Two hacks and a shark + Update

Those are the front page headlines in today’s online Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Mail respectively. Not so say that further revelations about NotW phone-hacking or the tragic death of a honeymooner aren’t important but surely it’s now time the media gave more prominence to the Great EU stitch-up. (Btw I first heard about the NotW documents at the weekend, not via our not-so-hot-off-the-press press but via Autonomous Mind – his follow-up is here. This isn’t the first time a blogger has been first with the news and it won’t be the last where the msm takes the credit).

The creation of one European super-state has been decades in the planning and the reason for its  conception; the introduction of the euro/EMU was always a political measure via an economic sleight of hand.  In short, everything is still on track, except the economy.  The creation of a 2-tier Europe has the backing of Osborne  and is now official government policy.  Osborne sends out the message that the UK could become another Switzerland or Hong Kong – a “safe haven” as he calls it – but this is without taking into account the machinations of Brussels.  If Osborne thinks that Brussels will allow Britain to flourish in this way, he’d better think again: it will be an almighty fight and, once again, we can smell the rotting fish all the way from Brussels to London.

France and Germany will be the big wheels in this new ‘Economic Government’ and its titular head will be our very own Precious Herman van Rompuy, he of the haikus.  Budgets will be drawn up for each of the seventeen eurozone countries, central oversight will be strict,  one central bank, one Treasury, taxation will be harmonised – including pan-eu direct taxation – pensions, the retirement age and so on, all will eventually be controlled from the centre.  The talk is of “greater co-operation” between euro-zone member states but co-operation implies a willingness whereas the truth is slightly different and will amount to coercion backed up by legal changes to Constitutions.

Some of the announcements coming from EU spokesmen and their hand-fed press would have you believe that negotiations to save the euro have been on a knife edge.  ‘Germany reluctant’; ‘Germany says ‘nein’, and so on but they always forgot to add the German caveat, “…unless there is economic governance.”  Various bods from the German Finance Ministry said it and Merkel said it, but all we were told was half the tale as usual.  This was never about saving the euro but about saving the EU.

Our government is in favour of fiscal union but here’s the stinger: this major change in the nature of the EU and the implications for Britain are far-reaching and should, by rights, automatically trigger a referendum in this country with the facts laid out fair and square for the people to decide whether we wish to continue our relationship on the current basis.  There are three immediate problems with this:

  1. Tptb will do everything they can to avoid calling a Treaty change a Treaty change, preferring instead the time-honoured Brussels method of first looking to attach Protocols.
  2. Any referendum in this country will be funded by our own taxes, handed to Brussels by our own government, so that we can be bombarded with propaganda by the already-compliant media and the EU-beholden BBC.
  3. The European Union Act, recently given Royal Assent, does not automatically trigger referenda.  What it does is refer matters first to lawyers, then to Committees and Ministers who will have the final word.  If they all approve then we will have our referendum, if one disagrees then we will not.

Whichever way you look at it, that’s not fair dealing.

Looking on the bright side, at least Barroso  is smiling:

Barroso said plans including a permanent governorship of the eurozone’s combined economy “represent an important political contribution by the leaders of the two largest euro area economies.”
“A regular format and frequency for the euro area summits, with a permanent chair, contributes to a more stable and stronger political leadership,” Barroso said of the call for European Union President Herman Van Rompuy to become the focal point of new, cross-border economic governance.
In a joint statement issued alongside his commissioner for economic affairs, Olli Rehn, Barroso also said a demand that all 17 eurozone governments adopt similar laws to Berlin enshrining balanced budgets, as well as a move to introduce a financial transactions tax, together amounted to a “welcome step forward”.

Across the ocean the Bank of America is still struggling to stay alive and the economic outlook in Britain is also bleak with inflation up, jobless up, wages down and growth down.  We should also keep an eye on government legislation for dealing with future riots and their definition of such.  Those calling for “robust” policing and draconian sentencing now will be able to reflect on that as they’re battered by water cannon and tasers when they’re on the 21stC equivalent of the Jarrow March.

Sign the petition here

Further reading:
UK-Swiss tax haven deal
Bank of America
van Rompuy as ‘Mr Euro’
Another step towards greater European integration

UPDATE: The DM has an article by Simon Heffer.
A little light relief: George Osborne looking evil

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