Tories turn tail again

You all saw the headlines:

Next week, Germany and France will table proposals for far-reaching changes to the EU treaties that will give Brussels powers to enforce ‘fiscal discipline’ over the eurozone’s 17 governments.

OK, so in the face of that, what do the Tories do?

Conservatives drop challenge to Brussels on work rules. Chris Grayling, the employment minister, on Wednesday abandoned the Conservatives’ demands for repatriation, because of the urgency of the eurozone crisis.

And how does he explain that away?

“The key priority is to get stability restored, to get a solution to the eurozone crisis,” he said. “At the moment that is everyone’s priority. If treaty change is the means to that end, then we would recognise that as a necessity,” he said.

So, the solution is to accede to Brussels’ demands for fiscal union? That’s the solution to the Eurozone crisis? Le Figaro’s readers are in no doubt:

Face à la crise, l’Europe doit-elle aller vers plus de fédéralisme ?

Vis-a-vis the crisis, does Europe have to move towards more federalism?

There we have the state of play. Under the guise of a crisis – oh whatever will we do [much handwringing] – in comes fiscal union. Unelected, unrepresentative, unaccountable fiscal union, meaning Brussels then controls the City’s billions.

Just who are these people in Brussels [rhetorical question]?

Similar from Ian here.

6 comments for “Tories turn tail again

  1. Mudplugger
    December 2, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Grayling is merely reflecting his master, Cast-Iron Dave – no stomach for the fight. But it needn’t evn be a fight because the ‘enemy’ is in disarray.

    All we need do is tell them we’re withdrawing with effect from 1st January 2012. Then they can get on with their internal and self-important dissembling squabbles without us, while we get on with rebuilding the global trading nation we always should have remained.

    Taking off those crooked EU-blinkers will mean we can finally see the rest of the growing world in true focus and then set out to exploit it.

  2. Andrew Duffin
    December 2, 2011 at 9:09 am

    If we’re really lucky the whole ghastly thing will collapse in front of our eyes and cast-iron Dave won’t matter any more.

    Fingers crossed, champagne on ice ready…

  3. December 2, 2011 at 9:10 am

    We have Tories..? Where?

    • December 2, 2011 at 10:02 am

      Good point – I’ve not spotted many.

  4. December 2, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Mudplugger, Andrew – yes.

    Julia – that’s right and we might have voted for them if there was a proper Conservative Party but now it’s the EU lackey party. The remaining conservatives in there should really form a new Conservative Party or else do away with parties altogether.

    It’s now getting urgent and a GE not due for some time.

  5. December 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

    It’s the “fog of war” approach to government.

    Governments like waging war (i.e. proper war with fighting and killing) because it enables them to enact all sorts of stuff ‘in the national interest’ or commit all sorts of genocide etc.

    Now, wars are, on the whole, a negative sum game and bad for the economy and the pol’s know it. So what they do is start proxy wars, against terrorism (giving them the excuse for more identity checks, bureaucracy), against paedophiles (hence CRB checks) and your favourites, the bankers and pol’s, just love deliberately and maliciously triggering financial crises (they encourage people to borrow ever sillier amounts against supposedly rising land values) and then they pull the rug at pre-arranged intervals (every 18 years or so), giving the pol’s the excuse to hand over loads of cheap and easy money to the bankers, who now have the home owners over a barrel – “If you stop giving us money, we won’t be able to lend ever sillier amounts to the next generation and hence we won’t be able to prop up your stupid house prices” and the Home-Owner-Ists cave in every time.

    In the case of the EUrocracy, the same rules apply. When things are going well, they lend loads of money to the PIIGS and earn a load of interest, fees and commissions, and when it all goes *pop* the EUrocrats start installing their own ‘technocrats’ to run entire countries and caller for ‘closer fiscal union’ and ‘a new arrangement for Europe’ and threatening us with all sorts of apocalyptic scenarios (‘Euro meltdown’) which are highly unlikely to happen in practice (see Argentina, Iceland, UK in 1992 and all the other devaluations/partial defaults which quickly sort themselves out).

    The bankers and pol’s been doing this every 18 years since time immemorial, you mentioned mid-19th century examples on your own blog the other day (George Peabody etc).

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