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Confessions Of A Eurosceptic

Author : David Heathcoat-Amory
ISBN : 9781781590485
Genre : Political Science
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Few are better placed to write on the United Kingdom's relations with the European Union than David Heathcoat-Amory. As a Member of Parliament, Minister of State and Privy Counselor, he witnessed two Prime Ministers wrestling with the 'elephant in the room'. He describes Margaret Thatcher's struggles against EU control and the clashes with cabinet colleagues which split the Conservative Party and brought her down. Under John Major, in the Whips' Office, the Treasury and Minister for Europe in the FCO, he played a pivotal role in the parliamentary battles over the Maastricht Treaty and events which kept Britain out of the Euro but created the devastating Eurozone crisis of today. He resigned as Paymaster General in 1996. In Opposition, Heathcoat-Amory was sent by the House of Commons to negotiate a Constitution for Europe, which he opposed with a small group of dissidents from other EU countries. As they predicted, the European Constitution was decisively rejected in referendums in France and Holland but forced through anyway, with Blair's Government refusing a referendum at home. The book includes his blueprint for a radically new relationship between Britain and the EU, based on the principles of democracy, internationalism and free trade. With leadership and ambition, the Author argues that this is now attainable with the final decision resting with the people in a referendum. In Confessions of a Eurosceptic, the Author, whose initial enthusiasm for the Common Market turned to hostility, gives an informed insider's candid take on the most important political issue of our generation.

Britain S Quest For A Role

Author : David Hannay
ISBN : 9781780760568
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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British post-imperial decline has been much examined. In these memoirs, David Hannay, one of Britain's leading behind-the-scenes players in this process, provides fascinating frontline information and insights into Britain's complex relations with Washington and Europe. From his early career in the Middle East to his role as a top diplomat, Hannay presents a detailed and authoritative narrative of British foreign policy in the second half of the 20th Century. A key player in European policy-making, he was directly involved in bringing about the UK's entry into the European Community, as well as being closely involved in the Annan plan while he was the UK's Special Representative in Cyprus. Hannay illuminates vital themes in the early relationship between Britain and the EU that are increasingly relevant today: British membership, EU enlargement and Britain's contribution to the European budget. From the complex relations between Margaret Thatcher and her diplomatic establishment to Britain's decisions leading up to the 1970s oil supply crisis, Hannay analyses the causes and consequences of major British foreign policy decisions over the past 50 years. An informed and balanced ringside view of diplomatic history over 50 years, this book will fascinate general readers and prove essential reading for specialists.

And The Weak Suffer What They Must

Author : Yanis Varoufakis
ISBN : 1847924042
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Last Man Standing

Author : Jack Straw
ISBN : 9781447222774
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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As a small boy in Epping Forest, Jack Straw could never have imagined that one day he would become Britain's Lord Chancellor. As one of five children of divorced parents, he was bright enough to get a scholarship to a direct-grant school, but spent his holidays as a plumbers' mate for his uncles to bring in some much-needed extra income. Yet he spent 13 years and 11 days in government, including long and influential spells as Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary. This is the story of how he got there. His memoirs offer a unique insight into the complex, sometimes self-serving but always fascinating world of British politics and reveals the toll that high office takes, but , more importantly, the enormous satisfaction and extraordinary privilege of serving both your constituents and your country. Straw’s has been a very public life, but he reveals the private face, too and offers readers a vivid and authoritative insight into the Blair/Brown era and, indeed, the last forty years of British politics.

England An Elegy

Author : Roger Scruton
ISBN : 0826480756
Genre : Political Science
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Provides an account of England which is an analysis of its institutions and culture, and a celebration of its virtues. This book covers aspects of the English inheritance, informed by a philosophical vision. It shows that there is such a country as England, that it has a distinct personality and endows its residents with a distinct moral ideal.

The Aachen Memorandum

Author : Andrew Roberts
ISBN : 9781849544283
Genre : Fiction
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May 2045. England has become a minor region of the European superstate, politically correct but inert, weighed down by bureaucracy and unaware of past glories. With British culture diluted to near extinction by European influence, the nation having lost its Crown and its Parliament, nationalistic pride is liable to land you in prison, or even worse... Oxford don Horatio Lestoq finds the dead body of a prominent politician and is immediately tagged as prime suspect. On the run and desperate to clear his name, can he free himself from the tangled web of an EU government conspiracy, or will he become ensnared like those before him who tried to reveal fiercely guarded hidden truths?

The Budapest Protocol

Author : Adam LeBor
ISBN : 9781846591945
Genre : Fiction
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Nazi-occupied Budapest, Winter 1944. The Russians are smashing through the German lines. Miklos Farkas breaks out of the Jewish ghetto to find food - at the Nazis’ headquarters. There he is handed a stolen copy of The Budapest Protocol, detailing the Nazis’ post-war plans. Miklos knows it must stay hidden forever if he is to stay alive. Present day Budapest. As the European Union launches the election campaign for the first President of Europe, Miklos Farkas is brutally murdered. His journalist grandson Alex buries his grief to track down the killers. He soon unravels a chilling conspiracy rooted in the dying days of the Third Reich, one that will ensure Nazi economic domination of Europe - and a plan for a new Gypsy Holocaust. The hunt is on for The Budapest Protocol. Alex is soon drawn deeper into a deadly web of intrigue and power play, a game played for the highest stakes: the very future of Europe. The Budapest Protocol is a journey into Europe’s hidden heart of darkness.

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