Although electioneering has begun with some rather wobbly-upper-lip-tears we still have no declaration of hostilities. The current Parliament will cease to exist at midnight on Monday 10 May 2010. A general election to elect the new Parliament must be held by no later than Thursday 3 June 2010. May is the bookies favourite month (1/5) presumably to coincide with local elections on May 6.
I agree that although there is barely a fag paper between the Parties, this election is important more in what will not be spoken about than the usual schools, hospitals, crime etc...I've linked the suggested manifestos, but don't bother.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/electio ... olicy.htmlhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/electio ... olicy.html
The real issue is how much power resides in Brussels and how much more will the EU grasp in the next few years. The figure for Britain seems to vary from this Gov's disingenuous 9%, to Daniel Hannan's 85%.There is much confusion, deliberate and typical of the EU, over Directives, Regulations and Statutory Instruments. I'm certainly befuddled by what's going on. However it does appear that "72% of the cost of regulation in the UK is EU-derived. A shockingly high figure that needs no exaggeration whatsoever - just urgent attention." Of course AGW and the UN complicates matters still further. So I certainly would like some clarification of what is going on in politics today, in the run up to the so-called election.