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Another week dominated by Euro debt crisis

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What gives them the right?

Apologies for the lack of posts during this past week, it’s been a busy time at work and domestic disaster has struck too, not much has been going on in South Tyneside other than the production of posters invoking us to vote for Little Mix on ITV’s X Factor, however it has been another week dominated by the Eurozone debt crisis. Having seen Papandreou and Berlusconi removed from their premierships and replaced by Eurotechnocrats without so much as a referendum or a general election it is worrying to witness that the combined might of Germany and France appears to have negated the very principles of democracy and freedom that the Common Market was originally envisaged to protect. The Commission and the Council have already set their faces against the holding of referenda and have warned that any member state which fancies leaving the Eurozone would of necessity have to leave the EU too, it must have struck the Greek population as astonishing when Merkel and Sarkozy summoned Papandreou to a meeting to explain his idea of allowing the Greek people a say in the matter! Hence we now see  governments headed by a former ECB banker and a former Commissioner. Similarly the Irish people must be feeling rather shocked that their latest budget proposals were forwarded to all member states before ending up in front of the German Bundestag!

Just what is it about these EU empire builders that makes them feel they can stamp their authority  over people in a manner almost as heinous as some Arab states? I tend to agree with Gavin Hewitt, the questions need to be asked:

Perhaps the clearest definition of democracy was contained in the American Declaration of Independence in 1776. “Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

In Europe “the consent of the governed” is in danger of going missing. When George Papandreou suggested putting the EU bailout to a referendum in Greece, France’s President Sarkozy, in a conversation with President Obama, had the Greek leader down as a madman, suffering from depression.

At the heart of the European project lies a suspicion of the people. It is often said that the European Union has been built in spite of the people, and not with the people. Those who argue the people’s case are dismissed as “populists”. It is the easy Brussels put-down.

Recently when a reporter challenged the perks of the EU commissioners his question was dismissed as “populist”. To question immigration policy even at a time of shocking youth unemployment is to risk the tag “populist”.

As we move inexorably towards a common European government with an elected President, we have to wonder just how much involvement will be granted to we “the people” in these processes. We also need to question just why our own political leaders in the UK are signed up to this club, and I refer equally to Cameron, Clegg, and Miliband. One has the distinct feeling that the Frankfurt Group, and possibly even the Bildergurg Group have already set out the agenda which our leaders are assigned to blindly follow. Oh for a party leader who has the “bottle” to call not for the renegotiating of certain powers from the EU, but the withdrawal of British membership, I realise that 50% of our exports go to the EU area, yet I cannot envisage that changing dramatically if we were no longer part of the club.

I am staunchly Eurosceptic, I no longer believe that the Common Market or EEC that we originally joined exists any longer, I have a great deal of sympathy with UKIP on this one issue, unfortunately they are popularly seen as a single issue party, whether or not they have any relevance to local politics in South Tyneside remains to be seen – for now we must await the first uttering of David Potts.

Better off out!

May I also recommend this excellent article by Dan Hannan, a true Conservative.

Please excuse me, I must now attend to my washing machine which will need either repair or replacement, the smoke emanating from its innards is smelling as awful as the Euro political project .

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Written by curly

November 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

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  1. Preserving the public library service and cutting councillor’s allowances and expenses feature amongst UKIP’s local policies…I would also like to see external auditing of councillor’s perfoirmances eg attendance at meetings, CAFs, PACTs, record of initiating proposals to resolve local issues eg parking, anti social behaviour etc, holding of surgeries, corroborated records of time spent on ward and constituent’s business.

    Wide Awake

    November 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    • I must have been kipping, sorry, of course I meant “performances”.

      Wide Awake

      November 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm

  2. ‘Perfoirmances’ (sic). Now where do I recognise this style of SPG from?

    David Potts

    November 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm

  3. Perhaps the “democratically elected county police boards” would re establish the SPG, or even bring back the Militia to deal with anti capitalist demonstrators/protesters.

    Chartist 2011

    November 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

  4. external auditing of performance, attendance at meetings……..mmmm UKIPs latest addition might fall foul of that one

    Ispy

    November 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm

  5. At least your politicians were smart enough not to join the Euro zone. Things could be much worse in the UK.

    Blindfolded Monkey

    November 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    • I fear for the future of Europe in a chase to attain fiscal, political, and monetary union, it will all end in fractious division as member states see their political sovereignty emasculated. Others outside of Europe’s borders may well be looking forward to picking up the pieces. A sure recipe for political, social, and military conflict.

      Curly

      November 21, 2011 at 12:09 am

  6. Ola! Curly15,
    Thanks for that, No Profile Comment
    Thx.
    In America: governments, businesses, individuals are now buried under a mountain of debt. A mountain of debt that will never be repaid.

    Who will borrow when they can’t make the payments on the debt that they have already? The math alone calls for a system reset, a debt jubilee.

    Investors are already losing… in a rigged monetary casino that rewards usury, speculation, and currency manipulation while looting main street.

    There is a moral principle that debts should be honored. That is, debts between businesses that buy and sell real products, not bundled ponzi schemes, debts between individuals, between friends and businesses that know each other to be rational and moral, debts based on investments where there is a rational expectation of return.

    There is also a moral principle that unjust debts should be cancelled, and usury legislated against. Debts that are ‘odious’, debts based on fraud, debts to dictators, debts arranged by oligarchs without the consent of the general population (the 99 percent who have been left out of the equation), debts based upon compound interest upon compound interest, that should have been written off long ago, the debts need to be cancelled in a general jubilee. Think outside the box. It’s time for a jubilee.

    spiritofjubilee

    December 15, 2011 at 5:20 am


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