By Mike Cunningham On July 18th, 2013 at 2:07 pm
Came across a piece by the redoubtable Mary Ellen Synon, and thought it worth a repeat within ATW; mainly because it turns out that she really does ‘get it’.
The New Soviet Union: Cyprus shows how the EU destroys democracy
Here is my Saturday Essay in the Irish Daily Mail. It is a lengthy piece, but then in the countries caught in the eurozone, interest in what is happening in Cyprus is intense. British readers can be happy they are not trapped in the single currency. But they are still trapped in the EU…which is why they may want to read on.
Before I can explain what this Cyprus crisis means to Ireland, I have to dust off some Soviet-era vocabulary: nothing else will do.
First, nomenklatura. This was the name given to the self-propagating Communist Party elite who controlled Soviet government, industry, finance and most of the caviar.
Next, apparatchiks. These were the unquestioning loyal subordinates of a Communistapparat or administrative system.
As for other words from the USSR era – transnational, class betrayal and colonialism – you already know those, so now I can get started and explain what Ireland must learn from what the European Union nomenklatura did to Cyprus and its president in the early hours of March 16th.
Picture the scene. We can do that because three reporters from the Wall Street Journal, one in Brussels, the others in Berlin and Nicosia, have managed to piece together an hour by hour account of events leading up to the announcement that eurozone finance ministers would force the Cypriot government to confiscate €5.8bn from bank deposits.
What has happened since that night remain other issues: the rush to Moscow by the Cypriot finance minister desperate for a loan, the attempts by Cypriots to find a Plan B, the possibility of Cyprus leaving the euro.
But above all, there is what happened over the night of the 15th on the sealed-off upper floors of the European Council building. It was the best illustration yet of why a former senior European Commission economist now refers to the EU as the New Soviet Union: the treatment of the President of Cyprus that night showed just how the power over the member states has shifted away from democratic control and into the hands of the unelected elite of a transnational European empire. And what happened to the Cypriot president that night could happen to any Taoiseach. Read the rest of this entry »
By David Vance On May 7th, 2013 at 7:26 am
Is there a irreversible momentum developing that will yet lead to the United KIngdom actually leaving the EU?
It is beginning to feel like that as the political class eventually are forced to catch up with the mood of the British people. Last week saw the UK Independence Party capture almost 24% of the vote in local council elections, sending a shiver through the spine of the acquiescent quislings at Westminster and now this…
The former chancellor of the exchequer, Lord Lawson, has called for the UK to leave the European Union.
Writing in the Times, he said British economic gains from an exit “would substantially outweigh the costs” He describes the EU as “a bureaucratic monstrosity” and added that after an association with Brussels of 40 years “the case for exit is clear”. Prime Minister David Cameron is facing calls to bring forward a promised referendum on the UK’s EU membership.
Cameron, of course, is deeply committed to keeping us locked into the EU and those foolish conservatives that look to him for REAL Leadership on this issue are kidding themselves. However change is coming, I think, and perhaps the people of the UK will finally get to speak on the issue of our continued membership of the EU and when they do, I think they will say a resounding NO.
Lawson is only stating the obvious and if anything he plays down the sheer horror of what the EU has come to represent but for all that his intervention is moderately helpful to those of us who have argued FOR YEARS we need out of this monstrosity.
By David Vance On April 1st, 2013 at 10:13 am
The European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) is a great example of something that STARTS out as a noble idea but ends as a pathway to absolute moral depravity;
An Iranian convict with no permission to be in Britain is fighting to stay because of human rights legislation, despite racking up 40 offences including theft and assault. Davodreza Abasbahi-Gotti, 37, came to the UK in 2002 and has already had 18 convictions and has served three prison sentences during that time.
His crimes include assaulting a police officer, theft, and driving while disqualified on multiple occasions. He has also been convicted for driving without tax or insurance numerous times, according to the Sunday Times. Abasbahi-Gotti has launched a legal bid to be allowed to stay in Britain because he is a drug addict and suffers depression stemming from developed adjustment disorder. Legal-aid funded lawyers acting for the criminal said he has ‘psychiatric medical conditions including a dependency disorder on opiates’, although it is not clear whether the drugs are prescribed or illegal substance
So, the UK taxpayer FUNDS the legal bill for these Iranian convict even as he shows his utter contempt for our laws . The ECHR is the final and most satisfying refuge for alleged terrorists like Qatada or convicted criminals such as Abasbahi-gotti. It was Tony Blair who in 1997 incorporated the ECHR into UK law and ever since that date our Courts have felt compelled to conform to the overtly political agenda of the Strasbourg activists who call themselves judges.
By David Vance On February 8th, 2013 at 7:46 pm
First, the hype, the headlines for the foolish!
EU leaders have reached an agreement on the budget for 2014-20 after lengthy talks in Brussels. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy announced the deal and said in a statement it was “worth working for”. The new budget ceiling amounts to 960bn euros (£812bn; $1.3tn). It is the first time the EU’s multi-annual budget has been reduced.
So, at a time of economic meltdown ACROSS the EU, the annual budget is cut by a miniscule 3.3%. Cameron is hailing this as a victory. But guess what?
While Mr Cameron has claimed a significant overall cut as a victory, the UK’s contribution is likely to go up. The UK’s rebate is shrinking from its current annual level of about 3.5bn euros.
So, we will pay MORE to this festering corruptocracy and this is a VICTORY? Are they mad?
By David Vance On February 3rd, 2013 at 2:21 pm
The European Parliament is to spend almost £2 million on press monitoring and trawling Eurosceptic debates on the internet for “trolls” with whom to debate in the run-up and during euro-elections next year amid fears that hostility to the EU is growing. Spending on “qualitative media analysis” is to be increased by £1.7 million and while most of the money is to be found in existing budgets an additional £787,000 will be need to be raised next year despite calls for EU spending to reflect national austerity.
Do you think the Corruptocrats are worried? They take OUR taxes to produce propaganda to ensure we are kept enslaved.
By David Vance On January 14th, 2013 at 9:27 am
The thing about UK PM David Cameron is that, at heart, HE is a europhile with delusions;
David Cameron has attacked the “interference” and “bossiness” of Brussels bureaucrats but said the “beating heart of Britain” knows we need to remain in the European Union. He is expected to set out plans to repatriate some powers from Brussels to Britain – and then give the public a vote on whether they back the new relationship. This is likely to happen in 2017 or 2018.
1.The next general election is in 2015 and Cameron will not be in a position to offer any such referendum in 2017.
2. The purpose of this speech is to try and create the appearance of him doing something about the EU in order to defuse the rise of UKIP.
3. The EU is getting more and more politically unified as it copes with existential and fiscal crisis. The idea that the UK can “renegotiate” a “new” relationship whilst staying in it is lunatic. Further, why seek a new table on the Titanic?
This is spin and nothing else.
By David Vance On January 8th, 2013 at 2:14 pm
Quick update for you on the employment situation in the Eurozone!
“The unemployment rate across the eurozone hit a new all-time high of 11.8% in November, official figures have shown. This is a slight rise on 11.7% for the 17-nation region in October. The rate for the European Union as a whole in November was unchanged at 10.7%. Spain, which is mired in deep recession, again recorded the highest unemployment rate, coming in at 26.6%. More than 26 million people are now unemployed across the EU.”
When we consider YOUNG European people, it gets even worse!
The youth unemployment rate was 24.4% in the eurozone, and 23.7% in the wider European Union. Youth unemployment – among people under 25 – was highest in Greece (57.6%), followed by Spain (56.5%).
Those are staggering stats. In Greece and Spain, most young people do not work! Quite what the future societal implications are I don’t know but I think that Nobel Peace Prize handed over to the EU might need to have a few strings attached.
By David Vance On November 9th, 2012 at 10:44 am
There will NO referendum on the UK’s continued captivity within the EUSSR and the reason is obvious;
Half of British voters would chose to leave the European Union if they were offered the choice in a referendum.
So, they won’t be offered the choice. The politicians are united, they are determined to subvert the will of the people and keep us locked into the failed tyranny in Brussels.