December 5, 2012

Britain's Nasty Breakup with Europe

Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The New Republic

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Last Thursday, three by-elections, or special elections, were held in England. All were in seats that Labour MPs had represented before, two of them vacated by death and one by the resignation in disgrace of someone who had been ripping off the system of parliamentary expenses in even more outrageous fashion than had his colleagues. All were comfortably held by Labour, but that wasn’t the story. In two of the seats, Rotherham and Middlesborough, the candidate who came second wasn’t the Conservative or the Liberal Democrat, from the two parties now governing in coalition, but UKIP.

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TAGGED: UKIP, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron, Eurozone, European Union, EU, Europe, UK

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