"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."

Monday, 23 August 2010

A Quick Catch-up

I'm sorry for the lapse in posting, it will probably continue like this for another 2/3weeks.  In fact I'm thinking of shutting the blog down temporarily, giving it a holiday for a while - viewing figures have plummeted anyway so I don't think it would inconvenience too many people.

This is from Open Europe:
FAZ reports that an internal Commission paper is outlining plans for a new EU tax on all types of natural resources, to create incentives for businesses to use them more efficiently. The tax would include both renewable resources such as wood, as well as minerals and fossil fuels. The paper argues that increased efficiency would make countries more competitive internationally, stating that an increase in efficiency of 20% would lead to additional economic growth of 1%.

The paper does not state explicitly whether the tax receipts should be used to directly fund the EU budget, as was proposed last week, and sources from the Commission said that a decision on the resource tax has not yet been made. In combination, the Commission is also considering gradually banning the import of inefficiently produced products into the EU to protect European industry from disadvantages in international competition.
I really don't understand why we're so accepting of the current political situation; increasingly I feel like a serf in the Middle Ages having to doff my cap, mind my Ps and Qs and be grateful for a tied cottage while the uber-lord runs away with my pigs.  But it isn't just the EU: it's Cameron & Co, the msm, and the local authorities too.  I'll do a proper catch-up later.

3 comments:

  1. GV, dont shut down please. Viewing figures may have dropped due to it being 'Silly Season' and lets face it there ain't much happening........

    I have not posted as much as I used to because of that and without continually wittering on about the EU and lack of democracy - which would bore the pants (and skirts) of readers.......

    Anyway do stay even if posts are intermittent plus of course we need our weekly fix of Sunday Reflection.....

    Returning to the subject of your post, yes the EU will find more and more ways to tax us, either directly or indirectly.

    In respect of your comments about Cameron, the msm etc - too right. Journalism is at an all time low cause they mostly 'cut & paste' merchants, too lazy to actually question what they are presented with. With regard to Cameron, as you know I lost faith with him years ago.

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  2. GV, we all go through these phases. Don't submit. WfW has good points about the silly season but blog for yourself first your fans second! If we all persevere we might make a tiny difference. Furthermore, how can we know if our stats are not hacked anyway? Just to discourage blogging. It might be that OH gets thousands and we smaller fish hundreds more than we know.

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  3. Thanks Mr w and OR, stats don't bother me - I'm just using them as an excuse for a breather. It's only a temporary thing for 2/3 weeks - I have no intention of quitting.

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