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

Judo Leadership, or Appeasement?, Eagle Eye

Judo Leadership, or Appeasement?

Are parliamentary tactics like an evolutionary arms race? John Rentoul explains

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 February 2014 at 8:52 pm

The Tory Fifth Column, Eagle Eye

The Tory Fifth Column

Matthew Parris has a furious attack on the Tory fifth column in The Times today (pay wall):
I believe that a group of Conservative backbench MPs — quite a small group, much smaller than what the news media like to call the “Tory Euro-rebels” — are content that should their party lose the coming general election, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 18 January 2014 at 11:57 am

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

“Thomas Jefferson would have strongly advised us against it”, Eagle Eye

“Thomas Jefferson would have strongly advised us against it”

Igor Judge, who retired as Lord Chief Justice in September, says that British courts are not obliged to follow the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, and that the Human Rights Act should be amended to make this clearer.
He is delivering a speech at the Constitution Unit at University College, London, tonight, in [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 4 December 2013 at 6:03 pm

When Mary Wilson voted “No”, Eagle Eye

When Mary Wilson voted “No”

I thought I had come across a sensational story when reading Lord Butler’s comments at a Foreign Office seminar in February – the one in which he repeated his disparaging views of Tony Blair’s decision-making before the Iraq invasion. As an aside, talking about how Harold Wilson managed his Cabinet in the European referendum of 1975, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 17 November 2013 at 4:49 pm

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

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