Charles Kennedy on Europe @ Shish
Posted by jonathanfryer on Wednesday, 25th February, 2009
Charles Kennedy was the keynote speaker at a LibDem social event at the Shish restaurant in Old Street last night, where there was a notably good turnout of Turkish party sympathisers and community activists as the former party leader and the barrister Emma Edhem addressed such issues as European citizenship and negative trends in civil liberties in this country, the continent’s Number 1 surveillance society. Charles, who is currently President of the European Movement in Britain, underlined the need for the Liberal Democrats to have the courage of their convictions in the European elections in a political environment in which the Labour government has failed to make the European case and the Conservatives are thrashing around on the fringes of Euro-scepticism. He pointed out that between 25 and 30 per cent of Brtish voters are even in favour of joining the euro, despite the fact that the government has made no real case for it. More important, it is now blindingly clear that the only way that a medium-sized country like Britain is going to extract itself from current economic and environmental probems is through closer collaboration with our EU partners.