Never Closer Union, part 2, Eagle Eye

Never Closer Union, part 2

Further to my previous post, a footnote on Ed Miliband’s article in the Financial Times (limited free access). He says that “ever closer union” – the phrase that David Cameron wants to excise from the EU treaties – is “not Labour’s vision for Europe”. And he wants to transfer power to national parliaments. But he doesn’t say [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 11:31 am

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum”: Ed Miliband, right first time, Eagle Eye

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum”: Ed Miliband, right first time

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum,” Ed Miliband told the House of Commons in January last year. There was uproar, and afterwards Ed Balls told him off for not adding “now” at the end of the sentence. But what Miliband said then has turned out to be what he meant.
Today is a triumph [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 11:14 am

Peak UKIP, Eagle Eye


UKIP is in decline from now on, I argue in The Independent on Sunday today. The foremost academics who study the party, Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin, were politer in their assessment of its showing in the Wythenshawe by-election, that it was a “solid advance”.
That is true, but a solid advance is not enough. The [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 16 February 2014 at 10:26 pm

Cameron to Keep England in the Unions, Eagle Eye

Cameron to Keep England in the Unions

Can Cameron keep both Scotland in the United Kingdom and the UK in the European Union?

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 9 February 2014 at 2:24 pm

Why is the EU so …?, Eagle Eye

Why is the EU so …?

I found another excellent map of the United States on the Amazing Maps Twitter feed yesterday, showing Google autocomplete results for each state when you type in “Why is [state] so”.
Naturally, I spent the next 15 minutes typing the countries of the European Union into Google to see what it came up with for them.
If [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 26 January 2014 at 9:58 pm

How many Tory MPs really want to leave the EU?, Eagle Eye

How many Tory MPs really want to leave the EU?

I do not believe that there are as many as 95 Conservative MPs who really want to leave the EU, but I have taken the dunderheadedness that gives the opposite impression as the subject of my column in The Independent today.
There may be about 20 Tory MPs who have publicly said that they think Britain [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 14 January 2014 at 11:26 am

“Yes, you may lose out”, Eagle Eye

“Yes, you may lose out”

Jonathan Portes is in trouble for something he said on Nick Robinson’s programme, “The Truth About Immigration” (which I didn’t see but his article in the Mail on Sunday seemed fair to me):
I think politicians do have to say to individuals who are negatively affected, and let’s face it there will be some: “Yes, we’re [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 10 January 2014 at 11:29 am

More Polling on Free Movement of EU Workers, Eagle Eye

More Polling on Free Movement of EU Workers

David Cameron’s two big problems in renegotiating the terms of British membership of the EU, if he wins the election, are: 1. How to get “ever closer union” out of the EU Treaty; and 2. How to make it look as if he has curbed open immigration from other member states.
YouGov’s poll for The Sunday [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 21 October 2013 at 11:32 am

Never Closer Union, Eagle Eye

Never Closer Union

David Cameron says some startlingly strange things sometimes. Today he told Andrew Marr (glad he’s back, by the way):
Other people can sign up to an ever closer union, but Britain should not be in an ever closer union. I’m determined to make sure we get out of that.
“Other people can”? The British people have. The [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 29 September 2013 at 9:39 pm

Voters oppose free movement of EU workers, Eagle Eye

Voters oppose free movement of EU workers

Voters have turned against the principle of free movement of workers in the European Union over the past four years, according to a ComRes poll for tomorrow’s The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror.
All citizens of other European Union countries should have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom
Agree 23% (58% May [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 17 August 2013 at 7:27 pm

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