Van Rompuy's tax plans
Cranmer was going to talk about the 20-minute meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury had with the Pope yesterday. But it hardly seems worth it. They have agreed 'to make progress'. That's nice, but there can be none.
Bruno Waterfield today reports on Rompuy-Stiltskin's plans for an EU-wide tax, and he has not yet even been installed / enthroned / confirmed, or whatever they intend to do with presidents of Europe.
It appears that both presidents (Rompuy and Barroso) want a new 'Euro tax' (to be drawn from a fixed percentage of VAT and fuel duties).
But here's the interesting bit, which will delight the Bilderberg conspiracy advocates no end:
'Mr Van Rompuy has not set out in detail exactly which tax raising mechanisms he favours most, but after the Bilderberg meeting his spokesman said he would look favourably on either green taxes or a version of the Tobin Tax, originally proposed in 1972 by the US economist James Tobin as a tax on currency speculation.'
And the President disclosed his strategy for attaining high office. He told colleagues a few weeks ago that to achieve a top EU function you must 'not ask for high office, but become a grey mouse, and offers will come'.
Tony Blair's problem was in being a prancing peacock displaying all the colours of the rainbow. The EU prefers grey mice: no-one is interested in watching them; they are uninteresting vermin.
With an EU-wide tax at the forefront of Van Rompuy's manifesto, any hope that David Cameron had of keeping 'Europe' off the agenda for the election campaign and during his first few years of government is in vain. Our President has designs on our national taxation, and neither our Prime Minister nor our Queen can do very much at all about it.
Perhaps Mr Cameron might be invited to a Bilderberg gathering.