Two for today.
The first one is this story about acres being banned by the EU which was picked up and widely circulated by UKIP back in January following a letter from Reihard Klien, Head of Unit DG Enterprise. Clearly, however, even though we read exactly the same documents, just somewhat quicker than the tories who are all busy going on foreign trips at the expense of the tax payer, what UKIP say doesn't count.
The other 'story' is
David Cameron has just confirmed that, if ratification of the European Constitution Lisbon Treaty were not complete in every one of the 27 EU states, an incoming Conservative Government would carry out its promise to hold a referendum and recommend a "No" vote.says Dan Hannan.
I'm not entirely sure how this is a news story. This has been the Conservative Party line for some time, now and it was in the 2005 manifesto. In my opinion, the more interesting line was written up by the incredibly sexy David Wooding:
Mr Cameron admitted it would be "almost impossible" to have a referendum if it was already law in the UK and the rest of the EU.
He told an audience in Harlow, Essex: "We may have to say, well look, we’re not happy with this situation, here are some of the powers we’d like to have back.
"But we can’t give you that referendum on the Lisbon Treaty because it’s already been put in place across the rest of Europe.
By October we will know what the Irish are going to do, and it will not be to let the Lisbon Treaty fail. It won't go through by 2009 but their aim is really before the June 2009 Euro Elections. We won't get a general election until 2010 I shouldn't have thought, which means that if we get a Conservative change of management then David Cameron will do precisely fuck all.
So, when people like Guido comment that:
UKIP should shut up shop and return to the fold.
I say, 'No'.
There is also the fact that so we get rid of Lisbon, what about the other 75% of our laws made there. Or the fact that when the Constitution was rejected the first time around, the pace of legislation sped up.
The Conservative Party are Pro EU. I am anti EU. I do not want to be run from Brussels. For better or worse, I want the people who make the laws which affect how I run my life to be MPs in Westminster, elected by the people and removed by the people, should they so wish.
One Treaty does not, in reality, make the slightest bit of difference to the final destination of this project or the fact we are already governed from Brussels. And the sooner people realise that, the better.
My uncle told me yesterday that Michael Gove had promised him from the other side of the table that the Tories would have a refefendum no matter what. My uncle is going to be a county council candidate for the Conservative Party and yet the MP thought nothing of completely lying to him. Spin and bullshit, the same as all politicians. Well, they're lying to themselves so why not to candidates?
I'm so envious of people in the armed forces; at least they are actually doing something productive.
That's why Trixy is preparing to hang up her quill and swap it for something a little more weapon-like.