Not so, Barroso!


On December 30th I got a call from LBC, asking if I could appear on their breakfast show next day at 8:30 on the 31st to comment on ex-Commission President Barroso’s recent remarks about Britain in Europe.   Then in the morning (as so often happens in this game) I was stood down because of pressure of other news.  But I’d given it a bit of thought, and made a few notes, so I thought perhaps I ought to share them with you.

If you missed Barroso’s remarks, he said that Cameron had “lost influence” in Europe and the world by floating the idea of an EU Referendum and Brexit; that where President Obama would have called London first, now he was more likely to call Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Given the opportunity, I would have said:

I am astonished by the bare-faced cheek of this former Portuguese Maoist, who presumes to pontificate about Britain’s place in the world.  He is saying that Britain would have less influence as a great and independent global trading nation than it has as an off-shore province in a dysfunctional EU.  Yet some of us believe him.  We in Britain tend to undersell ourselves.  OK, we’re not top nation any more, as we arguably were in Victorian times.  But we’re a top-ten global economy; a top-ten trading nation; even (despite the coalition’s cuts) a top-ten military power.

We’re one of the most globally-connected countries in the world: UN Security Council; OECD; OSCE; World Bank; NATO; Commonwealth — the list is endless, and the idea that we’d be “isolated” if not ruled from Brussels is both offensive and absurd.

There is no question of being more influential as an EU member.  We have very little influence within the EU, which has a structural bias against northern “Anglo-Saxon” countries.  Any voice we have is filtered through the Brussels Bureaucracy.  British interests are submerged under the interests of 27 other member-states.  We have no direct representation on the WTO, where we are “represented” (or not) by the EU.

As for President Obama (not the most pro-British of American Presidents) the issue is not that he calls Merkel rather than Cameron.  The issue is that the USA has chosen to look West, to the Pacific, not East towards Europe, in this 21st Century.  And they’ve done that because America can see what the rest of the world also sees: a Europe in long-term relative decline, partly for demographic reasons, but largely because of perverse political decisions on the €uro currency and monetary policy; on energy policy; and on social and employment policy, which are condemning the EU to economic failure, and which Brussels seems constitutionally unable to address.

Through our membership of the EU we are tethered to a corpse.  It’s time to cut loose.

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28 Responses to Not so, Barroso!

  1. Anne says:

    Just one little Cross FOR UKIP.

    Just one little cross, that is all that it takes,
    To change this great country of ours.
    Just one little cross that I will make one day,
    For a history to read down the years.
    Just one little cross for those that say,
    They will earn the money we pay,
    For they will govern this Country of ours
    And take back, what others gave away.

    One little cross we have over the years,
    Placed by names of those parties known well,
    But long gone is the hope, the faith, the trust,
    For they took us down the path to Hell.
    Just one little cross for those that dare
    The truth to speak loud and clear,
    We know what we see, is what we will get,
    So there is nothing now left to fear.

  2. omanuel says:


    Today I am convinced world leaders cannot solve the problems that they created. The salvation of mankind lies in personal realization that powerful but invisible force fields from the Sun’s pulsar core are the same spiritual forces our ancestors worshipped at the dawning of each new day !

    “Solar energy,” Advances in Astronomy (submitted 1 Sept 2014)

    • Ex-expat Colin says:

      HNY to you and yours. We realise that we are in deep sh*t I think, just working a way out.

      • Anne says:

        All we have to do to “Work a way out” of the EU is to fill that House of Commons with UKIP in the coming General Election in 2015. It may well be the only way out of the EU, for I think Roger could tell you what is to come from the EU to its 28 Member Country’s, for they, unlike our own MP’s and Government, think well ahead and they have little “goodies” ready for us all in 2020, 2030 and a couple for 2050, the latter regarding the ‘Environment” although how exactly the EU knows what the environment will be like so far ahead, sure beats me! And I am not in UKIP or any other Political Party-never have been and never will be, but I was in that last WAR and had it not been for Churchill many alive “TODAY” might never have been born. Far better to vote for those that want FREEDOM from foreign rule than elect those that want to be Governed by foreigners which our own Constitution FORBIDS.-that was why we went to war in 1939..

  3. Flyinthesky says:

    “Today I am convinced world leaders cannot solve the problems that they created. ”
    I don’t think they want to, most of the problems created are their solutions. The eu being a classic example. It has evolved into not recifying a positon but maintaining a place within it. Anyone off message is unlikely to attain a place within it.
    Those within it, the ones who could effect a change have a vested interest, their own, not to.

    • omanuel says:

      They are no different than you and me. They do not know how to escape the “Red Matrix of Deceit” they themselves created to save the world after Stalin emerged victorious from unreported CHAOS & FEAR of worldwide nuclear annihilation in AUG-SEPT 1945 to form the United Nations on 24 OCT 1945.

      • omanuel says:

        Members of the Geophysics Sections of the US National Academy of Sciences (NS) and the UK Royal Society (RS) are now afraid to admit that they deceived the public for sixty-nine years, falsely claiming:

        1. Stars burn, rather than make and discharge, hydrogen to inter-stellar space, and

        2. Neutrons attract, rather than repel, other neutrons in cores of heavy atoms, some planets, ordinary stars and galaxies.

        Who is willing to forgive those who helped Stalin enslave the world in return for research grants and awards after WWII ended?

        That unpalatable ending to sixty-nine years of deceit is in the best interest of humanity.

      • Flyinthesky says:

        The problem we have is experts in lots of areas have become consesuses, they have accepted positions, not by personal research and understanding but based on the perceived gravitas of the originators and personal career development and continuance. Some of these positions have become so big there is no way of reconsidering while maintaining credibility. So on they go vociferously defending the indefensible.

  4. Ian Terry says:

    Great piece Roger pity you did not get the chance to deliver it.

    The EU has passed its sell by date and now is so totally out of step with the real needs for countries and their population. The only thing constant in life is CHANGE. That time has come for the UK before we are dragged further into the cesspit of madness called the EU

  5. rollo57 says:

    Government as we knew them, no longer exist, we have been usurped by Banksters and Corporates, thugs in suits! As US prepares to push Russia towards WW3, we must hope that the China – Russia economic union, gets first punch!
    “The Chinese hold a very large amount of dollar-denominated financial assets. Just as the Federal Reserve’s agents, the bullion banks, dump massive shorts onto the bullion futures markets during periods of little activity in order to drive down the bullion price, China can dump the equivalent in US Treasuries of years of Quantitative Easing in a few minutes. If the Federal Reserve quickly creates dollars with which to purchase the enormous quantity of Treasuries so that the financial house of cards does not implode, the Chinese can then dump the dollars that they are paid for the bonds in the currency market. Whereas the Federal Reserve can print dollars with which to purchase the Treasuries, the Fed cannot print foreign currencies with which to buy the dollars.
    The dollar would collapse, and with it the power of the Hegemon. The war would be over without a shot or missile fired.”
    People need to wake up to ‘WHO’ is controlling these so-called-governing-bodies, The likes of JP Morgan and Rothschild, Rockerfellla’s, Warburgs and Schroder’s.
    Here’s the next crash all laid out;

    • Roger Helmer MEP says:

      Nice idea, Rollo, but governments do govern — indeed they’ve abandoned the old socialist dogma of nationalisation, because they’ve found it’s much cheaper to control industry with regulation than with ownership. I’m afraid the idea that the world is run by a cabal of corporates is just another one of those daft conspiracy theories — like con-trails are drugs sprayed by governments on the people, or that the moon landings were filmed on a back-lot in Hollywood. Believe it if you like. I prefer to live in the real world.

      • rollo57 says:

        Roger, have a look here; we wont be able to access Article 50 or Repeal European Communities Act 1972, after 31st March 2017, when we become FULLY INTEGRATED?

      • rollo57 says:

        Actually Roger, they don’t, otherwise UKIP wouldn’t exist! We have been given the ‘image’ of democracy, yet all along we’ve been dictated to, these last 45 years. I believe what this ex US General said in Syria, to whole Middle East press; is true! He’s named names and STILL is, in the real world he’d be in jail for what he’s accused these people of? We, like Greece and the rest of Europe, are in austerity, struggling to survive, while all the ‘borrowed’ money goes to Bankers, £600bn so far? Corporations are making deals with EU, they’ve already given all the work to Far East? TTIP will be their Slaves Charter, which is why EU insist on ‘Free Movement’. Just look at our Trade figures, in managed decline since 1975, in 1997 they were 28% of GDP, last year 7.5% of GDP and THIS IS GOOD? Take the ‘DEBT’ away from GDP and there’s nothing left, the ‘LongTermEconomicScam’ is built on sand & lies!

        The government these last couple of weeks have been pulling out all the stops, because three Moslim girls went to Syria, WHERE is the outrage for the 1400 Rotherham girls? There is an Agenda and we Christians are part of it, the Internet doesn’t help them, as we access information they can’t hide? THE SAME THING IS HAPPENING IN TO MANY COUNTRIES, AT THE SAME TIME?????

      • Jane Davies says:

        There is no outrage for the 1400 Rotherham girls because of the shame of it all and Cameron doesn’t do shame on the world stage. But the three who have disappeared to join ISIS join others who have done the same from here in Canada and no doubt other countries. That is something Cameron can bang on about as this particular dollop of mud cannot possible be made to stick on him or his band of merry millionaires.

    • omanuel says:

      The JP Morgans, the Rockerfella’s, etc all favored Stalin’s decision to save the world and themselves from nuclear annihilation by:

      1. Forming the United Nations on 24 OCT 1945

      2. Forbidding public knowledge of the energy that destroyed Hiroshima by

      3. Paying geophysicists to build a “RED MATRIX OF DECEIT” about energy in cores of heavy atoms, some planets, ordinary stars and galaxies.

      The apparent “conflict” between Russia, China and the West may well be engineered to promote public support for an open, one-world government.

  6. Jane Davies says:

    Much like Laurel and Hardy the EU has got itself in a fine mess but Barroso and his cronies are never going to admit what is patently obvious to those of us who are excluded from the boarding the gravy train, not that I would want to anyway we are just the schmucks who have to pay for it, that this whole thing is total failure. There is no longer a sticking plaster big enough to cover this gaping wound but then it takes stature and balls to admit failure and we all know the incumbents of the EU parliament have neither except members of UKIP, of course!
    It’s a pity you were stood down Roger as what you planned to say was spot on….maybe you can use it another time as the subject matter will be still be relevant up until the day the UK can extricate itself from this megalith that is dragging the country down and rise again like a phoenix from the ashes.

  7. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Who paint shopped his fag out? I understood Obama wanted UK to lever the EU for the furtherance (ease) of the USA’s interests. So no referendum there then!

    We’d have more influence if we stopped arching the money up the wrong walls. And stopped borrowing it. Its all about big money and I really hope Russia will show the EU/West how useless they have are. Give it time.

  8. Maureen Gannon says:

    Happy New Year one and All .

    May UKIP kick lottsa butts and remove the shackles that bind us.

  9. dave roderick says:

    you state the usa is looking east but they are still interfering in the west look at the ukraine caused by us and eu and now trying to cause problems in hungary when will they ever stop it is all about saving the dollar witch will collapse shortly

  10. “It is time to cut loose.”
    But how?

    • Roger Helmer MEP says:

      UKIP will keep up the pressure on other parties — remember Cameron only made his referendum promise (however specious) because of UKIP pressure. And we’ll get a referendum. The more people vote UKIP, the sooner we’ll be there. The actual mechanism for Brexit will be either an Act of Parliament in Westminster repealing the European Communities Act, or Article 50.

      • DICK R says:

        Even more enjoyable will be watching and cheering as the whole corrupt stinking mess implodes in chaos and anarchy as the German taxpayers finally realise that they are being taken for mugs and refuse to hand over any more of their hard earned money to put of the inevitable collapse of the Eurozone .

      • Jane Davies says:

        UK taxpayers are doing bugger all about protesting the haemorrhaging of their hard earned into the EU blackhole, what will it take for these folks to rise up and demand an end to this theft or are the British people now so diluted with incomers that the British Bulldog of our past has now become a toothless mongrel?

      • Maureen Gannon says:

        Jane you have hit the nail on the head the English have had their identity sucked from them, have continuously been made to feel guilty, pc and the thought police have done an excellent job.
        Boris the buffoon closed London down with police and 8 foot steel gates so he could rake in a few pounds, why was there no protests that Londoners could not walk the streets of their hometown, no media coverage ,and when tourists asked where to buy tickets ? the friendly cop’s response “London is Closed. Wales and Scotland are allowed to be nationalistic and proud, the English try it and are called racist,
        Happy New Year .

      • Anne says:

        We cannot rely on the Conservatives on getting into Government again to allow having “the Promised REFERENDUM”. The only way we may get out-and it is very important to get out of the EU, for the EU has legislation for 2020, 2030, and a couple for 2050-yes, they look far ahead indeed. We are already allegedly over a trillion pounds in debt already, and is it any wonder when we have got over 750 in the House of Lords that are paid-plus expenses for every day they attend, and we have a full House of Commons that can only obey the orders of foreigners WHICH OUR CONSTITUTION FORBIDS US DOING SO-that was what that last WAR was all about. PREVENTING FOREIGNERS GOVERNING US.

      • rollo57 says:

        Roger, the QMV has been rewritten, Article 50 and Repealing European Communities Act 1972, will not be possible after 31st March 2017, when we become FULLY INTEGRATED into EU! See my blog with links to old and new drafts. We now need 20 countries and their populations must be 65% of EU population?
        This is why Cameron said LATE 2017,……..Stitched up or what?

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