Quote of the week: Eurocrat Martin Schulz on Britain’s place in Europe

Posted: March 30, 2013 by tallbloke in flames, government, humour, Kindness, Legal, Photography, Politics

This one made me laugh. He’s probably right so far as it goes, if it were to be one of the failed main parties sorting out the mess. However, Mr Schulz little world, constrained and demarcated by red tape and rules as it is, could be in for a seismic shift if the political tide turns in the UK and ordinary folk get a say in the matter, like they’ve been promised on more than one occasion. Ordinary folk in the UK are a little freer than mainstream politicos with the old anglo-Saxon and might take exception to what Mr Schulz is telling them…


Any attempt by the UK government to repatriate powers to Westminster is likely to be a drawn out and cumbersome negotiation.

I can’t be certain, but it may well be that the average Brit, on being told that there would have to be a drawn out and cumbersome negotiation before we were allowed to run our own country might result in advice being offered to Mr Schulz which would mainly involve sex and travel.

Full story here

  1. I would sum up the article thus “I am scared I will lose my cushy job”

  2. vukcevic says:

    Martin Schulz is a German politician, since 2004 leader of the Socialists in the European Parliament, has attended high school Heilig Geist Gymnasium in Würselen but did not go to university. He is the current President of the European Parliament.(Wiki)

  3. Peter Maxwell says:

    Regrettably I think Schulz is correct. The legal issues are complex, and because of it, we will not be able to exit at short notice. Given that Cameron won’t gives us a Referendum now, and it is questionable if he will be able to gives us one in 2015, our only hope is that the Eurozone will implode, and the fall out across the EU might impel our political elite to listen to the electorate, for a change, and force a rapid exit

  4. Stephen Richards says:

    The UK’s £billions leaving the EU would require deep cuts in their budget and they know it. Follow that with Germany needing to reduce it’s significant contribution to reign in it’s energy costs in order to compete with the ROW and the Scambags in the EU will be very, very worried. Plus, Grillo, the Italian nut job wants to take Italy out of the EU (third largest € economy) and you have a situation where the first, second and fourth largest european economies would be leaving or reducing their contributions et voilà, finis.
    That’s why they are screaming but they clearly do not understand the brits. Tell a brit that you are going to make it difficult for him and pow: il est partis. Gone !!

  5. EternalOptimist says:

    The Americans had a civil war, probably the costliest war they ever had. That came about when some member states wanted to leave the Union

  6. grumpydenier says:

    This endless charade, along with global warming/climate change, is, in a funny way, making me happy I’m arriving at the fag end of my life.

    From a young, happy man I’ve evolved into a grumpy old git spewing invective at every utterance on the TV and radio, to the point where my wife is happier for me to be in my office (sounds grand but is a converted garage) rather than sitting with her moaning at every squealing idiot cheering some wannabe who can walk onto a stage without falling over (The Voice).

    Sorry about that, I’ll get my coat.

  7. tallbloke says:

    Grumpydenier: I found myself doing that 6 years ago at the umpteenth bullshit polar bear report, so I threw the TV out and started uploading the news to them rather than allowing them to pipe propaganda into my home.

    Best thing I ever did.

    You don’t realise how insidious and demoralizing TV is until you’ve given it the boot. We find that the only thing we were missing was the ocasional big sporting event. Those are more fun on the big screen down at a local with a crowd anyway, so it’s win-win.

  8. grumpydenier says:

    I’ve hinted at this, reminding my wife that we were TV-less for the first three years of our marriage, but it’s a bit like saying to Ed Davey that SFA is happening to justify his departments budget. My comments are met with a stony silence and a reminder that we don’t have a TV in France if I’d be happier without one.

    Just getting some frustration out of my system and I took pride in avoiding venting my spleen in the Norman Baker blog. I rarely watch it any more (we don’t have satellite) just the odd thing that pops up but it has become a bit of a comforter for my wife after a hard day in the shop. That’s what it’s designed for, currently, to keep the masses subdued and acquiescent.

    Keep up the good work and I’ll leave you in peace. Enjoy the Easter break.

  9. Bill Wagastick says:

    He is right in what he says but he is just following orders!

  10. oldbrew says:

    The utterances of this Eurokraut seem reminiscent of the Hotel California.

    Last thing I remember, I was
    Running for the door
    I had to find the passage back
    To the place I was before.
    “Relax, ” said the night man,
    “We are programmed to receive.
    You can check-out any time you like,
    But you can never leave! ”


  11. cosmic says:

    Schulz is right.

    The EU is an organisation the very purpose of which is political integration and the formation of a single European state. It is and always has been a political project passed off as purely economic.The whole point of membership is to subscribe to the aim of ever closer union.

    It’s either in or out. Out, practically, involves invoking Article 50 of the TEU and negotiating an exit. There would be all sorts of loose ends which would need dealing with otherwise they would each come as a new and unwelcome surprise.

    About the only people suggesting the half-way position of being a member and picking the bits we want are the Conservatives, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest they are not serious. They don’t say how it could be done, apart from some vague process of renegotiation which they can’t explain. They can’t explain what they would do when the others said no, but they are opposed to leaving, the equivalent of announcing that they are not serious before they start. It’s a dodge to con support.

  12. Kon Dealer says:

    Stuff the E.U. that robs us blind straight into its unaudited accounts
    Stuff climate Change Alarmism that forces us into fuel poverty
    Stuff the EU Human Rights Act that lets terrorists stick two fingers up at us
    Stuff the IPCC which is all about nicking money from us.

    I will vote for any party that will stuff the above into the trashbin of history.

  13. tallbloke says:

    Sounds like UKIP made another voting gain.

    The only UK party with it’s head screwed on about energy policy. I recently got sent a copy, which I’ll make available here.

  14. Frank White says:

    No problem in exiting the EU. The UK Parliament merely has to enact a statute.

    What is problematical are the consequences for trade and travel and financial assets and liabilities.

    The City still matters. If the Gnomes of Bank Street will benefit, then screw the Country.

  15. tallbloke says:

    Well spotted by ‘Marion’ over at Bishop Hill:

    So…. it seems the Met Office is now openly calling for “global governance”…

    “”The massive complexities associated with geoengineering, and the potential for winners and losers, means that some form of global governance is essential,” said Jim Haywood at the Met Office’s Hadley Centre in Exeter.”


    but wasn’t this the whole purpose of our global warming scare in the first place and why our politicians have invested so much money in it.

    And the reasons why our careerist politicians ignore the best interests of UK citizens in seeking to advance their own careers on the global stage.
    Mar 31, 2013 at 11:11 PM | Marion

  16. tallbloke says:

    And this one:

    Welcome to the GLOBE International and World Summit of Legislators new Website.

    There is a growing realisation that national legislation and scrutiny, and therefore the role of legislators, are the critical elements of any successful strategy to set the world on a path to sustainable development.Recent votes in the Mexican Congress and South Korean National Assembly and efforts by China show clearly that national parliaments are at the heart of driving the response to climate change and more broadly giving the green economy real meaning.
    You will find more information about GLOBE’s activities, our national chapters, policy work and events as well as direct contributions to the policy debates from legislators across GLOBE’s network. I hope you enjoy reading the website, blog and newsletter. Please use the comments facility on the blog to let us have your feedback.
    Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben
    GLOBE International

    Mar 31, 2013 at 11:32 PM | not banned yet