You have probably all seen those old war films set in the Stalag Lufts where the POWs set up a fight to distract the guards whilst others dig their way to freedom.
The thought entered my mind, cynic that I am, that the fisticuffs between Jean-Claude Juncker in the EU’s corner and David Cameron in the UKIP-lite corner were similarly somewhat staged, in this case for the benefit of British Eurosceptics in order to make it look like Cameron was ‘tough on Europe’, especially as he negotiates reforms….something we are supposed to take note of ahead of the referendum as stated by…
former Conservative minister Bernard Jenkin who said Mr Cameron had “demonstrated that he is going to be a very tough negotiator” when it came to reform talks.
“He’s not going to be a pushover. And that will have an effect. That will strengthen his credibility with our European partners.”
More importantly it was also meant to strengthen his crediblity at home with the voters.
Even though we know Cameron is desperate to stay in Europe it is undoubtedly all complete nonsense, wild conspiracy and over active imagination on my part….
Still, the thought entered my mind again when I heard that Juncker had made an appointment that surprised everyone:
The UK could get some of what it wants in Europe – and it’s thanks to Jean-Claude Juncker
The City’s expectations that the UK would be given a standalone financial services brief were so low that it by and large opposed the job’s split from the Internal Market Portfolio. The shock in Brussels when it was announced that Lord Hill would be given this responsibility reverberated all the way to London.
Dealing with financial services isn’t the total of Lord Hill’s duties, either. He will also have to deliver Juncker’s grand aim of creating a ‘Capital Markets Union’. The implications for this are two-fold: Firstly, the UK will have significant scope to deepen the Single Market and unlock its full growth potential – which happens to be one of its key priorities for EU reform. Secondly, Britain’s Commissioner will have an enormous role to play in implementing the banking union as well as building on it.
This will go some way to mollifying concerns that the UK will be sidelined and disadvantaged by the deepening of Eurozone integration. Instead, through the work of Lord Hill, it will be central to these discussions.
Britain will be ‘central to the discussions’ on the deepening of Eurozone integration?
Hardly sounds like the UK has been sidelined or that Cameron had genuinely upset the EU bureaucrats does it? And ‘deepening Eurozone integration’? Isn’t that the complete opposite of what Cameron claimed he was fighting for?
And so far from the BBC headlines of June:
David Cameron has suffered “utter humiliation” over the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president, Ed Miliband has claimed.
The Labour leader told MPs the PM’s renegotiation strategy for the UK in Europe was now “in tatters”.
But the prime minister insisted he would work with Mr Juncker despite his opposition to him.
The BBC chattering heads were full of talk and laughter about Cameron’s defeat and humiliation, how it would isolate the UK and leave us without influence. Endless, endless, debate about how badly Cameron had dealt with this issue and just what the fall out would be.
The exact same arguments were made when Cameron vetoed the financial regulations in 2011 and strangely enough as soon as the dust settled Angela Merkel was in the headlines saying how close a relationship Germany and the EU had with the UK and how important it all was.
Once again the UK miraculously was still in the fight….indeed even as Juncker triumphed the Germans again made it clear what they thought…….
Wolfgang Schauble said his country would do everything in its power to keep Britain in the union
“Clearly, we have in many economic questions and regulatory questions a broad consensus,” he said.
“Historically, politically, democratically, culturally, Great Britain is entirely indispensable for Europe.”
It is curious that events in the real world are so often so very far from those forecast by the conclusions of endless BBC analysis and discussions. So much hot air, so much clever opinion, so much witless speculation by those with their fingers supposedly on the pulse filling the air waves with their expert insights, almost as if that’s all it was…purely something to fill the airwaves until events, dear boy, events take over and catch up, and of course, all that analysis is quietly set aside and they start again.
Would we miss BBC ‘political analysis’, such as it is? I doubt it.
Sack Peston, sack Robinsosn, sack Pienaar, sack the lot.
Online beer and more Top Gear, that’s what we want.