A continuing chronicle of how democracy is being destroyed across the entire European Union.
This blog is henceforth exploring various means whereby democracy may now be restored within or to the EU's formerly independent nation states now that economic chaos looms following the euro currency's apparently deliberate self-destruction, as long predicted on this blog? (Changed 23/11/10)
Monday, December 10, 2012
The EU - Where nation may take pecuniary advantage from nation
In London, at a
recent meeting of the House of Commons, the Public Accounts Committee of
British MPs feigned shock and horror when it was publicly revealed that the
Giant US multinational corporation so-reputed “Fair Trade" coffee
marketing conglomerate, Starbucks, had been paying a 6% royalty on all its UK
sales to the Netherlands.
Worse still it
appeared that it was all under the terms of an arrangement, the details of
which were to be kept secret, this being done apparently at the specific
request of the Dutch taxation authorities.
deteriorated further when details of how the huge online marketer almost a
"virtual mammoth department store", Amazon Co.UK, had been constructed
to feed the large UK market, to all intents and purposes, supposedly largely
taking place in the "Dodgy"
of Luxembourg, at least as far as the apparently innumerate apparatchiks of the
British Government’s tax collectors, HMRC, were concerned. Details of these arrangements
with the tiny Duchy of Luxembourg began to only gradually and with great
difficulty emerge before this same group of MPs.
Now it has long
been the premise of my blog, Ironies Too,
(and before that its predecessor, Ironies),
that the aim of the EU was to first strip the UK bare of assets and revenues
before then turning upon France, which country up to this point had been happy
amongst the pack of hunters and strippers, or moochers and looters as the
perceptive, Ayn Rand, would have so described them.
seemed that such event was indeed about to occur with the Hollande Government, (apparently
even joined by support from the right of the French political divide) taking
fright at other Luxembourg
connections, as reported by Reuters. This may be read, I trust, with all due
astonishment, as it appears to hint at the destruction of one of the foundation
stones of all our liberties, ie: property rights, from here.
A few quotes
will give a flavour of the extraordinary implications of the causes of the
dispute now underway, which to this observer reader imply that neither the
French nor the authorities of the Grand Duchy seem to have been paying anything
other than lip service to the grand intents of the European Treaties, which
they have blithely signed over recent decades.
"This declaration is purely and simply
Parisot told RTL radio. "To
undermine the principle of private property in this haphazard way is very
serious and, what's more, very costly."
"I would have liked it if she used that word
('scandalous') when the owner of this site was transferring a chunk of profits
from French sites over our borders, notably to Luxembourg," Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac said.
seventeen former nations of the Euro Group plan to merge themselves under a
single banking supervisor as if mutual trust had succeeded in replacing
centuries of suspicion that occasionally and too often gave way to shared loathing.
We will await these negotiations with interest - but it seems if they cannot
openly discuss their tax arrangements with common companies operating in both
their territories after sixty odd years of close economic alliance, there is
only a small chance of success.
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