"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."

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Sunday Round-up

I'm not counting chickens but it may be worth buying in some popcorn later this month.
Cameron faces backlash on EU Bill The looming rebellion is a blow for Mr Cameron, who introduced the Bill as a way of reassuring Eurosceptic MPs that he was preventing further erosions of power to Brussels after he dropped his promise to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.   But the move appears to have backfired. The mood among Tory backbenchers has been worsening for some weeks and some have rebelled on other issues, including tuition fees, because they are so angry about Mr Cameron's handling of Europe.
Telegraph View: European Union Bill The discontent has focused on the fact that ministers will be the ones to make the decision on whether or not a treaty is acceptable, subject to judicial review. According to both Opposition spokesmen and Conservative backbenchers, this creates a legal minefield, effectively handing a decision to the judiciary that formerly belonged to Parliament, and leaving the electorate marginalised.

Five more from the Telegraph:
Clegg's capacity to create constitutional chaos
Conservatives face backlash on hunting ban
Booker on the government's appalling dereliction of duty
European debt markets face 2nd credit crisis
UK banks & building societies face 2nd credit crisis

Control orders under 'international' fire  Their opposition emerges as key figures in the coalition remain divided over the future use of control orders, with Nick Clegg refusing to back a compromise although several options are understood to remain on the table. The Lib Dems pledged to scrap control orders before the general election, with critics comparing them to a form of house arrest based on secret evidence.
The Coalition's 'Freedom Bill' highlights the charade of democracy  The British people have a New Year's message for their government: set us free. Invited by the coalition to suggest improvements to the way we are governed, thousands drew on their experiences and expertise to tell ministers that what they most want is for a match to be put to a bonfire of all the laws, rules and regulations that restrict the freedom of individuals.
They feel our pain  More than 400 people including MPs, their families and guests, saw in the New Year from the riverside terrace beneath the Speaker’s palatial official Commons apartment...An army of Commons staff – including barmen, police, door keepers and even the Deputy Serjeant-at-Arms – were called in to wait on the MPs and their guests, leading to overtime payments running into thousands of pounds.
Cameron eases pressure on Clegg - again Tory leader David Cameron faces accusations that he is deliberately trying to lose the poll on January 13 to save his Coalition partner Nick Clegg.
A warning shot across Cameron's bows Leading Conservative MP Mark Pritchard challenged the Prime Minister to make it clear that he will not allow Tory ‘zealots’ to form a new ‘Frankenstein’ party with Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems at any time, locally or nationally. Unless the plan is stopped in its tracks, the Tory faithful could refuse to campaign for the party in future elections, warned Mr Pritchard, secretary of the influential backbench Conservative 1922 Committee.
IPSA fight back
Miliband renews pursuit of LibDems
MoS reminds Cameron  he's nominally a Conservative

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