"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, 24 September 2010

What Has Europe Done For Us?

I haven't done one for a while so it's a bit longer than usual, albeit this is only three or four days' worth of EU news.  I'll try to keep it bare-boned and factual but that's really difficult.

I predicted that once Lisbon was signed the EU would rush ahead with proposals and people would begin to notice how much impact it actually has on our lives. I'm glad it's happening; I hope that in their enthusiasm for a supra-national Europe they trip over their own feet and land at mine.

If you've ever wondered why our own judicial system is in such a mess or why the law-abiding are being treated as criminals, look no further than the constant EU interference which wants to absorb England's Common Law into the European Corpus Iuris.  Plans are going ahead for a European Public Prosecutor
The idea is not universally popular among the 27 member states. Mr De Clerck admitted that there was "still a lot of reluctance" on this issue in some national quarters, with the UK being "the most vocal." A major objection is that the prosecutor may override national invesigators or even order them to start an inquiry.
Iain Martin asks: Whither Cameron's Euroscepticism?
"Almost unnoticed, his MPs have voted for a list of measures that would a few years ago have triggered full-scale Tory war. There was the expansion of justice and home-affairs powers, involving the extension of the so-called European arrest warrant. The European External Action Service—or EU diplomatic service—was nodded through. New regulations for the City of London require the establishment of three pan-European supervisory bodies. This was accepted by the Treasury and if there were protests from the Conservative benches they didn't make much noise. A higher budget for the EU has also been approved.

"Ask senior Conservatives about all this and they point to the coalition with the Liberal Democrats, enthusiasts for integration. It necessitates compromise."
The LibDems blame the Conservatives for lack of progress and Conservatives blame the LibDems when the truth is that the situation suits both Parties down to the ground.  Martin poses some good questions but the answer is easy: Cameron was only a eurosceptic insofar as British politicians were excluded from major EU decision-making processes. I've written before about not trusting Cameron on the EU so I won't go over old ground.

SitCen - the EU's secret police  Everything you should know, courtesy of Open Europe. Forty pages for your weekend reading.

Commissioner for Economic & Monetary Affairs wants 0.2% of GDP in interest-bearing deposits to assist EU economic government.

The cost of Eurocrats' gold-plated pensions to the British taxpayer will double by 2040
A Treasury spokesman said: 'The UK Government is concerned over the increasing EU pensions burden.' 
Former commissioners still receive allowances despite new private sector jobs.  Some have even gone to the European Parliament.
Seventeen former members of the European Commission get at least €96,000 per year in transitional allowances, money intended to help them ease back into the labour market, despite the fact that some of them already work as politicians or lobbyists.
Squabbling over the gravy
The European Parliament is refusing to approve the EU External Action Service's budget unless representatives of the European Commission are appointed to leading positions in the service. They've also complained about the lack of gender and geographical balance in the appointments made by EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton so far.
Three new pan-European watchdogs have been given the go-ahead and will take effect from  Jan 2011.
A new “European Systemic Risk Board”, made up mainly of central bank governors in the 27-country bloc and chaired initially by the European Central Bank governor, will also be formed next year to warn about impending threats to financial stability in the region.
George Osborne says the terms of the accord preserve the City of London's competitiveness as a financial centre. During the negotiations he successfully fended off efforts to oblige the UK to give Brussels advanced sight of his domestic Budget plans - ahead of Parliament.
But Open Europe, campaigning for EU reforms, claimed earlier this month that the new supervisory controls amount to a clear shift in power from the UK, giving EU officials a mandate to "interpret, apply and even enforce EU laws at the expense of national regulators".
British firms miss out on Thanet windfarm - is anyone surprised?   This is the largest windfarm in the world yet it can provide electricity for only 200,000 homes.  Is this value for money?
Also reported in the Telegraph 
[Energy Secretary], Chris Huhne, said at the official opening of the site: "We are an island nation and I firmly believe we should be harnessing our wind, wave and tidal resources to the maximum."
Row over the Roma
"Parliament this week was perfectly entitled to point out that bribing or forcing one ethnic group to return, en masse, to another member state, is not in conformity with EU laws, nor in the spirit of the treaties."
Derk-Jan Eppink accuses Verhofstadt of hypocrisy
Ireland facing a 'double-dip'
Lifting of visa requirements for Bosnia, Herzegovina & Albania
You know when the news hits the msm you're in trouble
Barroso & van Rompuy at loggerheads
ECJ restricts access to documents
Proposal for new EU battle group


  1. No comments says it all doesn't it.
    Nobody cares walking blindly into slavery.
    Maldelson still getting paid £8600 a month 2 years after leaving the EU.

  2. No, no comment can do it justice.
    Mandelson also gets a pretty pension for life from the EU - like Clegg and anyone else who's ever worked there.


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