Wednesday, January 24, 2007

You can trust Tone



Prime Minister’s Questions are pointless. Indeed, the whole PMQ set-piece has degenerated into a colourful display of evasion and false outrage from His Tonyness. Of course, he clearly feels that his time would be more usefully employed sowing peace and prosperity in Persia, Mesopotamia and the Holy Land. Or lining up business contacts for his post-premiership career in the US…
Todays session was another exercise in blaming the Conservatives for everything and not answering perfectly legitimate questions.
But first, he began, as ever, with his now ritualised expression of (fake) grief and condolences over the death of another British soldier in Iraq. Private Michael Tench was only 18 years old.
Then TB proceeded to the urgent task of being slippery...
Tory Sir Michael Spicer asked if the EU will "take control of our criminal law." No they won't replied Blair. More evasion….The EU has every intention of taking "control" of our criminal law. As Tories have pointed out for years, the EU constitution conceals measures for handing over sovereignty over a number of key areas, including defence, tax and law and order. Under the constitution Britain will not be able to use its veto to stop EU legislation that defines serious crimes and sentences for such crimes. Britain will also not be able to veto efforts by the EU to expand the area of criminal law over which the Union takes control. The EU Constitution, in addition to expanding the powers of Europol, will also demand the standardisation of law enforcement and policing.
And the Constitution (in some form or other) is firmly back on track. German chancellor Angela Merkel expressed herself with great clarity on this point when talking to MEP’s last week.
The Prime Minister’s silence is deafening. His evasiveness without equal.

5 comments:

Voyager said...

PM Questions is how the British laughably hold the Executive to account.

The system was not designed for rigid party machines and frankly the institution is failing miserably. What is missing is a Colonel Pride to send the MPs to Hell

CityUnslicker said...

I am worried by Merkel coming out with this constitution revival at Davos. I just hope Sarko wins in France to give the EU the right-wing balance it needs to fight this.

Peter Hitchens said...

well written as ever , but maybe we should all just start our blogs with ...
"Tony Blair is a shit thick cunt who should be in jail for about a week then hung by the neck until dead"
Imagine how many blogging hours that could save?

istanbultory said...

Sarko would be a vast improvement...except on EU matters where the man is a confirmed federalist. He will push for a treaty or a revised constitution just as hard as Merkel.
Peter, obviously I agree. All remarks dealing with Blair should include a reference to the cunt factor. It would free up a lot of blogging time....

Newmania said...

I disagree with Voyager. I like Party Politics if only we could back to it. You horrify me with theses tales of further EU outrage IT.