The EU elephant in the Europlastics’ room

Returning from my blogging holiday I was delighted to find another outstanding piece of work emanating from the EU Referendum blog of Dr Richard North. Once again, the media is left watching the birdie by the oh-so-clever politicians and their civil service puppeteers, this time on the much discussed subject of defence equipment procurement.

The upshot is that our ‘instinctively Eurosceptic’ and faux ‘veto-wielding’ Prime Minister and his collective of political pygmies have once again shown their Pro-EU credentials, happily sneaking in Brussels diktat through the back door, while moaning of too much EU power to the media at the front.  Surely that merits some attention?

As North explains in his opening:

You would have thought that, given the huge number of column inches devoted to the diverse and expensive defence procurement failures, the MSM might be interested in this government’s proposals for remedying the system, delivered on Wednesday in the form of a White Paper.

After all, the media fixated on for days and thousands of column inches on the merits or otherwise of paying RBS Chief Executive, Stephen Hester, a bonus of £963,000 worth of shares.  So surely the media would be all over a subject that concerns the spending of many BILLIONS of pounds of taxpayers money. But no. Britain is home to the Kindergarten Press, where playground antics and which kid in the class is most popular today takes the lead in headline selection.

So it is, once again, left to an attentive blogger to do the job the dumbed down media won’t or can’t do, and explain that the government’s White Paper showing the MoD will no longer favour UK companies when procuring defence equipment is not based on getting best value for money, but rather the result of compliance with the instructions of our Supreme unelected, unaccountable Government in Brussels:

These come in the guise of EU Directive 2009/81/EC “on the coordination of procedures for the award of certain works contracts, supply contracts and service contracts by contracting authorities or entities in the fields of defence and security, and amending Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC”.

The result is that:

British ministers are implementing EU law, and they are always going to obey their masters. And in this White Paper, they are providing an ex post facto explanation of how the procurement system is to be adapted in order to ensure absolute obedience.

Not that the uninformed masses will know that, because our media – the same one that bleats about democracy erosion and political openness – either doesn’t understand it or doesn’t want to explain it.

3 Responses to “The EU elephant in the Europlastics’ room”

  1. 1 John Payne 03/02/2012 at 9:42 am

    Following EU instructions is exactly why the Government is attempting to change the NHS. Exactly the same excuse: “were doing it to get better valus for money”. Says Cameron. With thousands in the NHS objecting one would think just one profession would bring Brussels into the frame.

  2. 2 John Payne 03/02/2012 at 10:52 am

    I have one further subject to raise concerning all EU Directives, never discussed by anyone. “LANGUAGE”. What we read in Britain is not what is read in France, Germany, and the other EU states, all of which are presented in their own languages. With important differences in each translated version governments can make different interpretations, giving some countries an advantage. So how can it be one law for all? To say the overruling law is that which is written in French does not satisfy people in the other 26 nations. I would welcome a full debate on the way Brussels cover up a multitude of sins by manipulating data in translation. Even most MEP’s can’t speak directly to each other than through an interpreter. What a way to run a Parliament! The citizens of Europe should be able to read newspapers from any Country, maybe genius’s out there who can speak 23 different languages would cope with the task. I pose one further question: “Why after some 50 years has Brussels not introduced one common language for all, when they even have one currency? Its simple, it increases their power over all countries. So let the debate start!

  3. 3 thespecialone 03/02/2012 at 7:33 pm

    We have some defence equipment manufacturers in our area. I am going to save this post and ensure it gets circulated at our local elections. Anything to stuff the EU-loving Tories and Lib Dems (Labour haven’t a hope where I live).

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