Thursday, December 15, 2011

Resisting the Merkozy Dictatorship.

The BBC radio four news at seven a.m. reported in its headlines that Sweden would be joining the Merkozy Fiscal Compact, but then interviewed a prominent Swedish politician who by his every word and unspoken assumption indicated that the reverse was the more likely outcome, or that there would be so many opt-outs for Sweden as a non-euro nation, that the end result would be neutral. (It also went on to plug two coming pro-EU programmes to be aired in the coming days - quite an incrdibly biased performance, even by the totally trashed broadcasting standards of the BBC). I enjoyed this quote from the Swedish article:

It’s like giving a teenage son the whiskey and car keys, but in return, mother and father Merkozy follow him everywhere to make sure he doesn't drink or use the car.It is a super-bureaucratized dream.They could have let countries act freely, but with the requirement that they find their own resources to do so.Instead, they are swimming in other people's money, but are prevented from abusing it by an untested and bureaucratic European system of supervision which has little democratic legitimacy.France and Germany have also said that this is just the first step towards the coordination of tax and labour policy, as well as the entire financial regulatory framework of Europe.It’s nothing more than preparation for a political and fiscal union that many always believed the monetary union presupposed.

The reality in Sweden is that a debate is ongoing, as may be understood by this article in English from their local press, see here.

In Ireland, gagged, bound and trussed  in the sack of its existing bail out agreement, fear of the Merkozy threats clearly runs deeper, but even here some resistance to mere meek acceptance of grinding poverty is emerging, as may be guaged from this article in the Irish Examiner of this morning, linked here, from which come the following telling quotes:

It’s increasingly apparent that our dependence on the kindness of strangers is being met by Franco German self-interest that disregards concerns of smaller European states. Yet, we give them a blank cheque of compliance.

When the crisis grows ever deeper as it must, will the BBC dedicate its entire output to the imagined glories of the dreadful project, or will Ode to Joy be played non-stop across the huge swathes of the broadcasting spectrum that this monstrosity controls in the British Isles?

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