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Is Karen Allen a Eurosceptic?

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Karen Allen and Kenneth ClarkeSouth Shields Tory candidate highlights Europe problem

I know that I haven’t been spending as much time as usual at this keyboard nor looking after this blog (the new photoblog has found a lot of interest and new photo editing techniques have attracted my time, additionally I am in the middle of a lot of work at home). However I found a little time to look at Karen Allen’s post of last weekend and bumped into a phrase which had me pricking up my ears and peeling back my eyelids:

“There was an elephant in the room of course though during the speech – which surely cannot be left unmentioned.”

She was alluding to the not to be discussed question of Europe and the Lisbon Treaty I guessed, as she continued talking about her encounter with Ken Clarke:

“There are fewer than 20% of laws and regulations actually passed by Westminster. The overwhelming majority of our laws are passed in Brussels and which, really, we have very little control or affect over.”

One gets the feeling,  like many other average folks in South Shields, that the Karen Allen isn’t too keen on the prospect of ceding more powers to a nameless faceless bureaucrat in Brussels should the Lisbon Treaty be finally and fully ratified by member states. She is to be commended for highlighting a concern that many people have at the back of their minds particularly during a conference that necessarily set out to deal with far bigger issues, the economy, the budget deficit, the national debt, and the need to create wealth and new jobs are all higher priorities for the Conservative Party to be thinking of as the election approaches. But there is a lot of scepticism amongst average folks about some areas in national politics, the three greatest appearing to be the credibility of politicians in general after the expenses scandals, the move towards environmental taxation issues after the global warming scare, and the EU with it’s ever growing hunger for greater powers over own national legislatures.

The biggest of these above issues that the Conservatives may face, should the expected fall of Labour occur next year, will be Lisbon if the Czechs ratify before they come to power, David Cameron and William Hague have still not formulated a clear intention of how Britain will react and have so far failed to tell us exactly what the phrase “not letting matters rest” means in terms of national policy. As a candidate seeking our approval at the next general election in South Shields I am hoping that she will devote a little time in her campaign to let us all know exactly where she stands on the issue of a referendum that was denied to us by Gordon Brown, and what she would like a Conservative government to do should that referendum be deemed impractical if the Constitution treaty is ratified before election day.

Perhaps she found time to let Kenneth Clarke have her views in Manchester (although I feel they probably spoke more on her concerns for the future of British pubs which she is campaigning for) and perhaps she may also have dropped a word in the ear of George Osborne, you never know, but let’s hear it from her in South Shields, where surprisingly there are people who moan and groan about Europe deciding far too much on our behalf, and I’ll have to put with it tonight!

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Written by curly

October 16, 2009 at 6:55 pm

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  1. And here was me thinking that the Tories’ Europe problem was why they got into an alliance with a bunch of facists.


    October 16, 2009 at 8:10 pm

  2. You are getting as bad/mad as the socialists, have you not bothered to read who their European allies are?


    October 18, 2009 at 5:02 pm

  3. Is that your best defence of the Tories getting into bed with the SS appreciation society – that there are some bad boys on the socialist grouping so it’s just fine? Isn’t that a bit morally ambiguous?


    October 18, 2009 at 8:09 pm

  4. I met Karen today while leafleting up in Tyneside (left Darlington to do some campaigning in my old stomping ground). She is urgently needed in parliament and will make a fine MP, particularly given that she has the courage to speak out on Europe. We do need more no-nonsense Northern women in the House of Commons.

    Armchair Sceptic

    November 29, 2009 at 1:01 am

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