AS soon as David Cameron was re-elected, Brussels was making more demands before the new MPs had a chance to warm their backsides on the green leather of the House of Commons.
This time it’s an EU Common Asylum Policy, whereby Brussels will tell us how many refugees we will have to take as a result of the surrent crisis in the Mediterranean.
We already take around 30,000 asylum seekers a year – but that’s not good enough for Brussels, who want us to take 60,000.
I believe we should take in refugees – especially from Libya, because we helped cause the problem in the first place. But it should be our choice as to how many we take.
This gets right to the heart of the European Union. They think they can push us around and tell us what to do.
The PM must hold out and simply say, ‘No, we can make our own decisions, thank you very much’.
If he doesn’t, it will prove how futile his claims of EU renegotiation actually are. SHOCK, horror – the Labour Party admitted during the election campaign that they got something wrong.
Was it the fact that when they were in power they opened up our borders to three million people? No.
Was it involving us in illegal wars? No.
Could it have been that they overspent and wrecked the economy? Definitely not.
No, they’ve admitted that the Licencing Act of 2003 was a mistake.
Now, I bet you’re thinking, “So what?”, but actually I struggle to think of another piece of legislation which better summed up how the metropolitan New Labour politicians lost touch with the communities they were meant to serve.
The 2003 act – which came into force in 2005 – allowed bars and clubs to extend their licences so, in some cases, they could serve booze for 24 hours.
Labour politicians thought if they extended the hours people could drink then we would develop a “café culture” just as they have in Madrid, Paris and Rome.
I used to live in Barcelona where there definitely was that culture the Labour luvvies wanted over here.
We used to sit watching the Spaniards – or Catalans – sip on a San Miguel or drink a coffee sitting outside bars well into the early hours.
It was all rather civilised. Boring – but civilised.
Then you’d chuckle because you’d think about Liverpool’s Mathew Street or Newcastle’s
All this stupid piece of legislation achieved was more work for the police, who have since called 24 hour drinking a failed experiment, and an alcohol-related crime bill which is now costing the taxpayer a whopping £11 billion a year.
There’s more work for hospitals as the number of people being admitted to A&E as a result of alcohol misuse had trebled by 2007, and by 2015 it is now costing the NHS £3 billion a year.
And of course