Posts Tagged ‘David Cameron’

The European Council has published it’s communique for meeting of the 9th of December where David Cameron said “no” to a revision of the Treaty of Lisbon. It can be read here.

I will hope to debunk some common myths about the proposed revisions:

That signatories would concede sovereignty to the EU because of the following:

  • a) The UK’s national budget would be checked by the European Commission to ensure their compatibility with a technocratic and undemocratic set of rules

This simply isn’t true. The communique clearly states that:

The rules governing the Excessive Deficit Procedure (Article 126 of the TFEU) will be reinforced for euro area Member States. 

The requirements of the fiscal compact would only apply to the euro zone. It would only apply to Britain if we chose to join the Euro.

  • b) That Britain would lose control of its ability to fiscally expand because of the Treaty.

The document states that:

General government budgets shall be balanced or in surplus; this principle shall be deemed respected if, as a rule, the annual structural deficit does not exceed 0.5% of nominal GDP.

This would ensure that Britain could expand in period of growth, with increase tax receipts.

The document also clearly states that the  Excessive Deficit Procedure (Art. 126 TFEU) only applies to Eurozone members.

  • c) Britain’s budgets would be undemocratically rubber stamped by unelected bureaucrats. 

Again, simply incorrect. The document clearly states that:

We recognise the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice to verify the transposition of this rule (the fiscal compact) at national level.

The Court of Justice would examine whether the compact was transposed into national law, not adjudicate as to its implementation.

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Tim Montgomerie has produced a list of 10 facts that should cause every Conservative to worry. It’s really quite good and it shows the huge amount of work that is still required by the Conservative Party to move them to a position where they can win elections. It also can provide a great deal of comfort to Labour supporters when they see the scale of the task before the Conservatives:

Read the background to this: http://conho.me/pO5tux

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Police on the streets of Tottenham / BBC

A Police Officer surveys the wreckage / BBC

Shops attacked and looted

26 police officers and three others hurt

Buildings and vehicles set ablaze.


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So here we have it; I have finally started a blog (well, actually writing it)! Writing a blog has been something that I have always wanted to do, as I feel that by writing about your political views you think about them in a much more meaningful way, and they mature and become more considered.

For my first blogpost, I want to start with some broad thoughts. For me, being active in politics is about making a difference in the world, now matter how big, or indeed small that difference may be. You should not be judged on where you come from, what background you came from, or the school that you attended. You should be judged on where you are going, and what you are going to do with your life

Indeed the change that you want to see in the world may be something that lots of people agree with; many, or even most people may disagree with you. But it is still your view, and it is precious for it. The Labour Party, both as an institution and as a set of values is something that is very important to me. The Labour Party, as a set of values grew out of the idea that by acting together we can be stronger than if we simply act alone, purely out of self interest. The “founding fathers” of our party were men like Keir Hardie and Ramsay McDonald. These were men who were guided by their principles. These are the principles that should guide us today. The Labour Party membership card has a passage from the Parties constitution. It states that :

“By the strength of our common endeavor we achieve more than we achieve alone”.

This has been a continuing theme throughout the history of the Labour Party, both in Government and in Opposition as we no find ourselves. From Party members all the way to the Shadow Cabinet and Ed Miliband it is these values which drive us. Our Party has had some of the greatest political figures in the World. Names such as Attlee, Bevan, Wilson, Gaitskill, Foot, Blair and Brown. These are all me who changed the face of Britain. Many disagree with some, or all of what they did, but they all created real change. From the National Health Service to the National Minimum Wage they started a revolution in Britain. If we did not have the NHS, we would probably have system similar to that found in America, where Healthcare is a reward, not a right. If we did not have the minimum wage people would still be earning 50p an hour.

During the 2010 election, the Conservative Party claimed to be the “Party of change”. We are the real Party of change. But we must not forget those people who entrust us with the near unlimited power that our Constitution gives to the Government. To make “change” we have to be in Government, we have to be in tune with the electorate. In 2010, we were not, as we had lost our radical edge that had swept us to power in 1997 to the strains of “Things Can Only Get Better”. After nearly two decades of Conservative Power, Britain was a country which had a shattered morale. Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, between them, bought Britain back from the brink of becoming a two tiered nation. During the “Thatcher Years” people did become more wealthy. But it also divided the country, as people were seen less as Human Beings, and more as marketable assets. The Post-War Consensus – that the state should intervene in the economy, was torn up overnight as unbridled free-market control took over. This was even to the extent that some of the Tory Right wanted people to be able to sell their organs. This was clearly extreme. The market is now in control. But restrictions can be placed on it, to ensure that people are not exploited and are fairly rewarded for their labour. The lasting product of Thatcherism was that class has essentially been destroyed in this country.

A final thought – We now live in a country where it is possible for people to improve themselves. It is possible, but it is not easy. We should make it easy.

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