Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wilders: "Slavish adherence to European rules is foolish"


So, another European government collapses at the behest of the EU. To be fair, the Dutch coalition was always a fragile entity, composed, as it was, of a Liberal-Christian Democrat partnership led by Mark Rutte, with ad hoc support from the 'far right'  Freedom Party of Geert Wilders'. But this partnership did not fracture over immigration policy or fragment over Islamism: the downfall was Mammon. Or, to be precise, Euro-Mammon.

Having strongly supported the EU's fiscal union treaty, and having urged that Greece be subject to EU governance for failing to implement the necessary spending cuts, the Dutch government really had to set an example of good housekeeping. But with 57 per cent of Dutch voters opposed to the prescribed austerity measures, Mr Wilders withdrew his support from Mr Rutte’s government, accusing him of a 'slavish adherence to European rules' which will 'bleed' the people. The measures were to include raising VAT, a freeze on civil servants’ wages, and a cut in spending in both the health and development aid sectors to slash €16bn from the budget. "The plan is not in the interest of (Freedom Party) voters,” Mr Wilders declared.“We cannot live up to the demands Brussels is putting on us. Money is being taken from the wallets of pensioners.”

It's a nifty switch from anti-Islam to anti-EU. With a general election now inevitable, the Freedom Party may well make gains on their current 24 members (which was already double their previous parliamentary representation). And the more the European Commission repeat their insensitive demands for the Dutch government to balance the budget in line with euro spending rules (ie a budget deficit below 3 per cent of GDP), the more popular will the cause of freedom become, and the higher the Freedom Party will poll. It really isn't psephological rocket science.

And now all the talk is (once again) of Eurogeddon (yawn) with the loss of the country's AAA-rating and increased borrowing costs, for if those nations which signed up for the fiscal union (including, indeed, EEC foundation states) are not able to be fiscally united by democratic consent, then what hope is there for the treaty? But fear not, for the Euro has overcome the world, and neither Holland nor Hollande shall prevail against it.

24 Comments:

Blogger Hereward said...

The collapse of the Dutch Government is but a flea on the flank of the Eurobeast.

From the Commission:-
Governments commit on behalf of states. Therefore commitments are not linked to one government. Governments change but commitments on behalf of states cannot be changed without discussion with European partners.

Following Orwellian translation principles this is Eurospeak for:

Governments submit on behalf of states. Their surrender binds their successors. Governments change but the EU is immortal.

24 April 2012 at 09:56  
Blogger Youthpasta said...

With the fiscal union thing, I was just wondering whether the muppets in Brussels had gone about things completely opposite to how they should have if they wanted it to have a chance of working.
Surey the first port of call is to go for true union (1 big country called Europe) with regional control of financial matters (keeping the old currencies) until such a time as the political aspects are alligned so that the money side of things will be able to work properly for all citizens if the Europe.

Of course this would never happen as the vast majority of Europe (particularly those countries who have only gained true independence in the last 50 years) value their own nationality too highly to give it up, so it would be a non-starter from the get go.

So instead we have some half-baked idea that WILL come crashing down one way or the other which only seems to cause financial woe upon the world whie it lasts.

24 April 2012 at 10:25  
Blogger English Pensioner said...

No doubt the EU will soon be instructing the Dutch Queen as to whom she will appoint as the new Prime Minister, as in Greece and Italy.

24 April 2012 at 10:34  
Blogger Berserker said...

How can the British tax authorities rigorously enforce out own contributions to the Exchequer but are completely lax about our contributions in tax to the EU?

Should not the Great British Public ask our tax authorities to apply the same conscientiousness to the funding our people give to the EU?

But that would mean getting the accounts signed off by the European Court of Auditors who themselves cost money in doing basically a non-job. The answer is to only send our part of the budget less say 10%. The worst cases of accounting error is in the Agricultural and Energy budgets.

This would produce a fair old screech from the EU fat cats and of course we have to battle with our supine civil servants who obey anything coming out of Euroland without question.

After all, Le President Sarkozy chucked a few of the Toulouse immigrants back to Algeria and not a word was said. Nothing about torture etc.

The EU needs us more than we need them so let's start flexing our civil servants bureaucratic muscles.

24 April 2012 at 11:05  
Blogger graham wood said...

Berserker. I agree with your general drift, and that indeed the British taxpayers should be closely questioning the principle of our "donating" ANY taxpayer's money to the corrupt and unelected EU commisars.
You say: "The answer is to only send our part of the budget less say 10%"

The plain fact is that the British people have never once given a mandate to ANY government to siphon off taxpayer's money to a foreign "budget". On the basis of no taxation without representation (for we have none of that in the EU monolith) then ALL payments should have been suspended years ago. We have never been asked!

We vote MPs into office in order that first and foremost they have a duty of care in the stewardship of taxpayer's money only for a British budget - no other!
Thus the further passing of funds to the IMF, possibly to be used for further bail-outs for failed EUrozone economies is a scandalous waste, illegal under our constitution, and a source of deep anger for many of us.
Another reason to vote UKIP.

24 April 2012 at 12:44  
Blogger Flying Tiger said...

If nothing else the Dutch courage moment has proven that Wilders is a principled man with more than one issue as his focus.

It's just aberrant behaviour when compared to the typical UK or European political class enabler of the goals of Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi.

24 April 2012 at 13:13  
Blogger Gnostic said...

I have recently returned from Holland and received the impression that the ordinary person in the street is as sick of the EU as we are.

24 April 2012 at 16:35  
Blogger Preacher said...

If only we'd got Nigel Farage as our deputy PM.
Not since the Vikings were on the prowl have we had to fork out our hard earned cash because of weak spineless leaders that haven't the guts or the sense to pull the plug on the unelected pirates of Euroland.
But then if ones future plan is to join Rumpy Pumpy's crew of brigands & sail off into the sunset with the loot........ the Eurogeld will continue to be paid.

24 April 2012 at 17:02  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace, the European socialist model continues to impoverish its people as the EU slips down the world rankings. This is solidly good news. It’s going to take something of a revolution to bring the rotten structure down, and revolutions don’t come about when the population has money in its pocket. There has to be pain, and then pain, and after that, more pain. No doubt, there’ll be tears in Dutch eyes as they vote the unthinkable, but Wilders is the man. Cry freedom, what !

A vote for anyone else is not worth squeak…

Beginning to see why Angela threatened the continent with war now ! To scare the populations of the plucky little countries sh*tless, like their grandparents. Does it really take veiled threats to hold this disastrous idea together, and if it does, where does the British tradition of fair play sit ?

24 April 2012 at 18:02  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Your Grace,
The Inspector encapsulates the matter comprehensively.
If the Liberals though and not a few Conservatives have their way, the UK will be the band playing and going down at the sinking of the EU Titanic. The ship that was unsinkable.

24 April 2012 at 18:42  
Blogger anna anglican said...

Wilders said :

'We don't want to follow Brussels' orders. We don't want to make our retirees bleed for Brussels'.

Take note Osborne.

At some point some brave soul will stand up and say all this imposed austerity is so the bankrupt banks can stay afloat and why the hell should taxpayers pay the bill.

Nevertheless, the Brussels mafiosi will plough on with their enforced poverty policy and probably try and install another GS minion to oversee the Dutch slide into oblivion.

But thank God somebody speaks commonsense. Britain has endured 35 yrs of EU waste, fraud and red tape. If Camoron and his cronies have their way, we'll have another 35yrs of the same! That and squandering £50 million a day of taxpayers borrowed money on the EUSSR black hole, has to be stopped!Our treacherous politicians of all three parties need kicking out for their betrayal! VOTE UKIP AND GET OUR COUNTRY BACK

24 April 2012 at 21:51  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Anna, Bravo, brave girl. Perhaps someone can enlighten us on how much £ 55 million a DAY is, expressed as pence per litre....

24 April 2012 at 21:57  
Blogger Oswin said...

I'll second that too!

25 April 2012 at 01:54  
Blogger len said...

The method used by those behind the Tower of Babel(The EU)is to first cause the problem...then give the solution.

The' solution'will always involve the EU gaining more power over the members.

Those who do not eventually vote UKIP will go for more extreme parties.

25 April 2012 at 08:01  
Blogger Oswin said...

Len: exactly so; eventually we might need to push a damned sight further than we, at present, would wish to go. Better the UKIP we know, than assorted devils we do not!

25 April 2012 at 14:53  
Blogger JD said...

If we are honest we would call it the Fiscal Straitjacket, not treaty. It is refreshing, and very unusual to see a political party acting in the interest of its electorate. Good for Mr Wilders, I say. I wish there were more like him.

25 April 2012 at 20:14  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Be careful what you wish for. A sudden and disorderly collapse of the European fiscal and monetary system is in nobody's interest.

"They" have attempted to build a United States of Europe for their own supra-national interests. "They" appear to have failed for now to secure the necessary political and financial centralisation to achieve this.

Maybe we might now return to a community of European countries trading as autonomous partners and cooperating as friends.

26 April 2012 at 00:42  
Blogger Preacher said...

Dodo
That sounds like wishful thinking. The whole thing was a scam from the start. Ted (The Weasel) Heath sold it to the public as just a "Trading Community" with "No idea of becoming a European superstate" or some such rubbish. In reality the fox was luring the goose into a trap, with sweet promises of cheaper goods & the prospect of free enterprise. The fox failed to mention that the goose would be in the fox & partly digested before the truth became apparent.

26 April 2012 at 08:56  
Blogger len said...

Preacher , It is absolutely shameful the way the public have' been conned' into joining the EU.
Heath led us into the EU much as the 'Judas goat leads lambs into the slaughter.

Those who set up the EU knew they could only establish the EU by deception and once established they could then put their plans into effect with little or no resistance!.

As Jean Monnet said about the European superstate:
“Europe’s nations should be guided towards the superstate without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps, each disguised as having an economic purpose but which will irreversibly lead to federation.”

26 April 2012 at 18:13  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

len

Care to cite ther reference for this alleged Monet quote? It is repeated given on 'fringe' websites but no reliable reference is ever given. The closest is vague citation: "a letter to a friend".

Personally, I don't run with the conspiracy theory. Like a good Whig historian this is assuming an end-point, a European superstate, and picking (or fabricating) evidence based on that assumption. Actual historians tend to wait for the end-point to happen!

The ambitions of the original founders of the European Union were modest.

Schuman – wanted to merge those parts of the economy necessary for war to prevent future conflict.

Monnet - took this further by encouraging cultural co-operation and cross-border friendship among the people, again to prevent war.

Spaak - wanted to use binding international treaties to prevent war.

Hallstein - wanted to create common economic institutions

Adenauer - wanted to prevent war through ever-closer co-operation and friendship.

Spinelli - introduce a loose federal model to aid economic co-operation.

Gasperi - merge western European economies as closely as possible to prevent fascism and communism taking hold in weaker areas.

Churchill – “We must build a kind of United States of Europe”, note the “kind of”!

26 April 2012 at 20:25  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Dodo. Most excellent information for you. There will NEVER be another European war involving the UK fighting for it’s survival. You see, we have nuclear weapons !

Top news, don’t you think. One big lie the EU would have us believe is unwrapped for all to see...

26 April 2012 at 21:44  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Inspector
Let's all hope you're right.

The point I'm making is that Europe was conceived in different times and intended initially for more limited purposes. And understandable purposes in the aftermath of WWII. There is no evidence it was all a wicked plot from the get-go to subjugate the peoples of Europe.

26 April 2012 at 23:35  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

The EUSSR is and has always been a playground for conmen, criminals and politicians. It is essentailly a vast unaccountable fascist mega-state run for the benefit of a handful of unelected, inward looking and undemocratic parasites. They expect their "citizens" to be totally subservient to the state. Even Gorbachev was at a loss to explain why Western Europe would try to recreate another USSR!

Then you have arrogant politicians like Raymond Barre,a former French Prime Minister, saying, "I have never understood why public opinion about European matters should be taken into account" Our own Mr Hoon, a former British defence Minister, saying, "The euro raises no constitutional issues at all"!!

Since Heaths time, our government has continued to betray us with lies and deceit. Nothing has changed with Camoron. Things have just got a lot worse! Britains economy is on the brink. Our reckless government continues to squander billions of taxpayers money on failed projects whether they be the EUSSR, oversea aid to third world dictators or Asian countries with their own space and nuclear programmes! The lunacy has to stop!

27 April 2012 at 22:04  
Blogger anna anglican said...

Too right Lord Lavy! For a right wing reactionary you do speak sense on this issue.

28 April 2012 at 23:42  

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