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European Union ?
« on: October 26, 2015, 01:59:07 PM »
On two fronts the EU's credibility is looking wonky.
Refugees - seeing pictures of thousands trudging through Slovenia today reminded me of the scenes of Muslims trekking to Pakistan in that amazing film about Gandhi. Later I heard a national leader of an eastern EU Member talking about the break-up of the Union over these refugees. After Angela Merkel's initial liberal welcome some borders have been closing and it looks like a massive problem that has not been tackled effectively so far.
Finance - Andrew Evans Pritchard, always a good read in the DT pages, notes that Portugal has 'crossed the rubicon'. The centre right Party couldn't form a Govt. after the elections but the President of Portugal refused to let an anti-austerity Socialist/Communist coalition move forward as would have been their right.
Greece's anti-austerity Socialists were roundly crushed by the Euro machine.
Nothing is solved in Greece, Portugal, Italy or Spain and France has problems too.
The Euro is facing interesting times.

All this with the UK pressing hard for more autonomy from Brussels in preparing the case for EU Membership ready for the debate on the coming IN?/OUT? referendum.

BIG problems for the EU and it's overpaid and top heavy Administration !!

 

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Re: European Union ?
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2015, 04:06:59 PM »
Roger, can’t resist replying to this.

First of all I must smite you mightily.  It is Ambrose Evans Pritchard, not Andrew Evans Pritchard.  Personally, I find his articles an unremitting outpouring of doom and gloom.  Fortunately, none of his predictions ever come to pass. 

Yes, the EU is a terrible Socialist construct which is completely beyond democratic control.  The major achievement of the EU has been to inflict record levels of unemployment upon the youth of the southern European states.  But never mind, the EU bureaucrats continue to enjoy very generous salaries and allowances paid out of the taxes extracted from the lower orders.  The heart of the problem is that the Euro is a completely unworkable currency and can never match the economic conditions in such a diverse group of countries.  Ambrose has predicted its demise on many occasions and one day he may be proved correct.   

The EU weakens the UK parliamentary democracy by continually taking additional powers unto itself.  Also the UK legal system is constantly over-ruled by decisions taken by a multiplicity of EU courts including the European Court of ‘uman Rights and the European Court of Justice. 
 
It will be interesting to see what happens in the UK.  If they decide to leave then it should be no big problem. 
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. Churchill
 

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Re: European Union ?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2015, 08:05:38 PM »
TT. AEP's articles remind me of a poster here ?
You should say that none of Ambrose? predictions ever come true - YET !
I don't think the EU is a Socialist construct - more of a Penpushers construct.
And that as for that President fella - Jean-Claude Juncker - I'd like to see him hit on the head with one of his 'expenses paid' Magnums of Champagne !
I did visit the EU HQ for a day many years ago (30) and was deeply disturbed by the 5 massive Staff Restaurants with great Menus and Wine lists. Parasites.
IMHO.
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Re: European Union ?
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2015, 08:07:57 PM »
AND it occurs to me that the EU culture is little better than dare I say it - the culture at FIFA ...............
Now I'm the grouch.
 

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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2015, 09:46:51 AM »
It is no longer worth trying to get a position on the gravy train at FIFA as that organization is going to come under too much scrutiny for the foreseeable future.

The only game left in town is the EU.  I am going to write to Brussels and insist that they appoint me as the High Rapporteur for Nakhon Ratchasima.  My role would be to facilitate Thailand's entry into the EU.  I expect a very modest salary of 1 million Euros/year and normal expenses such as first class air travel and 5 star hotels.
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. Churchill
 

 



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