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Today: Wed, August 24 2016  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
 International Relations
18 July 2016
 
 
Timmermans on Democracy
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

Democracy is more than just counting votes. Counting votes is merely arithmetic, not democracy. Fundamentally, democracy requires a “demos”, a constituency, a people, who feel some common bond, and consent to be governed together.

I have used my favourite quotes on this subject many times, but they are so relevant, so cogent (and I may say almost poetic) that I shall crave your indulgence to repeat them. John Stuart Mill: “Where peoples lack fellow feeling, and especially where they read and speak different languages, the common public opinion necessary for representative government cannot exist”. And as Enoch Powell put it, democracy works “where people share enough in common, in terms of language, history, culture and economic interests, that they are prepared to accept governance at each other’s hands”.

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15 April 2016
 
 
The People Revolt in EU Referendum
by Get Britain Out
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

The Prime Minister’s Remain campaign is now under significant pressure, with Get Britain Out shining the spotlight on David Cameron, adding to his discomfort. For the Government to spend upwards £9.3 million and more on sending biased pro-EU propaganda leaflets is an appalling subversion of democracy. This is purely designed to further David Cameron’s own political ambitions and has nothing to do with a presentation of the “facts”. The Government’s taxpayer-funded leaflet is mostly a collection of half-truths and outright lies – and judging by the reaction from the public, this might just have backfired on ‘Call me Dave’!

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02 March 2016
 
 
The EU Referendum: A Quick Fix?
by Keir Martland
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

I want to see an alliance of anti-Political Class and anti-neoconservative people on the Left and on the Right. That seems to me to be one of the most important and realistic strategic aims of those of a broadly libertarian inclination. Only that way can you bring to an end the Cameron-Blair consensus.

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25 February 2016
 
 
The TPA and the EU referendum
by The TaxPayers' Alliance
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

Where we would make a robust intervention, however, is if it emerged that politicians were trying to use our money to skew the debate over the coming months one way or the other. It is vital that there is a level playing field and that the Leave and Remain camps are left to make their respective cases with their own funds, without undue intervention from the taxpayer-oiled Whitehall or European Commission machines.

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09 February 2016
 
 
Love Europe – Hate the EU!
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

For those who want to quibble, “Europe” is a geographical area comprising many countries with separate languages, cultures, and traditions. “The EU” is a political construct. It is quite possible and consistent to love the country -- the culture, the cooking and the countryside -- but at the same time to hate the political system under which it operates.

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07 January 2016
 
 
An entirely vain hope but here goes anyway
by Tim Worstall
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

We are undoubtedly all going to have the most hugely enjoyable slanging matches over this upcoming European Union referendum. But would it be possible, we ask politely, that such arguments stay with what is in fact true rather than just wander off into whatever sort of nonsense makes rhetorical sense? For we do think that we’re more likely to end up with a reasonable policy in the end if we do in fact continually refer to reality rather than whatever phantasms sell a particular position.

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03 November 2015
 
 
The EU’s narrative of failure
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

The problem is fundamental: the single currency removes a key adjustment mechanism, and this means that Southern Europe and Northern Europe will be permanently out-of-step. The economic damage (and human misery) is not only massive, but also long-term. Nothing but dismantling the Single Currency will solve it.

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17 October 2015
 
 
Latest News: EU Referendum Bill
by The People's Pledge
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

It does no credit to the House of Lords to be seen trying to rig the EU referendum rules in ways clearly designed to favour just one side in this public vote.

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18 September 2015
 
 
After the Greek Crisis, Euro Elites dream of a unified euro state
by Ryan McMaken
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

Without the means of directly coercing member states in this new unified Europe, the central government will have to engage in the slow, tiring business of negotiations and give-and-take among members. That is, the central government would have to actually care about what voters and taxpayers in the member states think. But once they get their “proper federal union” (likely to include a prohibition on secession), the power of individual member states will be eviscerated, and the goal of a politically unified Europe — complete with a strong central government and weak member-state governments — will be at hand

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01 August 2015
 
 
EU Villains in Greek Tragedy
by Get Britain Out
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

There are lessons to be learned for Britain. The EU is much more calculating, uncompromising and cruel than we could ever have predicted. This means David Cameron’s so-called ‘renegotiations’ with the EU have no hope of succeeding as Brussels has every intention of not budging an inch. Their single currency is so precious to them they are prepared to grind Greece into the ground to attempt to keep it stable. The EU will never surrender its key underlying principles for Britain’s sake – so expect cosmetic reforms at best - whether or not Cameron comes out waving his white flag of so-called success.

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17 June 2015
 
 
Act now, for a fair EU referendum
by The People's Pledge
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

An EU vote based on twisted rules will end up settling little.

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18 February 2015
 
 
EU: Hypocrites to the Last Breath
by Get Britain Out
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

The continuous hypocrisy and duplicity of the European elites demonstrates just how important it is for Britain to leave the EU. By exiting, we will not only free ourselves, but will also send shockwaves throughout the Continent. Eventually our exit will bring the whole corrupt and morally destitute hierarchy we have become subjected to for 40 years, crashing down across Europe.

The sooner we can do this, the better. This is why we at Get Britain Out want the In/Outreferendum as soon as possible. As we are quoted saying in the Daily Express, we believe David Cameron’s renegotiations are going nowhere and so the two- year delay for the In/Out referendum is entirely pointless.

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30 October 2014
 
 
Cameron is Furious
by Get Britain Out
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

David Cameron got very cross during a press conference today, insisting he will not pay the bill on 1 December when it is due. Nigel Farage pounced on the news, saying the EU is “like a thirsty vampire feasting on UK taxpayer’s money. We need to protect the innocent victims who are us.” We couldn’t agree more. The mood in Downing Street seems to be getting more belligerent with Tory backbenchers frothing at the news. With a rebellion of over 100 MPs due to break out over the opt-in to EU justice and crime measures, all is not well in team Cameron.

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24 September 2014
 
 
EU vacuum cleaner rules suck
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

We tend to assume that industry hates EU regulation and the unnecessary costs it imposes. But many large companies have learned to play the system, and lobby for regulation which disadvantages competitors, especially when it raises barriers to entry for new players. In the EU, nothing is as straightforward as it appears to start with (and sometimes it doesn't appear very straightforward to start with, either!).

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16 August 2014
 
 
Boris gives Euroscepticism a boost
by Get Britain Out
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

It is great news that the Conservative Party is belatedly trying to appeal to the Eurosceptic supporters they have alienated for the past few years. Top Tories are finally admitting what we have been saying for years: Britain must leave the EU and we will prosper outside it.

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16 June 2014
 
 
MP revives EU Referendum Bill
by The People's Pledge
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

This morning, Bromley & Chislehurst MP Bob Neill has confirmed that he will revive the EU Referendum Bill in this new session of Parliament.

Mr Neill came third in this morning's ballot to put forward a Private Member's Bill, behind two Liberal Democrat MPs.

When this Bill was last debated, not one single MP dared to vote against it - despite several trying their best, during the debates, to make it run out of time.

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10 April 2014
 
 
Further comment on Clegg v. Farage
by Robert Henderson
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

Note: We have a mature oligarchy in Britain. As oligarchies mature they become more and more exclusive – the Venetian council in the Middle Ages is a classic example – and the quality of their members becomes less and less. This failure of generational renewal is disguised from the oligarchy members by the sealed nature of the oligarchy and they all go around discounting the views of anyone outside the oligarchy and praising the oligarchies’ members lavishly. Clegg demonstrated how limited our political elite are as individuals. He did not even have the wit not to tell easily revealed lies.

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08 April 2014
 
 
Farage wiped the floor with Clegg
by Get Britain Out
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

Clegg attempted to unsettle his opponent with a torrent of personal attacks and ad hominem arguments typical of the pro-EU lobby. He persisted in denial about the extent Brussels creates our laws and was challenged about it by Farage who accused him of “wilfully lying to the British people about the extent to which we have given away our democracy.” The arguments Clegg came up with were desperate at best – none of them stacked up.

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28 March 2014
 
 
Cameron Fails Again
by Get Britain Out
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

David Cameron finally treated the Great British Public to a list of demands for reforming the European Union. To nobody’s surprise it is an underwhelming list with meagre ambition. Like John Major and Tony Blair before him, Cameron is deceiving the British public that federalism has reached as far as it can go, and the EU can be made leaner and more efficient.

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23 December 2013
 
 
Let Us Leave the EU - But Not Yet! (2013)
by Sean Gabb
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

Leaving the EU would not sweep away the present ruling class in this country. Leaving would simply give absolute and arbitrary power to that ruling class. Therefore, while not regarding the EU as good in itself, it is a useful means of reestablishing constitutional limits on government in England. We need to choose very carefully when we should leave, and should ensure that the development of our new constitutional safeguards is not damaged.

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12 November 2013
 
 
EU Referendum Bill back in Parliament
by Get Britain Out
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

If what he has to say sounds like endorsement for renegotiation of Britain’s membership of the EU, Digby Jones goes on to say: “If anyone, the CBI included, thinks that fundamental reform is on the EU agenda, they are deluding themselves”.

He blasts the Prime Minister’s stated plans for renegotiation as “insane” because the option to leave should be “on the negotiating table”. He asks: “When did anyone start negotiations with an opening gambit: It’s OK. We don’t mean it, we will do what you want anyway and I will campaign to stay in the EU whatever the outcome of negotiations”?

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