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How an EU Law is Made

I originally copied out this quote intending to post it earlier in the week, but in light of (Commission) President Junckers’ invitiation to Boris to go and see how the EU works, it seems even more apposite now. This is how it works:

The mass of technical committees co-ordinated by the [Commission's] Directorates General may eventually feed their proposals up to the next layer in the hierarchy, the Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC), which again joins together officials representing all the governments with officially accredited experts and other representatives from the various countries. From there they go to another body of officials, COREPER, or the Committee of Permanent Representatives of each member state, where the directive or regulation is agreed in its final form. Only then may there finally be a chance for elected politicians to pronounce on what has emerged from all these layers of bureaucracy, if a particular proposal is so contentious that it needs to be argued over in one of the endless meetings of the Council of Ministers.

But even here we are only talking about those types of legislation which in theory at least are decided by the Council of Ministers, such as Council Directives which must be implemented or “transposed” by each government into the law of its own country. The Council also issues Regulations, which differ from Directives in that they immediately become law throughout the Community and have to be enforced as they stand. There are also Council Decisions which apply as law only to some specific local situation; and other lesser varieties of law-making such as Council Recommendations, Opinions, and Resolutions.

On the other hand, the same categories of legislation can also be produced by the Commission itself. At least Commission Directives again have to be implemented individually by each state. But Commission Regulations, which as Regulations pass immediately into law binding throughout the Community, are produced by committees of officials meeting in Brussels and may not require any involvement by elected politicians at all. These official edicts represent the purest distillation of rule by bureaucracy imaginable. And in recent years, as we shall see, the Commission Regulation system has become the largest and fastest-growing of all the types of legislation the System employs.

- Booker and North, The Castle of Lies, 1996.

Show of hands: who has even heard of ECOSOC and COREPER before? Yet these are the bodies, comprising appointed bureaucrats, “experts”, and unelected “representatives”, that create much of the law that governs us. Most EU laws are never even seen by our elected representatives – any of them, whether in Strasbourg, Westminster, or any of its subsidiaries – let alone debated or altered.

This is why I saw the 2014 referendum as a dangerous sideshow. No matter what you think of the democratic credentials of Westminster, this is clearly, and quite deliberately, anti-democratic. It has to stop.

My part in the “Leave” campaign begins today

Well my leaflets have arrived

Rather than my usual stance of being outside the tent pissing in, I took the decision to actively work on behalf of the “Leave” campaign. The regional co-ordinator dropped off the above boxes of leaflets this afternoon, all that is left to me is to begin pounding the pavements of Perth dropping leaflets in peoples letterboxes and avoiding what postmen call “ankle biters” (in reference to the specific variant of small yapping dog that often plagues the letter carrying and leaflet business)

Our first formal get together is on Saturday morning at 10:30 when we will be setting up stall in the high street and fighting the good fight. Strangely enough, this is the first time in the political process that I’ve found something worth fighting for, probably because it is a straight-forward argument with quite clear boundaries and pro’s / con’s.

I’m actually looking forward to this…

Vote “Leave” on June 23rd.

* – For those wishing to help, contact http://www.voteleavetakecontrol.org/ please note that other political viewpoints on the EU Referendum do exist, just Google “Project Fear” for horrific tales of how BRExit will cause fire and brimstone to come down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes, the dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

** – According to the Daily Mail voting “Leave” may increase or decrease house prices.

Austrian elections

After the Austrian Presidential election the press world wide, with a few scattered exceptions, were reporting the result as pretty much 50/50, with the postal votes being needed before the final results could be known – but the results were not 50/50 at that point.

The actual figures after the 86% of the vote cast on the day were counted were 48.1 for the Greens, and 51.9 for the Freedom Party. Now, that is a pretty decisive result to my mind, and no close run thing. In order for the postal votes, 14% of total votes cast, to overcome and reverse the result it would require them to break roughly 80/20 in favour of the openly Austria hating, far left and anti-humanist Green candidate…

Now, one would have thought that would be impossible, but they did though.

I would just like to point out, that the Freedom Party is centre right, not the rather hysterical far right it is being painted. Nationalist, true, but liberal and democratic with it.

Finally, what is this with an appointed member of the nomenclatura, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, seeking to dictate who may or may not speak on behalf of the Austrian people?

One feels they are not even trying to hide their aims any more.

Eurovision 2016

Was won by Ukraine. The song was poor by even Eurovision standards but it won… From a poor lot but I went for Armenia.

There are reasons for that. That was daring attire. OK, the Aussie entry was better but a little demure for me and whilst they had the best song and singer the Armenian lit my candle more.

Ukraine deserved it because whilst there is a women wearing next to nothing there is also the antics of Vlad the Bad. Here is the winner…

Mr Putin. You don’t make yourself generally popular by invading other countries.

Review: BRExit the Movie

Brexit the Movie

I must admit to being a little worried by “BRExit – The Movie” as it had the potential to be little more than a UKIP Party Political Broadcast, but not a bit of it, Martin Durkin has managed to pack his argument against the EU with a combination of history, informative statistics and loaded it with exactly the sort of detail that will appeal to the man (or woman) on the street.

By avoiding the duller aspects of sovereignty and looking at how much the EU costs the average UK resident in their weekly shop, their wage packet and their tax bill because of the “dead hand of EU bureaucracy“, Martin has focussed on the heart of the debate on two issues:

- 1. Would we be better off in or out of the EU?

- 2. What would those futures look like (emphasising the good of leaving more than the downsides of remaining)

The movie itself is both upbeat and pithy, setting an exceptional contrast against David Cameron’s “Project Fear“. I watched the entirety of it in a single sitting and found myself pleasantly surprised and to a certain extent uplifted.

If nothing else, it is a clear articulation as to why we should vote “Leave” on June 23rd.

The Order of Yoni…

That is Alexandra Brendlova. (yes, “Carry On fans it is somewhat similar to “bendover”). She is a Czech model. A model advertising beer… Well who’d thunk that one up. But this is no ordinary beer… Oh, no.

Imagine woman of your dreams, your object of desire. Her charm, her sensuality, her passion… Try her taste, feel her smell, hear her voice… Imagine her massaging you passionately and whispering into your ear everything you want. Now free your fantasies and imagine that with a magic wand you can close it in one bottle of beer. The golden drink brewed with her lure and grace and flavored with instincts. Imagine the beer which every sip is a randez-vous with this hot woman of your dreams… she hugs you and kiss you gently, looking straight into your eyes… How much would you give for that beer?

Read the whole thing. It’s sort of inverse beer-googles. Thank you Poland and Czechia! It is a reason to vote “in”. Sorry my innuendometer is stuck at FSD. I must try harder.

Can you imagine the meeting with the bank manager to fund this?

Pitchers:
“We want 400,000 Zloty and access to a Czech model’s vagina.”

Manager:
“The dream of us all…”

If there is a point to this (and there isn’t) this frivolity (and it is obviously a novelty product) it is a sheer celebration of the freedoms these nations were for so long denied. There is something glorious in this. It also, in a sense, shows these are not the huddled-masses the Daily Mail thinks are overwhelming our NHS etc. These are modern, vibrant countries. I know because I been to them several times. I doubt the average Daily Mail reader has and quite frankly a bit Neville Chamberlain. “A far away country of which we know little”. Nev, me old China I can get to Prague cheaper than the train to London. Whether I sample vagina ales is another matter.

Here endeth the lesson.

Nearly. An awful lot of immigrants to the UK from Central and Eastern Europe are highly skilled. How exactly is that harmful? How precisely can an Estonian nurse be seen as a drain on the NHS? When the NHS is short of nurses. Until we get out of the rut of thinking every human is a drag and not a benefit we will languish with 0.1% economic growth.

We didn’t object when Poles and Czechs (and many others) flew Spitfires in 1940 did we?

Well some of us (much later) did…

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These are long-standing friends and allies The idea they are moochers is ludicrous. Who was it who did a “Ride of the Rohirrim” at Vienna in 1683? Where did the only person to ever win Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry come from and who laid my mum’s patio?

That is an epic fail even by BNP standards. Look closely at the nose.

And I still haven’t seen the big tent.

Sweden

The government of Sweden contains environmentally concerned, Jew hating socialists, or, at least, we know it did it did until he resigned a couple of days ago. As a bye-the-bye, who believes this bloke was the only one?

And no, I truly have no time to piss away pandering to those jokers who claim they don’t dislike Jews, only Zionism(ists).

Admittedly, he resigned after having posted video in which he equated Israelis Jews to Nazis, but he was comfortable in posting the video in the first place. He saw nothing wrong with it.

So now we find that another, also an environmentally concerned socialist, and deputy Prime Minister no less, is equally comfortable in trivialising 9/11, labelling this deliberate act of hate filled terror ‘an accident’, thereby being an open apologist for totalitarian theocratic mass murder perpetrated against the civilian population of a free and open democracy.

Environmentally concerned Jew hating socialists and apologists for mass murder. In government.

Europe, 2016.

Just one more of the Many Benefits of EU Membership™

There’s a couple of interesting discussions on the Steam forums about Valve removing the “EU2” pricing tier. Depending on where you lived in Europe, games used to be a different price: EU1 and EU2. Which seems fair enough: the people in richer countries have more disposable income to spend on luxuries like games, and the price those markets can bear is likely to be higher.

But that has come to an end. Understandably, the people who used to benefit from the lower EU2 prices are a bit annoyed. The price of the game in question here (The Talos Principle; highly recommended, by the way) has doubled for them.

Now. Three guesses at who’s to blame.

Moneybags Gabe Newell and his Evil Valve Corporation? Oh, come on, we’re talking about Europe here. Who do you expect?

In its latest plenary session, the European Parliament (EP) adopted the resolution “Towards a Digital Single Market Act” (see press release). The resolution of 19 January 2016 forms the response to the Commission Digital Single Market Strategy (DSM) as announced in last May and pursued ever since.

To be fair, in the individual case of Steam, this doesn’t directly affect us in the UK since we were already in a region to ourselves thanks to retaining Sterling, in which the prices were already comparable to “EU1” anyway (no doubt the Brussels bottom inspectors will be keeping their beady eyes on it to make sure they stay that way). But if you’ve seen surprising changes in prices elsewhere online lately, now you know why.

Note also how it’s still Valve’s fault because they didn’t lower all their prices to “EU2” levels, as if they’re supposed to sacrifice their revenue to the European (pipe-)dream. Yes, maybe increased sales would make up for it to an extent, but, not being a politician, I’m going to assume that they know their market better than I do. And that it’s not anyone else’s job to save them from their mistake if they’re wrong.

It never ceases to amaze me how willing people are to make excuses for megalomaniac politicians. Someone points out to them how this crowd of nobodies has directly harmed their enjoyment of life through its interference, and they still don’t want to break out the tar and feathers. (Hey, it’s the thought that counts, right? No doubt they meant well. How dare the people they’re bossing around refuse to enter into the spirit of the thing? Selfish, that’s what they are. Just plain selfish. Give us our cheap stuff, you bastards.)

And this is only a tiny blob of seagull shit on the tip of a very big iceberg indeed. If we don’t vote to leave in June, it’ll be a massive green light for more of this “harmonization” stuff and full steam ahead towards A Country Called Europe.

Reason to leave no. 879,628,391

e-cigarettes and vaping liquid

E-cigarettes are poised to be taxed at a higher rate across Europe, with France and two other nations calling for a minimum excise duty to be set at “the highest common denominator”.

EU diplomats unanimously agreed a call for the European commission to prepare a legislative proposal by 2017, in a draft document seen by the Guardian that EU finance ministers will sign off at a meeting next Tuesday.

No proposal will be tabled until after an exhaustive process of impact studies, technical analyses and public consultations. But if these hurdles can be cleared, officials say that taxing Europe’s growing vape industry could be desirable.

“There is an argument that it would be quite good to do something like minimum levels of excise duty for e-cigarettes. Member states could then decide whether to raise them higher or not,” one official said. “At present they don’t fall under excise duties like cigarettes, so maybe we would set a minimum threshold.”

At least 57% of the price of a pack of cigarettes must come from excise duty under the UK’s customs rules. Another 20% of the price comes from VAT, which Brussels has no powers to regulate.

EU agrees to tax e-cigarettes at higher rate

I know, I know, ex-smokers are always the worst but FFS! a product which helps people avoid the worst carcinogens of tobacco whilst still getting their nicotine fix is being targeted by the EUrocrats for the simple reason that it is depleting tobacco taxation without providing matching taxation elsewhere.

It just goes to show that as well as being pariahs as far as the health lobby are concerned the statists just want to milk vapers for tax like the good Milch cows that they are.

The harassment of tobacco users through both the health nazis and the sin taxes on tobacco have been a big motivator for people to switch from tobacco to vaping as it is and both their health and pockets are better for it – cue the bitching from the statists as they are cut out of the loop and hence this draconian proposal.

Your average man-in-the-street who vapes is not going to pay £60 for something that currently retails at £9.99, nope. What they will do is go down to Abdul at the local corner shop who gets them for £200 for a thousand from China and then buy them under the counter for £10.

As for the vaping fluid itself, it is fairly simplistic to make, consisting of commonly available substances +nicotine +flavour enhancer. The current price of a 10ml vape liquid is £4 and is about equivalent to 80-100 cigarettes which would cost around £45 depending upon the brand.

Anyone who thinks that vapers will suddenly put up with getting stiffed for a 1,000% increase because of some bullshit about “equal treatment” is hallucinating. Nope, what will happen is that it will be manufactured locally and Abdul’s corner shop will be flogging it for £5 once again.

Can we leave yet?

Speaking truth unto power

EU - Sortie

The arguments for and against British exit from the European Union are many and varied, from economic arguments about trade, to legal aspects such as free movement but for myself the bigger argument is about giving power to an unelected bureaucratic elite over whom we have no control and against whom we have neither right of recall nor redress.

In this sense, the old Marxist Tony Benn had it about right when he raised the matter of the democratic deficit in the EU during the European Parliamentary Elections Bill of the 5 questions that should be asked of anyone who sought to wield power.

  • What power do you have?
  • Where did you get it?
  • In whose interests do you exercise it?
  • To whom are you accountable?
  • How can we get rid of you?

Anyone who cannot answer the last of those questions does not live in a democratic system.

The fact of the matter is that despite the appearance of democracy in the form of the European Parliament, power within the EU does not reside with anyone who was directly elected by the people and consequently the people cannot “Throw the bums out”.

My reference to the EU as the EUSSR is deliberately provocative, but I firmly believe that the institutions of the EU are setup to give the appearance of democratic control, without the reality of democratic control. I also firmly believe that as time goes on the comparison between the EU and the former USSR will become more and more appropriate.

Why would I vote to remain tied in a political union with socialists who still believe in the same economic policies that have delivered nothing but stagnation and unemployment since the end of the second world war?

It would be far better to go it alone with a parliament within which all sovereignty resides, free to decide its own economic and military strategy which reflects the people of this country, not that of a self appointed elite in Brussels.

This is not about a little Englander’s view of attempting to somehow dismiss, ignore or belittle our continental cousins, but simply a recognition that we and they are very different and that the Franco-German model does not fit the UK economically, politically or legally.

Quite simply we should leave the EU because only a British parliament can govern the UK in the best interests of the British people and if they fail to do so we can at least vote the buggers out!

Explain to me exactly how we get rid of arch federalist and hard-line socialist Martin Schulz or some of the other Marxist reprobates that litter the EU?

 

The Other is in The Albert Hall…

Hitler ‘had tiny deformed penis’ as well as just one testicle, historians claim.

Hitler suffered from a condition called hypospadias which left him with an abnormally small manhood, according to historians Jonathan Mayo and Emma Craigie.

From Telegraph.

Well, that is no excuse for invading Poland, or Holland, Belgium, France (or the rest) or having a bloody good go at England or Russia. So, the defining thingie of the C20th was an insane Austrian’s thingie.

I mean the pivotal moment of C20th revolved around Hitler’s cock.

That about sums up the whole shooting-match of a century of woe.

I have been to Poland several times. Generally not with the Panzers in hand and genocide in mind. Last time I took a bottle of damn fine Welsh Whiskey in my clip. It went down much better than an armoured division. Odd that.

Oh, and I have a respectable penis and the full number of testicles. For the record.

But then I am not Fuhrer of Germany with “issues”. And a very small cock. I mean if it wasn’t for the tens of millions dead I’d be laughing.

A Libertarian doesn’t desire control over others. We are all individuals. Well, Some of us aren’t.

Taxman begs “Please don’t pay tax early”

Negative Interest Rates

Zug, the small but affluent canton outside Zürich, has announced it is ending discounts for early payment of tax bills. The reason? The longer it has cash on its books, the more likely it will incur costs as a result of negative interest rates charged by Swiss banks. The canton calculates that the move will save SFr 2.5m ($2.5m) a year.

Swiss canton tells taxpayers to delay settling bills

As discussed with Paul Marks here the consequences of negative interest rates are only really hitting us at the margins at the moment, but these rates are indicative of the sorts of problems that we can expect to encounter in mainstream Western countries as the monetarist plate spinning finally begins to spin out of control.

Unless you are in the commodities trading business (as I am in between sojourning in sunny Penang here), you’ll probably have never heard of Zug, which is a tiny Swiss canton just outside Zürich alongside the beautiful lake Zug, but also home to 30 of the worlds top commodities trading houses, primarily because of the advantageous taxes that may be negotiated with the Zug tax authorities.

However, I would argue that what happens in Zug is an important bellwether for what will happen in other Western countries as negative interest rates become more widespread and if the Swiss can’t get their financial shit together, what hope is their for anybody else?

Why else do you think your governments are trying to make holding large amounts of cash illegal? Because if enough people withdraw from the banking system then it will collapse as Northern Rock showed at the beginning of the current crisis.

Next stop – cars being weighed between journeys in and out of Switzerland to pick up those using the strong Swiss Franc against the weak Euro to avoid paying Swiss prices on their shopping.

Danegeld.

The EU has come up with a cunning plan… Let’s chuck more European taxpayers money at a problem entirely of their own making, like Greece.

What can possibly go wrong?

Quote of the Week.

‘The Commission is here for five years to do its job and we did it with vision, responsibility and commitment. Because what is driving us is not to be re-elected. That is why for us the political cost means nothing.’ 

Dimitris Avramopoulos.

What he means is your opinion and vote means NOTHING!

Treason doth never prosper

Varoufakis Treason

Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason?
Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.

John Harington – Epigrams

In the latest round of the sorry saga that is modern Greece we have a further example of how the corrupting and totalitarian influence of the European Union has now spread in that it would appear that attempting to replace the Euro with a restored national currency is now treason.

“The context of all this is that they want to present me as a rogue finance minister, and have me indicted for treason. It is all part of an attempt to annul the first five months of this government and put it in the dustbin of history,” he said.

“It totally distorts my purpose for wanting parallel liquidity. I have always been completely against dismantling the euro because we never know what dark forces that might unleash in Europe,” he said.

The goal of the computer hacking was to enable the finance ministry to make digital transfers at “the touch of a button”. The payments would be ‘IOUs’ based on an experiment by California after the Lehman banking crisis.

A parallel banking system of this kind would allow the government to create euro liquidity and circumvent what Syriza called “financial strangulation” by the ECB.

Varoufakis reveals cloak and dagger ‘Plan B’ for Greece, awaits treason charges

I am no fan of Yanis Varoufakis who is just another dreadful little Marxist troll, but any decent economist will acknowledge that given the prospect of the ECB funding being stopped for any period of time then parallel currency measures such as IOU’s are a rational response to the problem.

Only in the cloud-cuckoo land of Eurozone politics could this be a justification for treason, at most Varoufakis exceeded his authority, but then surely Greek PM Alexis Tsipras did as well, in which case he should be impeached?

The “why” they attempted to do it is a different matter.

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