The exchanges over the last 48 hours between the Prime Minister and President of the European Commission, show just how much of a mismatch exists between what our nation apparently wants in its relationship with other EU nations, and what at least one influential “unelected bureaucrat” believes is achievable. At the same time UKIP whose role in European Politics is so much more significant than its size or support justifies has been searching around for a new MEP to join its rag tag and bobtail grouping in the EUP since a Latvian MEP resigned from the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group. The loss of the MEP meant that the group which UKIP founded to be counted as on the top table of representatives would lose its influence and funding as it fell below the size and number of national representatives needed to qualify for at least £1M of our money and seats on various committees, which also attract funding that come from our taxes. The views of the Polish MEP are reported here, he is not the sort of person any of us would want to meet in polite company, yet Mr Farage has agreed to work with him for what one can only imagine are very strange reasons.
The deceit of UKIP that claims in public to hold all sorts of principles regarding standing alone in order to maintain Independence and apparently being against all sorts of extreme views such as those espoused by Mr Korwin-Mikke apparently knows no limits. However our own Prime Minister is also guilty of dishonesty and rank hypocrisy. According to Mr Cameron “at the heart of that renegotiation we need to address people’s concerns about immigration. I’m very clear about who the boss is, about who I answer to and it is the British people. They want this issue fixed, they’re not being unreasonable about it. I will fix it.” It would be ridiculous to assume that Mr Barrosso does not have his own knowledge of what is popular in the UK and that there are strong feelings against the EU, but it is just as stupid to pretend that we have been given any say on Europe and made a judgement. If David Cameron wanted to tell us he believes we are the boss, it might have helped if he had done so before he reorganised the health service that he promised not to do, or before he introduced a new form of Police Governance at an election in the Winter with almost no funds to publicise its purpose. It might have been better to do so before he introduced the deeply unpopular part 2 of the Lobbying Bill, or decided that fracking was a way of solving our energy needs, or introduced the DRIP legislation without public debate, or has promised English Devolution without any indication of what that looks like. I could write more, but that is the gist of my challenge to a man who claims he knows who the boss is!