Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Labour are not fit to govern

hat just has to be the conclusion to make after the intervention of the new Obama, Chuka Umunna, Labour's Shadow Business Secretary. One has to wonder what British business did wrong to get the dribbling pair of St Vince and this fool as their representatives. here what words he uses when he involves himself in the 3 million jobs malarky stirred up by Roland Rudd and his cohorts in the Telegraph,
“It is crucial the UK is fully engaged in the European Union because that is the best thing for growth and British jobs. We already know, given comments which the Deputy Prime Minister and Business Secretary have made, that the Government’s detached position in Europe is detrimental to our interests. Now a significant number of business leaders, including Sir Richard Branson, have highlighted the risks the Government’s detached position poses for British businesses, warning that the Government’s failure to be fully involved in EU decision making could undermine the single market and the three million British jobs that depend on exports to the EU.

“Ministers are out of touch with British businesses because they have severely compromised their ability to fight British business’ corner in Europe. To protect the single market and continue to attract inward investment, it is now crucial the Government repairs the serious damage it has done to our influence in Europe because, as so many business people tell us, if it fails to do so it will damage British business. We need a proper plan for growth and jobs in Europe as well as here in Britain, which the Government has failed to put in place.”

Right lets put this canard to bed once and for all. The idea that 3 million jobs depend upon our membership of the European Union is bunk.

Here is the Fact Check response to it,
Given this dearth of reliable information, we are left to choose between a dated estimate of jobs benefiting from EU-wide trade, but not necessarily dependent upon EU membership, and an EC estimate of jobs created across Europe, when looking at Mr Clegg's claim. Neither supports his assertion that three million jobs "rely directly" on the EU.

This is hokum dressed up as fiction, and this collection of the great and not so good, know it. They claim that this is based on Government figures. But as has been proven, this is not the case. The claim came from a study conducted by NIESR which while agreeing that 3 million jobs are involved in trade, did have the honesty to point out that “there is no a priori reason to suppose that many of these [jobs], if any, would be lost permanently if Britain were to leave the EU".

These people are so devoid of arguement as to dress up fiction as fact and fear as good sense. It is as if when we leave the EU, suddenly nobody would do any trade with our friends across the Channel. Tell that to the Chinese, the Americans, the Swiss and the Norwegians. Not being members of the EU, none of them ever do any business with the EU do they?

BNE is deliberately and maleavolantly dishonest, and should be revealed as such. I am one of the few people I know who will lose their job when we finally leave, and I will be delighted when that happens.


WitteringsfromWitney said...

Wrong link on the Factcheck link?

Anonymous said...

I sure miss Gordon Brown.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

GT: I think you meant this one?


Anonymous said...

From the EU's own website :


Bilateral relations

The EU has successfully concluded a number of important trade agreements with trading partners
The EU is firmly committed to the promotion of open and fair trade with all its trading partners.

The EU has specific trade policies in place for all its partners and abides by the global rules on international trade set out by the World Trade Organisation.

In addition to global-level negotiations within WTO known as the "Doha Development Agenda", the EU conducts a number of negotiations with countries and regions around the world.

Who does the EU negotiate with?

The EU has successfully concluded a number of important trade agreements with trading partners and is in the process of negotiating agreements with many more.

Anonymous said...



Tables I and II list all preferential trade agreements that the EC has notified under either Article XXIV of the GATT or Article V of the GATS and where theGATT/WTO notification has not been overtaken by later notifications of successor agreements.

Table III lists EPAs under preparation.

Roger Mellie said...

Does GATT not cover our trade with the rest of Europe anyway?

Anonymous said...

And the powers that be in Europe are just going to role over and lose the 50 billion subsidy?
Not without a fight.
Welcome to the 11th century.

Gawain Towler said...

Thanks Witters

Anonymous said...

As I said in work the other day: leaving Labour in charge of the economy is like leaving Ian Brady in charge of your kids.

john in cheshire said...

I can see only two ways that we exit the EU web. Either, it implodes of its own making, or we elect a dictator who unilaterally withdraws the UK from the belly of the beast. The former is likely to occur eventually but take a long time. The latter is possible but requires a charismatic figure to come to the fore. I suspect that the ruling elites in Europe are so sensitised to charismatic figures that they would extinguish anyone who remotely appeared to exhibit such traits.