Sorry Herman, I'll go for the Cuckoo Clock, anytime

Mr Rumpy Pumpy, the current EU council president, has recently ejaculated this:

"We have together to fight the danger of a new Euroscepticism. This is no longer the monopoly of a few countries," he said. "In every member state, there are people who believe their country can survive alone in the globalised world. It is more than an illusion: it is a lie." 

Erm, what about Switzerland? Or Norway?

Dan Hannan:

"Norway and Switzerland seem to be scraping by somehow, with higher living standards than anyone else in the EU. Neither seem to have been involved in a war in recent years,"

So, what we have here is the CEO of Europe telling us that Eurosceptics are liars. Sounds like the rhetoric of Furhers past and present, does it not? Rompuy's contempt for the assertion of nationalism and control of our own affairs would be merely risible, if it were not for the fact that we are being taken to the cleaners over sovereignty, over taxation and identity, by the EU. I don't think it is risible. It is sinister.


Elswhere in Euroland, the Finns are getting nervous about a bailout of the Irish Finances from EU coffers.

"The government will be politically dead if we accept something that is unacceptable to the average Finn. There is no way of explaining it to the average Finn that we are paying all this money but don't know when it's coming back." (Reuters)
I love the honesty and pragmatism of that remark. Clearly, the Finnish version of Democracy still means somethng. 

And I long for a sauna, somewhere in the wonderful lakes and Forests.


Richard said...

It's the old technique - state your lie loudly and with confidence, and do it often. Not everyone will believe you, but enough will for you to get whatever you want done.

Same with the CAGW people.

The wheels are surely coming off the Euro wagon now. The Germans weren't impressed with making sacrifices so that the Greeks could retire earlier than the Germans could, and rightly so. And now we are expected to bail out the Irish. I've nothing against the Irish, friendliest people on the planet, but you can't go to Ireland without marvelling at all the new houses and big building projects (all EU-badged) and wonder who is paying for it all.

Apparently, it's us.

Bob said...

I see Von Rumpey was on again today. Warning that unless Ireland did the decent thing and accepted a bailout then the whole EU itself would implode. Bring it on Rumpey.
That CH4 documentary was good last night. 'The EU Gravy Train'. Hidden cameras in Brussels at 7am. A long queue of MEPs' waiting to sign in for their daily allowance of 300 euros before heading for their flight home ( hand luggage trolley trailing behind them as they headed for the lifts.). One was screaming 'Ouvre ouvre' or something. Her flight was due soon and the clerk still hadn't opened the signing on book. When collared they all said they were just heading to the office to do some unexpected work. Including a couple of UKIP MEPs' sadly.
Oh and Lord mandy is still on £108K a year. Two years after dumping his commissioner job to help Gorgon.

Dave said...

"In 50 years time, people will no longer think in terms of countries..once England is overthrown"- Joseph Goebbels, spokesman for Hitler 1940.