“toadying” Cameron supports Obama’s “bullying and blackmail” of British voters

THE PRESS OFFICE OF                                                           

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon (Independent Labour)

 

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25th April 2016

 

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has taken great exception to the intervention of President Barack Obama in the EU referendum debate.

Lord Stoddart said:  “First, we had the spectacle of a British Prime going on bended knee to the German Chancellor begging for her help in conning the British people into remaining in the European Union.  Now we see him toadying up to Obama, who is reviled and detested by so many in his own country, while he threatens the British people with dire consequences if they dare to vote for freedom and independence by leaving the EU.  It is the worst kind of bullying and blackmail from a President who will be out of office in a little over six months.  No British Prime Minister should have sanctioned this disgraceful treatment of British voters, never mind actively supported it!

“What this blundering intervention has done is confirm exactly what the ‘special relationship’ really means.  ‘Do as we say or you will be punished.’ That is the status of a satellite – not of a partnership and the British people, as citizens proud of their country and its thousand year history, should give Obama his answer by voting for Brexit on 23rd June.”

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Hypocrisy of PM eulogising the Queen while abolishing her realm

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The Lord Stoddart of Swindon (Independent Labour)

 

News Release

 

22nd April 2016

 

The ‘hypocrisy’ of a Prime Minister eulogising the Queen while trying to take away her realm

 

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has taken exception to David Cameron’s eulogising Her Majesty the Queen on the sovereign’s 90th birthday, while he is simultaneously leading a campaign to abolish Britain as a nation state.

Lord Stoddart said:  “It is the most nauseating hypocrisy for the Prime Minister and other political leaders to eulogise Her Majesty on the occasion of Her 90th birthday while, simultaneously, organising a national and international lobby to bounce the British people into voting to remain in the European Union at the referendum on 23rd June.  This is an organisation, whose policy it is to abolish nation states, including Her Majesty’s own realm.

“They have already made Her Majesty a citizen of the European Union without consulting her.  Anyone with genuine respect for the Queen should vote to leave, which will protect her and our country from the EU’s aggressive empire building.”

 

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Peer says PM is ‘grossly overstating his powers’ in claiming that the Britain will never join the euro

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The Lord Stoddart of Swindon

(Independent Labour)                                                                                          

News Release

 

29th March 2016

 

PM is ‘grossly overstating his powers’ in claiming that Britain will never join the euro says Peer

 

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has taken the Prime Minister to task for claiming that ‘Britain will never join the euro’, pointing out that Mr Cameron is ‘in no position give such an undertaking because it is not supported by our constitution, which makes it perfectly clear that no Parliament may bind its successor.’

In a written question to the Government, Lord Stoddart had been asking whether Parliamentary approval would be required for any decision to join the eurozone and why the Prime Minister has stated that the UK will never join.

Replying for the Government, Lord O’Neill of Gatley said:  ‘As set out in Protocol 15, the United Kingdom is under no legal obligation to adopt the euro as its currency. Under the EU Act 2011, a decision by the UK under Protocol (No 15) leading to a decision by the Council under article 140 (3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union would require an Act of Parliament and a referendum result in favour before a Minister of the Crown could support it.

‘The Prime Minister has been clear that Britain will never join the euro.

Lord Stoddart said:  ‘I am not sure whether the Government either understands or respects the constitution.  The constitutional position is clear – no Parliament may bind its successor.  It is perfectly possible for a future government, of whatever colour,  to repeal the EU Act 2011 and take Britain into the euro, without even bothering to hold a referendum.

‘For the Prime Minister to categorically state that ‘Britain will never join the euro’ is palpably untrue and grossly overstates his powers.  Therefore, despite what Mr Cameron says, there is no question that remaining in the EU is a serious threat to the future of the pound.’

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The full text of Lord Stoddart’s question and the Government’s response, is as follows:

Lord O’Neill of Gatley, HM Treasury, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL6811):

 Question:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether parliamentary approval would be required for any decision to join the eurozone, and if so, why the Prime Minister has stated that the UK will never join the eurozone, in the light of the fact that one Parliament cannot bind its successor. (HL6811)

Tabled on: 08 March 2016

Answer (22nd March 2016):

Lord O’Neill of Gatley:

As set out in Protocol 15, the United Kingdom is under no legal obligation to adopt the euro as its currency. Under the EU Act 2011, a decision by the UK under Protocol (No 15) leading to a decision by the Council under article 140 (3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union would require an Act of Parliament and a referendum result in favour before a Minister of the Crown could support it.

The Prime Minister has been clear that Britain will never join the euro.

Peer says that PM begging Commission for concessions on tampons proves who governs Britain

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The Lord Stoddart of Swindon

(Independent Labour)                                                                                          

News Release

 

18th March 2016

 

The Prime Minister begging Brussels for permission to abolish tax on tampons demonstrates who governs Britain

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, has vociferously pointed out that the fact that Prime Minister David Cameron has had to go “cap in hand to Brussels to beg for permission to abolish the tax on tampons is clear and unequivocal evidence that this country is governed by the European Commission in Brussels and not our Government and Parliament at Westminster.”

Lord Stoddart said:  “It is absolutely humiliating to see our Prime Minister forced to beg for concessions on this iniquitous tax from unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.  For millions of women tampons are an absolutely essential item and this is proof positive that our country has been humbled by EU membership.  If anyone was still in doubt about who governs Britain, they know now.”

 

 

Having Tony Blair on side is like ‘inheriting death duties’ says Peer

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The Lord Stoddart of Swindon

(Independent Labour)                                                                                          

 

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17th February 2016

Tony Blair is as out of touch as ever

‘Having him on your side must feel a bit like inheriting death duties’ says Independent Labour Peer

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, commenting on Tony Blair’s support for the EU and for the remain campaign said:  “Once again Mr Blair demonstrates his complete failure to understand how real people think on these issues.  He has the modern politician’s ‘I know best’ disease mixed with a complete lack of affinity with the voters and, more worryingly, with working people who have suffered the most from the mass immigration his Government started and which has led to job losses and wage cuts.

 “He could not be trusted on the EU when in office, promising us a referendum on the EU Constitution and reneging on it, so he certainly can’t be trusted now.

 “The remain campaign must be rueing the day he joined their ranks.  Having Tony Blair on your side in this campaign must feel a bit like inheriting death duties!”

 

Government criticised for ‘ridiculous’ pride in spending £5.8 billion in foreign countries

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(Independent Labour)                                                                                          

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29th January 2016

 

Government criticised for ‘ridiculous’ pride in spending £5.8 billionof taxpayers’ money on fighting climate change in foreign countries

 

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has sharply criticised the Government for its ‘ridiculous’ pride in sending £5.8 billion to foreign countries to tackle climate change.  Lord Stoddart was reacting to a written answer he received from the Government about how any financial commitments it had made to help foreign countries at the Paris Climate Change Conference, would be met.

Replying for the Government, Baroness Verma, from the Department for International Development said:  “The Government will provide £5.8 billion over the next five years to support developing countries using the UK’s International Climate Fund (ICF), which is channelled through DFID, the Department of Energy & Climate Change and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.  All ICF support is Official Development Assistance (ODA). The UK is proud to be a 0.7% donor and is promoting climate smart development across the aid portfolio.”

Lord Stoddart said:  “The Government’s pride in spending £5.8 billion at allegedly human induced climate change issues in foreign countries is ridiculous when you consider the under-funding problems we face in our own country, where hospitals and schools are buckling under the strain and the police are closing police stations all over the UK and leaving it to the public to report crime via the internet! The scientists are still fighting over whether human induced global warming actually exists but here we are throwing vast sums of money at it.

“To help developing countries, surely it would be better to spend the money on providing infrastructure to help them feed themselves and on supplying medical support.

“At some point, I hope the Government will realise that it has shot itself in both feet by insisting on spending 0.7% of GDP on overseas aid, which means that every time the economy does well and there is growth in GDP, taxpayers have to fork out even more money for sending abroad.  In other words, we penalise ourselves for doing well!”

The full text of Lord Stoddart’s question and the Government’s response, is as follows:

Question:
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the financial aid commitments made by them to foreign countries at the Paris Climate Summit will be met from the overseas aid budget, or from which other sources; and what safeguards will be put in place to ensure that the funds provided are used exclusively for the purpose intended. (HL5147)

Tabled on: 18 January 2016

Answer:
Baroness Verma:

The Government will provide £5.8 billion over the next five years to support developing countries using the UK’s International Climate Fund (ICF), which is channelled through DFID, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. All ICF support is Official Development Assistance (ODA). The UK is proud to be a 0.7% donor and is promoting climate smart development across the aid portfolio.

We have rigorous programme design processes and robust monitoring and evaluation arrangements for ODA spending, including the ICF. We also use independently reviewed methodologies and key performance indicators to track impact and the value for money of ICF interventions. The Independent Commission on Aid Impact gave the ICF a positive assessment in December 2014, saying it was well on the way to achieving its ambitious objectives.