Sunday, 21 July 2013

Japan weighs in on the EU referendum

Apologies for the lack of posts recently. I've been doing some serious job hunting which while ultimately successful was fairly time consuming. For the last two weeks I've been travelling with friends in Spain and France and had very infrequent access to the internet. However, I'm back now and with any luck things will be back to normal in the next couple of weeks.

It staggers me that the Coalition can stomach the cognitive dissonance from their conflicting stances on the economy and Europe/immigration. If we are expected to stomach major cuts to our much-loved welfare state then could we at least have some restraint from the Conservatives when it comes to popularist EU-baiting. Cameron and Osborne have been told again and again that immigration and EU membership are essential to our economy but prefer to win brownie points with sceptical voters than accept reality and financial prudence.

Julian Brazier's comments are similarly asinine. The eurozone is in trouble but these are tough economic times and few nations have emerged unscathed. The way forward is in mutual commitments and political/industrial links rather than in ignoring the needs and opinions of important trading partners.