Dear Friends and Supporters, As anticipated, David Cameron has let the British people down by avoiding the best option for our country. All the polls indicate a majority of the Great British Public want an EU Referendum. The people of our country, however, must be given an In/Out referendum before the next General Election. Sadly the Prime Minister is showing he is motivated only by power and politics rather than the welfare of the British people. His actions speak louder than words. The cast iron guarantee on a Lisbon Treaty referendum proved rusty. He ordered a 3 line whip against an EU vote earlier in this parliament. He could easily order a 3 line whip for an EU referendum before the election. Like Tony Blair on Iraq, David Cameron has trust issues on the EU. Cameron’s option to wait after the next election, to offer a weak tinkering of our EU membership is unacceptable. Britain will be weaker, uncompetitive and less cohesive as a result. We face another unsustainable wave of new immigration from Bulgaria and Romania, with a minimum of quarter of a million newcomers expected from 2014. Most will be eligible for jobs, benefits and housing within months … Continue reading
The National Institute for Economic and Social Research stated in 2000 that 3.4m jobs were involved in EU exports, but said that only a fraction of that number would be in jeopardy if we left, and then only for a short time. The NIESR director general, Martin Weale, said the hijacking and use of the 3m jobs figure to create a cataclysmic vision of mass unemployment was “pure Goebbels”, and “in many years of academic research I cannot recall such a wilful distortion of the facts”. A study by Ruth Lea and Brian Binley MP (2012) showed that more jobs in Europe depended on trade with the UK than vice versa, and in fact our EU membership might be costing us half a million jobs net. • The EU sells £28 billion more to us annually than we sell them. It is more in their interest than ours, to maintain that trading relationship. • Our trade with the rest of the world is rising (up 12% since 2000) but with the EU is falling (down 13% since 2000).
I haven’t blogged for a while but, having listened to ‘Any Questions’ on Radio 4 earlier, I had to comment. Two things about the programme were distinctly disturbing. The first was the complete lack of balance in the audience, which calls into question the BBC’s policies on audience selection. The second, and far more serious, was the way the audience tried to close down any discussion which disagreed with their views, by booing. They, of course, may well have disagreed with the speaker, but everyone has the right to speak and put their point of view across, without being shouted down. This response is typical of the left wing, who believe that their view is the only legitimate view and that anyone who disagrees is anathema. It’s about time that everyone realised that there is more than one legitimate viewpoint and that everyone has the right to speak out, without the indignant left protesting. After all, this is the response of someone who has no intelligent answer to the question raised.
It really didn’t surprise me to find that, in her first day as Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird was making political statements. I thought that the PCC was supposed to be a non-political post, not a sounding board for the ‘political elite’, a term I use loosely for the previously rejected Ms Baird. But then, I suppose that the adage that, ” If it’s wearing a Labour uniform, a monkey could get elected in the North East”, still applies. Isn’t it time that people started thinking for themselves, instead of voting for redundant ideas ‘because my dad did’.