“Let’s reform Europe together” Barroso tells UK


President of the EU Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso (courtesy of Wikipedia)

The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, visited London ahead of European elections in May and warned member states, in particular the UK, not to “shoot ourselves in our feet”.

The  head of the EU executive delivered a speech earlier this afternoon at the London School of Economics on the health of the European Union and the reforms needed to push the EU in a more globalized and competitive world.

Barroso’s visit in London was crucial as Prime Minister David Cameron  promised to give an in/out referendum on EU membership if re-elected next year.

“If you don’t like Europe, help us reform it but don’t turn your back on us” Barroso said before LSE’s students, stressing the importance of unity as the basic pillar to overcome economic and political differences.

“We now have the leverage to push reforms,” Barroso said “and of course we could have faced the crisis better but we are democratic states and we cannot impose decisions on member states. We can only advise them.”

Barroso, in his tenth year of presidency, tried ad well to persuade Cameron not to block a fundamental principle of the EU: freedom of movement. The PM has said he’d like to do to stop the citizens of new EU member states from tapping Britain’s welfare benefits.

” We cannot have a single market without the free movement of European citizens,” the president said. “and I don’t want to have first and second class EU citizens because this could lead to class stratification that goes against our ideals.”


Conservatives are real men.

Hardworking people don’t buy their bread. They make it. Can you imagine a head of state in line at the baker, at 7:30 in the morning, to get three French baguettes, a couple of bagels and half a ciabatta? I don’t think so.

Rare footage of Cameron eating a hot-dog he just made with his breadmaker.

Rare footage
of Cameron eating
a hot-dog he just
made with
his breadmaker.

Neither does David Cameron who candidly admitted it earlier this week. Bread? I got my own bread machine in the kitchen. Where do you think I live, in the 18th century? “It takes 30 seconds to put in the ingredients. I’d recommend the Panasonic. There you are, that’s a shameless plug. Very easy – even Nick Ferrari could work a Panasonic breadmaker”.

Too bad at this point for the small businesses and the family-run baker shops the Conservatives are supporting because, let’s face it, a breadmaker in the house gives you what it takes to get up happy in the morning: “You set the timer overnight so when you wake up there is this wonderful smell wafting through your kitchen”.

Cameron is not the only Conservative who thumbs up hard workers but prefers to do the job on his own. Another eloquent example of real masculinity is Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, who doesn’t have a clue on how much is a pint of milk in stores nowadays.

But that’s not because he’s detached from reality. On the contrary, as a distinctive member of the Conservative party he has his own cow to milk each morning in his backyard.

Close-up of Mrs. May Swarowsky-encrusted shoes.

Close-up of Mrs. May
Swarowsky-encrusted shoes. (Olycom)

Cameron and Johnson are the kind of people who prefer to do things their way, a do-it-yourself kind of guys. Real men who won’t stand having somebody else doing the job for them. They’re not like the Home Secretary, Theresa May, who actually has the time to go to Tesco every day in her £2.000 trouser suit and Swarowsky-encrusted shoes to buy broccoli and rice for her kids.

They’re not ashamed of getting their hands dirty when it comes to get food for their families. They are real hard workers. And the Conservatives are all about that – real men with real jobs.

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