That the EU is an undemocratic institution is well known, in its pursuit of a United europe, all members in unison; implementing policies emanating from european (unelected) elites, economic, agricultural, energy, fisheries, tranport, every aspect of government policy is infected with europhilia.
What was once a dream of peace and cooperation between the nations of europe is now a dictatorship, much like what in the beginning those at the top in public life claimed the european union would put a stop to.
The current economic crisis in the periphery countries in the eurozone, has shon a light on the characteristics of the dictatorial and coersive methods used by our masters in Brussels; all in order to achieve the ultimate goal of a federalist united states of europe. Portugal, Ireland, Greece (and possibly Spain) are being sacrificed in the most brutal ways. The austerity packagess delivered to these countries will not solve the problems they have, the debt they owe will increase, the debts will only be transferred to a different lender and those that will pay the price are the public, who are least to blame. It was inevitable from the start of the euro, in creating the eurozone, without working through the political consequences, was a disaster from the beginning.
Economic policy is central to any governing nation, and by joing the euro, these countries gave up that essential right; thus deceased to be sovereign.
Though the UK has not joined the eurozone, being a member of the EU, has landed us with similar consequences, the UK is liable to ‘help’ struggling economies of the eurozone, the City has been restrained through european directives, and the chancellor is following the EU guidelines of economic policy and governance Amongst all other areas; the judiciary; transport; human rights etc… the power of the government of the United Kingdom is extremely limited, as are all european member states.
The situation in Portugal exemplifies the handicap members of the european union and eurozone (especially) suffer. Socrates when letting the press know he was seeking a bailout for Portugal told those gathered that it was in the ‘national interest’ (where have we heard that before) The outgoing Irish prime minister said much the same when the Irish government went to the European union with begging bowl for their bailout, and Greece much the same, all after merely days or weeks before, having claimed that their nations were sovereign, they did not need any ‘help’ and would not be seeking any bailouts. After pressure behind the scenes all succumbed and took the offers.
As seen in both Ireland and Greece their economies are no better now (and are in fact worse) than before the bail outs, many citizens are emigrating, prices for essentials have risen sharply and the governments and opposition politicians are offering no alternative. The situation is much the same in the UK whereby the economy is pretty much flat, prices are rising, there are fewer jobs available, higher unemployment and politicians at Westminster offer no alternatives to the course already set out by the coalition government.
With Portugal embarking on a similar plan to that of Ireland and Greece, and with Spain possibly to follow, the European union project of a united states of Europe, nears ever closer. Practically held to ransom these countries are stuck, the only ways out is default and decouple, leave the union and go back to being a nation state, with their own currencies. Though it is known our masters in Brussels will not give up so easy, the fact that all EU nations are following the economic and austerity plans set out begs the question what do they know that the people don’t.
While the economy is not the only factor, it is economic policy that is central to governance, the fact that 17 countries are in the eurozone seems not to matter, bailouts involve all members of the European union, austerity measures being enforced in the UK are along the guidelines of EU monetary policy as are France, Germany and the periphery etc. It is in effect a transfer union.
The most used excuse, given by this coalition government and previous governments of the benefits of membership are that of trade benefits, where it has been proven many times not to be the case, what the benefits of being a member are still not clear. Are governments happy to allow unelected figures in Brussels coordinate policy in every area? Every initiative that comes from the government can be traced back to the EU, so the question is ;is there any point to our own governments, since they are all too willing to comply.
If Britain did finally manage to exit the EU, what would happen? For more than 50 years governments have followed/complied with EU rule, like a lost puppy they’d be at a loss as to what to do and how to govern.