"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, 1 October 2010

What Has Europe Done For Us?

You may well ask. Here's this week's breakdown:

Europe's austerity anger grows. No doubt part of the reason why we British don't rebel against the EU, as other European nations do, is that we don't think of ourselves as 'European'. We are. Since 1972 British governments have decreed it and signed the Treaties. We aren't British; we're European. Get used to it: adapt or fight against it.

This is in French but everyone understands 'conflit d'intérêts'.
Chair of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Diana Banati, has been accused of a conflict of interest. While the EFSA is supposed to provide the EC with scientific advice on genetically modified foods, Banati did not reveal that she had previously sat on the board of directors of the International Life Science Institute, which lobbies in favour of genetically modified products and includes among its members several multinationals such as Kraft Foods, Danone, Nestlé, BASF and Bayer.
If you believe this, you'll believe anything
"Yes, you are in the shit. But do you want us all to be in the shit together, or do you want us to get [you] out of it? The best response to the crisis is collective action at the European level. It is the EU that can help us to create a new economic and industrial policy."
Grrrr, and I'm not even half-way through yet.

I admire Vaclav Claus but there are "concerns that the Czech opt-out from the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty demanded by President Václav Klaus might not be looking so solid."  I think Ireland has already discovered to it's cost that EU footnotes attached to EU protocols in EU treaties aren't to be relied upon.

Turkey, bastion of Human Rights, believes in referenda and NATO advocates 'security' role

Vince goes to Europe

The Dutch follow the British -   no more powers to the EU for 'this' Parliament.  An easy promise but quite meaningless and not so easy to fulfil.

EU taxpayers must spend one trillion euros on electricity grid in the name of climate change.

EU Tax Commissioner unveils plans
"He believed that there was a new momentum in EU tax matters, fuelled by the wider recognition that the optimal approach could be reached only by common efforts."
Someone is seriously deluded, and I don't think it's me.

A sop with an ulterior motive.  Even the Daily Mirror  ran with this, in it's own way.

EU-Asia dispute about seats at the IMF   What are we: one nation under the EU or twenty-seven nation states?  Next stop: UN; NATO.

EU demands UK tax refund for multi-nats

That's it for this week, thank goodness.

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