Our most recent post took a sympathetic, if lukewarm, overview of Theresa May’s speech in Florence on September 22nd. In this follow-up post we extract some quotations that we think are significant and offer our comments. We are not as dismissive as most commentators we have read though we don’t find much of substance in … More May in Florence (2)
On Wednesday 13 September Jean-Claude Juncker gave his annual state of the union speech to the European Parliament. The English text of the address can be downloaded from here: We have read the speech carefully and find a lot to dislike in it, and not much that we can regard as honest. We’ve selected some … More State of the Union 2017
The good things about the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence on Friday are that it appears to have the support of her party and Labour has claimed it was stolen from its own policy. If it results in a mainly unified UK and unlocks the negotiations, leading to a fair outcome at a reasonable price, … More May in Florence (1)
This post is the third from our series in which we extract evidence from ten EU documents. Overtime Lords was the first, Democracy or Institutional Strengthening? the second. This post focuses on the ideology that has underpinned the EU since its inception nearly 100 years ago. Their ideology accounts for the rigidity of the treaties, … More Ideology
Do you remember the $64,000 Question? It originated in an American radio game show, originally the $64 Question and now often quoted as the $64,000,000 Question or simply “The Million Dollar Question”. If you’re not confused already you probably will be. Boris Johnson again mentioned the £350 million figure from the Referendum campaign in an … More The £350 Million Question
This post is the second from our set in which we extract evidence from ten EU documents. Overtime Lords was the first. This post focuses on the gap between the EU’s claim to be democratic and the reality of its political agenda. The EU documents cited in this post are: [E] Special Eurobarometer 451: Future … More Democracy or Institutional Strengthening?
We have prepared an extensive review of EU documents to show just how deep-rooted is the ideology of supra-nationalism and how deceitful are the processes leading inexorably to its achievement. We are concerned that too few people are aware of just how rigid the EU project is and of the risks that the UK takes … More Overtime Lords
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19 seeks to pass all EU law into UK law so that the legal situation initially remains the same after Brexit and can then be changed over time, thus eliminating a legal “cliff edge”, for businesses in particular. Labour and others oppose the Bill on the grounds that many of … More Henry VIII Rules, OK?
Wouldn’t it be good if we could pick the cherries we liked from the EU bowl and leave the rotten ones that give us indigestion? And what would be wrong with that, provided every nation could do the same? The cherries nobody likes would be thrown in the rubbish or recycling bins (there may be … More Cherry Picking is Good
Voters who are undecided about the benefits of leaving or remaining in the EU say they just want the facts. There is much to argue in the detail but stand back and look at the broad picture, ask yourself whether the EU is a successful union. Has it fostered growth, employment, civic order and good … More Shorties Revisited