unskilled immigration
4) Ability to run an industrial policy, an investment policy, and a National Investment Bank
5) Substantial reduction of our contributions
Apart from that it’s bearable.
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