Cameron’s EU budget spin exposed as ‘not honest’

Two must-read posts over at EU Referendum and England Expects concerning David Cameron’s claim to have ‘succeeded quite spectacularly‘ in holding down the EU budget to an increase of 2.91% (or a £450m increase for UK taxpayers). As Richard and Gawain expain separately the Polish MEP responsible for the Parliament’s response, Sidonia Jedrzejewska, ‘has rather put a kibosh on Dave’s celebration’, saying:

“…if the Parliament agreed to the 2.9 percent figure, more money would have to be added in “ammended budgets” throughout the course of next year.

“It’s not an honest proposal and people who wrote the letter know it will be more in the end. They are just postponing payments,”

This will doubtless be news to Wee Willie Hague, who when speaking to Andrew Marr was absolutely certain that nothing can now happen to increase the EU budget by more than 2.91%. The Boiling Frog has an excellent post that contains a transcript of Hague’s exchange with Marr on the subject.

Do go and read all three posts. You can read how one hopes people out there will be ready and willing to spoil the narrative that Euroslime Dave has attempted to craft for himself, chiselling 4.5 percent onto his political gravestone – how the second shares the desperate response from Cameron’s spokesman and how the third records Hague making himself a hostage to fortune that will once and for all destroy any last vestige of credibility he has in certain quarters.

As always, when it comes to Cameron promises things are never how they are made to appear.

4 Responses to “Cameron’s EU budget spin exposed as ‘not honest’”

  1. 1 WitteringsfromWitney 08/11/2010 at 9:33 pm

    Yup, go along with all that, AM.

    One can but hope that Cameron is eventually ‘canonised’ – prefereably out of one in the form of grapeshot!

  2. 2 Gawain Towler 08/11/2010 at 10:24 pm

    Here is what Farage hays to say on the subject of Mr Hague

    Just look at what he says there. That this government, his government is so trustworthy on European matters that the possibility of us having a referendum on our relationship with the EU just won’t occur.

    If that is the case then why bother to go through with the charade of the Government’s so-called Referendum lock? Why indeed. After all no government can bind a future government. So a future government can just repeal this ‘lock’, so what is the point? The only point is to pretend that the Government he represents is one which will defend the rights and liberties of the UK against the privations of the EU. Don’t make me laugh. The proof of that particular pudding is in the eating.

  3. 3 TheBoilingFrog 09/11/2010 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks AM for the link, much appreciated. Your post is excellent as always.

    Cameron et al have set themselves up so much for a massive fall it’s hard to conclude anything else other than they’re not even that good at being politicians.

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