"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."

Friday, 4 March 2011

LibDems: What Would We Do Without Them?

And, indeed, where would we be without them if they, losers, hadn't been invited by Cameron to prop up his minority government. He then went on to allocate ministerial departments to them far above their weight and numbers. They cause harm, not just here in the Westminster Regional Council of the Devolved Nations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and The Little Country Whose Name No-one Can Remember, but also in the European Parliament, where they're considered 'centrists'.

This is Andrew Duff MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament delegation to the Constitutional Convention on the Future of Europe, President of the Union of European Federalists, co-founder of the Spinelli Group, who helped to draft the Charter of Fundamental Rights, member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and torch-bearer for ALDE in the EP, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

Today he tabled a motion in the European Parliament that's specifically designed to circumvent the European Union Bill currently going through the Westminster Executive. Cameron's referendum lock proposals are already as weak as dishwater but if Duff's "slight amendement" to Art. 48 of the Lisbon Treaty is passed it will be all-out war. Cameron, and we, would have no other option.

Duff has proposed that future changes to the Lisbon Treaty should be passed by only a 4/5ths vote instead of the present unanimous vote. There will be much to-ing and fro-ing between committees and review boards and the alteration may never succeed but those who elected Duff should think twice about this man, what he's proposed, and whether they'd like to re-elect him.

Born Birkenhead, Cheshire on 25 December 1950.
Studied at Sherborne School, Dorset; University of Cambridge; Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Previously worked for the Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government and the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.
From 1993-99, Director of the Federal Trust for Education and Research, London.
Councillor, City of Cambridge 1982-1990.
Vice-President of the Liberal Democrats 1994-1997.
OBE 1997.
Member of the EU Convention on the Charter of Fundamental Rights 1999-2000.
Chairman of the Liberal caucus to the Convention on the Future of Europe 2002-2003.
Representative of the European Parliament to the Intergovernmental Conference 2007.
President of the Union of European Federalists.

He represents the 'east' of England which apparently includes Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk, including Bedford borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.

Anyone who feels moved to contact him can do so.

Andrew Duff MEP
Orwell House
Cowley Road
Cambridge CB4 0PP
tel: 01223 566700
fax:01223 566698


Andrew Duff MEP
European Parliament
Rue Wiertz
B-1047 Brussels
tel: 00322 284 7998
fax: 00322 284 9998
email: mep@andrewduffmep.org

Dear Jerzy

Even the Dalai Lama would like to biff him on the nose

UPDATE: 9 March - Dan Hannan catches up.


  1. Excellent post GV - and well spotted!

    So this man would like to 'Duff' us up, would he?

  2. i will email him but not in my present state of mind. I would sincerely like to string him up by the bollocks, draw and quarter him and watch him suffer and bleed to death, screaming in agony, as I stick red hot pokers in his body.

  3. Traitor noun 1 someone who betrays their country, sovereign, government, etc. 2 someone who betrays a trust. traitorous adj. traitorously adverb.

    Sue, I'll give you a hand with that poker.

  4. Hannan is a Judas Goat and a relief valve, he talks the talk but does nothing else.


  5. Hi Road Hog - yes I pretty much agree with you on that. Hannan is a great one for the sound of his own voice but apart from some stonking speeches he does little else that's effective. Carswell too - he could make more of an impact at Westminster.


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