Another day, another story of the UK political class moaning about the consequences of EU membership. This time the Daily Mail reports the ‘news’ that:
The European Commission yesterday revealed budget demands which would cost UK taxpayers £10billion.
Well, that is what governments do, they create taxes when they want to raise more money. And the face is the EU is our government, despite the people of this country never being asked to give a mandate for it. This blog picked up on comments preparing the way for the EU’s new taxation approach over six months ago being discussed right out there in plain sight. But what is telling about this EU taxation story is the Mail’s observation that:
In what Treasury officials viewed as one of the most outrageous power grabs in recent memory, they demanded the right to raise a Europe-wide sales tax.
What a load of utter crap. It is not a power grab. The EU has been given the power to do this by the quisling politicians sent to Westminster over the last three decades by the voters of this country.
Of course no EU story is complete without Downing Street spokesmen and women rushing forth with comments indicating the supposed frustration and/or outrage of the Cameron-run coagulation. But what will cast-iron Dave actually do about it? The answer to that is the sum total of diddly squat.
If Cameron truly wanted this country to be independent once again and run its own affairs he need only call a binding referendum asking the British people if they wish the UK to remain bound by the anti democratic EU. But as Cameron made clear in November last year, he is keeping that firmly off the table:
I do not believe in an in-out referendum for many reasons. I think we are better off in the European Union—we have to fight our corner very hard—but I would grant a referendum if there were any proposed transfer of powers from Westminster to Brussels.
At least the first part of that sentence was honest. The second part was a lie, as demonstrated so clearly by East Midlands Tory MEP Roger Helmer, who last week in ConservativeHome reminded people that the Conservative-LibDem cobbleition are transferring new powers to the EU faster than the previous Labour administration did. Did any of you spot a passing referendum asking for your permission?
The timing of this is rather amusing as it follows a week after AM had a long chat with a member of the Conservative Party Board. The board member wanted to know, over two years on, why AM had walked away from the Conservative Party. They were familiar with the arguments, after all they have heard them time and again as a third of the membership has deserted since Cameron become party leader.
But the board member implored me to understand that Cameron is a man with a plan. The plan apparently is to pick a fight with the EU next year and use that to justify a referendum he apparently wants, although he will make it appear to his EU friends that he is doing this with all reluctance. When it was pointed out to the board member that the Cameron led administration has granted more power to the EU in the last year more quickly than Labour managed, AM was told to wait and see.
The notion of Cameron being a strategic genius who will throw off his cloak of Europhilia and reveal his inner democratic nationalist is laughable given the catalogue of pro EU actions to date. So it seems the ignorance is all pervasive and the effort to make us buy into it is being reinforced at every opportunity. The gullible constituency where this idea is being swallowed is obvious to all who look – the British media.