Hague says No to EU Veto
Yesterday the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, casually dismissed demands from Conservative backbenchers to give Parliament the power to veto new EU laws. This is another example of William Hague’s transformation from leading the Eurosceptic movement that campaigned against the Euro to becoming another cowed Europhile from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Enemies in the House
Viviane Reding has come out in favour of a United States of Europe, saying that political union should be on the agenda in the upcoming EU elections (that are four months away) and doing so would be ‘our best weapon against the Euro-sceptics: to explain to our citizens that their vote broadly matters.’ Her comments reflect… Read more
Public opinion at a low point
The Mail on Sunday published a poll by Survation which shows that public attitudes towards immigration and the EU have reached a new low. A majority of Brits fear that the influx will depress wages (64.4%), put pressure on public services (64.2%) and increase scarcity of affordable housing (64.4%).
How EU migration could boost GDP, but still leave you poorer
There are a couple interesting things on the subject of EU migration from the think tank Civitas today. The first is a blog post by Nigel Williams, looking at the claim that migration is good for the country because it creates economic growth. The author makes the perfectly logical point that, with more people coming into the… Read more
Judge not, lest ye be judged—ECHR top judge threatens UK
The UK’s former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge (that’s not some special title — Mr and Mrs Judge’s boy simply had a legal career that took him to the House of Lords), has mounted a welcome defence of Parliamentary sovereignty. His target was the European Court of Human Rights, which is of course a separate… Read more
Our EU migration poll featured in… The Guardian?!
Today’s Guardian carries a reasonably fair-minded comment piece by John Harris, entitled ‘It’s not racist to be anxious over large-scale immigration’. Given that any sensible person knows that already, it tells you something that it’s still a surprise to read such a headline in the Guardian! Our polling on EU migration is quoted too, in… Read more
EU loses its triple-A credit rating
Today the EU had its credit rating lowered by the Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency from AAA to AA+. This comes just as it is becoming abundantly clear that, while Britain and America are showing signs of recovery, the EU is still heading for the economic abyss. What is worse is that the Eurocrats… Read more
Two Weeks Left
Yesterday a report was leaked from the Home Office which contained plans to cap EU migration and limit their access to welfare. This comes only two weeks before restrictions on free movement are lifted on Romania and Bulgaria. It is a classic example of our government making a show of playing catch up with public opinion while… Read more