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Spain gives up Guinea, so a new ruler introduces "scientific socialism';
Deconstructing a Guardian article.
“In an attempt to show it has an open-minded approach, Britain sent letters to the other 26 EU members asking for their thoughts on the impact of EU laws in areas ranging from the single market to the environment." "But France and Germany, who form the EU's 'big three' with the UK, have decided to steer clear of the review because they see it as driven by British politics. A French diplomat said: 'This is a British domestic political exercise. We have therefore decided we would not participate.' ”
So good to see that French and German refusal to respond isn’t driven by politics.
“It is understood that only a few EU countries have replied to the letters. These include Italy, run until recently by Mario Monti's technocratic government, and Sweden, whose centre-right prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, is Cameron's closest ally in the EU.”
But only the unimportant ones, eh? Only France and Germany count. This ‘article’ is so daft, you could be forgiven for believing it came from the Trotskyists at the Groaniad! Ohhhh, I see it did!!
“The boycott by France and Germany, which went to the trouble of co-ordinating their positions at senior levels, will disappoint Cameron, who set great store by the decision of Merkel to give a guarded welcome to his EU speech.”
And there was me thinking his concern was UK politics! I’m getting confused now.
“Berlin's decision to ignore the British 'balance of competences' review follows a clear private warning from Merkel that, if re-elected in September, she would grant little of substance to Cameron in his demands for a renegotiation of the terms of Britain's EU membership before the UK's referendum, which the prime minister has said would be held by 2017 at the latest. Hollande has been publicly dismissive of Cameron's speech.“
Oh dear, I feel so ‘isolated’.
“The Tories plan to use the review to help them decide on which areas to renegotiate. Cameron showed the importance of the exercise in his speech announcing the referendum in January when he said: 'Our balance of competences review [will] give us an informed and objective analysis of where the EU helps and where it hampers.' ”
Oh dear, I bet David Cameron is ‘devastated’ and ‘humiliated’. Now he’ll have the British people against him when the referendum comes. Everyone will vote Labour to stop a referendum And even if Cameron has a referendum, everyone will vote for Germany and France.
“Whitehall sources are putting a brave face on the Franco-German snub. One senior figure said: 'It is shrug your shoulders time. We are not put-out.'”Who is ‘Whitehall’? is he another Trot?
“The Franco-German decision shows how Britain has become increasingly isolated in Europe after the prime minister's speech in January." Increasingly, Britain is seen by the majority of the other EU ....”
Is that the majority of Germany and France? Reading the Groaniad will rot your neurons.
“... as a party-pooper, ....”
Who is at this party? Cyprus? Greece? Ireland? Italy? Serbia? Portugal?
“... who constantly grumbles about the quality of the egg sandwiches and other trivialities. Cameron's approach is typical public school/Bullingdon Club behaviour. He assumes that by writing a letter to the 26 other states, they will all fall at his feet and see his POV. ”
I’m sure he isn’t doing it to focus British minds on the problems with Europe as he prepares for a referendum. He must be doing it to forward that socialist project in Europe.
Socialists would prefer that David Cameron follow their non-methods of negotiation.
In a negotiation, if you are not prepared to walk away, you have no purpose in negotiating. You may just as well roll over every time you are under pressure. This is the way Tony Blair, Gordon Brown the Clown, Eds Balls and Miliband ‘negotiated’.
Thank heavens there is now a real government ruling Britain. This is a negotiation as far as the Conservatives are concerned. As far as Miliband and Co. are concerned, it is sell-out, sell-out, sell out. For Nigel Farage, it is get out of the EU and forget about negotiation.
Effectively, Miliband and Farage are in the same boat. Neither of them intend to negotiate or consider Britain’s interests.
Meanwhile, this article gives a flavour of the consequences of socialism on EU countries.
A conservative asks, “How can we bake more cake?”
[Gerard Depardieu, the French actor, popular hero and icon, has just moved 70 miles, across the border to Belgium, amongst other things, to escape French income tax.]
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