to read it as he wrote it but I reproduce some of it below.
Guido has done a little digging into the background of the signatories to the letter to the Indy claiming we would lose £90 bn a year if we left the EU. I think they got the sign the wrong way round that is what we would gain by leaving the EU and what Sorrel, Branston Pickle and Roland Rat would lose. Here is the list with Guido's comments:
- Roland Rudd – corporate lobbyist for multinational firms and campaigner for Britain’s membership of the single currency which he still believes in.
- Richard Branson – non domciled, campaigned for Britain to join the Euro and wants a single European army.
- Martin Sorrell – Chief executive of advertising agency WPP – Roland Rudd’s boss who owns Rudd’s Finsbury PR.
- Dame Helen Alexander – former chief executive of the Economist.
- Lord Kerr – Foreign Office and UKREP career as a diplomat who helped draft the EU constitution.
- Sir Andrew Cahn – career civil servant and worked for Lord Kinnock at the EU Commission, who infamously with his wife Glenys received more than £10 million in pay, allowances and pension entitlements during their time working at the European Union in Brussels.
- Sir Nigel Sheinwald – non exec director of Shell, who brokered the ‘deal in the desert’ between Tony Blair and former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
- Sir Roger Carr – Chairman of Centrica who criticises business for their “greed” while hiking energy costs. Outgoing President of the Euro-loving CBI.
The usual suspects and men of dubious judgement. They might as well have got Huhne to sign it…
Guido has a thing about Huhne and he wrote an earlier piece based on a Jeff Randall/Peter Oborne clip called the Guily Men. I reproduce it below:
Jeff Randall mentions in passing some more Guilty Menthat Peter Oborne missed in his fast-selling pamphlet for the CPS, namely the authors of an earlier pamphlet published in 2002 “Why Britain Should Join The Euro” written by Richard Layard (LSE), Willem Buiter (ex-BoE MPC and eurocrat), Chris Huhne, Will Hutton, Peter Kenen (the Princeton University academic famous ironically for his work on optimum currency areas ) and Adair Turner. In this nonsense filled pamphlet for Britain in Europe they asserted:
“Opponents of the euro have forecast disasters which have in fact never happened and which always looked most unlikely… Euro-sceptics constantly underestimated the competence of Europeans and their ability to organise things properly.”
These Guilty Men are not the types to apologise. It is remarkable that Will Hutton, Chris Huhne and Adair Turner are now prominent tub-thumpers for carbon based global warming. Demonstrating, once again, their characteristic quality of judgement.
I knew Buiter at the BoE. He was a decent bloke for a Dutchman but is it not interesting the Europhile names are all guys who have made zillions from the EU and its associated client groups? Money talks as they say and when it gets to the Europhiles it gallops faster than an Alan Wood nag.
These Europhiles do not give a jot about ordinary British workers or our way of life. The EU however is a great way to maintain their lifestyle, position and prestige and that is what is really important.