Taking the rough with the smooth

DAVID CAMERON cannot afford an EU referendum because he knows the British would vote overwhelmingly to leave and Britain, which stands to lose so much, must remain inside for its own sake, not Brussels’.

All those Britons, including politicians, who complain that they only ever wanted to be trading partners without Europe’s invasive meddling in their lives need to rethink their staggeringly arrogant and selfish motives. 

All the trade without the responsibilities, drawbacks or gripes is nothing short of profiteering.

Falling on deaf ears

THE Vatican has called for a world authority to police the world’s financial markets, arguing that economies need people-based ethics to counteract inequality and greedy profit-making. 

Few outside the financial markets would hesitate to applaud such a move, although the Vatican is likely to be as successful in this as it was over both Iraq wars and Afghanistan.  In other words, no-one will listen.

A straw in the wind

WITH Gaddafi dead and buried, future legislation in Libya will answer to Sharia law, announced its interim prime minister. Libya is a Moslem country and entitled to choose a government and build a society coherent with Islamic teachings although this might not be what Cameron, Sarkozy and Obama and their Nato partners had hoped for. 

Nevertheless, it would have been ingenuous to expect anything else.


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