EU Archives - Emile Woolf writes

“Genuinely Terrible Economic Idea”

With apologies for taking the risk of upsetting LOTS of people…………. [Picking up Matthew Lynne’s lead today] This election campaign excels in spawning candidates – no, not for elected office, but for a prize in the Competition for advocating the worst GTEI (Genuinely Terrible Economic Idea). The Green party has just come up with its […]

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Fudging the figures for Euro entry? That’s putting it mildly

Chicanery means “clever but misleading talk; a false argument; trickery; deception” (Concise Oxford Dictionary). This phenomenon seems to be prevalent wherever you look. For example, the European Economic Community began as a free-trade association. Then it was driven well beyond mere economic affiliation to become a complex, undemocratic, political combination whose promised benefits have evaporated. […]

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EU politics and accounting extremes: the cure is worse than the disease

The human condition is characterized by periodic swings between lawless permissiveness at one extreme and uncompromising rigidity at the other. Whenever one dominates it falls victim to corrective processes that, in turn, become excessive. Sanity is restored only when the pendulum returns, even briefly, to a position somewhere between. Abuses of vulnerable members of society […]

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The European Commission must be called to account

The subject of Europe polarises any otherwise rational debate.  Obsessional prejudice, whether pro or con, induces deafness and drives out reason.   More inflammatory even than party politics (where spin and expediency have blunted the ideals), passions over Europe (the Union, not the continent) have taken on the trappings of a belief system, susceptible to […]

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