Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tory shame

So the Treaty is to change
Now that EU leaders have agreed to change the treaty, the text will be sent to the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Central Bank. The three institutions have to give their opinion on proposals to change the treaty but their views do not bind the European Council.

The treaty change will be approved at the European Council in March, if the three institutions have given their views by then. The text will then be sent to the 27 member states for ratification. The aim is to complete ratification by 1 January 2013 so that the mechanism can be set up in June that year.

The treaty change was requested by Germany, which argues that without it the new mechanism could be challenged in Germany's constitutional court.
Of course we get no referendum, despite the treaty change, and despite this, found on the Tory website by James Pryor
Join our campaign for an EU referendum
Monday, April 27 2009

Ahead of the European elections on 4th June, David Cameron has launched a campaign to get Gordon Brown to honour his pledge to give the British people a referendum on the EU Treaty.
In their 2005 election manifesto, Labour promised to hold a referendum on the EU Constitution.
David stressed the Lisbon Treaty was a “re-branded” version of that Constitution and attacked Gordon Brown for having “flip-flopped”:
“First he was against the Constitution, then he was for it; one day he promised a referendum, the next he backtracked. While he has chopped and changed, our position has remained exactly the same. We are the only major party to have consistently said that it is up to the British people to decide on our future in Europe.”
David promised that if the Constitution was not in force at the time of the General Election, a Conservative Government would hold a referendum on it, urge a no vote, and reverse Britain’s ratification if successful.
He explained, “I believe that if you make a promise in your manifesto, and the country votes on that manifesto, then you are honour-bound to keep that promise.”
If I was still a Tory I would be ashamed of myself. But I am not,  because I couldn't look myself in the eye. Joining UKIP was a one way I could stand up and be honest with myself.


Mark Wadsworth said...

It's f-ing cast iron, that guarantee. What can possibly go wrong?

Gawain Towler said...

high tensile would be better, cast iron is brittle under stress

Gillibrand said...

If you make a promise to your country about your country and then fall back on the pragmatic defence of your party, there is much to be ashamed about.

banned said...

On my way to Tesco Metro this evening I popped into my nearest pub for a stiff whisky; I don't like that pub, it's new build in a shopping precenct and entirely devoid of character.
It's very 'blokey' and not the sort of place where you would find single ladies or engage in conversation about politics but, to my surprise, there was a petition prominently on display on the bar "We demand the right to a referendum about staying in or withdrawing from the EU".

I added my name and details to the dozen or do already on it.

Greg_L-W. said...


Wadsworth was right Towler 'cast iron' - knowing it was brittle under stress see what the dupplicitout wee Vapid Cameroon actually said - note his weasel words:

Anonymous said...

I believe the term is renegue.

Greg_L-W. said...


silly me Anonymous I thought that was the title of the Coal Ition Policy as a first step to a Coal & Steel agreement!

They had to start somewhere after those 13 unlucky years.