Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt – a Campaign of Dissimulation and Distortion

The peaceful memorial at Arras

I think it’s time to poke my head over the parapet. First, apologies if this comes across as a little rambling. It is a work in progress, as you will see. First of all, I love Europe. I love France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Greece, and would love to visit many other countries. I love them … Continue reading

MPs

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Lovely photo last night of our revered Members of Parliament discussing some important matters about the UK’s relationship with Europe. Seriously, if our MPs can’t be bothered to vote, why the hell should they expect us to vote for them? I am developing grumpy old git syndrome.

Politics

Back in the good old days, when pistol shooting was fun.

I have always been a conservative. Yes. Small “c”. But I stopped voting for any of the three main parties when they decided to ban pistol shooting. It was a big issue for me. One illegal shooter went mad with his guns, and as a result all legal pistol shooting was banned forever (yes, Hamilton in … Continue reading

European Stitch-Up

Who could think me a dangerous visitor?

Last week we had a pretty unanimous conclusion from within the government about the impact of the meetings on Thursday night. The use of the British veto was necessary, because, as he said last Friday: “The demands Britain made for safeguards, on which the Coalition Government was united, were modest and reasonable. They were safeguards … Continue reading

What next for the Euro?

Piacenza - lovely city, but Britain needs British accountants and civil servants, not European ones.

So once again, it’s the bad old Brits who’ve ruined things in Europe. OK, don’t expect this to be entirely rational. I was up until early this morning signing Christmas cards. Still, my natural grumpiness has been enhanced today by the entirely predictable sulkiness of Mr Sarkozy this morning. It’s all Britain’s fault. Mr Sarkozy … Continue reading

Europe: the Locomotive without brakes

It feels like the sun is going down on Europe.

There is nothing wrong with the idea of Europe. Right. I’ve said it. I don’t object to Europe, and in fact since it’s been a project on the go since I was a boy in shorts, I’m quite used to it – sort of. However, I’m not quite sure what it is I’m supposed to … Continue reading

So, is this one a real or a political promise, Dave?

We still have some castles for defending the realm, you know!

Just for the record, let me state that I love Germany, France, Austria, Italy, and every other European country I’ve visited. I like Europe. And the european people. And I especially like going to Europe, partaking of their foods and wines, and enjoying their cultures. That, though, is the point. They all have different cultures. … Continue reading