Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Executive responsibility 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
French elections latest polling
Downing Street denies March Constitution Discussions
Asked if the Prime Minister would be signing up to a document that might contain elements of the constitution at the forthcoming EU Summit, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) replied that this was somewhat surprising, as we had said in Berlin when we had stood beside Chancellor Merkel that the March Summit was not where this would be discussed. It was an economic summit in line with the practice that EU spring summits were economic ones, and it would focus on energy in particular.
The PMOS said that what was clear was that the first hurdle, as we had said all along, was that any new proposal would have to clear was French and Dutch public opinion. Given that there was an election coming up in France soon, that determined its own timing. What we were all waiting to hear was where Germany wanted to go on this. Any suggestions that were going to be serious discussions on this at the moment were premature.
Asked to clarify that not only would the leaders not sign up to such a thing, but also, they did not wish to talk about it either, the PMOS said that Chancellor Merkel had said that this was not the time for these discussions. The March summit would be about other matters, not the constitution.
Return of the EU Constitution
Friday, February 23, 2007
Looking back on EU Fines
In a move widely condemned as a political fudge, most ministers, including the chancellor, Gordon Brown, decided to suspend the sanctions mechanisms which could have brought heavy fines against Paris and Berlin for breaches of the euro-zone's stability and growth pact.
Critics labelled the deal - which gave the two countries until 2005 to get their deficits below the 3% of gross domestic product allowed under the pact - as "a blow to the foundations of monetary union" and a "sin". They warned it could have grave implications for European law and for the new EU constitutional treaty.
EU Costs to the UK
EU to fine Britain more than THREE HUNDRED MILLION POUNDS
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Lebanon and Iran
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The following is direct quote from the Best of British blog
Help Mark Coleman stay in Britain
Mark Coleman is facing deportation back to Zimbabwe. Britain is about to deport him even though all his relatives – parents, brothers, sisters – have now fled the Mugabe tyranny and there is no life for him there. This petition urges the Home Office to allow him to stay. It cannot be right to force the 28-year-old to face Mugabe's thugs alone when his lack of a British passport is based on a technicality and his lack of asylum on bureaucratic blindness. We hope you will sign the petition, and pass it on to friends and colleagues.
Mark was born in independent Zimbabwe. His father was born there while it was still the British colony of Southern Rhodesia, and his mother was born in India. His father's father was a British subject. His paternal great-grandfather was a British army surgeon, as was his maternal great-grandfather. . . His mother's father served in the British Army and was forced to work as a prisoner of war on the notorious bridge over the River Kwai. . .yet, because of a technicality, Coleman cannot have a British passport, cannot stay here and will soon be shipped back.
Please help by signing the petition and passing it on to friends and colleagues – it only takes a few seconds and could make a lifelong difference to Mark.