"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Friday, 11 June 2010

What Has Europe Done For Us?

Does anyone speak German? Google and Yahoo are having problems translating this page: Crisis for Spain

Apparently the EU is getting ready for a Spain on the edge of bankruptcy. According to an article in Financial Times Deutschland, eurozone member states are calculating the cost of emergency aid to Spain if problems in the country's banking sector escalate.  The dominos are falling - not that you'd know it from the local papers though:

Sur in English
Costa News

The NAO (who had their premises refurbished to the tune of £80m courtesy of the UK taxpayer) says, "It's not our fault the budget's in a mess, it was the EU wot dunnit."
"Weaknesses in the administration of European schemes in the UK, such as the Single Payment Scheme (for farmers), continue to have an impact on the taxpayer." He [Amyas Morse] added "I welcome the signs of improvement in financial management of European funds across the EU but the persisting high levels of error are explained by the sheer complexity of these programmes. UK departments should press for programmes to be designed with clear measurable objectives and in such a way as to promote efficient administration."
I don't know about you but I'm getting tired of all this rubbish reporting and weasel words.  It will be a tough job to rid Britain of the quangos and Common Purpose recruits - and, so far, Cameron shows no sign of being willing.  He hasn't even acknowledged the full extent of the problem.

Howard Flight, former Shadow Chief Sec to the Treasury says:
It is apparent that Britain’s membership of the EU has become “the elephant in the room” too large to continue to ignore. At the heart of the EU is the philosophy of the “control state”, believing that making rules for every aspect of citizens’ and business’ behaviour is a good thing, while ignoring the economic damage this can inflict. There can be no UK economic renaissance under such a control regime.
Meanwhile, Chris Huhne, our new Secretary of State for the Energy & Climate Change is striving to make his mark:
"I'll be using my first meeting to make clear the new UK Government's support for ambitious European action on climate change, including a 30% cut in EU emissions." 
EU Environment Commissioner Connie Hedegaard responded that now isn't the time for Europe to move to a 30% target, as does the CBI.

H/t: Open Europe & ConHome

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