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It would seem likely that budget restrictions are the key issue.
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David Cameron can't hide from the fact that this man is his minister. The underlying problem here is he's another Oxford PPE clone with no grasp of science or the politics of science. ( Of course there's loads of 'climate change scientists' who agree with the thing that provides them funding and a career - what more of a surprise is why government minsters are so naive.) It would be fine if nothing mattered about this horrendous mismanagement, but the truth is its going to cripple us. Only UKIP talk sense on this issue.
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And what of the North Korean tour guides etc that featured ? After all its a very forgiving extreme left wing regime isn't it ?
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One day Owen Jones will listen to himself and realise he doesn't make sense. He's an angry man with a narrow world view who lets his anger prevent any understanding of the reality around him. He clearly enjoys his private fantasy world - its just annoying when its allowed to leak out to the rest of us via the media.
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Spot on - my view exactly. All I would add is that there is something more fundamental behind all this - and that is the end of morality in British public life. Political parties like Labour have made lying ( or more accurately deliberately misleading ) a fine art, with a industry of professionals all bent on manipulating public opinion and distorting facts. The truth of Britain is shown in "The Thick of It" as much as it was in "Yes Minister" all those years ago.
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So just as with the economy - no apology for Labour having created the current mess in the first place. ( After all the anti-English devolution settlement was created by the Labour party. ) Typical of little Ed. He must think the English are especially stupid to fall for his posturing.
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There the question. Why are the Lib Dems more upset ?
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Cameron is now in danger of losing control. His problem is we've heard all the bluster and spin lines before. We know that he and those advising him will do almost anything to prevent the people having a say and to stop a referendum. We know this ends with the UK getting little and conceding a lot, as it always has. The currency of his reassurances - however bolstered with Aunt Sallies to knock down - has depreciated to being near worthless.
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Lets not forget those wikileak docs that showed how the Lib Dems changed their position over a week just to deny the public a vote on Europe in the last parliament.. The Lib Dems treat the public with utter and total contempt. You are servants of another aggressive sovereign power actively working to deliver your own citizens into their power. There's a word for that.
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I think those who are still paying their membership to the Cameron lead Conservative party need to ask themselves how they think things will go as other countries have referendums (again), and the British establishment spends its time thinking of weasel words to explain why its all to difficult here/the timing is wrong/its not a constitution its a treaty< sorry that was last time .. etc etc, a referendum on voting reform or Scottish independence is OK ( and Welsh suicidal devolution ), but not on the start of the 4th Reich. If you can't trust the leadership of your party not to sell us all out what's the point ? Our career politicians need to realise that they are all very unpopular right now.
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The public is ready for the truth on the Green deceit pushed by the likes of Huhne - just as it has rumbled Labour's dishonesty about the debt disaster and subsequent sale of our futures into eternal debt. The public is no longer happy with the green suicide pact that all three main political parties have signed up to - a point that perhaps George Osborne has rumbled. Reality is back - left wing make believe and fantasy is out.
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A guaranteed outcome backed and in at least part funded by using the full terror and tax raising powers of the state to grab the assets and wealth of other less fortunate citizens - that's luxury all right. Its the politics of justice vs the politics of bribery and abuse. ( Envy doesn't come into it ). This really isn't going to go away - and will poison our politics and eventually result in a sudden step change in public sector pension provisions if reality and fairness aren't acknowledged now.
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The dog that doesn't bark in all this is the not retired yet private sector pension fund holder. Current, and the previous, government actions are destroying private sector pensions who will be expected to pay for the luxurious public sector pensions on guaranteed sums as those who really paid for them survive on cat food.
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The message should be straight forward -current public pensions are unaffordable, unjust ( since they require making others poor to fund them ), and will fail anyway when foreigners stop lending us money. The public will understand these arguments - if they are made. The appeasement approach by the coalition so far using impoverished private sector workers to bribe gold plated public workers pensions is just a receipt for disaster and social unrest.
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Your name will also go on zee list Montgomerie.. The thing is concepts need to be crystallised. France's foreign policy is completely dominated by its fear of Germany - a fear founded on three invasions in 100 years. There is no doubt that Germany is trying to dominate and dictate to the rest of Europe using the EU as a front. ( You could argue if its the Kaiser or Hitler who this reminds you most of - but there's a definite pattern here. ) Essentially if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and swims like a duck then its a duck. If the German's want to change their image, they should avoid dictating terms to British prime minsters in Berlin, imposing leaders on foreign countries and accept their responsibility for the Euro disaster. ( Perhaps the odd diplomatic miss when it comes to penalties might help also. )
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Sounds frightening - however we'll have to be very frightened to accept the new EU deal Merkel's going to dictate to us. We can expect weeks of the crisis being built up, followed by the bitter medicine that they will expect us to be grateful for.
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I have a friend who until recently works in the emigration from London business. 50p tax rate kept here very busy. The colossal bloody minded stupidity of Nick Clegg and his need to appease ignorant left wing Guardian readers is dragging this country down the drain. Its just envy and spite combined with the standard Lib Dem ignorance of things economic and reality based.
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We know whats coming: 1) No need for a referendum - as these cahnges only reallt affect the Euro countries. 2) We have to stay in Europe to influence it. 3) Its an emergency so the markets won't wear a referendum. 4) They don't really mean what they say about wever closer union, its just exciteable continentals and their use of language. 5) Nick's next job is in Brussels. Its tiome to start calling this euro quisling approach what it is, treason.
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Sounds illegal. How did that pass muster at with equalities. Its just the usual gutless pandering for votes.
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The Bagehot column is now rabidly anti Tory and it author can't hide his personal hate of the Conservatives.
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Its worth watching the left's private schools. Those state school that Labour ministers and MP get their children into.. The ones favoured by BBC executives and Guardian journalists. Many of these schools get rich "donations" from our left wing political elite as they ensure their children will never the consequences of their policies and beliefs.
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Ask the voters in Ireland, Greece and Italy if it matters who wins the next election. They are already ruled from Brussels. Maybe the voters don't understand every trick and turn as the UK is bled to death slowly by the EU whilst pragmatic men and Europhiles whisper comforting words and tell the patient just to relax, it will all be over soon. Frankly many of us just aren't interested in the political careers of Cameron and his cronies - only actions will be recognised now. The current leadership has used up all its political capital, there will be no more credit offered. Those who want to win the next general election need to understand that many of us won't trade our country for their political careers.
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Nick - the people your describing are called Liberal Democrats.
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