By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
Losing sovereignty was supposed to be a price worth paying but it has ended in humiliation
If Eurosceptics concentrate their energies on renegotiation, the case for In will be halfway round the country before Out has got its boots on.
The EU ‘out’ campaigners have two troublesome image problems to contend with: the message of ‘No’ is intrinsically negative and will scare off voters, plus they are looking to change the status quo. Business for Britain, which is expected by many in Westminster to be one of the groups forming the ‘No’ campaign, is attempting to remedy the negativity of a Brexit with its new publication ‘Change or Go’.
New research shows that the single currency is amplifying the differences between its members, making the euro in its current form unsustainable
The wrong outcome to this crisis will weaken Angela Merkel and jeopardise the prime minister’s European strategy
Germany’s political class finds itself in an impossible position, for it promised German taxpayers they would never have to pay for the Greeks.
Pope Francis’s ‘green’ encyclical preaches only to the converted and is unduly gloomy
Francis can never steer humanity to environmental salvation while he remains in thrall to Catholic dogma on birth control
The popular MEP will up the race, and his entry helps to sharpen the strategic choices facing the party selectorate.
Those Kippers just can’t decide whether to stay or go. Suzanne Evans, Ukip’s deputy chairman, was yesterday banned from representing the party, according to a leaked internal email. Evans upset some in the party after telling the Daily Politics that Farage can be perceived as ‘divisive figure.’ But the party has just released a statement to the contrary
The previous government tended to over-promise and under-deliver on matters like restricting new turbines. With the Liberal Democrats out, will that change?
The most revealing moment in the Labour debate last night came when a questioner asked ‘what qualities do you share with Nicola Sturgeon that could make you as successful as a party leader?’
The Government has already doubled funding for relationship support, and help during early years is bound to be in the agenda.
David Cameron and George Osborne have just defeated Ed Miliband electorally; now they have to defeat him intellectually
The country simply cannot bear such a crushing burden of debt while the Eurozone works as it does.
Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall and Jeremy Corbyn should be relaxing on a beach somewhere – not tearing chunks out of each other like this
I was asked this week in the Commons if I thought Germany was an independent country. Some were surprised when I said that of course it is not. Some people keep on confusing power with sovereignty. Germany is a powerful country, but her actions are now very circumscribed by the EU and more especially by the Euro.
Far from taking any pleasure in Athens’s travails, we should be counting our blessings
Yesterday news came that the French have blocked the border with Italy to impede the progress of illegal economic migrants. This is against the Shengen rules they signed up to. Italy demands “burden sharing”, seeking a system of quotas for all EU states to share the migrants she lets in to her country. The UK has exercised its opt out from any such measure, having in the past stood apart from Shengen common frontiers.
It is being cited by those who seek to replace the distinct strengths of our ancient constitution with tired, American orthodoxies.
I wrote this recently for Conservative Home, but would like to share it with readers here: It is one of the ironies of life in the EU that an apparently good idea, more free trade with the USA, ends up with both left of centre and right of centre critics combining to condemn the way the EU has been doing it.
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