Wednesday 8 May 2013
The EU Behemoth
I dislike the EU as many of you know. The original plan of a trading organisation was fine, but over the years it's spiralled into an economic and political monstrosity, clawing the democracy from its member states into its greedy fold.
At the weekend I heard an MP say that Britain needs the EU because 90% of British business is done within Europe, but what he omitted to mention was that Europe sells more to us than we sell to them.
David Cameron and his pro-EU cohorts insist that EU law is good for all, yet it doesn't seem good enough for the EU itself. Scotland's policing services have recently become one massive service which, in time, will be shown to be an administrative nightmare. Public services are well known for their inability to join the dots regarding information sharing and the bigger they become the worse it gets. The NHS is a perfect example of how millions have been spent on useless IT programmes.
Since 1979 the UK has paid in about £228 billion to the EU. It has received back in benefits just £143 billion. Thus Britain's subsidy to the European project has been £85 billion. We currently pay £13 million per day to the behemoth, yet it's reported more and more food banks are popping up all over the country.
Richard North gave a talk to the Campaign for an Independent Britain at the weekend. Along with many others he distrusts David Cameron's latest promise of an EU referendum after the 2015 election. 'An exit plan is needed' in Richard's opinion and of course he's correct.
In order to muddy the waters Barroso is quoted as saying ' Political science fiction to become reality'. He also remarked 'Europe will be open and democratic or it will fail.' Note the use of the future tense. It seems the EC will set out its views on EU treaty change by early next year in order for them to be debated before the European elections next May.
David Cameron has ample time to organise a referendum before the 2015 Westminster elections and a promise of one before the European elections could save his political skin. Will he be brave enough? Naw.