As Greens we are often faced with an ambiguous attitude towards Europe and the actions of the UK government within Europe. The Merkel/ Sarkozy stampede towards a European Central Bank which dictates fiscal policy to national government horrifies Greens: it directly contradicts all our decentralist instincts. However, Cameron’s reasons for vetoing the agreement are the wrong ones. His claim to be ‘protecting the national interest’ rings hollow when the interest he is protecting is that of the City of London: and possibly his own personal pension plan.
A transaction tax is Green Party policy: we do want on in order to curb the excessive activities of the City. Why oh why will our own government not see sense and our policies end up being proposed by other European countries – just not this one.