The story about Maria Miller MP, UK Culture and Media (DCMS) Secretary, has inevitably moved onto Capital Gains Tax today. I’ve found her an exceptional minister when it comes to ministerial replies on constituency issues, actually, and it seems a shame she’s been caught up in the tricky area of the byzantine House of Commons.. read more →

28 Dec 2012
December 28, 2012

How European Democracy Works

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I see that Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, has been stressing how the UK can’t negotiate aspects of our relationship with the EU in the event of a democratic referendum in the UK.  I wrote a few days ago about my bemusement with the whole business of what Europe’s top guns are up.. read more →

Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, has said  that in the event that Scotland votes for independence in 2014  then the new state of Scotland would have to apply for EU membership all over again.  Well, I hope Scottish residents vote to stay in the UK and I think the possibility that.. read more →

I spent a couple of years as Tony Blair’s rep at the Party of European Socialists (PES).  It was led then, as now, by former Danish PM Poul-Nyrup Rasmussen.  There’s been some kind of law passed in Denmark requiring every Danish PM to be called Rasmussen (they’re on their third one on the trot, and.. read more →