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Friday, 29 October 2010

Spin, Lies, Cameron & the EU Budget + Update

The man must think we're all stupid.  He's claiming "a spectacular success" in preventing the EU budget increase to 6% and limiting it to 2.9%.

First of all, an increase is an increase, not a cut or a freeze; secondly, all he has is a poxy piece of paper with 12 signatures on it; thirdly, any deal still has to be approved by the Commission & the Parliament.
Martin Schulz, the German leader of Europe's Social Democrat MEPs, the parliament’s second biggest bloc, said Mr Cameron’s promise was “nonsense.”
He said: “The negotiations have barely begun - it is not for Mr Cameron to announce their conclusion.  The figures he is talking about bear little relation to reality.   He is setting himself up for a fall.”
Even Tim Montgomerie at Conservative Home is less than thrilled.


UPDATE: Lee Rotherham, a man not to be sneezed at, has written an excellent article HERE detailing why Britain will shortly have no choice but to withdraw from the EU.  It's thumbs down all round for Cameron.

5 comments:

  1. He is beginning to lose the plot, GV.

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  2. It looks as though he's hoping to do some sort of trade-off over the 'tweaking' of the Lisbon Treaty to make allowances for the Greek bail-out, OR. Either way we lose - no cut/freeze of the budget and no referendum on treaty change (because it will be a tweak and not a change). As you say, he's losing the plot.

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  3. Seeing as he set out to get a total freeze (and that is what he promised us he would get) a rise of just under 3% is hardly a political coup now is it?

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  4. I remember a certain Antony Bliar coming to an arrangement with the EU at some summit or other.

    Let’s see, we were to give up our rebate and the EU was to reform the CAP, and we gave up our rebate and …….?

    BTW, due to your encouragement on Muffled Vociferations GV, I’ve taken up the cudgels and joined the ranks of the bloggers. (I’m not too good on the analysis side but can see human nature for what it is!)

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  5. You're right, Munguin - I just hope he pays the penalty and not us. I'm still not happy with Salmond though - he seems much of a muchness to me.

    @ BJ - the more blogs the merrier; welcome aboard.

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