Bureaucrats In Brussels Make It Clear Who Is In Charge
In December 2010 the leaders of the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Finland wrote to Jose Barroso, the president of the European Commission (all genuflect in the direction of Brussels, please) demanding that the EU increase its spending by no more than inflation from the year 2013. Cameron and the others suggested that the EU might perhaps consider making a few cuts - reducing the absurdly high salaries for EU officials, increasing the working week, increasing the retirement age and even cutting a few jobs.
The EU bureaucrats (who are overpaid, underworked and immune to taxes) thought about this and have replied with what can only be described as an artfully displayed two fingers.
The EU has decided that it will be spending around £1,000 billion between 2014 and 2020. And since the unelected EU bureaucrats run things, that is what will happen. While individual countries are cutting back and struggling to deal with their debts, the unelected bureaucrats will be on a spending mission. Spend, spend, spend is the new EU theme song.
The bureaucrats are introducing an EU wide tax on financial transactions to top up their coffers even further. (Yes, that means that you and I will be paying a new tax direct to Brussels. On top of all the other multi-billion contributions. No chance of voting on this, of course.)
None of this should come as a surprise to any of us. And it certainly shouldn't come as a surprise to readers of my book OFPIS.
When the Treaty of Lisbon was signed we became citizens of the new EU state. Our politicians handed over all rights and responsibilities to the unelected bureaucrats. The most important thing politicians sitting in the House of Commons have to deal with these days are expenses forms.
The EU rules. OK?
Naturally, Cameron and the rest will not complain about any of this since the EU rules mean that even if they want to they can't.
So, those of us who loathe the EU and everything it stands for can only hope that the Greek debt fiasco gets worse.
If Greece goes bankrupt (as it really should) then the euro will quite probably collapse.
(If Greek bankruptcy doesn't trigger a euro collapse then maybe the bankruptcies of Ireland, Spain, Portugal or Italy will do the job.)
And (as forecast in my book 2020) if the euro goes then the EU will quite probably also collapse.
Let's keep our fingers crossed.
There could be good times ahead for those of us who loathe the Fascist State of the EU.
Maybe the end is closer than we dare think.
Copyright Vernon Coleman, July 3rd 2011