"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."

Thursday, 29 July 2010

What Has Europe Done For Us?

"Unity In Diversity".  Have you ever heard such a ridiculous slogan before?

Nowadays I seem to spend most posts reporting about current EU activities rather than warning about them.  When I started the blog I said it had gone too far but now it's gone way over the top and is caught precariously on a ledge with a broken spine - one false move and the ground will be rushing up to meet us.

The members of the UK House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee have finally been announced.  The links lead to their taxpayer-funded websites, if they have one.

Bill Cash, Con, Stone.  Committee Chairman, despite Cameron's opposition
James Clappison Con, Hertsmere
Michael Connarty, Lab,  Linlithgow & East Falkirk
Julie Elliot, Lab, Sunderland Central
Tim Farron,  LibDem, Westmoreland & Lonsdale
Nia Griffith, Lab, Llanelli
Chris Heaton-Harris, Con, Daventry
Kelvin Hopkins, Lab, Luton North
Chris Kelly,  Con, Dudley South
Tony Lloyd, Lab, Manchester Central
Penny Mordaunt, Con, Portsmouth North
Stephen Phillips, Con, Sleaford & North Hykeham
Jacob Rees-Mogg   "At long long last, the Tories are to be returned to power!  Moreover, after 5 attempts, I am finally the Member of Parliament for somewhere or other."  Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg is the Conservative MP for North-East Somerset and I wish the constituency better luck next time.  I foresee a great career ahead for Mr Rees-Mogg within the EU.
Ian Swales, LibDem, Redcar
Jim Dobbin, Lab Co-op, Heywood & Middleton
Henry Smith, Con, Crawley

Here's a quick round-up of what's happening in our Parliament:

The EC has approved three new DG posts
It takes the number of people employed in Director-General posts in the executive to one hundred.  Directors-general are among the top officials employed in the Commission and it's estimated that each receives a monthly basic salary of €15,000 to €18,000.

The majority of Icelanders oppose entry to the EU
EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fuele, said,  "This shows that there's a need for more objective information about the EU and its policies,"
Sorry, I can't resist it and it has to be said - there's no fuele like an old fuele.

Ashton appoints Bergamini to SitCen
Patrice Bergamini has been appointed by EU Foreign Minister Cathy Ashton as the chief of the Joint Situation Centre (SitCen) - the EU's intelligence agency which is now part of the European External Action Service (EEAS).  Let's remember that Ashton is the wife of YouGov pollster Peter Kellner and was given her peerage by Blair for being such an excellent quangoista.

EU targets those opposing political reform in Bosnia
A confidential paper, tabled by Europe's FM (Cathy Ashton, just in case we forget) has urged the creation of a new and powerful European envoy to be based in Sarajevo, to push through a new constitutional order for Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Key to the political reforms, demanded as a condition of EU entry for Bosnia, is a strengthening of a multi-ethnic federal state, mainly controlled by Muslims and Croats, at the expense of Republika Srpska, the Bosnian-Serb government.  I can see why Cameron said what he said vis-a-vis Turkey.

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has outlined plans to transform Britain's power system and cut carbon emissions to meet renewable energy targets, which are driven in part by EU legislation. The overall strategy could increase the price of electricity by up to a third and gas by up to a fifth, making the average UK family's bill rise by £300, to £1,100.


  1. it sadly all smacks of a fait a complis, GV. Still, the economic wasteland will bring some comfort to the future for we "told you so,s"!

  2. You asked 'What has Europe done for us?'

    Easily answered: it has, in an expression much used by our American cousins, 'Fucked us six ways from Sunday'.

    If war it must be to rid ourselves of this yoke, then bring it on.

  3. "Unity In Diversity"

    I love that slogan. Does the EU have a Department for Oxymorons with an invisible 250k euros-a-year Director?

  4. GV as always this is a battle between the secret and the open.

    What we can do is plant strong seeds in the current. See weed grow in the future after we die.

    We have never been defeated. Never.

    You and I know that.

    Heads up.

  5. They will not stop until western civilization is finished

  6. Some strong opinions here - thank you all.

    It does seem like a fait accompli - everything's steamrollering ahead nicely without any interference from the people - just how the ptb like it.

    I sometimes think we live in a microbubble but really I know that if the msm reported truthfully and fairly we'd find out that there's quite a bit of discontent with the EU on the continent too. We're not alone.


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