David Cameron chooses his EU targets

 
David Cameron carrying a ministerial red box in Brussels

What many will describe as failure, David Cameron has described as "progress."

After two long days of talking, EU leaders may not have agreed a budget deal but the prime minister said that at least an "unacceptable deal" had been stopped.

What obviously pleased him just as much was the fact that Britain was not isolated here. The Dutch and the Swedes argued for a budget freeze and the Germans and the Danes were sympathetic too.

Mr Cameron chose not to blame countries demanding more spending - the French for their farmers or the Poles for their so-called cohesion funds.

Instead, he targeted the institutions of Brussels and, though not by name, Europe's two Presidents.

The EU Commission had, Mr Cameron said, failed to offer up a single euro in savings - an insult to taxpayers. The chair of this summit had not stood up for taxpayers' interests.

British proposals to curb the pay and pensions of European civil servants and to freeze certain programmes had been ignored.

The prime minister left Brussels looking confident. He will expect a good reception back home. He will know, however, that next year an EU budget deal will have to be done.

 
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    Comment number 9.

    1.nautonier

    Well said. Sums it up. Perhaps the only surprise is that Cameron seems to be most senior politician since UKIP's Farage to go for the obvious target: the grotesque looting of EU funds by EU employees.

    Well done Cameron. Keep at it. Who knows, you may yet become a PM who earns our respect.

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    Comment number 22.

    Only the Labour party, and the BBC seem to think what Cameron is doing is wrong. If he succeeds in stopping Von Rompuy and his other unelected idiots from sucking any more of the taxpayers' money into their failing, useless project then that will be an achievement. Getting us out of the whole stinking morass should be his next project. Paying into something which does us no good is idiotic.

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    Comment number 35.

    For many years, the EU Budget spending process has never been approved by the official Auditors and which is a scandal. The transparancy/accountability mantra that the Commission trumpets and insists on both across the EU and the world is not applied in their own house.. Keep at it Mr Cameron

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    Comment number 27.

    23.sagamix
    Good on Ed for that, it would have been easy to oppose for opposition's sake.

    Ed senses the majority of public agrees with Cameron. Its called jumping on the bandwagon. Ed is a poitical opportunist of the most cynical kind - as well as a geek.

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    Comment number 10.

    Good tactic not to demonise individual states or recipients, no matter how tempting
    Time to put the responsibility for this mess where it belongs, the institutions of the eu. They have raised unrealistic expectations for eu largesse at a time when the donor states cannot support such behaviour.
    Or do they think they can replace our leaders at will too?

 

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