Why won't Gordon Brown hold a referendum on the European
Constitution Reform Treaty? The answer is glaringly simple and that is the people would reject it. Just as the good people of France and the Netherands (both considerably more 'European' than the UK) delivered their comprehensive verdict on the constitution then so undoubtedly would the Brits.
Why is this? Well let me give you one scenario. Davie, who is a HGV driver who delivers to my business regularly is from Kirkcaldy and works for a Fife based haulier. He is always helpful and rather than just drop a pallet with 1.5 tonnes of goods on it he helps us 'handball' the goods on to the premises. Davie tells me that three quarters of the guys at his work are now Polish. This is not done for cost cutting as they earn the same rate as the British drivers. However apparently the Polish HGV test, now recognised here, consists of driving a lorry round a car park.
Davie tells me that "there is not a corner left" on one of the Polish drivers' lorries as their driving skills are so suspect. In fact he says it makes him ill to think of some of these guys out on the open road.
Last week Cadbury's opened a new factory in Poland having closed their British one. NCR who had been based in Dundee for decades have now re-located much of their production in Hungary. Meanwhile when I walk down my local High Street there are three eastern European Big Issue sellers. We are allowing immigration of people (not refugees) who have no job or place to live.
Until the mid 90's football in the EU operated a transfer system. It wasn't perfect but basically what happened was that small club identify a promising young player and invest time and money in developing his career. When a bigger club came along to sign the player then the smaller club would be properly compensated by a transfer fee. Since the now infamous 'Bosman' ruling, once a player is out of contract he is free to move on and negotiate his own terms. The result is that the money which used to remain in the game now goes in to the pockets of the players. Meanwhile the smaller clubs struggle and you can barely find a player from a lower league club who is on a contract longer than one year.
I have cut and pasted the points below. I am not by the way some rabid right wing Daily Mail reading reactionary as anyone who knows me will testify. Remember that one of the biggest critics of the EU and the loss of democracy thereof is none other than Tony Benn.
Are there not some very important points to be answered here?
One of its greatest failings is the Common Agricultural Policy, which swallows about three fifths of the EU budget. CAP is a totally inefficient waste of resources, which is riddled with corruption. The various frauds include claims for subsidies on non-existent land. One farmer even claimed for land that turned out to be part of the North Sea! When there are surpluses, claims are made for the destruction of crops that never existed.
The EU’s accounts are widely known to be primitive and completely open to manipulation. No small business in Britain would get away with accounts prepared to this standard. The European Court of Auditors has stated that 95 per cent of the EU’s budget is wide open to fraud.
‘Whistleblowers’ like former Commission Chief Accountant Marta Andreasen and assistant auditor Paul Van Buitenenen, who tried to expose the extent of the corruption, are vilified and hounded out of their jobs.
In 2005, Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson were both found to have taken holidays on cruise ships owned by major bankers and industrialists who stood to gain from Commission decisions. The Commission declared themselves cleared of any wrongdoing!
In 1999, the entire European Commission, led by Jacques Santer, had to resign after a Committee of Independent experts reported evidence of administrative failure, financial irregularities and nepotism. It found that millions of pounds worth of funds from the humanitarian aid office had disappeared, while no accounts were available for some £17 billion in structural fund projects
Members of the European Parliament are positively encouraged to claim expenses in excess of those they have incurred, despite vast salaries and lavish attendance allowances for taking part in what is no more than a sham body, providing a fig-leaf for the lack of true democracy in the EU
This corruption is endemic
The reaction of the European elites to all these scandals reveals that it is an entrenched part of a culture and cannot be eradicated. Commission officials reacting to their exposure in 1999 are reported to have stated that there had been an ‘Anglo-Saxon crusade’ against the Southern culture of state administration, while former Commissioner Cresson, who gave EU contracts to her dentist, declared that she was ‘guilty of no behaviour that is not standard in French administrative culture’.
Every venal politician and corrupt official in the EU uses the argument that ‘the ends justifies the means’ i.e. building a European superstate, in order to continue milking the system and enriching themselves at our expense.
For more than ten years, the European Court of Auditors has refused to approve the EU’s accounts, warning that they are riddled with fraud.
Far from the European Parliament acting as watchdog on the EU’s civil servants, each year it tamely nods through the EU’s accounts, failing to take any action at all.
The EU’s transnational elite is transforming itself into an increasingly self-interested and detached political class. This is leading to an increasing concentration of power in institutions that are unelected, unaccountable and deeply corrupt.
The growth of this new class is not a unique event in history. It always takes place in states where democratic control is absent, as has been seen in the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships of the twentieth century.
Perhaps the most frightening aspect of this process is that it is precisely what was intended by the original architects of the European Union, for the preservation of democratic self government was always of little significance beside the goal of ‘building Europe’. That the ‘Europe’ being constructed is corrupt, inefficient and destructive of the democratic rights of its peoples, is irrelevant to those who see themselves as its new masters.