referendum

Douglas Carswell

European Union Membership (Referendum) Bill.

An honourable manAn honourable man

Parliamentarian of the year, co-author of The Plan, MP for Harwich and Clacton, intellectual and genuine democrat Douglas Carswell is asking for a referendum on our membership of the EU. This is what he says:

Today I introduce a Bill in the House of Commons that would give the people a direct vote on Britain's membership of the European Union; the European Union Membership (Referendum) Bill.

All three political parties promised us a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Yet it never happened.

Bollocks to Brussels

Now the pain!

Has there been an accident? Has there been an accident?

When Sun reporter Trevor Kavanagh wrote up his interview with Tony Blair in June of this year it carried the Blair quote:

"I would rather nail my testicles to a speeding train than be President of the European Union,"

this was a generous gift of Blair to the tabloids, if not the world. For then we could all wonder if Blair was talking bollocks yet again. This was a trait that served him well when in power, why should the old dog bother to learn new tricks?

Sick system?

Please take note

European communities
finance billEuropean communities finance bill
Alan Johnson, the NuLabour MP for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle and Health Secretary, is to 'tackle' the problem of the sick note culture, reported today, 20th February 2008, by both the Times and The Independent. The latter opts to put the apostrophes around sick note culture, see HERE

What shall we do?

Goodbye Belgium?

An unstoppable force ?An unstoppable force ?

What shall we do with the drunken sailor? is the opening line of perhaps the most well known sea shanty of all. What shall we do with an unwanted country? is not a long-lost verse of this shanty recently found by a ferreting musicologist-cum-folksong fanatic, but is my question to you; and the country in question is Belgium. These things have a sort of connection, in so far as the music for the shanty was written down in 1825, the Belgian Revolution establishing that country, using bits of Holland and France, was in 1830, and the words for the shanty were first heard in 1891. Some of us are dreamers, and so it could just be that, to keep their spirits up during the revolution, someone did hum the music.Then again, by the mid 1890s perhaps the whole song was popular in the coastal taverns of Belgium - could be.

Europe and Empire

Gordon is a moron?

huggable Brownhuggable BrownWay back in 1978 the nation whistled and hummed the chorus line: "Gordon is a moron" from the song Jilted John. In those far off days there was no New Labour, back then we had punk new wave. The singer/songwriter Graham Fellows, as Jilted John performed one of the funniest songs in years. It was a tale of teenage angst, the girl was called Julie, went to number four in the charts and had several 'Top of the Pops' appearances. Oh how we laughed. Well, time moves on and now we have Gordon Brown to entertain us. Gordon is not having trouble with Julie but with the EU treaty/constitution. All of his new mates in the other EU countries have faced up to the fact that the 'new' tre/con, signed up to by his old mate Tony, is the same one that was rejected by the French and the Dutch.

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