Friday, 18 November 2011

Funeral in Berlin

Cameron is in Berlin today to attend the funeral of his own words. Such brave rhetoric about using the UK's veto to wring fundamental changes out of Europe, the naive hope that the Euro 17 would give way before our shiny-faced boy, even a referendum over treaty changes, perhaps. Nein, Nein, Nein. No veto. No treaty changes for Britain. And no referendum. They won't permit it

Of course it doesn't help that Cameron still comes across as a dilettante playing at politics; gravitas and the mantle of Statesmanship elude him. In opposition to our lightweight, Merkel is about as heavyweight as a Tiger II. And Germany takes this crisis deadly seriously, almost as an existential matter, and is prepared to play as hard and dirty as it takes to win. We're not. The entire German civil service is ideologically committed to a federal EU and every ounce of their talent and commitment is being thrown into this battle. Our own civil service is also at heart pro-EU, and no lights will be burning late in Whitehall to counter German moves. The ammunition they will feed Cameron will be dud. They really don't care - all Cameron needs to do is enough to assuage domestic discontent. Silly words will do.  

Blower in the Telegraph has it about right. The Big Freeze is on.


Greg Tingey said...

Because, remember, Merkel is both a member/leader of the CDU, and as an "Ossie" she hates any hint of dictatorship, having been brough up under such a system.
But there is also the justified German fear of runaway inflation ....

Something will have to give.
The trouble is, I suspect it will be the traitor we currently have as PM.

Anonymous said...

Hello...Mrs. Thatcher...can I have a word please?

Look, I know you've long retired and you are 80-something but right now Britain is in deep shit and needs your help. Do you think that for just one day, you could pitch up in Germany and give 'em your "all-guns-blazing" "Ladies-not-for-turning" "give-us-our-money-back" views; you know, just like you used to?

Please?? Pretty Please??

Coney Island

Robert said...

Why should we be surprised that Merkel wants more Europe? All the European elite want it, including our own.

What they want is to avoid asking the people in those nation states that require a referendum when treaty changes occur. There have been visits to Berlin by the Danish and Irish prime ministers in advance of the Cameron -Merkel 'show down'. Ireland and Denmark have form when it comes to voting in a referendum.

If the Irish and Danes can avoid a referendum then so will Dave. He may get opt outs on the banking tax, but if the Euro survives we will be in it -eventually.

Anonymous said...

Greg Tingey: "an "Ossie" she hates any hint of dictatorship, having been brough up under such a system."

Firstly, that was their dictatorship. This will be her dictatorship. Being at the top on the inside must give one a different perspective on the matter.

English Pensioner said...

No doubt, like Chamberlain before him, he will come back with an "agreement" which will allow the Germans to continue on their present course.
Presumably all those MPs who voted against a referendum are supporters of Chamberlain and believe in appeasement.

Mr Ecks said...

Cameron is a traitor--no question about that.

Yet no matter how crafty the eu or how determined international civil service scum may be, none of them can elude reality and their economic ship is sinking and will sink and they can't stop it.

We should not be blase but there is cause for hope in economic disaster.

Oldrightie said...

"Such brave rhetoric"

More like weasel words to fig leaf his weeny interest in all things British.

CityUnslicker said...

The Euro is going to unravel long before Germany gets her way. You assign Merkel the weight of a Tiger II. She is not close, her and Srakozy are all at sea and lashing out wildy whilst their ship sinks.

Britian of course will get dragged down, but Cameron is powerless to stop this.

The Asians are selling our their Euro positions this morning, evern German Bunds. The storm is here.

Demetrius said...

In the 1950's when I was there West Germany emerged as a Federal entity to stop any new dictatorships. Perhaps those who thought this up had forgotten that the Zollverein preceded the German Empire. It has taken time, but Federal Germany is now about to become Federal Europe with Germany at its centre.

Jabba the Cat said...

Ein Reich, ein Volk und ein Euro?