Parliament in the UK established its power by insisting that it should approve taxation before it was imposed by the King or Queen. When the Crown needed more money he had to summons Parliament. Parliament insisted on the redress of its grievances before voting the monarch the money he wanted.
It was the wee things that did it. Things like vision, inspiration, confidence and all the other details that coalesce into that strange something called leadership. There are many types of leader and leadership is another of those things easier to see than define but all successful leaders share one essential quality: they can choose a hill and persuade their followers that’s the place they must die.
A visibly riled David Cameron railed at the European Commission’s ‘completely unacceptable’ behaviour in demanding another £1.7 billion from Britain by the 1st of December. He warned that he certainly won’t be paying this bill then, and that anyone who thinks he will ‘have another think coming’.
The EU’s demand for £1.7billion raises a number of essential questions. Not least, what can Cameron do now?
The figure for the Kent seat is a disappointment for CCHQ – but it’s not disastrous in itself, and will help build a stronger voter base for now and next May.
It has plenty of supporters among Conservative journalists. But why not among Conservative politicians?
Whether parents work in the labour market or not is none of the Chancellor’s business – as long as they aren’t claiming welfare benefits.
This is a potentially popular campaign which need not be the monopoly of the Unions. The main aim of Conservative policy is to encourage and foster an economic recovery which will raise real wages and living standards for the many. I am all in favour of people getting on in the world, being promoted, getting pay awards for their performance and for the value of the work they bring to the company or institution.
Labour’s lack of ambition in going for a core vote 35% strategy is matched by the dangers of making the NHS the centrepiece of that approach. So far the more they mention the NHS the more their vote stays in the low 30s.
Last week’s market tremor, provoked by renewed fears of eurozone stagnation and a slowdown in global growth, was serious enough for IMF chief Christine Lagarde to feel the need to pronounce, in her most soothing tone, that it was ‘maybe at this stage an over-reaction’.
José Manuel Barroso’s words should remind Tories that they are the party of Margaret Thatcher and economic freedom
There’s no good reason to make rebels of MEPs who simply want to oppose the arch-federalist, as Cameron did mere months ago.
We should have seen this coming. It was surely predicted in the Old Testament
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