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Sunday, 1 January 2012

British u-turns on the EU - written by an English MP

Here are five of the points which Douglas Carswell makes in his blog which I hope you will enjoy. For the whole picture, visit his website.
    1.  The people on electoral reform: When the AV referendum campaign started, it looked as if there was a majority in favour. As the public got closer to the day of the poll, they reached for the brakes and pulled a u-turn, rejecting AV overwhelmingly.

    2.  Danny Finkelstein on Europe: Having spent the first few years of David Cameron’s leadership of the Conservative party telling the rest of us not to bang on about Europe, Danny began to bang on about Europe.  

    Shortly after 81 Conservative MPs voted in favour of an EU referendum, Danny – who just a few days before the Commons vote was fiercely critical of it – started to write brilliantly telling us all about the dangers of the EU. 

    Actually, you might say that it was the commentariat that pulled a u-turn on Europe in 2011 .....  others who also saw the light include Max Hastings, who renounced years of faith in federalism with this superb column.  So, too, did Matthew Parris – one of the country’s greatest writers – who it seems is now an advocate of a referendum on our membership.

     3.  Britain on Libya: Britain’s Foreign Office mandarinate spent the past decade pushing for a rapprochement with Gadaffi. Millions of ordinary Libyans were less keen on the idea, and overthrew the tyrant of Tripoli. But Britain deftly turned 180 degrees, backing the rebels.
    4.  David Aaronovich on the Euro: I admire David greatly, and once when we shared a platform to discuss political reform I was delighted to discover that we seem to have a number of ideas in common. But not, it would appear, when it comes to the Euro.

    David once described those of us who had reservations about Britain joining the Euro a little uncharitably. Yesterday, however, he wrote a column in which he appears to have ditched his support for joining Euroland - and was demanding that we join the United States instead.

    Hummm .... up to a point, David. The idea of being independent is that you don’t subsume yourself into any bloc. The idea is to be self-governing instead (albeit with free trade agreements all round) just like many of the most successful nations around the planet.

    5.  The government on solar energy: Generous solar subsidies might have seemed like a good idea for individual households, but once large commercial enterprises moved in to harvest the subsidy, it looked more like an expensive way of generating electricity.

    Hopefully the government’s about turn signals a more fundamental rethink of our energy policy; how to supply the needs of British businesses and households, rather than meet the demands of the supranational eco bureaucracy.

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