Dec 13, 2011

Memo David Cameron: eurosceptics aren’t really on your side

The EU has its problems. Not just economic, but more deep-seated issues to do with its "democratic deficit" -- the way the union has been managed by elites and unaccountable bureaucrats.

Charles Richardson — Editor of The World is not Enough

Charles Richardson

Editor of The World is not Enough

The European Union clearly has its problems. Big problems. Not just the obvious economic troubles that currently dominate the headlines, but more deep-seated issues to do with its “democratic deficit” — the way that union has been managed by elites and unaccountable bureaucrats, often running ahead of public opinion and alienating those whose support it will need in a crisis.

So its easy to understand the support in some circles for David Cameron’s refusal to travel further down the road of EU integration – a stance that he calls “protect[ing] Britain’s national interest”: “I am absolutely clear that it is possible to be a both a full, committed and influential member of the EU but to stay out of arrangements where they do not protect our interests.”

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6 thoughts on “Memo David Cameron: eurosceptics aren’t really on your side

  1. Bill Williams

    Excellent Charles….and absolutely, nationalistic self-interest takes a variety of forms. I suspect that a culture long born out of being isolated from Europe by the English channel blinds many Brits to the possiblity of what the EU could be with a 100% commitment from the UK including Eurozone membership. None of my British friends seem to be able to look at the EU other than in terms of the threat it represents to their perception of the UK’s self interest. Even Ed Miliband and Paddy Ashdown seem only able to look at the EU from the perspective of a more intelligent form of British nationalism: “we will be worse off out of the union”. I haven’t read anything written by a Brit that considers the possibility of how much stronger and beneficial for its members the EU could be if it had the benefit of a fully committed UK…..and that even the EU’s current difficulties might have been less significant had the EU enjoyed 100% UK support and eurozone membership. I would be very pleased to be directed to the writing of any Bristish journalist who considered the possibility that Britain’s decision to stay out of the Eurozone might have been a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Of course it’s not too late, at least in theory. If intelligent, good authority prevails, at this stage, two things will happen:
    1. The British will recognise that David Cameron made a terrible mistake and attempt to rectify it.
    2. The other 26 EU members will also recognise how much stronger the EU would be with a committed UK as a full member, and make it easy to welcome the UK back without too much Gallic chest thumping and Teutonic cane wielding.

    I hope that David Cameron might get to read your memo, Charles. I certainly hope that Guy Rundle does.

  2. Davies Ben

    Joseph Paul Goebbels, Nazi quotes:

    Not every item of news should be published. Rather must those who control news policies endeavor to make every item of news serve a certain purpose.

    after weeks of bullshit in the newspaper he can bang his fist on his chest tarzan style

    Hermann Goering, Nazi quotes:

    Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

    who wants to be told we are in a great depression…

    welcome to nationalism

    as i’ve said i’m not interested in arguing with cheryl or anyone who keeps spewing out newspaper garbage

  3. Davies Ben

    waiting moderation..

  4. Davies Ben

    6 quarters of no growth is called a depression keep selling newspapers in the cato/heritage foundation ideological manner…

    the hillsong church is our saviour

  5. sebster

    “Jean-Pierre Chevènement, a presidential candidate and leader of the
    far right in France”…

    Chevènement is from the left. Undeniably and indubitably.

    (You can tell by his glasses)

    The substance of Richardson’s analysis of J-P is however essentially


  6. Charles Richardson

    @Bill: Thanks for that – nice to be appreciated.

    @Sebster: Yes, “far right” was probably too simplistic a description for Chevènement. He does indeed originally come from the left, but he’s fallen out with all of the mainstream left forces & I’d say his support base (such as it is) is probably now more right than left. But he defies easy classification.

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