During the first week of November 2013 the CEO of Sainsbury’s (and a great supporter of the Conservatives) was interviewed on the TV about his supermarket and its place amongst the other ones.
As part of the interview, he was asked about the environment, and he dutifully gave support to wind farms and renewables, and how we should work to reduce CO2 emissions. On a question about Europe he also dutifully gave the Government line of how much better we are for being in the EU and how much trade would be at risk if we decided to leave.
I am sure that this CEO is going to be one of a string of high profile figures that will appear on our screens between now and 2017 spouting the same story. That we are so much better off as a member of the EU and that any hint that we may wish to leave would risk a huge amount of trade and jobs.
Europe & The EU
These are NOT one and the same thing! Europe is a continental region, which includes the islands surrounding the mainland. We are geographically part of Europe and it makes sense for us to work in conjunction with our continental neighbours where it is mutually beneficial.
The EU is NOT Europe! It is a political body designed to take control of the nation states of Europe and forge them into a continental state, governed by technocrats and bureaucrats and with minimal interference from the people. It is modelled on the Soviet Socialist system of a single governing body that pre-selects who will be put up for election, but that the governing body itself cannot be changed.
Evolution of the EU
The European Union or EU was set up initially by Germany and France by combining their steel industries in a manner to prevent the countries ever going to war again, because the military relies on steel. The new combined steel group then gave Germany an enormous industrial advantage in Europe. Next an agreement was made to support French farmers and when other countries joined the fledgling EU the protection of the German dominated steel industry and subsidies to French farmers was included in the treaties.
Thereafter, whenever a new country was incorporated into the group no special protections for their resources were allowed, but all their assets were then shared equally by the other states.
Originally, rich countries were courted to join but then prevented, usually by France, at the same time extolling the virtues of the EU until the candidate country became desperate to join under any terms.
Later on poorer countries were absorbed into the EU contributing little in wealth but much in natural resources. All the time though the EU represented more people and hence demanded a bigger say in World affairs. Regulations and Directives flooded down from the secretariat of the EU upon the industries of the nation states limiting how and what was made and working practices. I am sure these regulations have always been skewed to favour the increasingly powerful industrial nation of Germany.
Gradually control of the people of the nation states has been achieved through Health & Safety Regulations and Working directives. Then the Court of Human Rights was established and the European Court of Justice and with each new treaty or constitution the control over the nation states has further been progressed.
Their democratically elected rulers tell the people that each new treaty will not further take away their national sovereignty or their freedom. This is a deliberate lie and only subsequently do the people come to realise that more national sovereignty has been lost.
The whole purpose of the new form of governance is to reduce the ability of the nation states around Germany and France from competing with them or each other industrially, militarily, agriculturally, or financially. It is also a modern attempt to create a socialist super-state.
One of the most effective weapons against the various nations is the demonization of carbon dioxide. By introducing legislation to control emission of this gas by industry and electricity generating stations the EU further suppresses national industries and takes control of energy generation within the continent.
Germany is also a massive producer of wind turbines and benefits enormously from the sale of these devices. Carbon taxes are applied to electricity and gas generating stations and to their customers to force up conventional generating costs so the uneconomic and intermittent wind farms and solar arrays become more viable. The carbon taxes together with EU subsidies are used to generously bribe landowners to offer suitable land for these farms.
When the sun doesn’t shine and when the wind doesn’t blow, we have to ramp up supply from the dwindling number of conventional generating stations. Many stations were elderly and have been forced to close due to strict emissions regulations. Of course with dwindling supplies of natural gas from the North Sea and demonstrations about fracking from the professional troupe of environmental activists our supplies of gas are also becoming critical.
Present UK Sovereignty
In 1973 when Edward Heath signed the first treaty for the UK joining the EU we immediately lost our territorial waters to be shared amongst the other nations of the EU. Since then our fishing quota has been reduced to a measly 13% of catch in what was our waters. The other nations now freely fishing there have exhausted fish stocks and routinely insult us by selling their catch to us while unemployed UK fishermen look on.
Mounting pressure from the EU and the Liberals and environmentalists have prevented us from building any new coal fired power stations though they are continuously rated and produce electricity at less than half the cost per kW of that produced by a wind turbine. We have enormous stocks of coal and would not be at the mercy of foreign powers for fuel.
For similar reasons there have been no new nuclear power stations built during the last 25 years and the costs including any decommissioning works out even cheaper per kW than coal. The lifetime of nuclear stations is around 40 years and radioactive fuel can be reworked.
Dwindling gas supplies now means that at peak times there is not enough gas available from UK sources so it has to be piped in from Europe and Russia making us dependant upon foreign powers to keep the lights on.
Our military capabilities have been steadily reduced since 1973 so we are presently in a poor position to defend these islands. Our steel industry has been eclipsed by Germany and the Far East and has made it uneconomic to build big ships here.
Agriculture has been stunted and often made uneconomic by low prices of food grown in France and other subsidised countries of the EU. Our small businesses have in many cases been destroyed by legislation requiring costly product testing or by classifying common substances as hazardous.
Health & Safety legislation has added enormous costs to plant and machinery and workshops to remove even miniscule health risks. Working time directives have increased cost to many businesses making us less competitive in the World markets.
To summarise our position; our armed forces can no longer defend us; our fishing industry has been crucified; our farming reduced to subsistence level; our small businesses driven to destruction by regulation or made uncompetitive; our energy supplies reduced to critical and at the mercy of foreign powers; our justice system made subservient to the whims of the European Supreme Court; our politicians unable to block EU directives and regulations; our borders open to citizens of whichever country next joins the EU; and the rights of the citizens of this nation to democratically elect those who make most of our laws has been removed!
Trade with Europe & the world
Trade with the World is now done ever more using huge container ships, often docking at Rotterdam on the way out from the UK or coming to the UK. This allows those goods to now be classified as imported or exported with the EU instead of with the UK and for the EU to claim much higher World trade with itself and more UK trade with itself.
Free trade agreements with Europe do not require us to be politically bonded to them. Other countries of the world do trade with Europe without being part of it. Presently we buy significantly more from Europe than we sell to Europe. This means we a have a balance of trade deficit with Europe. There is little risk that the EU would put up trade barriers should we decide to leave them as such an embargo would hurt them more than us.
I cannot see how anyone can claim that being part of the EU has benefited us to a greater extent than the losses resulting from membership. It has been estimated that the loss of income related to agriculture, and fishery policies and industrial regulation is £70.1 Bn a year.
The present best estimate of the net direct cost of membership is £8.3 Bn in 2013. Though this is only a small proportion of the government expenditure of £675 Bn in 2013 it still calculates to £22m a day loss of asset into the common pool of Europe. I’m sure that even a little thought could find such wonderful things that could be done to improve the infrastructure of the UK with that amount of daily investment.
Less regulation, less health & safety, easier employment laws, less statutory employee benefits, and freedom to make trade agreements with anyone and everyone in the world again would stimulate industry and exports and reduce unemployment. The CEO of Sainsbury can vote to stay in the EU if he wants to but I vote to leave.