"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, 26 November 2010

What Has Europe Done For Us?

I think I might change the title of this regular slot to 'Rats in a Sack' because that's what the EU is now.  One official says one thing and another, another.  There are so many contradictory statements coming out from governments around Europe at the moment it's difficult to know who's telling the truth - but that's politicians for you.

There's to be a new framework for 'mutual assistance' for recovering, taxes, duties "and other measures." It looks as though HMRC will be expanding to include a central liaison office, if they haven't already jumped to attention and done it by now.

'Sacrifice yourself,' says euro-zone to Portugal.  The Portuguese govt already has problems with its Opposition Parties who are telling anyone with ears to hear that the govt has fiddled the figures and their GDP/debt/deficit figures are greater than publicly acknowledged.

Five hours later, despite German press reports, Merkel, Schaeuble, Old Uncle Tom Cobley & All scrambled to issue a denial. Given that Taoiseach Cowen's blustering denials are fresh in everyone's memories I think we can be forgiven for not being convinced.

Still with EU Observer, this one made me laugh at the brass neck of it: Putin proposes EU-Russia integration. "From Lisbon to Vladivostock." It's interesting that the man from the country that subjugated and murdered millions for the sake of an ideology should be so attracted to the European Union. I wonder why?

Spain, Portugal 'hammered'  Politicians can't control money markets.  I'm glad they're getting hammered and I won't complain if Britain's Sterling gets hammered too.  It's a relatively small price to pay for freedom from this corrupt institution - freedom's never free.

Bluff and double-bluff: Africa threatens to pull out of trade talks and accuses the EU of using 'pressure tactics'. Well I never, who'd have thought it...

A cross-Party alliance of MEPs have called for a harmonised corporate tax rate of 25% which smacks of bloc protectionism at its worst.

One can only hope that AEP's analysis is right when he says the crisis threatens Germany. A two-tier euro seems to be what everyone is talking up at the moment. My only reservation is that if a split were to happen the UK would find it harder to remain outside Germany's Northern tier. Being a member of the EU entails a commitment to join the euro-zone at the earliest possible date.

A 'European standard' on halal food is also being discussed, endlessly. Apparently there are roughly 16m muslims in the EU and sales of halal food are worth E600billion pa.

It will all be over by Christmas.  The EC wants to crack on with a compromise and ensure that budget disagreements are resolved before the end of the year.

Osborne writes to his counterparts in the EU regarding bankers' bonuses and EU-wide transparency rules.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Osborne's decision to hand the issue over to Brussels follows intense lobbying against a more transparent regime that would force banks to disclose details of bonus payments, the Financial Times said.
Remember this when it comes back to us in the form of another directive and bankers receive bonuses and huge pay-outs this Christmas.

The Assembly of European Regions met  in Turkey, of all places, to discuss cohesion in the regions.   I wonder who spoke on behalf of the Disunited Kingdom of Nations and Regions?

PS  France doesn't seem to have hit the radar yet but how long can it be before she too is affected by the eurozone and bankers' ponzi scheme?   France owns a great deal of the debt.

I have a question for anyone who happens by: if it wasn't Luther, who was it who said, "Here I stand. I can do no other"?

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