In his anger, Cameron has made Britain a toxic brand | Jonathan Freedland | Comment is free | The Guardian

Press room of the European Commission inside t...

Press room of the European Commission inside the Berlaymont building, Brussels. Taken on EU open day 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: East entrance of HM Treasury Français...

English: East entrance of HM Treasury Français : Entrée Est de HM Treasury (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

European flag outside the Commission

European flag outside the Commission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article by Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian is well worth a read. Check it out!

via In his anger, Cameron has made Britain a toxic brand | Jonathan Freedland | Comment is free | The Guardian.

I am not sure that I accept much of Freedland’s argument. It’s too rambling and unfocused for my taste. However, I agree with the conclusion that Cameron could have played the hand more effectively.

Personally, I would have focused on three aspects of this story.

Firstly, why did Cameron not know about the extra bill? Had it been suppressed by the Treasury? Or had it not yet got picked up in the accounts?

Secondly, how is it possible for the European Commission to ask for a revision? Unquestionably, there is a budgeting process? If extra costs are envisioned, clearly the normal practice is to propose corresponding cuts?

Thirdly, if there were to be any supplementary costs, certainly the whole bill should have been presented to Germany, whose austerity policies have caused the mounting crisis?

Thoughts?

Tories pledge to give vote back to all expats – Telegraph

English: Gordon Brown

English: Gordon Brown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Telegraph article highlights good news for all UK expats. Check it out!

via Tories pledge to give vote back to all expats – Telegraph.

Interestingly, the UK expats can thank the EU for bringing pressure to bear here.

It seems the previous Labour Government was responsible for reducing UK expats voting rights. Perhaps, Labour cynically felt that there were not too many Labour supporters in this group?

Thoughts?