From our Simon:
"David Cameron and the euro millions roll-over.
Since Lady Thatcher left office it has been easy to predict the outcome of EU summit meetings. A prime minister talks tough beforehand – especially in election campaigns – about defending British interests. Yet when he arrives it is a matter of moments before he is on his knees, doing exactly as he is bidden by our masters in Brussels.
Dave is no exception, and nor did I expect him to be. It is not just that he reminds us more of Ted Heath every day. It is that he is a natural appeaser, a man born to take the line of least resistance. He is also in bed with serious Leftists and federalists posing as Liberal Democrats, whose enthusiasm for the European project, and indeed for the disastrous notion of a single currency, remains undimmed. And it is part of Dave’s own project to realign his party on the centre-Left, which means, in the end, he will always do what he is told by Brussels.
There is absolutely no need for a 2.9 per cent rise in our contributions to the EU. Europe is tottering financially. The EU should be saving money, as most countries are, not finding ways to spend more of it. Yet those ways abound. Eurocrats tell us that the new foreign service that the EU has devised, under the profoundly undemocratic Lisbon Treaty, is expensive. I bet it is. They also want to put more money into environmental schemes, overseas aid, and other pointless exercises which, if we feel we have to do them, we ought just to do ourselves. Dave was saying only a few days ago that he would seek a freeze or even a cut in our contribution. For him to roll over so quickly, and to agree to have the taxpayer’s pocket picked in this way, is predictable, but contemptible.
The EU is a sovietised operation. It is a dictatorship of bureaucracy. Those unelected, and unelectable, officials who run the EU decide what has to happen: and, even if it takes a lot of time, anguish and grief, it happens. The price of an elected head of government saying “no” is ostracism for him and his country. Sometimes, however, ostracism is no bad thing. The EU also has to engage in elaborate pretences and rigging to ensure that its institutions, unviable though they may be, continue to exist. This is true of the euro itself, a grotesquely overvalued currency that is wrecking the continental economy and whose strength fails entirely to reflect the crippled national economies that, with the notable exception of Germany, comprise it.
It is not least because Germany, and its poodles in France, fear long-term damage to their own interests from these weak economies that new rules on economic management, which would require a revision of the Lisbon treaty, are being proposed. We now await the cunning plan to be devised by eurocrats that will enable only a tiny section of the treaty to be re-opened, as if by keyhole surgery, to write in new rules by typically undemocratic means. Anything else would have to give Dave the opportunity to fulfil his promise and have a referendum on the whole treaty before ratifying any changes, something his apologists in his own party have always claimed he is willing to do.
We should believe that when we see it. What has happened in the past couple of days is an affirmation of business as usual: an exhibition of Britain’s devastating loss of sovereignty, and the continual willingness of those who should defend us to run up the white flag. It is no surprise to those of us who never believed Dave was a Conservative. Perhaps, though, it has helped open the eyes of those who foolishly thought he was."
The sooner our political class grow a spine, the media grow some tits and balls (where applicable), the British public wake up from their slumbers and a new Act of Parliament which states that never again can our political class forget and ignore the words of a Privy Councellor's oath. That Act should then be adopted as a national prayer - concluding with the words forming the heading of this post.