The Single European Political Class

A few days ago I came across a few lines that seemed to have it about right:

In fact, it is not an exaggeration to say that when it comes to this non-renegotiation, the British public are effectively sitting at one end of the long conference table while the British government schemes and confers with the rest of the European Union at the other end.

The ‘renegotiation’ that’s mentioned here is David Cameron’s pretence at renegotiating Britain’s EU arrangements. The long conference table refers to a cartoon showing David Cameron at one end of a very long conference table, and the rest of the EU leadership at the other end.

Elsewhere, Cameron is called out as not really a Conservative at all:

Dave’s nannying is not Conservative, blasts Nick Ferrari

JUST when, do you suppose, is the Prime Minister going to stop trying to run our lives and concentrate on running the country?

The job, by the way, we pay him for and expect him to do. Having issued or endorsed a seemingly ceaseless raft of guidelines and recommendations urging me to, among other things, eat five portions of fruit and veg a day, stop eating red meat, cut back on sugar, take regular exercise and most recently reduce alcohol consumption, last week he decided – in the extremely unlikely event I were ever to find myself becoming a parent again – I should attend a parenting class.

And this from a man who managed to leave his eight-year-old daughter in the pub and drive home! This patronising and lecturing tone has quite rightly led many to believe we are once again lurching towards the nanny state and sadly there is no shortage of other areas succumbing to the desire to treat us all as children or zombies…

And he’s perhaps even a member of Blairite New Labour:

I detect the fingerprints of Peter Mandelson, whose strategic guile was so crucial to the creation of New Labour as an election-winning machine for Tony Blair.

As I revealed here previously, Mandelson has become a discreet adviser to George Osborne, who is masterminding the Government’s EU negotiations.

In a cynical reference to the growth of a European superstate, there is talk in Westminster of an ‘ever-closer union’ between Cameron’s wing of the Tory party and the Blairites in Labour.

Add it all up, and Cameron’s Conservatives are little different from Blair’s New Labour, and both are hand-in-glove with the pro-EU European political class. No wonder little changed with Cameron’s election. There is, in effect, only one pro-EU party in power throughout Europe, albeit with a different name in each country. Anyone who steps out of line – like Greece’s Alexis Tsipras – gets crushed.

But it’s getting harder and harder to hold the European “project” together.

End of Europe? ‘Not A Eurosceptic Fantasy But Real Fear In Berlin And Brussels’

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21 Responses to The Single European Political Class

  1. waltc says:

    OT reminder: tomorrow ( or today for you Brits) is the last chance to comment on the US proposal to ban smoking in all public housing. Deadline is Jan 19 midnight US EST or, if I recall the time diff, 7 PM Over There. Again, best to claim you hail from Over Here (if your odd English spelling doesn’t give you away)😝

    Here’s a thought to curl your hair: Bloomberg is rumored to be actively researching a run for president on a third party line if it turns out to be a Trump-Clinton match. Could he win? Likely not, but he’d also draw voters from both (progressive-nanny and entrepreneurial) camps. He has, in fact, considered running before –as a sham Republican–just like your Cameron is a sham Conservative. I’ll see if later on I can link to a funny article a friend wrote at the time.of Bloomberg’s first try at hitting the bigtime.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I’ve commented on the US public housing proposal. But I discovered that I didn’t have to pretend to be an American, because it appeared to allow comments from all over the world. Maybe that was so as to allow antismokers from all over the world to call for smoking bans in US public housing.

      So I commented as a Brit, merely linking to the piece I wrote here a few days back. And my comment was accepted. Whether it survived subsequent “moderation”, I have no idea.

      I’d heard talk of Bloomberg thinking of running for several months. But as things stand it looks to me like Trump is set to win the Republican nomination and most likely the presidency as well. I’m not as enthusiastic about him as I was, but he still looks like the best of the bunch. And if Bloomberg joins the race, Bloomberg will become the worst.

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    JULIAN CASTRO the HUD Dictator a short story on his radical socialist upbringing and beliefs

    Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, who will be giving the keynote address tonight, is, according to some, the next Obama. But while Obama’s radicalism may have escaped the notice of the DNC in 2004, Castro’s views are bit more transparent.

    Indeed, he, along with his twin, Joaquin, currently running for Congress, learned their politics on their mother’s knee and in the streets of San Antonio. Their mother, Rosie helped found a radical, anti-white, socialist Chicano party called La Raza Unida (literally “The Race United”) that sought to create a separate country–Aztlan–in the Southwest.

    Today she helps manage her sons’ political careers, after a storied career of her own as a community activist and a stint as San Antonio Housing Authority ombudsman.

    Far from denouncing his mother’s controversial politics, Castro sees them as his inspiration. As a student at Stanford Castro penned an essay for Writing for Change: A Community Reader (1994) in which he praised his mother’s accomplishments and cited them as an inspiration for his own future political involvement.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Gutierrez made clear his hatred for “the gringo” when he led the Mexican-American Youth Organization, the precursor to La Raza Unida. According to the Houston Chronicle, he “was denounced by many elected officials as militant and un-American.” And anti-American he was. “We have got to eliminate the gringo, and what I mean by that is if the worst comes to worst, we have got to kill him,” Gutierrez told a San Antonio audience in 1969. At around that time, Rosie Castro eagerly joined his cause, becoming the first chairwoman of the Bexar County Raza Unida Party. There’s no evidence of her distancing herself from Gutierrez’s comments, even today. Gutierrez even dedicated a chapter in one of his books to Ms. Castro.

      While apologists for La Raza Unida now claim that the group has been dedicated to the “civil rights of Mexican-Americans and promoting a strong ‘Chicano’ identity,” as Zev Chafets of the New York Times puts it, its brand of populism and socialist radicalism was controversial among Mexican-Americans and Democrats who considered it too extreme. The party pushed racial redistricting, affirmative action, bilingual education, and Chicano studies.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Carlos Pelayo, another founder of La Raza Unida, clung to communism even after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, telling a San Diego paper that “the desire of people for social justice will never end.” “If it doesn’t work [the Soviet Union’s] way, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t work,” he said. “So we capitalists have 20 different cereals and Nike shoes. Over there [in the Soviet Union], they have free education, free medical care.” (“Fall of Communism Fails to Deter Local Communists,” San Diego Union Tribune, September 14, 1991)

        Is Ms. Castro repentant in the slightest over her involvement with La Raza Unida? Not in the least. She sees the rise of her sons’ political fortune as the fulfillment of her promise–some say threat–in 1971 when she lost her bid for San Antonio city council: “We’ll be back.” “When Julian was installed, it was just such an incredible thing to be there because for years we [the Chicano activists and La Raza Unida] had been struggling to be there,” she told Texas Monthly in 2002. “There was so much hurt associated with being on the outside. And I don’t mean personal hurt, but a whole group of people [the activists] being on the outside–the educational, social, political, economic outside.” Now she has not just one, but two men on the inside–her sons.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          In July of this year, she attended a reunion of the now-defunct party. Its promoters recalled her 1971 bid for the San Antonio city council and announced that her sons were the heirs of the party’s founders and thought. Indeed Irma Mireles, who after Rosie was the second chairwoman of the Bexar County Raza Unida Party, “sees results of the party’s work” in Mayor Julian Castro and her godson, Julian’s brother Joaquin, who is running in the 20th congressional district as a Democrat. Mireles and Ms. Castro continue to use the experience they got running the party to benefit the Castro brothers. Zev Chafets of the New York Times writes of the “barrio machine” that got both elected to office straight out of law school. He was elected to the city council in 2001 and was elected mayor in 2009 and 2011 after narrowly losing his first bid in 2005.

          One of Julian’s first acts as mayor in 2009 was hanging a 1971 La Raza Unida city council campaign poster, featuring his mother, in his office. While it’s possible that Castro was hanging the poster in deference to his mother, it is unimaginable that a candidate who was the son of one of the leaders of a white supremacist party would be given similar latitude.

          Far from distancing himself from his mother’s odious views, Castro cites them as an asset, though perhaps one he isn’t always ready to advertise. “She has never held political office, but has always been civically involved,” Castro told Time magazine. “Growing up, I learned to appreciate the value of the democratic process through her love for making a difference in the lives of others.” Chafets of the Times explains just what the Castro boys learned

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    San Antonio City Council Delivers Victory for Smoke-Free Air

    Aug 19, 2010 – Washington, D.C. — The San Antonio City Council today delivered a historic … of Texas cities and pass a strong, statewide law that includes all workplaces and … We applaud Mayor Julian Castro and the members of the City …

    • Smoking Lamp says:

      Now it’s time to start working towards its repeal. I notice the CTFK press release resets all the standard lies.

  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    Obama makes Castro a Known communist the head of HUD and immediately he goes after a nationwide smoking ban at HUD………..Lord only knows what else this self prescribed communist has in store for the poor black and white folks living in HUD housing.

  5. Roobeedoo2 says:

    I thought this an interesting article on susceptibility in ‘professionals’ to believe in myth, despite (or because of?) their training:

    ‘On top of this, the police showed greater confidence than the public that their false beliefs were correct.’

  6. Rose says:

    Well now we have the answer to those concerns previously raised over paying doctors to diagnose Dementia.

    Dementia diagnoses rise by one fifth after GPs offered £55 ‘bribes’
    19 Jan 2016

    “New figures show the number of patients diagnosed with dementia soared in the six months when GPs were offered £55 for every person diagnosed with dementia, under a controversial scheme condemned as an ‘ethical travesty’
    ” A controversial system of “bribes” to GPs to identify patients with dementia has seen diagnoses soar by one fifth, official figures show.

    Health officials introduced a £55 payment for GPs for each patient classed as having the condition in the six months from October 2014, in a bid to push up rates of diagnosis.
    Leading GPs condemned the scheme as an “ethical travesty” which amounted to “cash for diagnoses”.

    In some parts of the country, NHS authorities went further – offering family doctors £200 for each new diagnosis made.

    Patients groups and doctors condemned the schemes, saying they amounted to a “bounty on the head” of the most vulnerable, which could cloud the judgments of those making diagnoses.”

    “The official figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that after the payments stopped, the rate of increase slowed dramatically.”

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      with a dementia diagnosis there also goes your guns and your freedom, Today we call it sometimers…………….

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    Nelson: Alberta’s nanny state is squeezing the life out of life

    Chris Nelson, For The Calgary Herald

  8. Harleyrider1978 says:

    I think each of you should watch Captain Blood. Errol Flynn fighting against the English government over its inhumanity to its own people. Only he goes pirate but is a leading doctor discovering how inhumane the government has become under tyrrany

  9. harleyrider1978 says:

    Why campaigns that stigmatize smokers can make them want to quit even less

    In multiple studies, smokers used words such as “leper,” “outcast,” “bad person,” “low-life,” and “pathetic” to describe their own behaviour. One study found that 30-40 per cent of smokers felt high levels of family disapproval and social unacceptability and 27 per cent felt they were treated differently due to their smoking status. Another study found that 39 per cent of smokers believed that people thought less of them.

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