A rule of thumb this blog keeps reiterating is when it comes to talk of Tory MPs being Eurosceptic, people need to judge them by their actions rather than their words.
Yet another excellent, pathfinding blog post by Dr Richard North at EU Referendum delivers a case in point that our media is too stupid to understand or dishonest to explain to readers. This concerns the proposal in Gideon Osborne’s coagulation budget to impose VAT on hot take-out food. Anyone with a modicum of knowledge about the governance of this country will know Value Added Tax is a European Union matter and that member states must impose a VAT rate – currently with a minimum standard rate of 15%.
As Richard explains, the change to VAT announced in the budget follows the European Court of Justice rulings on a number of German cases where it was held that Germans had to charge the lower rate of VAT on all hot take-out food, instead of the higher rate. The UK is at the other end of the spectrum, charging 0% on hot take-out food because of our our permanent derogation from the Sixth Council Directive (77/388/EEC), which therefore allows the UK to zero-rate most foodstuffs. But the proposal in the budget would see the UK voluntarily give up this derogation, and once it has been given away it is assured we will never get it back.
It would be an act of deeper EU integration.
So, we ask, where is the supposedly heroic and infamous band of ‘81 Tory MPs‘ who profess themselves to be rebellious Eurosceptics? Were they shouting Osborne down as he committed his budget to the House of Commons? Or were these tribal drones cheering and waving their order papers with the rest of their playmates as Little Gideon took his seat on the sumptious green leather bench? Let’s remind ourselves of the facts about these 81 Tories.
Once again we see Ministers of the Crown acting as the gophers for the EU bureacracy. Our Ministers have many levers of power, but most aren’t connected to anything. The seat of Government of this country is not Westminster, it’s Brussels – but this is only the case because UK Ministers and those who came before them wanted and allowed that to become the case. One lever of power that remains is the ability to close the door to Brussels.
There is little point attacking the EU. The people responsible for maintaining this country’s subservience to the EU are the Ministers and MPs sitting in the House of Commons. Irrespective of the difficulties and challenges of taking back control of this country, they have the power to withdraw the UK from EU membership. But as they choose to integrate more deeply with the EU they also choose to resist any desire of the British people to become sovereign once again.
Given the ‘81 Group‘ knows all this, where are they? Perhaps they are missing in action because as we have stated over and again their faux Euroscepticism doesn’t extend to doing anything that removes the EU from power over this country. They are consummate Europlastics.