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My Thoughts on Cameron’s EU budget cut
David Cameron may think that he did a good deal for UK at the EU Budget in reality Gordon Brown MP did a far better job in negotiating in the EU and he will not be forgotten as the best Chancellor. Granted it is a small victory for the Coalition but more could be done as David Cameron is trying to hold his party together and a possible leadership challenge in his own party as Eurosceptics Members of Parliament (MPs) will be putting up a candidate against him.
Lets see what has the coalition have done since forming a Government they have cut grants to Local Government Departments which has hit the lowest paid and unemployed that depends on local services in their communities the hardiest. Not forgetting SureStart, Youth Services, Bedroom Tax, U Turns in Education, introduced tuition fees far too fast to soon and benefit cuts which affects disabled and mental health, and learning disabilities people. The economy is in a triple dip recession.
This forces some people to do crime to survive to feed their family which is wrong. Food banks are on the increase as more low paid and unemployed depends on them. Big business has been behind in supplying some food banks but its been mainly churches that has been providing the services to the low paid and unemployed and I understand that both local Councillors, MPs and Citizens Advise Bureau(CAB) have seen an increased in case work.
Recently Local Government has been highlighted in the press grants has been cut by Central Government and the arrogant comments by Eric Pickles that it’s the faults of the councils for their mismanagement of overspending and that they will need to sell off their assets. in the case of Birmingham City Council the council was ran by the Birmingham coalition which consist of Conservative and Libdems they decided to spend the grants on grand projects in places like Sutton Coldfield and the then leader of the city spent tax payers money in attending the Conservative Conference which was in Birmingham and staying in an expensive hotel next door to the conference just so he can visit ministers.
Then Trade Unions took Birmingham City Council to court on behalf of their members which happened under their watch they had the cheek to deny the evidence. The court found in favour of the trade unions the money that they were owed the coalition they spent the money on other things that the previous administration (Labour) had set a side for Single Status and Equal Pay to top it of the Central Government reply was “We’re all in it together”
Sure the coalition will continue to say they had to do it as it was the fault of the previous government. I’ve got news for you the public are fed up with this coalition’s excuses. Let’s face the facts if some public do not vote then continue to moan and do nothing then I’m afraid you don’t have a say but you may argue that’s democracy. In reply I will say that is what this coalition wants this to happen as it benefits them.
David Cameron in my opinion cares more for his rich donors to the Conservatives than the country that he serves. Recently Cameron claimed that his party is the listening party. Lets take a look a recent an issue like Single Sex Marriage which divided his party half of his cabinet and backbenchers voted against the bill which had a cross party support.
The next forthcoming General Election which will be in 2015 and already there is speculations that Labour will win. Lets not forget that there is the European and Local Government Elections to contest in 2014 to contest and this will be the testing time for Labour to roll out its manifesto to the public for them to decide if Labour will be fit for government. I’m of the opinion that most political parties starts out with good intentions when they get into office but so how lose touch with its core supporters and that’s when the good relations break down. Granted government(s) have to make decisions on behalf of the country some will popular and unpopular when they get it right voters will praise it get it wrong voters will criticise.
Since then we had a leadership election in Labour and Ed Miliband was elected by members now members will want to see a return of a Labour Government after the European and Local Government Elections. So far Ed Miliband is riding high but the question is will the voters have the confidence in him. The other thing to remember with opinion polls goes up and down and should be taken with a pinch of salt. I believe in the ballot box as it gives a true reflection on how the country will vote.
See article below:
David Cameron has hailed a deal which will see the first ever real-terms cut in the European Union’s budget as “good for the UK and good for Europe”.
After two days of talks, leaders agreed on a 908bn euros (£768bn) budget limit for 2014 to 2020 – about 3% lower than the current seven-year period.
The prime minister said the public could be “proud” of the deal.
Labour welcomed the news but critics warned the European Parliament could still block the package.
Friday’s agreement – which required the backing of all 27 members – represents the first reduction in the EU’s multi-annual budget in its history and comes after EU leaders failed to agree a deal in November amid deep divisions over proposed austerity measures.
After hours of negotiations in Brussels, the prime minister said he could “look taxpayers in the eye” and argue he had helped deliver a good deal.
“I think the British public can be proud that we have cut the seven-year credit card limit for the EU for the first time ever,” he said.
The deal would see a fall in the share of money given to agriculture, while protecting areas such as research and development, he said, adding that “working with allies it is possible to take real steps towards reform in the European Union”.
Mr Cameron said he had “fought off” attempts from all sides to protect the UK’s multi-billion pound annual rebate on its contributions, declaring it “safe”.
“I battled off every attempt to change it in any way,” he told reporters. However, he acknowledged that the UK’s yearly contributions would rise – albeit at a slower rate than before – and blamed this on rebate negotiations agreed by the last Labour government in 2005.
The European Commission originally proposed overall spending of 1.03 trillion euros (£870bn) over the period, a 5% increase over the current period which the UK argued was unacceptable at a time most national governments were cutting their own budgets.
MPs from all parties had urged Mr Cameron to push for an unprecedented cut in spending over the seven-year period.
The UK had initially hoped to trim the budget down to about 886bn euros (£749bn) and, as recently as Thursday, Mr Cameron said the proposals did not go far enough and he would not agree a deal unless further cuts were made.
Conservative MEP Martin Callanan said he had hoped for a “smaller, leaner budget” but believed most people would be “reasonably satisfied” with the outcome “given the negative headlines” which preceded the summit.
“Europe’s leaders have sent a clear signal to the EU that it must live within its means and this cut is modest compared to some parts of the public sector in EU member states,” he said. David Cameron has done a great job at achieving a far better deal than I had expected.”
Labour said the outcome had vindicated its surprise backing for a real-terms cut in a debate in Parliament in November.
“It seemed at times that David Cameron was ready to throw in the towel and aim for a freeze, but today’s deal proves that a cut was worth voting for in Westminster and worth negotiating for in Brussels,” said shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander.
“As Labour we called not only for a reduction, but also reform, of the EU budget. The EU had an opportunity to focus the budget on growth and jobs and it will be a matter of deep regret if that was not achieved, but we will continue to scrutinise the details as they emerge.”
The UK Independence Party, which wants to leave the EU, said the deal had not addressed the fundamental issue of why the UK should remain in the union
“Clearly a huge victory for David Cameron: looks like he’s managed to increase the UK contributions,” its leader Nigel Farage said in a Twitter message.
And Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, indicated that MEPs could seek to block the deal while former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt said the cuts were “unthinkable” while much of Europe was in recession.