Sunday, August 28

The Business of understanding

A superb editorial in The Business today argues that the European Union is beyond reform.
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This is matched by an article by Nigel Robert Wilson on "how the textiles tariff row has hit my business," pointing out how ignorant are the EU commission bureaucrats on the ways of business.
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Meanwhile, the op-ed tells of how "EU and Brown red tape could kill off the city".
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The Sunday Telegraph offers a damaging story about how Peter Mandelson, at the height of the textiles crisis, with firms going into bankruptcy, is sunning himself in Italy, enjoying his new-found status as a tranzi VIP.
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Daniel Hannan comes out and says we should quit the EU, while Ross Clark writes a stunning piece on the European meltdown.
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The Times joins in the chorus of criticism of Mandelson, complete with an editorial, while the Europhile Observer is mute, as is the Sunday Independent, as they always tend to be whenever their beloved EU is under fire.
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Taken in the round, anti-EU sentiment is now leading the field, clearly demonstrating that public opinion is swinging against the EU project.
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So where are the Tory politicians, and especially the leadership candidates? All we get is a wet interview from David Cameron who the Sunday Telegraph mysteriously describes as a "Eurosceptic". Mr Cameron thinks that Clarke is evidently hoping that Europe will not be a big issue in the leadership, but begs to differ. "It is an important issue in our time, getting Britain's relationship right with Europe.
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We have done better by staying out of the euro," he says. "Getting Britain's relationship right with Europe". Is that all he has to offer? Clearly so !
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In all these articles there is no mention of Britain's largest Business organizationn, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), highlighting to the media the damage that the European Union is doing to Britain's Small business community. In fact in the North East of England the FSB's regional policy committee is, by its own admission, spending most of their time intergrating into the EU Government system. They are clearly unable (if indeed they understand the need ) to lobby effectively on salient issues on behalf of those they represent.
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Time was when politicians led, voters followed and business pressure groups applied pressure.
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Now, they have to be dragged kicking and screaming into following public opinion and understanding the realities of modern British political issues.

2 comments:

Kelly said...

This is an issue that doesn't sound like it is going to be resolved either easily or quickly. I hate to say it but there has been feeling over the other side of the pond that this was an idea that should never have left the think tank.

My own country has it's problems with interstate commerce but to try and regulate between countries when EACH country has it's own agenda and the laws of the EU appear to have been written by someone who while intelligent has no common sense at all. Arbitrary decisions on issues that they know nothing about isn't a good way to represent the people you are supposed to be helping.

Can Peter Mandelson be ousted from his office or do you have to put up with him no matter what? lol Sounds like he is working a business, the business of making the most money for himself and everyone else gets to pay the price.

I can not imagine how you are going to go about doing something to change this system without making things difficult for your businesses no matter what you do. I thought this whole EU idea was supposed to help create commerce between countries not drive them into bankruptcy.

I don't know where you leadership is but maybe you need to get new leaders?

Peter Troy said...

The solution, Kelly, is for the UK to leave the EU. Once again I suspect that we will need some help from your side of the pond !