EU regulations: our masters speak

The picture above is not particularly dramatic but,  by clicking on this link, you might think you were looking at Commission spokesman Frédéric Vincent delivering yesterday’s midday press briefing to journalists.In fact, though, what you were looking at was a...

EU referendum: corporate FUD

On top of the Ken Clarke extravaganza, who is given a free ride on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme for nearly twelve minutes, we are seeing evidence of the corporate scare machine cranking up into high gear, in what appears to be an attempt to head off an EU...

UK politics: falling apart

With our very necessary focus on European Union issues, it is easy to lose sight of other events, no matter how important they are. That is the fate of the specialist, but it is one which must be guarded against. What we might treat as “noises off” can...

EU referendum: more FUD

For months, if not years, there has been a clamour from those opposed to Europe, that has always been shrill and often effective. We are told that Europe is bad for the British economy, that being part of Europe means abandoning our allies in the USA, that Europe is...

EU politics: look elsewhere for the debate

The thing that struck me about the Commons debate on “Europe” (the bit I could tolerate) was its flatness – the lack of knowledge, imagination or of anything new to say. Whatever debate there is, it isn’t being driven by MPs, who really do have...

EU politics: a debate in the House

EU politics: a debate in the House Richard North, 30/01/2013    Follow @eureferendum It was opened by foreign secretary, William Hague. “A new global race is underway”, he says. Would this race be the political class?It is very difficult to take this...

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