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EU . . . Let’s Start Again!

I have never hidden my contempt for what the EU has now become and I am sure this reflects the attitude of the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels who increasingly hold sway over 500 million of us.

Originally it was a project that made sense, as it focussed on free movement of labour, capital, goods and services. When it’s true size and potential was recognised (the EU now accounts for 15% of global GDP), monetary and fiscal ‘union’ became the new goals, as financiers waded in and democracy began to whither.

Control of political ‘union’ became the priority and Bernard Connolly’s paper ‘Europe: Driver or Drive. EMU and the lust for Crisis’ identified how crisis could achieve that control.

Environmental Issues would increase control over member countries. Terrorism would increase control of state surveillance, police and judicial issues. Global Financial Crisis would provide the excuse for Europe wide regulation and global financial governance. European Monetary Union would create the crisis to force the introduction of European economic government.

Britain was not prepared to accede to both political and financial union and so ‘contrived crises achieved the desired control behind our backs. These tactics demonstrated that we are dealing with un-elected representatives whose primary loyalty and concern is not with the people of Europe.

As Oliver Hartwich wrote in Why Europe Failed “The people of Europe did not suddenly wake up one day and demand they be bound together by a supra-national organisation. Neither did they demand to give up their national currencies in return for the euro. Indeed there has never been a popular movement for any sort of European integration”.

So how did it become so large an entity? If ‘crisis’ provided the goals, three disciplines fuelled the growth, of which language was the first. In 1957 when the Treaty of Rome lauded the famous four freedoms of “labour, services, goods and capital” it also had an innocuous commitment to “ever closer union among peoples”.

At the time this was lost in the excitement about a Common Market but provided the powerful with the tool with which to push for closer ties and the greater centralisation of power. And what better way to achieve this than by the second discipline of law-making?

The European Court of Justice was brought into being with the express purpose of asserting its own supremacy over and above the role of our parliaments. The European Communities Act 1972 states that:

Section 2 (1) means that provisions of EU law that are directly applicable or have direct effect, such as EU Regulations or certain articles of the EU Treaties, are automatically “without further enactment” incorporated and binding in national law without the need for a further Act of Parliament

Having control of the language and law-making all that is left for absolute control is the third discipline . . . money! The inauguration of the European Central Bank and its plaything, the euro, provides a level of control that is truly sinister. It allows peripheral nations to borrow cheaply under conditions that provide an ‘ever closer union’ and bring them into line through the application of debt. (I am indebted to Nick O’Connor of Capital and Conflict for his insightfulness here.)

Margaret Thatcher immediately saw this threat when the ECB was first muted and warned against it:

“If I were [in charge], there would be no European central bank accountable to no one, least of all national Parliaments. The point of that kind of Europe with a central bank is no democracy, taking powers away from every single Parliament, and having a single currency, a monetary policy and interest rates which take all political power away from us.” 

How prophetic her words, as the IMF and ECB have now demonstrated by bringing Greece to its knees with debt. Followed up immediately by the invasion of unelected technocrats who pour over and interfere in every aspects of the countries workings, down to the processes used by bakeries!

What we are now moving to, with fiscal union, is a United States of Europe and if Britain does not join it will remain a fully paying member, obeying its rules but without the ability to influence decision making.

This is what the “Remain In” campaigners are threatening, amongst them the twice disgraced member of Tony Blair’s government, Peter Mandelson. Given his long standing membership of the Bilderberg group, one of the corporate world’s most powerful groups, I take his words with a pinch of salt. A view supported by recent words from EU President Juncker’s deputy, Frans Timmerman who said:

“What was unimaginable before now becomes imaginable, namely the disintegration of the European project. The European ideals still have very strong support among the population across Europe. What do not have strong support are European politicians and European politics”

As more and more countries demand the return of sovereign powers to national governments the power grab by the technocrats is seeding its own self destruction. Democracy is an integral part of every one of us and the EU’s growing dictatorship flies in the face of this natural order.

If Britain leaves others will follow, because the whole project is now fatally flawed, with the financial crisis, limited growth, unemployment and now immigration. We need a new ‘Phoenix’ to rise from the ashes in the shape of, say, a European ‘Trade’ Council, focussing upon refining trading between member countries and run by the people who pay for it all and have the greatest interest in its success . . . Companies, Unions and Taxpayers.

From this foundation growth can occur organically, with political power contained within the borders of each country, jointly committing to a mandate to support the development of a people driven union.

 

Until the next time

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

The Murder of Cash

As I have mentioned in previous articles, 95% of the world’s money is created as debt by private banks and on which they earn interest on every financial transaction we make. To recap, when you use your credit card to buy something the amount that subsequently appears on your statement is how ‘money’ is created.

Your purchase creates money and when you pay of the statement the money disappears. During this process, as we all know, the banks are earning interest. It’s the same thing when you use your card to get cash out of the ‘hole in the wall’. You put your card in and cash comes out but only after the bank has made a thumping charge for the privilege.

However, once you have the cash you can use it to make many transactions and the banks can’t charge you for those. They have just had the one bite at the cherry on that original withdrawal.

Not content with this, they are now focussing their attention on ensuring they get to earn from EVERY interaction we have with money. They are doing it by slowly reducing the use of cash through reducing what they are prepared to allow us to use it for, until it is finally eradicated.

JP Morgan Chase are leading the field in testing and pioneering new policies of their own in cities across America. They will no longer accept cash for mortgage repayments, paying credit card bills or make repayments on car loans. Neither will they allow cash or bullion to be stored in Safety Deposit Boxes. Indeed customers have to sign a declaration that they will not store any cash or coins that are not to be found to have a ‘collectible value’!

It will not be long before other banks and companies follow suit. ‘Plastic’ will enable them to earn on ALL our financial transactions because they will then be able to identify when and where we are spending. (Buying a UK rail ticket is now cheaper if not using cash and many other services are being surcharged in a similar fashion!)

This has all come about through the phenomenon of negative interest rates, where investors pay the banks to look after their investments rather than them paying us! How this has got to the lunacy that is now being perpetrated upon Society is beyond me. Except that it is supported by the cloak of mystery that the banks have always exercised on how our money comes into being and how it is managed and manipulated.

There is also the inevitable propaganda promoted by the banks about how cash benefits crime and the ‘black economy’ because it is difficult to trace and it also encourages terrorism. The constant re-use of ‘paper’ money can promote ill-health and disease!

Isn’t it funny how these same problems (with the exception of the health issue) were headlined when cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, first reared their heads? The fact that banks are regularly found guilty of money laundering is allowed to disappear into the ether, along with other dubious practices such as the LIBOR rate fixing scandal but I digress.

What, for me, is of far more sinister concern is that if we lose our rightful ability to financially interact with each other in any way we choose and are restricted to ‘technological transfers’, be they plastic cards or smart phones, we hand over too much power to governments and banks, as another means of surveillance.

Precedents for abuse have already be created with WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden, where their bank accounts and any other means of financial transactions, including PayPal, were illegally shut done. Once the ability is there it only takes a point of view and a consensus, by those in control, to allow this abuse to spread like a cancer into the heart and soul of Society and no one person will be safe from its reach.

This elevates government control to a whole new level which, given current increasingly lax levels of accountability could result in us being denied access to our money for something as trivial as a traffic violation.

No, I don’t think I am being excessive here. The corporate world and governments have shown with both Fracking and TTIP that they have little concern for our status as voters or customers. They are increasingly acting with impunity and the crime that is now being perpetrated upon our finances comes from an arrogance that believes it cannot be touched.

SNP’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, is a shining example of a new political strength that is speaking with the people, in demanding TTIP be vetoed on corrosive clauses that threaten our democracy. We need more leaders who are prepared to support, what the people can already see as threatening and act with and for the people, rather than the corporate world.

Until the next time.

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes