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July 12, 2011


Stephen Gash

Can't we try it on Scotland first?

Jack Pershing

I'm utterly convinced that the vast majority of their support at the ballot box comes from those who think they ought to take part in the democratic process, but cannot bring themselves to vote lab or con. Every time I hear one of them speak I am even more sure.

Malcolm Dunn

The stupidity of some politicians defies belief.


Was he sober when he said it ?

Not intended to be offensive or insensitive (I have a sibling who is alcoholic, but this is someone who can't keep his own life on track.

Super Blue

Chatshow Charlie's successor is now Deputy Prime Minister - and doubtless finds this very embarrassing.


See, it's an illness really! Most of the Lib-Dims are just the same. It's not normal!
Sadly it has affected the whole of the political class, so that there is no one left for the majority (66%) of voters to vote for.
That's why the political class are hoping to do away with voters and voting, a trick best seen in the EU.
Still, 44% British voters will be happy with a voting slip, Nu-Labour, the Sunday Sun to replace the NofTW, and more benefits.

John Bright

Thanks but no thanks.

David Hollins

You lot of small minded nationalists will be telling us that the UKP is doing so well at the moment - it is 11 cents down - yes, DOWN - on the euro over the past year. Of course, the ECB has a sensioble interest rate policy too, which would stop a lot of illusory growth based on housing bubble.

Finally, should we not hear from that liar, Fat Eric? He assured expat voters a year ago that the UKP would rise in value under a Tory Govt. Erm, except that it has fallen 25% against a basket of the major ones.

The UKP and its supporters are so great, aren't they?

Elaine Turner

I am with A.T. on this - my first thoughts exactly!


David Hollins.I must say you broad minded internationalists do not make much sense. The late UK housing bubble was enabled by Brown's socialist largess, which we are now paying for. As for the fall in the value of the £, it does seem preferable to being Greek, Irish, Portuguese, or Italian.

john parkes

I cannot understand the logic rather than sentiment that he deploys to support this view. It is clear that the Euro has been used for political rather than economic purposes with a view to uniting its members into a Federal European Union. This must surely be the case as what might be called the southern arc of nations did not, and do not, fulfil the economic criteria laid down for membership. Their admission to the Eurozone was all part of the imperial ambitions of the `President` of the European Union. So it is on this shaky foundation that the Eurozone was created and we must bless our luck that we are not involved. There is no way in which we should even consider joining it as it is; and if the size were to be reduced by the loss of the PIIGS, the dangers would be no less.
Then there is the advantage, so called by Kennedy, for our trade within the EU and the rest of the world outside. If that is the case then how does he explain the advantageous trading links we already have in the wider world?
The Kennedy vision is no more than a wild figment of his imagination which is not backed up by the reality of the Eurozone past, present or likely future.


Agree with A.T

He has been on the juice again!!!


Some politicans are bought. Some are threatened or blackmailed (directly or implicitly).

Some, such as Mister Kennedy, are simply thick.

It's no wonder that a group comprising about 2% of the population in the U.S., and about 0.5% in the UK, has been able to gain a death hold on our media and foreign and economic policy.

David J

Chatshow Charlie on the bottle again?


No, he isn't thick, or drunk. He believes in a United States of Europe and in the Euro as an instrument for bringing this about (not as a financial project). Listen to what LibDems say, not the tone in which they say it. They want to abolish Britain as a nation state. If you agree with that, vote for them, if you don't, don't.


Currency movements are largely irrelevant to whether we use the Euro or not... it's effect on monetary policy is much more important.

Steve Tierney

Kennedy is yesterday's man, luckily.

Dawn Carpenter

A lot of LibDems are still bitter about the coalition, and Kennedy's just making a pitch for their support.


Charles absolutely correct, we should be aiming to join, I hope we do. It not a question of one size fits all it's a question of having lenders to include take into account default risk and have a mechanism to default. I have heard but need to source that lenders were not allowd to included a default risk when lending to Euro member states. Iceland's currency calapsed and faced the same problems but Greece has let their develop even futher.

Currency movements mean that if our interest rate divert to greatly from the Euro interest rate we would be hit by currency leaving or entering the country effecting exchange rate and therefore exports. So we have to have relative similar interest rates to Euro nations and US. A single currency means that we are competing on the strength of our economy. we are inter-dependent in financial terms the increases in money supply across the world was coordinated over the major economies so exchange rates weren't effected.

North Face Jackets

He is a good friend that speaks well of us behind our backs.

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