Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Time Up For EU?
Has the EU served its purpose?
For 70 years the Union has kept the peace in Europe and that is it’s greatest, some would say only, achievement
The huge amounts of money expended on the EU are worth it when you think of the even huger amount of money it would have cost fighting another European war.
Instead of that, the EU has taught us to get along with other Europeans.
Now, no European government will to be able to demonise another European nation’s citizens which is a pre-requisite for a European government to persuade its citizens to go to war with another European country.
To that extent the EU has served its purpose and can now wind down its activities.
Where it has shown itself to be effective – as in protecting Europe from the predatory practices of American companies, in funding and running R&D programmes and in creating a common market – then it should retain its powers.
In much else, it should hand back its powers to national governments and wither away.
Those countries which want to laze around and enjoy themselves should be left to do so, those countries which want to work hard and create industrial wealth should be alowed to get on with it.
The anti-democratic elitism at the heart of the EU, which was shown when the Irish were told to vote again on the Lisbon Treaty, should be consigned to the dustbin of history.
People hate the ‘we know best’ attitude of the EC elite, hate the non-accountable expenses system for MEPs, hate the lack of audit of EC accounts, hate the lack of accountability of the Eurocracy for its decisions.
In short we hate the lack of democratic accountability and, without democracy, the EU lacks legitimacy.Tags: europe, European government, peace in Europe