I'm glad you mentioned pensions because if Dave had signed us up to this new treaty it would have meant a Tobin tax on financial transactions. Who would pay for this ? The savers, the borrowers and the pension funds ie: you, me and the rest of joe public. As 50% of Europe's financial transactions are done in London everyone here would have a smaller pension upon retirement, everyone here slightly less interest on savings, everyone here would have a slightly more expensive mortgage. We would be paying for the rest of our lives to save the Euro. Did you vote for that ? did I ? No we didn't.
Interesting poll out today 62% think Dave has done the right thing, 19 against and 19 don't knows.
The best thing that could happen now would be for the Lib Dems to leave the coalition forcing the Tories to call an election. Dave would win by a country mile.
Last edited by -Keith-; 11th Dec 2011 at 12:30.
If you're offended by any assistance I give, it says far more about you than it does me.
Trying to catch up with all the ins and outs I found this article quite an interesting one:-
"eurozone and other EU countries to provide up to 200bn euros to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help debt-stricken eurozone members" - hmmm wonder where that would be coming from on top of all that already provided.
" "automatic consequences" for countries whose public deficit exceeds 3% of GDP" - I shouldn't laugh.
"However, some countries - such as the Republic of Ireland, which is in the eurozone - have a constitutional requirement to hold a referendum on any major transfer of powers to the EU.The Irish Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton, told the Reuters news agency the probability of a referendum was "50-50 and we will be looking at the detail over the next couple of weeks"." - Wonder how many referendums will be needed for the answer that suits them - even if it appears the constitutional requirement might be overlooked in this case :-S
"French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the sticking point had been Mr Cameron's insistence on a protocol allowing London to opt-out on proposed change on financial services.
"We could not accept this," he said." - Wonder why they couldn't accept it, surely it would have been a simple agreement to add or is it the sticky little fingers?
Not the UK as a whole really, the banks that operate in the UK. The institutions that are largely responsible for the mess that we're all currently in!
I believe that Dave has put party before country and seriously damaged our future ability to prosper.
Here's an interesting article that outlines some other, more expert, opinions on the issue...
As for our biggest companies, well the bosses of three of them (none of whom would be seen as pro-European zealots) have all said to me that they are unhappy about the prime minister removing himself from the negotiating table not only on the future of the eurozone but also - potentially - on other issues of huge importance to the UK.
Here is what one said to me: "Margaret Thatcher was a constant thorn in the side of European leaders, but she never vacated the negotiating table; I am anxious by the implications of what the prime minister has done."In fact, as all the business leaders to whom I spoke were quick to point out, the decision by the 17 eurozone nations - plus as many as nine other EU states - to opt for an intergovernmental agreement that excludes the UK raises the prospect of this group becoming (explicitly or implicitly) the decision-making body for all EU economic and business issues, especially those relating to the single market.
Anyway, getting the thread back on track (where's the forum's unofficial politics moderator when he's really needed ?), I sent off our applications today. Twelve quid-odd for the Special return post ! I'll report back in due course.
You should get a few more Euro to your GB Pounds now though :-)
Anyway, sent the applications back on Monday with a covering letter explaining that stepdaughter's biological father doesn't have a passport. Got everything back today with multi-entry visas (which gives us the opportunity to visit friends in Finland in February or March if we can afford it). Well done and thanks to the German Embassy for a very efficient service.
Germans normally are AntonyB,
Vorsprung derk tecknic, or something like that