• Here we go round the mulberry bush – Again!

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    James Orchard Halliwell’s children’s game serves as an excellent metaphor for the election of Jean Claude Juncker as the new European Union Commission President to replace José Manuel Durão Barroso.

    The reason for Mr Juncker’s popularity [with the twenty six member states that voted for him] is obvious On 20th April 2011. he was famously quoted as saying about European monetary policy;
    “Monetary policy is a serious issue. We should discuss this in secret, in the Eurogroup [...] I’m ready to be insulted as being insufficiently democratic, but I want to be serious [...] I am for secret, dark debates.”

    Well there we are then.

    It is well that the President elect takes a relaxed view about being viewed as a tad short in the democratic area for the Members of the European Parliament will get to vote on his candidacy. The result is a foregone conclusion as Mr Juncker is the only candidate! Democracy, don’t yah just love it! Doubtless the late and unlamented Adolf Hitler will be looking upon this approvingly. He would probably say; “Das ist der Weg, es zu tun!” [That's the way to do it!]

    It appears Frau Merkel has given Cameron a fig leaf in the form of a statement that; “Britain’s concerns [about the advance of EU competences] must be looked at.”

    As to what will be done about those concerns, clues can be drawn from the person Frau Merkel has appointed to address these: the tooth fairy.

    • Perhaps this is not such a bad thing? Perhaps, depending on what Juncker actually does, this will convince the “don’t knows” and they will see that Cameron’s promise of a referendum is too late……….and UKIP will be the winners? Perhaps?

    • Cameron has said this appointment ‘could see Britain pushed towards the exit door’, he should have the courage to simply walk through it. But of course he won’t because he doesn’t want us to leave and, his ‘promised’ referendum to be held in 2017 is a date to ensure we will be in an almost impossible position to get out.
      The 1st November this year brings in the loss of our control over 43 areas, most of them very important and if we do not choose to opt – out before March 2017, they will be set in stone by that date and the mendacious Cameron will have ensured the death of Parliament. Ken Clarke will then rejoice at seeing Westminster become of no more importance than a local council!

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