Imagine you are head of a country that has seen its GDP shrink 21% since 2010. You have 20%+ unemployment which, for the young, goes up to 50%+. You are expected to deliver a 4%+ contraction in GDP this year, partly due to the $90 billion of nonperforming loans in your economy. ...continue reading
Yesterday, the House of Commons continued to debate the EU Referendum Bill. Bill Cash made the following intervention:
Sir William Cash (Stone) (Con): With great respect, may I be ingenious for one moment, as I wish to put amendment 8 on the record? The amendment is supported by the Electoral Commission. Given the time that is available, I just want to say that the Electoral Commission supports the proposal, which is that the detailed regulations required to administer and regulate the referendum
“must be made and come into force not less than six months before the start of the referendum period.”
We do not propose pressing the amendment to a vote, but we would like to return to it on Report. I know that the Minister understands it, and that the Electoral Commission supports it. ...continue reading
There has been wide media coverage of Bill Cash, and other 17 MPs, proposed amendment to the European Union Referendum Bill, which would ensure the impartiality of broadcasters during the referendum campaign and it would create a “referendum broadcasting adjudicator”.
Bill Cash was quoted by The Daily Telegraph as saying:
“It is clear that there are reservations in the way that the Government is trying to condition the advantages for the ‘yes’ vote
“The amendments deal with purdah and the question of the manner in which the Government is trying to achieve the timing and the BBC, which the European scrutiny committee this year issued a severe criticism of its pro-European bias.”
The new Conservative government must be serious about tackling Europe; the electorate will never forgive a half-baked package in this historic moment after so much effort has gone into bringing about change. ...continue reading
The Daily Telegraph reports: “Conservative rebels pledged “undying loyalty” to new Prime Minister David Cameron as the party’s MPs gave the Tory leader a hero’s welcome in Parliament on Monday."
"Bill Cash, the Tory MP who led the Maastricht rebels which undermined Sir John Major’s Conservative government in the 1990s, told Mr Cameron to his face that he would not cause any trouble. ...continue reading