Monday, 12 November 2012

No More Old Cobblers

At last week's Shadow Cabinet meeting, Andy Burnham called for an end to the acceptance of "any old cobblers from Brussels," and specifically of the entitlement of foreign EU nationals working in the United Kingdom to claim Child Benefit for children living back home.

Much has been made of the fact that Jim Murphy urged that Labour "supports the EU and wants to reform it from within." But everyone knows that that is the code making it possible to come back to the House of Commons and the broadcasting studios bemoaning that, "Well, we tried, but they just weren't having it."

Murphy is on record as calling for a referendum on EU membership, which is practically guaranteed to be promised by any Policy Review chaired by Jon Cruddas.

Now, when is any member of the present Cabinet going to call for a referendum on EU membership, which David Cameron and William Hague have repeatedly and specifically ruled out, but which was Lib Dem policy at the last General Election?

And when is any member of the present Cabinet going to call for an end to the entitlement of foreign EU nationals working in the United Kingdom to claim Child Benefit for children living back home?

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