• David Cameron: Woe’s Me, what ruthless fate

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    Above, an adapted version of John William Waterhouse’s famous painting, Ophelia of 1910!

    “Woe’s me, what ruthless fate
    Pursues me, that, where’er I go, I thus
    Befool men’s senses, so they not respect
    Themselves, nor aught that’s worthy!”

    Ophelia’s lines from Hamlet (above) seem particularly apposite for our dearly beloved Prime Minister as he seeks to stop the European Union increasing its budget (and thereby British taxpayers’ contributions) by 6%.

    Mr. Cameron in an interview in Saturday’s Daily Mail states how he is going to demand that the 6% budget increase that was voted through the European Parliament must be stopped and that the budget must either be frozen or cut.

    Mr. Cameron may wish to point out that he has the power to demand such and hold out as any decision has to be unanimous. Whilst this is correct, it is only partially correct. British Gazette readers may well be aware that the Lisbon Treaty extends qualified majority voting (QMV) in many areas. It does so, but from 31st October, 2014 this veto will cease as the budget will become subject to QMV.

    What will this mean so far as the “horse trading” Cameron will be involved in is concerned? Other EU leaders will point out to him that any freeze or reductions achieved in the years before 2014 will be made up in the years after 2014. Since Cameron will be going to the country in May 2015 they will point out to him that politically it will be much easier to accommodate a modest increase now and avoid a massive increase just before an election. What they will come up with is a fudge. A fudge that will mean that British taxpayers contribute even more to EU coffers.

    For the reader’s information herewith below the areas of EU competence that are currently subject to unanimity and will become subject to QMV from 31st October, 2014.

    Competence Area: In the Nice Treaty – In the Lisbon Treaty
    Initiatives of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV following unanimous request
    Rules concerning the Armaments Agency – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Freedom to establish a business – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon QMV
    Self-employment access rights – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Freedom, security and justice, cooperation and evaluation – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Border controls – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Asylum Unanimity – Nice: QMV Lisbon: QMV
    Immigration Unanimity – Nice: QMV Lisbon: QMV
    Crime prevention incentives – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Eurojust – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Police cooperation – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Europol – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Transport – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    European Central Bank – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Culture – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Structural and Cohension Funds – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Organisation of the Council of the European Union – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    European Court of Justice – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Freedom of movement for workers – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Social security Unanimity – Nice: QMV Lisbon: QMV
    Criminal judicial cooperation – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Criminal law – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    President of the European Council election (New) – Lisbon: QMV
    Foreign Affairs High Representative election (New) – Lisbon: QMV
    Funding the Common Foreign and Security Policy – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Common defence policy – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Withdrawal of a member state (New) – Lisbon: QMV
    General economic interest services – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Diplomatic and consular protection – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Citizens initiative regulations – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Intellectual property – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Eurozone external representation – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Sport – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Space – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Energy – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Tourism – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Civil protection – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Administrative cooperation – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Emergency international aid – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Humanitarian aid – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Response to natural disasters and terrorism (New) – Lisbon: QMV
    Economic and Social Committee – Nice: QMV Lisbon: QMV
    Committee of the Regions – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Economic and Social Committee – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    The EU budget – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV

    This appears to be a complete list of government functions! In other words, from Friday, 31st October, 2014 all the functions of national government will be subject to the authority of the European Union! The British Gazette therefore poses a question to its readers: Can you advise on an area of government which will NOT be under the ultimate authority of the EU in 2014?

    • LISBON TREATY REFERENDUM: DEAD END FOR DEMOCRACY Britain awake! Tory leaders are connnig YOU again! Under the finger proddings of their EU masters, the wriggling nematodes who comprise the Tory elite are planning to con YOU into approving the EU by means of a dead end referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Every EU Treaty needs a dead end referendum. Like anything emerging from the bowels of the EU, these referendums stink mighty badly. They NEVER provide an exit from the EU, only 2 dead end options: 1: Reject Lisbon Treaty BUT APPROVE EU STATUS QUO,2: Accept Lisbon Treaty and drive EU onwards.But even rejecting the Lisbon Treaty is meaningless as the Irish will discover. This referendum will be restaged until a yes vote is obtained, or its provisions are introduced by the back door.There is no hope in voting Tory. None whatsoever. Tory leaders have not reformed. They have not seen the light. They have not been converted. They are still pro-EU.Once in a generation there comes an opportunity to force reform of a party. That opportunity to reform the Tory party is approaching. If Britain chickens out and votes Tory, simply to get rid of Labour, then all hope of forcing the Tory party to become anti-EU will vanish for another generation.Only one thing can force a true Conservative revolt: A 4th General Election defeat.

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