Slovakia’s parliament has voted against measures to bolster the powers of the eurozone bailout fund, seen as vital in combating the bloc’s debt crisis. The governing coalition had linked the vote to a confidence motion and as a result has effectively been toppled. Slovakia is the last of the eurozone’s 17 member states to vote on expanding the European Financial Stability Fund.

Then the bad..

“However, the BBC’s Rob Cameron says a second vote could be held soon and is likely to succeed.”

Good old Rob – getting in that by-line within seconds of the news breaking. Keep on repeating, the Eurozone will succeed, the Eurozone will succeed.
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  1. Roland Deschain says:

    That’s the EU for you.  Keep voting until you get the right result.  Once you have it, never allow another vote on that matter.


  2. Jock McKnock says:

    This story was reported earlier on 5 live drive, question from studio: Is it good or bad news in Bratislava? Answer from reporter, we are not sure yet but it could be bad.

    So one result is good and the other bad, clearly.


  3. John Horne Tooke says:

    I heard that there might be a problem with the vote this morning. The finacial chap talking said that the EU would change the percentage vote needed to get around democracy. (not his exact words but the meaning was the same).

    Voting on anything in the EU is pointless. No matter what, it does not stop what they want. Why do they bother?  We all know what the outcome would be.

    Listen to the bloody hypocrites:

    “Democracy is route to peace in Middle East, says David Cameron”

    Democracy could ‘collapse’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal unless urgent action is taken to tackle the debt crisis, the head of the European Commission has warned.

    Read more:

    Which best describes the EU?

    democracy = government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

    totalitarianism = a system of highly centralized government in which one political party or group takes control and grants neither recognition nor tolerance to other political groups.


  4. cjhartnett says:

    Heard nothing about this tonight yet on the BBC.
    Currently listening to Caroline Lucas getting the floor on Newsnight-oh and here`s Noel Gallagher talking about the riots.
    To be honest it`s all a surrealist blur. Noel turns out to be no less gauche than Susan Watts!
    Ah well ,Noels only flogging his CD just as Paxo is touting his book…all showbiz eh?


  5. Martin says:

    The Slovak’s have sussed that they pay on average a 300 Euro’s a year pension, whilst in Greece it’s 10,000 Euro’s.

    So like hell they want to bail out the Greeks, I’m amazed but not surprised that there really isn’t more outrage over Greece. Of course we get the lefty bleating that if we don’t fund the Greeks its good nigh to the the Euro. So what? Everyone just goes back to their own currency for day to day dealings.

    The Greeks really are a load of bone idle bastards, they need a massive kick up the arse.


    • Grant says:

      Yes, Martin, the love of many Europeans , especially on the Left for the Greeks has always puzzled me. Your last sentence pretty much sums them up.  


  6. John Horne Tooke says:

    So once agin socialists look for power only and not service to their country.

    “Some placed their hopes in Robert Fico, former prime minister and leader of the leftist opposition. But Mr Fico sensed an opportunity to wound and perhaps bring down the government, hastening early elections he is likely to win.
    What will happen next? A second vote will probably be held within days. With Mr Ficos’s support that vote is likely to succeed.”

    Comrade Rob Cameron (BBC)

    Notice the comrade does not seem to highlight how someone can vote against something one day but support it the next. But then again like Comrade Rob, Fico is a communist.

    Fico “not having noticed it (the revolution) due to being busy at work” (at the communist ministry of justice) and he has referred to the Velvet Revolution as “an ordinary coup that did not influence his life in any visible way.”


  7. tinks says:

    It must be difficult for the Slovaks given the pressure they will be under to make the ‘right’ decision. Talk about being bullied. It feels like an extortion racket.

    The BBC can always be trusted to put over an impartial, balanced analysis. Not.


  8. John Horne Tooke says:

    “..the most puzzling development in politics during the last decade is the apparent determination of Western European leaders to recreate the Soviet Union in Western Europe”.
    Mikhail Gorbachev


  9. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Funny how one of the smallest, more recent countries to join is the first one to really stand up to the crap.  This is not what they signed up for.


  10. Demon1001 says:

    Went on holiday to Slovakia last year.  Very friendly people but quite poor.  I do hope this works out for them.


  11. Reed says:

    As with Ireland – the No campaign has to win every time, the Yes campaign only once.


  12. joseph sanderson says:

    I strongly suspect that this time the Slovaks will be defeated in their attempts to bring some reason to the irrational leadership being shown in Brussels, however any short-term ‘win’ for the idiots in Brussels will be wiped out when German electorate go to the polls in next years elections, all the signs are pointing to a huge groundswell in ordinary Germans wishing to disengage from the Euro.

    The EU keeps trying to rewrite the rules and the ‘citizens’ of Europe are starting to wake up to thisfact, a clear example of this behaviour is the scandalous approach to the huge breaches of the Schengen agreement.

    If you are unaware we were treated to Denmark, then Italy and then France breached the rules for various reasons, we were then treated to the sight of the idiots in Brussels just ignoring what was happening and carried on as normal. The correct procedure as outlined in the EU’s charter would be that all three countries should have had their membership of the EU suspendend,this of course never happend as the suspensions would have triggered a constiutional meltdown.

    The same is true of this entire Euro debacle, the EU is the guilty party this time, yet the media seems to be in collusion with the EU to downplay how undemocratic and illegal the involvement of the EU has been?

    Whenever I read that the EU has sued a corporate company for price fixing or having to much market share it makes my blood boil, what is the EU if not a large unregulated company that makes policy without following any of the normal corporate best practise rules, cannot even get its finances in order, has three tiers of government the top level being unelected, forces countries to follow a Human Rights Act that is clearly inhumane to its own citizens and of course donates taxpayer money to causes which many people would rather it did not (Islamic countries, Environmental groups etc)?