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Wednesday, 02 May 2018


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SoD was too kind as ever. Hitler's creed was socialism, just national not international.

One would think that humans would learn about the death ideology of Leftism, but no, that's really not possible. No amount of evidence or data can stop it. Doing away with Leftism would require eliminating human nature itself, for Leftism is the representation of the worst elements of human nature.

Yeah, say so myself but I shouldn't, but that was a cracker.

I think "curdle ip" rather than "conjure up" was what I meant - goes better with the cheesy connotations around in that sentence.


Oh for Gawd's sake: "curdle up".


Right, y'all! Who wrote and delivered this speech? Some mealy-mouthed, lily-livered Remainer? ...

First, welcome to Lancaster House for the launching of this “Europe Open for Business” campaign.

It is the first step along the path of preparing Britain's companies to take the opportunities presented by completion of the Single Market in the European Community in 1992.

We must get this right. Too often in the past Britain has missed opportunities.

How we meet the challenge of the Single Market will be a major factor, possibly the major factor, in our competitive position in European and world markets into the twenty-first century. Getting it right needs a partnership between government and business.

The task of government is two-fold: —to negotiate in Brussels so as to get the possible results for Britain; —and then to make you the business community aware of the opportunities, so that you can make the most of them.

It's your job, the job of business, to gear yourselves up to take the opportunities which a single market of nearly 320 million people will offer.

Just think for a moment what a prospect that is. A single market without barriers—visible or invisible—giving you direct and unhindered access to the purchasing power of over 300 million of the world's wealthiest and most prosperous people.

Bigger than Japan. Bigger than the United States. On your doorstep. And with the Channel Tunnel to give you direct access to it.

It's not a dream. It's not a vision. It's not some bureaucrat's plan. It's for real. And it's only five years away.

You might say: weren't we supposed to have a common market already? Wasn't that the reason we joined Europe in the first place? Weren't we promised all this in 1973?

It's a fair question to ask. And the truthful answer is: Europe wasn't open for business. Underneath the rhetoric, the old barriers remained. Not just against the outside world, but between the European countries.

Not the classic barriers of tariffs, but the insiduous ones of differing national standards, various restrictions on the provision of services, exclusion of foreign firms from public contracts.

Now that's going to change. Britain has given the lead. [There was a tendency in Europe to talk in lofty tones of European Union.

That may be good for the soul. But the body—Europe's firms and organisations and the people who work in them—needs something more nourishing.]

We recognised that if Europe was going to be more than a slogan then we must get the basics right. That meant action.

Action to get rid of the barriers. Action to make it possible for insurance companies to do business throughout the Community. Action to let people practice their trades and professions freely throughout the Community. Action to remove the customs barriers and formalities so that goods can circulate [end p10] freely and without time-consuming delays. Action to make sure that any company could sell its goods and services without let or hindrance. Action to secure free movement of capital throughout the Community.

All this is what Europe is now committed to do. In 1985 the Community's Heads of Government gave a pledge to complete the single market by 1992. To make sure that it was not just a pious hope, they made that pledge part of the Treaty, as the Single European Act.

So it's going to happen. Indeed the barriers are already coming down. Monsieur Delors, the President of the Commission, and our own Commissioner Arthur Cockfield, deserve a lot of credit for the way in which they are keeping up the momentum.

So far Britain hasn't done nearly well enough in trade with Europe. True, the direction of our trade has been transformed. Half of it is now with the European Community.

But the balance is nothing like satisfactory, especially in manufactured goods. The fact is that although we haven't done very well in Europe, Europe has done very well in Britain.

Our national failure to make the most of the opportunities when we joined the Community was part of a much more general failure.

In those days, Britain was in the forefront of those resisting change, in fighting to preserve the barriers.

Some in Britain still see it that way, but they are getting fewer and fewer.

The difference is that now we can look forward with confidence to sweeping away the barriers. We have a highly successful economy. We have had seven years of growth. Job creation in this country is unmatched anywhere else in Europe.

We have a climate in Britain in which business wants to succeed and can succeed. We have a chance to be world leaders again.

The task now is to harness that spirit of enterprise to tackling the challenge of the Single Market.

But five years isn't long. Indeed it barely takes you into the next Conservative government! It means that business needs to prepare itself quickly. Starting right now.

You have shown by coming here today that you recognise the challenge and are aware of what needs to be done. But the message needs to be spread much more widely. Today's conference is not just a one-off event. That is why we have set ourselves a target of ensuring that over 90%; of British firms are aware of the 1992 commitment by the end of this year. It must be the start of a sustained national effort to ensure that everyone in business, in industry, in the service sector, is aware of the challenge.

And not just in business and industry. We are putting the European Community to work for ordinary people: for cheaper air fares, for more and better services, for consumer choice and product safety.

We know a lot about the obligations of Community membership. Now it's time to seize the opportunities too.

We in government will do our part. David Young will be leading a major five-year campaign to take the message to every part of the country. Today's conference will be followed by twenty regional conferences and more detailed seminars throughout the country.

You too can help by spreading the message throughout British business.

But awareness is only the start of the battle. Companies need to identify the new opportunities and go out and seize them.

By 1993 Europe will be our home market. That means that we won't just be exporting to eleven other countries. We will be doing business in a single domestic market.

Getting to grips with that basic proposition will mean a major re-think, for companies of every size: —it means looking afresh at all your plans and priorities: —it means searching out opportunities to sell to new customers, and develop new products; —it means looking at what your competitors are doing, both British and in the other Member States; —it means considering all the options for doing business, including joint ventures, acquisitions, establishing local outlets, as well as exporting in the traditional sense.

Above all, it means a positive attitude of mind: a decision to go all out to make a success of the single market.

You stabbed her legacy in the back with your vote on 23rd June 2016, as surely as her own party did way back then.

If you respect "That Bloody Woman" and her legacy, and you are of sound mind, it is your duty now to at least keep us in her Single Market.

And at most, it's your duty to give Blighty the opportunity to seize the political moment, get back in there, and go on the offensive now Mutti is flat on her tits with her French poodle blithering aimlessly around at her side.

Just imagine what she would have done had she cast her icy blue eyes in the direction of Europe, and seen our enemies all at sea at their lowest ebb in forty years, and our friends valiantly standing up for their aspirations.

Do you think she would have Dunkirk-ed? Or, like she did with her Single Market, would she have D-Day-ed?


David and Son of David,

That post and the following comments were impressive. Apparently at one time D&N was quite lively.

The main point I draw from the back and forth in the commentary is there is a lot of confusion between national socialism and social democracy; two things that are barely related if at all. A second observation is that the blog might be more lively again if you abandoned stuff like yesterday's post. The American Thinker has found a niche dressing up Republican talking points in somewhat intellectual language. Even so, at root they're still talking points and still empty as anything other than PR hooks. Calling names and making outre assertions doesn't tend to invite conversation.

"Apparently at one time D&N was quite lively". Sorry if we're boring you, Bob!

As for yesterday's post, it was provoked by The National Review not The American Thinker, although both of them always contain articles of interest if you choose carefully. Perhaps I could enquire what your personal assessment is of the intellectual standards (let's not go on to the moral standards!) of the Clinton mob? None of them, not one of them, ever even considered the possibility that she would lose and Trump would win! Real political pros, don'cha think?

"What goes round, comes round". A saying that the American Left has never considered. They are busy destroying the American political system; when the pendulum swings, as it will, what do they think their opponents will do? Just roll over as they have in the past?

BOE...not this time.


I'm not bored, but you'll have to admit you haven't had the type of exchange that was in the 2006 comment section lately, and I believe you can do better. You're right that I confused the NR with the AT and that they're similar. The article you linked doesn't represent the NR's best work. It's what I described; gussied up talking points and tribalism. Unfortunately that's largely what passes for American political discussion nowadays. Please don't hold it against us.

As I've written here and on Carpenter's blog in the past, I'm no fan of the Clintons. Bill's triangulation degraded our politics and policy, and he is personally obnoxious. Hillary is also less than charming and a terrible politician with an elitist aura. And it's not easy to seem elitist next to a totally self-absorbed rich guy who made his money plastering his name on buildings in garish gold-tone and working in television studios.

I don't credit you with any originality, but what is boring is distracting from Trump's enormous problems or other discussions of American politics by harping on the "Clinton Crime Family". Bill lied under oath about having an affair and was fined, disbarred and impeached but not convicted. Hillary was reckless with an email server but not charged. If either has ever been convicted of anything else name it. The Republicans ran against Jimmy Carter for over 20 years. They might devote a century to Hillary.

In contrast to the Clinton administration's reign of tackiness and bad judgement, Trump's has had several guilty pleas, a record number of officials resign or be fired for skirting the law, and investigations into Trump's own activities in several areas. And we haven't seen the last official forced to resign. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is currently the subject of 11(!) investigations.


Moral scolds make me queasy, but since you brought it up I'll overcome that and add that, like during the days of Clinton's being illicitly fellated, American parents feel compelled to keep their children away from the news. It's because Trump so often spews foul and hateful language.

Another thing is that I agree with your assessment that Carpenter became completely uninteresting when he started obsessing about Trump and also "the left". It would give me no pleasure to see you fall into a similar dry well.


We're getting "vintaged" I think you'll appreciate and guess what I did today!

You Lawrence may've noted me admitting the FAA jerking my medical certificate?


This morning (23:45 GMT) I got "forced" to get up early and checked a guy out to do what, pretty soon the FAA "figures" I no longer will be able to.

Anyway Lawrence; I checked an Annapolis graduate [sure, much younger] out to be the pilot of that P-38 I'd given the AETN link hereon sometime before.

I exceeded myself SoD if I do have only myself to say!

These modern day Jet Guys can't do LOW & AT SPEED anymore - Pity.

Eh, what, JK?!

You flew a P-38?



Bob, in a sense I am not responsible for the content of commentary that appears here, I just write the posts and the rest of you guys and gals do the rest. 'Back in the day', before all these new-fangled 'do-flicker-devices' appeared, I had a small but, er, select gang of Lefties, led by 'Larry Teabag' who would come in regularly and give me 'pelters'. Now, I suppose, they have grown up and turned conservative or perhaps they have taken to 'tweeting'.

I'm glad you do not credit me with any originality, I never claim any, I simply write about whatever takes my interest. It may well be boring but then it is not my job to keep you entertained. I write, you read, or not, as you see fit.


You're not responsible for the comments and of course it's your blog to write as you please. You're a good writer and I usually enjoy your work. I suppose the constant harping on the Clintons by Republicans has gotten on my nerves. Hillary is now, for the most part, a grandmother who goes for walks in Chappaqua parks. Rarely, but not rarely enough for me, she shows up in the news and makes most people cringe. What's annoying is the pure cowardice and stupidity of Republicans trying to distract from the demented spectacle of the Trump administration by trying, for what seems like the thousandth time, to investigate Hillary. It's not even a good effort.

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