"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."

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

What Has Europe etc etc

You don't have to go far to find out what the EU has done for Britain - check out the British press, see what they're allowed to report and then magnify it by ten.

The Conservatives sold their Smith Square headquarters to the EU a couple of years ago so don't ever believe that politicians have our best interests at heart and, to be honest, I don't know why we bother blogging - I still think we'd be better off with boots on the street.  However, here's a fraction of the latest from the EU:

The Times reports that Osborne failed to block a proposed increase to the EU's budget for 2011 at yesterday's meeting of EU finance ministers. The UK has previously argued in favour of a freeze on the EU budget for next year, to reflect austerity measures at home, but Osborne saw himself heavily outvoted, according to the article. The Commission has proposed a 6% increase.

Meanwhile, Osborne yesterday vowed to defend the UK's rebate from the EU budget, following comments from Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski that the rebate is no longer "justified". Osborne said, "I have no doubt that there will be some others who will want to put [an end to the rebate] into the mix, but they'll be wasting their time because we are not going to give way on the abatement [rebate], and people had better know that at the beginning of the process, because they'll certainly discover it at the end."

Nice words from Osborne but I think he said that for the benefit of the British press and the British people.   Britain/UK was left in the corner because of QMV - we'll be outvoted every time.

There's further coverage of the agreement reached by EU finance ministers yesterday to establish three new pan-European financial supervisors and an EU systemic risk board. FT Deutschland reports that the finance ministers agreed to sign up to a proposal for "surprisingly powerful EU financial supervision". Austrian daily Der Standard also notes that "European financial supervision is more powerful than expected". However, according to FT Deutschland, British diplomats have said that further negotiations could still be needed to determine crucial aspects of the proposal, including how much power the EU supervisors will have over national regulators.

The German media reported yesterday that "London is certain" that the compromise proposal will be amended prior to the final vote in the European Parliament. However, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble is quoted saying that he's optimistic that the "principle" agreement will stand. Handelsblatt reported yesterday that Britain will seek to nominate a candidate for the position as head of the European Securities and Markets Authority to ensure the UK's influence over the new structure.

At his first 'state of the union' address yesterday, Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced his support for a common EU bond to finance large, cross-border infrastructure projects. Barroso also claimed that "a euro spent at European level gets you more than a euro spent at national level" and therefore "pooling money at the European level allows member states to cut their costs, avoid overlaps and get a better return on their investment".

The facts are:
If you believe Barroso, you'll believe anything.
It's undemocratic.
It hasn't signed off it's own a/cs for 14yrs
The unelected elect the unelected.
We're choking on a european-wide camaraderie of faux-journalism.

If you think the Lisbon Treaty was ratified by a democratic process, think again.  If you think the British people acquiesced to this superstate in 1972, think again.  I'm astounded that people can't see how downhill the British education system has gone.  How can we know what we've lost unless we know history?


  1. They really are bunch of greedy Nazi f*ckers aren't they?

    I'm livid.

    Lets get this EU Referendum on the road.

  2. Hi Sue
    Yes, they are. I think/hope there's momentum growing and an awareness of what the EU actually means and how much influence it already has in our lives.
    Such a structure can't last forever - I only hope I'm around to see it fall.


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