#G0657* – Dr. Lee Rotheram unearths yet more EU scams!.

Dr Lee Rotherham: The discoveries I made while writing my new EU book baffled even me – and I’m an experienced Eurosceptic hand

Dr Lee Rotherham is a research fellow at the TaxPayers’ Alliance.

Rotherham LeeSupport for the European Union has long become a matter of political faith. Amongst Europe’s leaders, to dispute its role is practically a heresy; to challenge its powers, a trigger for anathema.
Perhaps now may be the time for an injection of secularism into the debate.
It is of course ludicrously self-evident that – European idealism apart – different countries joined the EEC, the EC or the EU for different reasons. 
The driving motives were those of national concern and self-interest, even if some of the drafters had a bigger ultimate vision. Countries joined because of national preoccupations born of their time. Yet astonishingly, commentators and decision-makers seem to have forgotten this fundamental.
Germany’s reasons for joining the early EEC were driven by its economic and political situation in the early post-war period, and with the exception of tariff concerns are utterly different from, say, Denmark’s priorities in the early 1970s (bacon, Britain quitting EFTA) or Latvia’s more recently (a Russian neighbour, a Russian ethnic minority, and a market in need of reorienting towards the West). 
Equally obviously, these priorities may change with time, as threats recede and opportunities emerge.
My new book, The EU in a Nutshell, seeks to address this issue.
It takes apart the bare bones and sinews binding the EU together, in the context of what countries get out of the EU, and what they put in. 
It explores by a whirligig of figures and facts how the EU actually functions, exploring its hidden institutions, its lobbying world, its mechanisms and rules, its budgets and costs and roles across the mass of institutions. 
Many will surprise, some will baffle. Some discoveries surprised and baffled me, and I’ve been following EU affairs for a decade and a half. 

Ultimately though, it serves to allow readers from whatever country to judge for themselves if their national interests are best achieved through ongoing EU membership.
That includes Britain. We live with a Coalition Government, one of whose partners has long signed up to the European credo. This need not however be a veto on meaningful and immediate action. A pro-EU politician could hardly honourably veto a move across Government to conduct a fair, balanced, and transparent review of both the costs and the benefits of EU membership, Treasury-led but involving every department.
Even if Whitehall is waiting for the Eurozone Crisis to develop before spelling out its European strategy, who in government could possibly block a move to have ensure we have an informed public debating one of the crucial issues of our time? 
Seriously, if it risked leaking, who?

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It is worth noting that it is virtually impossible for an MEP not to break EU diktat on handling public money, in fact it seems an aim of The EU to ensure MEPs and their staff are held on a tight rope by deliberately embroiling them in one of the many fraudulent financial practices of The EU itself!

Let us take as an example the concept that has long pertained of insisting that MEPs draw higher expenses than they have actually incurred or the practice of The EU payments office to alter rules to suit their mood on any given day – there are countless examples of MEPs filling in forms correctly and presenting them to be told to do it a different way today on verbal instruction or to have a supplier redraft their invoice with a higher charge!

One is well aware of ‘Spanish Practices‘ or the fact that politicians draw up incompetent laws and then expect others to function on a system of nods and winks – one need only consider The LIBOR which bankers were encouraged to ‘adjust’ rates (a EUphemism for fiddle) to reflect political needs.]

Clearly money has no value beyond the pretence of value, as hown by the rate of printing money by governments, which bears no relationship to financial worth but with dishonest concepts and NLP linguistics, such as ‘Quantitive Easing’ (a process for increasing the money in circulation without increasing the value of the economy or having the integrity to devalue – why are we not surprised it was the economically illiterate Labour Party, with no meaningful stake in Britain or its values, that invented this dishonest scam!).

The EU is a collective of unaccountable corruption run and staffed by unelected self serving bureaucrats – no one could describe them as ‘Public Servants’ as the public are way down the list amongst those they serve with themselves at the top!

“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” 
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) 

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