That immigration is the most important issue has been discussed on this blog before, but it’s a point neatly illustrated when a BBC ‘digital TV switchover‘ letter comes through my door today. On the back of the envelope is the following (which I’ve scanned in, in full – click image to enlarge):
I’ve only just seen this, from Guido:
Yesterday’s Yes2AV launch was conspicuously Clegg-less, but he wasn’t the only leader missing. Despite probably being the campaigns most useful asset in getting through to real people outside of the beltway, Guido hears that Nigel Farage and UKIP are a little miffed that they were left out in the cold. It was alll [sic] smiles with Caroline Lucas from the Greens, so it’s not as if smaller parties were a ruled out. A Yes campaign source said the decision didn’t come from them and it was Miliband’s office that refused to share a platform.
UKIP received more than 3 times the Green vote but still no MP. Surely that’s as good evidence as any that the current political system is broken. No not according to Ed Miliband (who likes to compare himself to suffragettes). Interesting that Ed is ignoring UKIP but apparently during his Labour consultation a referendum on the EU is being considered. Well we all know how that will turn out then.
Politicians cannot simply stick their fingers in their ears and shout; ‘la la la we can’t hear you’, forever.
A wonderful ‘the world’s going to end’ headline from the Daily Mail today:
Radioactive particles are discovered in…wait for it…capital letters…Oxfordshire. Not only that but in the….sleepy village of Chilton.
Nothing to do with the fact that one of the UK’s main atomic research centres is based just around the corner – a 1 minute’s drive away – and has substantial radiation measuring facilities, which were used to inform the Government during the Chernobyl crisis.
Portugal has now been downgraded twice in less than a week. Default looms unless there’s a bailout:
LISBON/ATHENS, March 29 (Reuters) – Standard & Poor’s downgraded Greece and Portugal on Tuesday, citing risks that the countries’ debts could be subordinated to any future European bailout mechanism, and sending their bonds sharply lower.
Interestingly (my emphasis):
The downgrades left Portugal one notch above junk and Greece’s creditworthiness below that of Egypt, deepening the debt troubles for two of the weakest countries in the euro zone.
When will this nonsense end?
I was searching the Daily Express website for an EU story, and the suggested option in the search field for typing in ‘EU’ came back with this (click to enlarge):
However other searches come up with different suggestions in ‘search the Daily Express’ field.
It looks increasingly likely that the EU-fanatic – that is David Cameron – is coming unstuck over the impending bailout of Portugal. It was always inevitable; the UK policy of speaking pro-EU to Brussels but pretending to be anti-EU to UK voters, becomes harder and harder to maintain with each EU power grab.
And so it proves, with Cameron desperate to blame Labour for what will be an unpopular bailout of Portugal, it now seems, unsurprisingly, that the Tories were just as enthusiastic all along. Richard North has the details:
Of course, it is a classic Cleggeron tactic to blame Labour – as indeed we got so used to hearing about eighteen years of “Tory misrule” from Labour, but in this instance, the blame lies fairly and squarely with our membership of the European Union.
And there we see the real Euroslime coming to the fore. He is quite happy to slag off Labour, any day of the week, but when it comes to his darling EU, not a word of criticism will he utter. It would never do to let the voters know that he is just as powerless as the rest of them.
This is developed further by Bruno (above). Alongside The Mail, he also relays the claim that Alistair Darling, the former Chancellor, in the dying days of the last Labour administration, sought and obtained “cross–party consensus” before agreeing the establishment of the fund.
A document to that effect has now emerged (below), and we have Darling denying that, during an emergency meeting in Brussels on 9 May he ignored advice given to him by Mr Osborne. Darling says: “What we discussed was not voting against but abstention, recognising that Britain could have been outvoted”.
Now Dave is having to come to terms with the reality of EU membership, and he doesn’t like the idea of being seen as a powerless clone, who has to fall into line with whatever our masters decide. But that is the reality. He can scweam and scweam until he is thick, but it won’t make the slightest bit of difference.
Douglas Carswell is, predictably, not happy.