You can tell David Cameron is getting desperate when he claims that the same people who kept Britain out of the euro now want to join the single currency – as he absurdly claimed about Labour at PMQs.
In his first year as Conservative leader Cameron said his party needed to stop “banging on” about Europe but he is now destined to spend the rest of his time in office defined by it.
You would think that with the economy stagnant, businesses going under and long-term unemployment rising, the big new year speech from the prime minister would be on how to kickstart the economy.
Kickstart the economy by leaving the EU of course.
Just one teenise, weensie example: it currently takes 18 months to do the environmental impact study on any new industrial project. That is entirely EU law. And yes, obviously that does indeed slow economic growth. Worse, the effect is higher on new companies, new market entrants, than it is on established players. And it is new companies, new market entrants, that are the long term drivers of economic growth.
Leaving the EU would allow us to have a bonfire of these sorts of stupidities. Thus, to kickstart the economy, we need to leave the EU.
I hope I’ve made that explanation simple enough so that even a Labour politician can understand it?