The Conservative Manifesto in 2015 could not have been clearer. It said we will “reclaim power from Brussels on your behalf and safeguard British interests in the single market”. It went on to say “No to ever closer union. No to a constant flow of power to Brussels. No to unnecessary interference”. I agreed with all that.
By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
IR – Boris Johnson is spot on (“Boris: How EU wants a superstate, as Hitler did”, report, May 15). EU oligarchs are terrified that Britain might adopt its traditional role of standing up to continental tyranny, and sabotage their long-cherished plan to create a European superstate.
If he wins the EU vote, the prime minister will seek a united party. But he won’t forgive – or forget – the likes of Boris Johnson
The impulse to deride patriotism reflects the party’s distance from many core voters
A number of Conservative MPs tabled an Amendment to the Queen’s speech . This is an unusual but available means to require the government to do something that Parliament wants but the government has omitted from its programme. It could also be used to seek to drop something from the programme.
Plus: The reshuffle – who may be in, who may be out. I am a wet lettuce liberal on prison reform. And: Lightning strikes twice in Camden.
Over the past few weeks, David Cameron and George Osborne have been claiming, over and again, that those of us who support Brexit have lost the economic argument. They want us to concede that we only really care about “sovereignty”, and to accept that this would come at a heavy cost in terms of forgone prosperity.
So you want more social justice and economic efficiency? You won’t get either without radical civil service reform
Here are three proposals for change.
With Remain and Leave Tories increasingly suspicious of one another, there’s a lot of work to be done to reunite the Party.
George Osborne has been accused of colluding with the Bank of England and the IMF to highlight the economic risks of leaving the EU.
I spent Saturday evening in the Blue Note jazz club in New York, which tells you something about how deeply pleasant life can be when you have retired from government.
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