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Cameron Calls For An End To Prison Camp Gaza

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A Worthy Leader

I am proud to see our Prime Minister speaking out unequivocally against the Israeli blockade and oppression of Gaza.  See here.

As for Turkey, I agree that they should be welcomed as EU members.  Perhaps the resistance from other parts of Europe is because they see the EU as a social union whereas even the europhiles in the UK still see it primarily as a trading partnership.  There are social benefits to be gained though.  Bringing an Islamic nation, just about the only Islamic democracy, into the EU could do wonders for mutual understanding and peace.

Turkey has been a staunch ally in Iraq and Afghanistan, something that must have been very difficult at times for its people to accept.  It also looks likely to enjoy explosive economic growth in the next few years.  We should welcome Turkey with open arms although there must be appropriate controls on immigration.  Any good would be undone if we were to be inundated with Turkish immigrants.

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  1. I would be interested to know which part of EU membership you believe enables the UK to control migration from other member states beyond a short period during accession.

    Autonomous Mind

    July 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    • Self-evidently controls can only be in place for a short period following accession. That’s all I’m asking for. It’s what we ahould have had when Poland joined. Personally, I’d rather we withdrew completely but as that’s not going to happen then we need to play our role and ensure that Germany and France don’t call the shots. If we’re going down this route then having Turkey on side is important. Short term immigration controls should be able to prevent an unmanageable influx as we had with the Poles.

      Peter Reynolds

      July 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm

  2. I do not think short term controls will help at all. It seems we have a similar outlook on the EU, but the fact is Cameron’s support of Turkey is misguided.

    While qualified Turks continue building that country’s economic strength, its unskilled will navigate their way west putting pressure on the labour market and public services.

    Further, Turkey’s domestic human rights record is far from good. Also the idea of having Turkish police issuing EIOs against British citizens fills me with horror. A fully fledged EU member Turkey is much more likely to side with the Franco German outlook for Europe than ours.

    Autonomous Mind

    July 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm

  3. Immigration remains a dire problem. We have to do something brave concerning the problems that fuel it. These disgrace humanity. I suspect the problems lie in our chronic reliance on Macht Politik and lack of grip on sustainable self-reliance. I favour an enlarged EU and a democratic settlement in the Middle East bring that area in too. Public discussion of what is going on lack any change perspective.
    My own ‘wants’ in this are contradictory – a predominantly British Britain – but exchanges between countries – fear of ‘Islam’ – desire for tolerance and so on.


    July 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    • I wish more coppers had your insight and intelligence!

      Peter Reynolds

      July 27, 2010 at 7:37 pm

  4. Cameron on Gaza talks the talk BUT will NOT walk the walk. Its just electioneering.
    The term Israel lobby in the United Kingdom (also called the Zionist lobby) is a term used to describe the loose coalition of groups and individuals who attempt to influence British foreign policy in support of Israel and its policies. Many decisions made in the Houses of Parliament are made as a direct result of lobbying by parliamentary colleagues, constituents or outside pressure groups
    Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) is a parliamentary group founded by the late Conservative MP for Bury and Radcliffe, Michael Fidler and currently chaired by Stuart Polak. The CFI states its main aim is to strengthen business, cultural and political ties between the UK and Israel.Between 2006 and 2009, the CFI paid for more than 30 Conservative parliamentary candidates to visit Israel[3] . A Nov 2009 Dispatches documentary claimed that now around 80% of Conservative MPs are members of the CFI[5] and described them as “beyond doubt the most well- connected and probably the best funded of all Westminster lobbying groups”.
    Lets see if any ACTION is actually taken. This “statement” sounds more like a pressure valve on a steam engine being released,its just to relieve public opinion,the usual pro-Israel policies will remain.PROOF They are desperately trying to stop Israeli war criminals from being prosecuted in the UK today for thier crimes in GAZA!
    Turkey has strong ties with Germany , if it becomes an EU state it will probably tow the German line NOT the British.I know,let Turkey have our UK seat. IMHO I want an independant Scotland (and England) and therefore a new vote on EU membership and the Lisbon treaty would be null and void (as the UK would NOT exist).Personally I would prefer a Swiss or Norwegian model of EU membership for an Independant Scotland ,I suggest same for England.
    Immigration ? Its part of the modern world ,freedom of speach ,expression and movement. I see no problem, its the “hand-outs” that I have a problem with. Immigration is a Government divide and rule policy “blame the immigrants ,NOT the government” says the powers that be…..


    July 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

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