"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Thursday, 11 February 2010


I'm sorry, I know it's a cheap shot but with all the kerfuffle about Greece and the other PIIGS at the moment I just couldn't resist posting these old links which display the wisdom of Lord you-know-who-of-what-and-where-but-not-why:

2003: "Peter Mandelson today joins forces with Michael Heseltine to warn that Britain's success as a trading nation will be at risk if the government rules out membership of the single currency."

2008: "I know that the majority in Britain are still opposed, but there is a period of consideration under way and the people who count in Britain are currently thinking about it," he [Barroso] said."

2009: ""It is perfectly clear that the euro has been a great success in anchoring its eurozone members during this financial crisis. Imagine where all of us would have been if it hadn't. I hope people will recognise that this represents a major vindication for the single currency."

It is worth noting, however, that 'accepting' membership of the European Union carries with it the guarantee to enter into the eurozone as soon as possible.  So, Mandelson was only the mouthpiece for his Masters' voice.  There's more here on why failed politicians love the EU.

Why did Brown set his five entry tests?  I've no idea, unless it was to spite the Blair/Mandelson team.  Keeping us out of the eurozone is possibly the only good thing this PM has ever done for the country.

Meanwhile, CP PC hits Barclays Capital

UPDATES: Dan Hannan's take on it
2010: 'I think in the longer term it would be in Britain's interests to be part of the eurozone.'
Speaking on Radio 4's World at One, he added that the euro had been a 'remarkable success'. 'It is strong and that is why it is going to remain intact,' he [Mandelson] said.

Burning the EU flag:


  1. Keeping us out of the eurozone is possibly the only good thing this PM has ever done for the country.

    He didn't do it at all. The City wouldn't have worn it and he was into PFIs.

  2. It was only done because Brown knew the depth of feeling against the EU and the loss to the EU. We're finished unless we vote for a govt which expresses the true will of the British/English people.


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