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An absolute Conservative commitment to an EU referendum


You can choose whatever name you like for the two types of government. I personally call the type of government which can be removed without violence “democracy”, and the other “tyranny”. — Karl Popper Before the Lisbon Treaty, I had no interest in being an MP. That Treaty was introduced to sidestep democratic rejection of the near-identical EU Constitution: I saw democracy dying at the hands of fanatical advocates of European political integration. Previously, I thought it was enough to vote Conservative […]

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Was the EU budget ringfenced? No!


There is much fretting in the Commons today. Conservative MPs are torn between the demands of party discipline and their higher loyalty to constituents and the country. Many colleagues are  wrestling with their consciences. It’s because at 7pm we’ll be voting on whether to approve an increase in the EU Budget. Not for this year or next year, but for the next 7 years. This increase would be in line with inflation — some other countries are calling for a real terms increase! — but […]

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The coming completion of the European nation?


Following Barroso’s contradictory speech calling for a federal European state, the Telegraph reports, Germany, France and nine other of Europe’s most powerful countries have called for an elected European Union president and an end to Britain’s veto over defence policy in a radical blueprint mapping out the continent’s future. And they report my comments, Steve Baker, the Tory MP for Wycombe, warned that proposals to strip Britain of its veto over defence or foreign policy would be “the end of […]

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EU propaganda and the potential for a referendum


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I had a meeting at Europe House earlier today. It’s the European Parliament Information Office in the United Kingdom. I picked up some of their propaganda — there’s no other word for it. Blosssom Lane — on the evil of cars. The Blue Island — on the importance of licensing and certification. Hope for the Kayakos — on runaway global warming and the joy of pre-industrial life. Opportunities and resources for young people in the EU — The Erasmus, Comenius, […]

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Rising economic interventionism – a question and a speech yesterday


Vince Cable answered an urgent question on industrial policy in the Commons yesterday. In the supplementaries, I asked: Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con):Will my right hon. Friend reassure me that he will not allow Opposition Members, in their clamour for economic intervention, to drive us back to the misery and impoverishment of the 1970s? Vince Cable: There were certainly many mistakes in that era, which I saw at first hand; I was in government at the time. We are determined to […]

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The European Stability Mechanism – helping Europe towards tyranny?


In July 2010, I wrote an article for ConservativeHome, setting out the inevitability of economic and political centralisation when interventionist nations are combined in a customs union. I referred to the book Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War, published as World War II ended, which made the case in its discussion of Peace Schemes, such as “the union of western democracies”. Today, the Commons will be asked to give second reading to the European Union […]

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100 Tory MPs (including me) call for Cameron to prepare legislation for EU referendum


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Via 100 Tory MPs call for Cameron to prepare legislation for EU referendum: Is the momentum towards a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU becoming irresistable? I ask because, this morning, nearly 100 Tory MPs have signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging him “to place on the Statute Book before the next General Election a commitment to hold a referendum during the next Parliament on the nature of our relationship with the European Union”. Of course I […]

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EU motion of the day: “European Semester in the UK” – EU centralised economic planning


Parliament sees a considerable amount of EU business in the main chamber, often nodded through without debate. Here’s today’s motion (emphasis mine): 3 EUROPEAN SEMESTER IN THE UK [No debate] Mr Mark Hoban That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 10834/12, relating to the Commission Communication: Action for stability, growth and jobs; No. 10557/12 and Addendum, relating to the draft Council Recommendation on the United Kingdom’s 2012 national reform programme and delivering a Council opinion on the United Kingdom’s […]

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Spain is not Greece


From a comrade, 1. “Spain is not Greece.” Elena Salgado, Spanish Finance minister, Feb. 2010 2. “Portugal is not Greece.” The Economist, 22nd April 2010. 3. “Ireland is not in ‘Greek Territory.’” Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan. 4. “Greece is not Ireland.” George Papaconstantinou, Greek Finance minister, 8th November, 2010. 5. “Spain is neither Ireland nor Portugal.” Elena Salgado, Spanish Finance minister, 16 November 2010. 6. “Neither Spain nor Portugal is Ireland.” Angel Gurria, Secretary-general OECD, 18th November, 2010. 7. […]

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Spain and the EU: This can kicking must stop


Again this morning, I see Spain’s bond yields at levels which have sparked warnings, with Italy close behind. Did recent actions achieve anything but ladling more water into the boat? It seems not. The idea that we can all borrow our way to prosperity has run its course. Banks’ excessive lending, driven by central banks’ policy to prop up an easy money economy, has severely disrupted the worldwide economic system. More borrowing, more bailouts and more socialisation of risk will […]

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