The Twonks had promised the UK a referendum on Europe by 2017 - IN or OUT of the EU - thats less than two years away, as if there isn't enough mess from the last five years to sort out ... mebbe Cameron wasn't expecting to win and the pages on his diary were deliberately left blank ... perhaps he was considering his very own grande depart ... but hey ho it would seem that the French and Germans have already made plans for 2017 that may just slightly get in the way ....
“The mood now is definitely to accelerate the process and give us the option of holding the referendum in 2016,” one source said. “We had always said that 2017 was a deadline rather than a fixed date.”
George Osborne, the chancellor, will meet other European finance ministers at a summit in Brussels on Tuesday... "
So what are the Labour Camp doing?
Our local Labour MEP's have been keeping a shrewd eye on all things European:
Jude Kirton-Darling: What does Britain and Belarus have in common ? http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jude-kirtondarling/human-rights-act_b_72...
Richard Corbett : "Get on board" http://www.britishinfluence.org/an_open_letter_to_david_cameron "Nowadays, the European Union is anyway one big, ongoing reform process. Right now, we (yes, we: Britain and our neighbouring countries, working together) are undertaking a massive and ongoing review of European legislation. For instance, we’ve just implemented a fundamental reform of the common fisheries policy. We’re investing heavily in cross-border competitiveness, deepening the single market, and updating our environmental protection rules. We’re improving transparency, rewriting the rulebook about how European laws are made, and hard-wiring impact assessments into the legislative process. And we’re focusing our efforts on areas where we all agree that acting together at European rather than national level will save money, or improve effectiveness, or both."
Hmmm - so mebbe the Twonk funded Tour de Yorkshire conveniently held one week before the General Election (thinks there some law about local authoritys funding political activities ....purdah or somin) but hey ho Democracy rules ... so mebbe the Twonks scored a few points?
Nope still can't see those 1.5 mil people lining the route ... ah well 'choose your weapons carefully' as me Pa used to say ...
Anyhow on a local level yours truly was 'surprised' (polite) to be elected to represent Newby Ward ..... be afraid, be very afraid .... best not mention wardrobes & Narnia .... nope not a touch of Lycra in sight ... however on a more serious note the 'blank' diary already has a memo :-)
How do working people get from Newby to Eastfield Industrial area and vice a versa - safely, efficiently and erm healthily. On a bike?
Might need to adjust some undergarments ;- )
ever the optimist