Daily Debrief May 7th

Most of the papers focus on the election results, and especially the success of Labour’s Sadiq Khan as London Mayor.  Nonetheless there is some EU coverage.

Gove: We’ll need urgent security legislation after Brexit

The main headline in the Telegraph reports Gove’s speech in which he calls for immediate emergency legislation after a Brexit vote to secure our borders and to prevent any adverse or punitive decisions by the ECJ, which he (rightly) describes as “a rogue court”.  He also argues (again rightly) that our public services will be unable to cope with a further influx of European immigration if we vote to remain.

“Farage & UKIP the true winners of the elections”

This claim appears on the front page of the Express, which like the other papers carries extensive election coverage. The paper also reports Nigel Farage’s comment that UKIP’s strong showing on Thursday augers well for the Brexit referendum.

“EU disintegration not if, but when”

The Express cites a report by a group of financial experts including Colin Ellis of Moody’s which points out the vulnerabilities of the Euro and the EU economies, which represent an existential threat to the European project.  The threat is not merely economic, but also political, as anti-EU feeling rises in many member-states.  We in Britain have the opportunity to spearhead the drive for a new Europe of independent democratic states, based on free trade and voluntary intergovernmental cooperation, by voting for Brexit on June 23rd.

Democracy, EU-Style

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has explicitly called for Prime Ministers of EU Member-States to be “full-time Europeans”, and to ignore the views of their voters. I have often said that the EU institutions have a towering contempt for public opinion and for ordinary voters.  Now we have confirmation straight from the horse’s mouth (though some may feel that a more appropriate metaphor might be “ass” rather than “horse”).

Of course we’ve seen it all before, in Brussels’ repeated rejection of referendum results.  But this is a frank admission of what we in the Brexit camp argue – that the EU undermines our democracy.  It is not so much that the EU is undemocratic, as that it is anti-democratic.

Corbyn postpones call for the UK to open its borders to Turkey

After pressure from colleagues, Jeremy Corbyn has postponed a proposed visit to Istanbul, where he was planning to call for early EU accession for Turkey, allowing its 79 million people free access to the UK.  Corbyn seems to have no sense of how his pronouncements may affect public opinion.  Immigration is not a big issue in Islington, so the Labour Leader simply can’t get his head round the idea that it might matter elsewhere – not least in Labour heartlands.

The decision to delay the visit, and the call for Turkish accession, until after the Referendum on June 23rd demonstrates the cynicism of the Remain Camp.  Skeletons remain locked in cupboards until after the vote.  Remember that EU Commission Vice President Sefcovic has promised “a tsunami of new legislation” – but not until after June.

Meantime David Cameron has been criticised for his two-faced attitude on Turkey.  He and his government have firmly supported Turkish accession.  In a speech in Istanbul he said he was the strongest supporter of Turkish aspirations.  Yet just days ago in London he said that Turkish accession would not happen “for decades”, and that voters should ignore it in the referendum.

Turkey steps up anti-EU rhetoric

I reported yesterday that the replacement of Turkey’s Prime Minister could threaten the fragile EU/Turkey migrant deal.  Now Turkish President Erdogan has raised the stakes, insisting that he will not dilute Turkey’s anti-terrorism laws to appease Brussels. This could become a major headache for Merkel and Juncker.

“Britons involved in migrant traffic”

Following the incident in Belgium where police fired on a British-registered vehicle which then crashed on a motorway, the Telegraph reports that a French Prosecutor says British nationals and British registered cars regularly feature in people trafficking activities.   Dunkirk’s Prosecutor says she is now pursuing fifteen trafficking cases involving UK-registered vehicles.

Of course the use of a British-registered vehicle (possibly stolen) does not in itself prove the involvement of British nationals.  But the UK authorities should take note and investigate the French claims.

The paper also reports that border fences erected in Hungary and elsewhere to keep out migrants are not solving the problem.  The migrants are breaking through or circumventing the fences.

The Pope calls for open borders

In a speech in the Vatican yesterday, the Pope called on Europe to reassert its humanity by welcoming all those migrants who wish to come. It is easy to sit in the Vatican and tell others to be generous, but the Pope gave no hint that he understood the social, economic and political implications of his proposal.  He should perhaps also reflect that the arrival of millions of immigrants from Africa and the Middle East may not be very positive for the future of the Roman Catholic Church.

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14 Responses to Daily Debrief May 7th

  1. Kevan Chippindall-Higgin says:

    Good old Juncker. I love him to bits. Can we get him here on tour to promote the EU? Would it not be fabulous to have him stand up and tell our country and her voters that they are irrelevant and must be ignored? If this is his way of promoting greater integration, bring it on.

  2. Shieldsman says:

    I see you have picked up on Jean-Claude Junckers speech in Rome, hidden from view by the BBC.

    Breitbart has an interesting article: France’s Front National is now attracting voters of all ages, as a recent poll has revealed the Eurosceptic, anti-immigration party is now the top choice for 18-30 year olds.
    With between 27 and 31 per cent of French youth saying they are ready to vote for Marine Le Pen, Le Point notes that the time of the Front National’s widespread demonisation now seems long gone.
    Having voted decisively in the country’s 2012 elections for the current head of state, Francois Hollande, Le Monde reports that the latest study, done by Ifop for France’s National Association of Boards for Children and Youth (Anacej), shows young people in France have turned their back on the Socialist Party President.

    Amid violent protests over new labour reforms that will make the process of hiring and firing new staff easier for employers, Le Monde comments that never before has the bust-up between Mr Hollande and the country’s youth seemed so irreversible.

    Moody’s “EU disintegration not if, but when” shows that staying in the EU is a greater danger than Osborne’s trumped up financial jiggery-pokery

  3. Mark Anthony says:

    It seems the EU is making its future agenda known to us. That will certainly (and hopefully) boost Brexit support. Will the general public want to stay in a Union (read Empire) that will not listen to the voters?

    Regarding the last article on the Pope pushing open borders, as a Roman Catholic let me inform everyone that a lot of Catholics are fed up with the Pope pushing these agendas. He is doing it to be politically correct and to get media attention. Support for Pope Francis, like the EU, is falling. Funny, the Vatican is not part of the EU and so doesn’t have open borders policy. Secondly, when the Pope went to Greece to pull his “humanitarian” stunt, he took in 12 Muslim families. He was originally going to take some Christian families, but dumped them because “they didn’t have any papers”! As a Catholic, I find it rather insulting that the Pope would leave Christians behinds, whilst complaining that no one is helping them, as do a lot of Catholics! Let us be clear – Pope Francis is a Socialist, and loves the idea of open borders, lenient punishment of crime and the whole raucous of Socialism. He even accepted Communist symbols from the President of Bolivia! Again, a lot of Catholics, even liberal Catholics, are turning of him quicker than milk can turn. People are fed up with his political correctness. Pope Francis loves the limelight, the media attention and the celebrity that goes with it. Far from being “humble”, he is quiet vain, and from what the Cardinals in the Vatican have said, quite dictatorial and totalitarian. He doesn’t like people challenging his power. Maybe he should retire from the Papacy and become an EU Commission President!

  4. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    I remember our fork-tongued Prime Minister, having a problem with the loose mouthed, noisy – Mr. Juncker on his appointment as head of Commission ! Could it be that Jean Claude, has brought the rough truth into play against Mr. Cameron ? I do hope so !

  5. Oliver K. Manuel says:


  6. RODNEY OLLEY says:

    As a practicing Catholic I never thought I would say it but I think to old boy is losing his marbles. The Calais squatters are living in squalor by their own choice but if we allowed them en masse to come here and given the present situation re housing they would probably just exchange the squalor of France for the squalor of the UK. What is worse is that the demands they would make on our economy and housing would sentence a lot of our own people to join them in their misery. If the continental countries which are massively larger than we cannot offer room to the squatters what makes anyone think this tiny island could do any better.

  7. Shieldsman says:

    Looking on the bright side.
    ‘Younger voters’ have the attention span of gnats with knowledge and intellects to match, and are unlikely to make it out of bed or tear themselves away from the mind-rotting social media on their ‘device’ to which they are glued 24/24, and make it to the poll booth.

  8. Jane Davies says:

    Mega conflict of interest here, why are the people who pay for this Tory propaganda machine not protesting and withholding licence fees?

    • Ex-expat Colin says:

      You been reading this stuff Jane…the comments:
      Fort McMurray Wildfire – Climate or Incompetence?


      • Jane Davies says:

        Yes I read this a couple of days ago. We have more than 100 fires in BC too and some evacuations, it is very dry everywhere. As yet it has not been ascertained what caused the Fort Mac fire , it is thought it was man made, idiots going into the bush and camping and not making sure camp fires are fully out before leaving. But we will not know for sure for a while yet as it is still burning and devouring forests and homes.
        Our politicians here are still banging on about fighting climate change, as if anyone can stop it! We cannot stop a natural occurrence that has been happening for trillions of years we have to adapt to it, but hey let’s not let the truth get in the way of a scam that lifts billions of hard earned out of the pockets of taxpayers.
        There are already wack jobs coming out of the woodwork blaming the fire as a retribution for the oil sands etc….no doubt the bible bashers will have something more to say soon, watch this space!
        Meanwhile people are pulling together to help those left with nothing to go back to, as we all do in times of great need. WestJet are ferrying people and their pets, who can travel in the cabin, for free and Air Canada jacked up their prices until being shown up for what they are, the word ‘greedy’ doesn’t cover it, then they blamed a computer glitch, yeah right, go tell that to the marines! It is just so sad that two youngsters have lost their lives because of this fire, possessions can be replaced. Our thoughts are with them and we hope for an end to this monster of a fire soon, but it seems to be getting bigger by the hour, if you have a god pray for rain and lots of it. If like me you don’t then send positive thoughts this way across the pond.

  9. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    We are awakening, worldwide, to a web of deceit that George Orwell predicted we would realize thirty-two years ago, in Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    Nations and national academies of sciences were united on 24 OCT 1945, the internal composition of the Sun was changed from

    _ a.) Mostly iron (Fe) in 1945 to
    _ b.) Mostly hydrogen (H) in 1946, and

    Orwell moved from London to the Scottish Isle of Jura in 1946 to start writing “1984.”

  10. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    The composition of the Sun was changed in 1946:

    Click to access ASSOA-2-005.pdf

    The scam continues with claims there is “No Sun-like dynamo on the active star ζ Andromedae . . . “

    All stars produce hydrogen by neutron-decay and discard this waste product to interstellar space in stellar winds, driven by the deep-seated magnetic fields that protrude through the photosphere as sunspots.

  11. “Jean-Claude Juncker has explicitly called for Prime Ministers of EU Member-States to be “full-time Europeans””

    Then why should I vote for them?

    Any candidate who wants my vote will be expressly NOT a full-time European. What’s more, following Cameron’s treacherous leadership, he will have a firm track record of opposing the European Union.

    Welcome to the world of democracy, Mr Juncker. I appreciate you have no concept of how it works, but I think you’re going to find out. Probably the hard way.

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