EU Referendum – the last word.
As a UK taxpayer, ask yourself whether you are happy with continuing to contribute so very generously to the salaries and pensions of the 85,000 (and counting) unelected employees temps, contract staff, family and friends within the #EU bureaucracy as well as subsidising their homes, offices and vehicles. At least 10,000 of them are now receiving over €70,000 per year. The top grades earn up to €20,000 per month. A “President” earns about €350,000 per year plus an allowance for a residence equal to 15% of salary as well as other allowances including allowances for children’s schooling and household expenses – say about half a million euros – NOT counting expenses.
Incidentally, you may not know that the EU pension scheme is a ‘defined benefit’ (final salary) scheme of the sort that we in the UK have decided is unaffordable…. and many EU functionaries will be retiring on up to 70% of their final year’s salary. Look out for inevitable ‘pension hole’ in the not-too-distant future!
If you are happy with the above numbers and honestly believe that we are TRAPPED within the EU for ever, you should vote for us to Remain.
If however, you believe that those fabled EU excesses mean that it is time for the CTRL+ALT+DEL buttons to be pressed simultaneously, then it is definitely time for BREXIT.
Cameron’s ‘no ifs..no buts’ returns to bite him on the (referendum) farce.
We referendum voters (us) prefer to debate and discuss topics which affect us directly.
Unfortunately, just like the average clueless Chief Executive who talks to his junior staff about RoI, RoE, company profits, expenses overruns, fiscal drag , dividends etc., Cameron bangs on about “the economy” which even Osborne admits is affected largely by the Global economic environment – whether we are IN or OUT of Europe.
What affects the population directly is rampant immigration, living costs as well as this government’s inability to provide adequate housing , schooling and healthcare…..whether we are IN or OUT of Europe.
Cameron does not want to debate immigration because of his pre-election net immigration pledge.
You may recall that he won power in May 2015 on a “no ifs, no buts” election pledge to bring net migration down to 100,000…..and by the way, have you noticed how quiet Home Secretary Theresa May is these days – which is surprising, especially as migration is the NUMBER ONE issue on voters’ minds?
It has become increasingly obvious that Cameron has absolutely NO respect for the intelligence of the average British voter because he now says that controlling immigration will be easier if we remain IN the EU (!).
Such arrant nonsense suggests that he is desperate because he knows he is losing the immigration argument and we have all obviously failed to understand the logic of his economical claims…..and when I say ‘economical’, I mean economical with the truth.
The EU Remaniacs are handing it to the Brexiteers!
Most of us have become used to the rather unedifying sight of Cameron and Osborne (often looking silver-spoon-awkward in hard hats and high-viz jackets) talking-down the United Kingdom by expressing their belief that without continental support, we are useless, worthless scum who would surely perish outside the EU.
They have both called on various organisations and individuals to reinforce their doom-laden scare-mongering….but whatever possessed Chancellor Gideon to seek approbation from the Chief Executive of a company which was at the epicentre of the 2008 financial crisis and so far, has managed to rack-up nearly £30 billion in fines for financial naughtiness?
Producing JP Morgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon like a rabbit out of a hat and then sitting and simpering while the American spouted threats of redundancy, general economic malaise and national catastrophe was arguably Osborne’s greatest-ever blunder and a sure-fire vote-winner for the Brexit camp.
It’s all very well inviting one’s likely future employer to the party but Osborne’s judgement has now been exposed to be nearly as suspect as his arithmetic and may have finally bought him a well-earned one-way ticket to political oblivion.
He and his sidekick Cameron have not-only mismanaged the whole “Stay in” campaign but in doing so, have trashed their own already flaky reputations and currently appear to be handing votes to the Brexiteers by the shed load.
Both Cameron and Osborne seem to be working under the misapprehension that they are liked and respected not only by Brussels but by those uber-nationalistic, self-serving, Brit-hating European leaders.
They should both wake up and smell Der Kaffee because they are being USED.
Lagarde, Brexit & Panic
It was the IMF’s Christine Lagarde’s turn today.
She says that Brexit would have “assez mauvais to très , très mauvais” consequences but was not particularly specific.
“Pretty bad to very, very bad” is once again a judgement and not a prediction….and if she wants to see “very, very bad”, she should keep a closer eye on Greece’s problems!
Make no mistake, just like Mark Carney before her, prior to issuing her predictable statement, she would have been on the phone to Chancellor Gideon or David Cameron for approval of this latest piece of the well-choreographed scaremongering pro-EU referendum jigsaw. So WHO is next to have been recruited by the ‘IN’ camp?
One suspects that either this weekend or possibly on Monday, it will be the turn of the ECB’s Mario (il Papa) Draghi to instil a bit of ‘panico’ among us gullible Brits!
It started with Obama and they’re travelling East……..
Carney in the Cameron Corner?
The (hired by Chancellor Gideon) totally impartial Governor Mark Carney of the oh-so independent Bank of England said today that if the United Kingdom left the Bruderschaft of the oh-so economically-stable #EU, the risk of leaving “could possibly include a technical recession”……….which by implication suggests that if we stay firmly wedged in Bundeskanzlerin Merkel’s ample #EU cleavage, the risk of recession will be gone! Good news !!
David Cameron then said the warning amounted to “a very clear message” of the dangers of Brexit.
Some have declared that the Governor was spouting unwarranted and unmitigated bollocks with several calling for him to be sacked.
In reply, the Governor’s spokesperson said the Bank had “a duty to make its judgments known.”
As the Bank of England has been so incisive and accurate in all of its previous economic judgments and predictions – the 2008 economic collapse, the subsequent recession and the collapse of RBS, to name but a few – I cannot think of any reason why we should not take Governor Carney’s latest prophecy (it’s NOT a prediction!) VERY seriously. 🙂
I do wish that @bbclaurak at least made an EFFORT to be non-partisan in the #EU in-out referendum debate. She’s never struck me as a #Cameron groupie….or perhaps she just has issues with that other great champion of the poor and oppressed, #IDS?
Greek Texas Hold ‘Em
The Greek Syriza leader has the measure of the Eurozone sheep.
You may not agree with his politics but Alexis Tsipras is THE ONE that Eurozone leaders do NOT want to negotiate with.
They have been bluffing that they’re “ready” for a Greek Euro exit. It’s all talk!
They are NOT ready and Tsipras KNOWS IT . He also knows that a Greek exit (forced or otherwise ) would not-only create economic and banking havoc but that the after-shocks would be felt all around the world.
He’s willing to call their bluff because he realises that countries such as China & Russia are standing-by and would immediately move in with investment.
Merkel: All is not well. Referendum?
BERLIN (Reuters) – A leading figure in Germany’s Free Democrats resigned unexpectedly on Wednesday amid a brewing battle for control of the beleaguered party that shares power with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.
Christian Lindner, general secretary of the FDP and long seen as the liberal party’s rising star, quit in a dramatic move that exacerbated the party’s leadership crisis and appeared to be linked to a divisive referendum of party members on euro zone rescue moves.
Coalition sources said Lindner wanted to distance himself from besieged FDP chairman Philipp Roesler by lobbing a farewell grenade at his boss, who is under attack for persistent weakness in opinion polls and poor management of the referendum.
Turmoil in the FDP could cause instability for Merkel’s coalition even though the next election is not due until 2013. Speculation is growing that the FDP will dump Roesler and turn to veteran parliamentary floor leader Rainer Bruederle, 66.
Lindner, 32, and Roesler, 38, made brief statements on Wednesday to journalists in Berlin and did not take any questions. There have been rumours of behind-the-scenes tensions between the FDP’s two youthful leaders.
Merkel faced further turbulence from a growing scandal engulfing President Christian Wulff, an ally she nominated for the largely ceremonial post last year. Wulff has denied accusations he misled a regional parliament over a private loan.
Merkel’s spokesman said she had full confidence in Wulff and has no reason to doubt his comments about a private 500,000-euro loan for his house. Bild newspaper reported Wulff obtained the loan from a businessman friend at favourable interest rates.
Wulff told the regional parliament last year when he was state premier he had no business dealings with the friend. Bild said the businessman’s wife had lent him the 500,000 euros. German editorials attacked Wulff for being less than forthright.
“Merkel has full confidence in the person and conduct of Mr. Wulff,” said spokesman Steffen Seibert. “He’s a good president.”
‘BAMBI’ LINDNER LOST HIS NERVE
The Lindner resignation exposed deep splits in the party over whether to support Merkel’s efforts to bolster weak euro zone members. If they widen, it could destabilise her coalition.
“He lost his nerve,” a senior FDP official told Reuters when asked about Lindner’s move.
But a former senior leader in the conservative party said Lindner was attacking Roesler while saving his own skin.
“Roesler’s in over his head and Lindner wanted to get out before it was too late,” he said. “The whole country is fed up with these too-smooth, lightweight amateurs who have run the FDP into the ground. They need someone with experience.”
Lindner had responsibility for organising the referendum which was forced upon the party leadership by a group of eurosceptics within the FDP. Lindner was given the unflattering nickname “Bambi” by a FDP leader years ago and it stuck to the photogenic young man with the baby face.
His departure is the latest setback for the FDP, a pro-business party whose support has fallen to just 3 percent in opinion polls after it won a record 14.6 percent in the 2009 election, helping Merkel secure a second term.
“It’s possible that Lindner wanted to abandon ship before it was too late,” said Gero Neugebauer, political scientist at Berlin’s Free University. “In any event it will exacerbate the FDP’s crisis. The FDP has lost touch with its grass roots.”
The normally loquacious Lindner made a short, terse statement to journalists at FDP headquarters in Berlin, but then left without taking questions, saying only “Auf Wiedersehen.”
“There comes a time when you have to make room to allow for a new dynamic,” said Lindner, a polished speaker who previously worked in the advertising industry. “The events in recent weeks and days have strengthened my belief that this is the case.”
Angry that the FDP leadership was backing Merkel’s euro rescue moves, eurosceptics led by lawmaker Frank Schaeffler led a campaign in recent months to collect signatures within the party for the referendum, which is non-binding.
Their idea was send a signal to the leadership by showing them that grass-roots FDP members opposed euro rescue moves.
The referendum, whose results are expected to be published on Friday, may not pass because Roesler said the required quorum of FDP members is not expected to be reached. Of the 64,000 members of the party, 21,000 needed to take part for it to be valid.
Roesler said in an interview on Sunday the quorum would not be reached and said that was a victory for him. After that thousands of FDP members cast their ballots, FDP officials said.
Lindner married a newspaper reporter in August. He also obtained a license to drive racing cars two years ago.
(Additional reporting by Thorsten Severin, Andreas Rinke and Madeline Chambers, writing by Erik Kirschbaum; editing by Noah Barkin and Alistair Lyon)