The multi-annual financial framework is not just a budget, but rather a political act, an expression of Europe's ambitions by which we commit to financing common policies and projects that are of mutual benefit. This is more, not less, relevant in times of hardship and economic crisis.
Ukip believes in merging income tax and national insurance into a flat rate income tax to greatly simplify our tax code, which currently stands at over 11,000 pages.
If the Great Recession has proved one thing it is that there are few economic responses that both left and right can agree upon, or even really agree upon even among themselves.
Get out the map and dust off the history books. Britain IS part of Europe. Since the Roman and Norman invasions, its politics have been our politics.
With the thorn of Ukip in his side David Cameron knew that he had to do something about 'Britain and the EU' before the niggling wound became infected and caused even more problems down the line.
As predicted with many Asian and American politicians staying home, European leaders like punch drunk boxers who have gone too many rounds occupied centre stage, but many others seemed little interested in their troubles: the consensus at the start of the meeting, that the Euro will survive after all but Europe will be a low growth region for the foreseeable future, held.
As a veteran, I have learned that Davos is a kitchen out of which, given time, dishes come that do make the main menu.
Cameron's much-trailed speech, the build up for which he described as akin to tantric sex, has left me feeling more like a neglected wife than a satisfied lover.
If there was any silver lining to the postponement of the speech, then it was the fact that circumstances meant he had to deliver it in London. It's about time that Conservative prime ministers (Churchill, Thatcher) stopped addressing foreign audiences about Britain's role in Europe and started delivering a few home truths to their British fellow citizens.
The very fact that we are talking about the possibility of Britain leaving the European Union is Ukip's biggest victory to date.
At last, David Cameron has finally delivered it. Despite the odds being stacked against him, today the prime minister gave his highly-anticipated speech on the future of the UK's relationship with Europe at the London HQ of US information business, Bloomberg.
Even before Prime Minister David Cameron's speech on Europe this Wednesday, we know that it will be disappointing.
For the first time in the current parliament, more people would vote for Britain to stay in the European Union than to leave.
There are two groups in the debate at the moment, both of which have no time for the other side and don't seem too bothered about whether they are basing their arguments on fact or fiction.
The young generation sees Britain's future in the EU. This should give pro-Europeans a valuable new starting point to base a new and better strategy on. It is about time for pro-Europeans to start the fightback.
Attempting to repatriate competences from the EU may well play well in parts of the notoriously eurosceptic media and in parts of the Conservative Party but I would question whether it is truly in the British and European long-term interest.