I think it’d be a very good idea to admit Albania to the EU. It has huge resources of chromium (second only to South Africa’s) and massive hydro-electric power. It also has huge stretches of totally unspoiled Mediterranean beaches ripe for exploitation, wonderful mountains (skiing and hiking), as well as terrific Greek and Roman ruins. It’d be a tourist mecca to rival Greece easily (Albanians founded Mycenae), and investment there now would reap heaps in the near future if the country were allowed to open up to us. Its economy is shaky, so it’d be a breeze to do deals with at the moment (tho of course as responsible EU members we wouldn’t take advantage). And it’d the one in the eye for Vlad the Intriguer.
Think about it, France & Germany. I can’t think even Greece, so well established, would see such a small country as Albania as a serious threat to its own tourist industry.
Vote for Tim – a light in the darkness of Westminster. Get him started! After all, the French have put in a newcomer with the right credentials, and I can’t see a single established politician in GB in the running for PM with any credentials at all.