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POLITIK | Storbritanniens ekonomi kunde vara bättre. Och situationen i EU är inte mycket till hjälp för premiärminister David Cameron.

The Spectator den 15-22 december 2012

Inom det konservativa partiet är stämningen mer anti-EU än vad den har varit på länge. Och inte bara p.g.a. av ekonomin.

Många anser att Storbritannien har lämnat ifrån sig allför mycket makt till Bryssel. Om Cameron inte lyckas plocka tillbaka maktbefogenheter riskerar partiet dessutom förlora väljare till UKIP i nästa val.

Camerons balansgång mellan pro- och anti-EU strömningar är inte den lättaste. I näringslivet är man för EU medan stora delar av väljarkåren, inte minst bland de partitrogna, är man negativt inställda till det brittiska medlemskapet.

James Forsyth skriver i The Spectator:

Several new European treaties will be needed in the next few years as eurozone governments seek ever closer integration. Cameron believes that, should he win the next election outright, he’ll be able to use these negotiations to refashion Britain’s relationship with the EU. The plan is to win the changes Britain needs to stay inside the union in exchange for not blocking closer integration between the core countries.

This, the Prime Minister’s friends say, is why Boris Johnson is wrong when he argues that Britain should oppose a eurozone fiscal union. The recent budget negotiations left Cameron convinced that when push comes to shove, the more liberal, northern European countries — including Germany — really do want Britain to stay in.

His plan is to offer the British electorate a choice between staying in on these new terms or leaving. It will be a considerable risk. To be confident of public support, him, he must secure a genuinely new form of membership. More difficult still, if not impossible, will be avoiding a split in the Tory party. If Cameron is to persuade his party to campaign in favour of EU membership, the new terms will have to be so different from the present ones as to be almost unrecognisable.

Bild: Tidskriftsomslaget är The Spectator den 15-22 december 2012. Själva bilden – ”Austerity Christmas Feast” – är tecknad av Peter Brookes (fritt efter Pieter Bruegel den äldres ”Bondbröllop”). På tallrikarna, som bärs fram av Cameron och finansiminster George Osborne, ligger en liten morot och en ärta.)

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EU | Peter Brookes har inspirerats av Pieter Bruegel d.ä. på detta omslag. I hans version har jägaren Angela Merkel fällt den franska tuppen Nicolas Sarkozy.

Till vänster vid värdshuset The Totally Buggered håller premiärminister David Cameron och finansminister George Osborne sig varma genom att elda upp pundsedlar.

Men på ledarsidan ser The Spectator nu betydligt ljusare på framtiden sedan Cameron lagt in sitt veto mot ett nytt EU-fördrag.

David Cameron did not expect to spend Christmas being toasted as a conquering hero. The Prime Minister fully intended to sign a new EU Treaty that night in Brussels, subject to a modest condition that the City of London would be exempt from even further regulation. But the French refused him so much as a fig leaf, and Nicolas Sarkozy went off to cast Britain as the villain of the summit.


It could scarcely have ended better for the Prime Minister. He is aligned on this definitive issue not just with his own party but with the British public, who back his decision by a margin of four-to-one. This despite the Europhiles’ assertion that Britain is now somehow ‘isolated’ from the rest of Europe, and Nick Clegg’s striking claim that Britain would be a ‘pygmy’ on the world stage were it not under the union of states led by Herman Van Rompuy.


Indeed, rather than being ‘isolated’, Britain has scarcely ever been more integrated with the rest of Europe and the world. We have successfully absorbed 7.1 million immigrant workers, 12 per cent of our total workforce, without any of the far-right backlash seen on the continent.


What is easier to see is the insularity of the European Union. The whole project is about trying to pretend globalisation isn’t happening. Erecting trade barriers, slapping tariffs on Chinese goods, subsidising uncompetitive companies […] Europe emerged as a world power because it once consisted of hundreds of competing polities. Trying to kill competition between states now, with a ‘fiscal union’, will only accelerate its relative decline.

Övrigt: Tidskriftsomslaget är The Spectator, julnummret 2011, 17/24 december 2011.

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