December 22, 2016

Berlin: The eurocrats still don’t get it

Berlin: The eurocrats still don’t get it

The attacks in Berlin demonstrate that now, more than ever, the importance of the UK taking back control of our borders, argues Rory Broomfield.

The tragic events in Berlin over the past few days is the latest instance of Islamic terrorism across Europe. Those in the EU and across Europe have their heads in the sand and still believe the falsehoods of the past.

What happened in Berlin this week was a disgrace. The attack in the Christmas market that killed 12 innocent people was, along with other attacks, yet more evidence that we in the West should outwardly declare that we are at war with Isil, their values and their peoples and start to do more about tackling the root of this evil.

Indeed, Isil themselves believe they are at war with us. They call their terrorists ‘soldiers’ for a start. We need to act in kind.

But whether it be from the 7/7 attacks in London, the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris or this latest attack in Berlin the policy response from the liberal elite has failed to quash the genuine threat to our freedoms, our culture and civilisation.

The policy of multiculturalism has failed. So has the open door policies that some people are still so intent on keeping. ‎These two areas of policy – expressed most accurately in the Blair Government in the UK – has been pursued with vigour in Merkel’s Germany.

But those politicians that have allowed this evil to spread across Europe ‎are not prepared to accept that they were wrong and to redeem themselves by taking a different approach.

This was shown by both Guy Verhofstadt and Martin Schultz in tweets straight after the Berlin attack. Euro-federalists both of whom have climbed the greasy pole of EU politics by praising ‘the European project’ – or ‘dream’, as they see it – to the hilt, are not changing their tune. Unfortunately, that so-called dream has become a nightmare‎ – and it’s been allowed to become so because they have their heads stuck in the sand. What they’ve called for, along with EU Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, is more EU‎.

It’s like both Europe and the European Union have a serious but curable disease and they are the doctors prescribing the wrong drugs. Not just the wrong drugs though: they, along with leaders across the EU like Merkel, continue to give out a drug that helps the disease spread, allowing it to go faster and further than it ever could without.

‎The idea of more of a failed project like the EU can only signal more disaster for the people of Europe. We in the UK are thankfully planning to leave the EU, however, we also need to lead from the front in setting the right example.

Gone are the days of the Blairite agenda, but there is still more to do. The excellent work by Michael Gove while Education Secretary was just one way to tackle extremism (in this instance in schools). We need to adopt a similar approach in other departments and, at the same time, junk the failed agenda of the Eurocrats.

If the government does not push on ahead, then I fear that we will be engaging in a process of self-harm. If we take a proactive approach in ensure people are effectively integrated into our communities and culture, and if we take back control over our borders, then this will be a good way of mitigating the threat. If, however, we do nothing, or continue the way of Merkel’s Government, then there undoubtedly be more pain to come.

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Rory Broomfield
Rory Broomfield is Director of The Freedom Association and the Better Off Out campaign. He is an authority on the EU and has written a number of books including his latest, co-authored with Iain Murray, Cutting the Gordian Knot: A Roadmap for British Exit from the European Union. He has previously worked in the City of London and in Westminster for a number of Members of Parliament, including the current Prime Minister, Theresa May; the current Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Graham Brady; and Sir Richard Shepherd.
  • Shadow Warrior

    Hammond is continuity Brown. He is a hand-wringing lefty looking for clever wheezes to raise more tax in ways that people don’t immediately notice.

  • captainslugwash

    I predict the Budget will attempt to show the Left how caring the Tories are, and it will be funded by screwing over the working man.
    If Corp Tax comes down, I bet Divi tax will be going up.
    I would love to be wrong.

  • skynine

    We really need to look at tax credits, in particular in work tax credits that encourage people to work part time to preserve the benefits. 45% of women work part time and I would hazard a guess that tax credits are the main cause. This leads to low pay, low skill work in supermarkets and the retail sector including coffee shops. The government needs to get back to the employer paying people to do a job for economic reasons rather than to get onto the tax credit ladder. Like all government benefits it distorts the market and diverts government expenditure into non productive areas.
    The refrain that the government has cut expenditure is not true, it increases every year as more and more goes into welfare.

  • MrVeryAngry

    fat chance

  • MrSauce

    So, when wouldn’t we want a ‘budget for growth’?

  • Rob

    I note that the UK Government has just slapped on a 25% tax charge for anyone moving abroad and wishing to move out their private pension from the UK.

  • SonofBoudica

    The Remoaners will do their utmost to sabotage the Government’s negotiating position. They do not want a successful outcome; they want a failure. They want to be able to scream “Told you so!” from the rooftops.

  • EnglandLaments

    Thank goodness for Andrew Neil, the one media hack who scares the pants off the established politicians. He was spot on with Heidi Allen!

  • joshuafalken

    I had a very long, hard, studied and considered look at the hope, care and aspirations of all Europeans, before I voted to get the UK out of the toxic grasp of Brussels.

    The European Union and it’s charge of “ever closer union” has borrowed and spent its way to oblivion, whilst enslaving the working and middle classes in debt.

    The central control mantra of the unaccountable Brussels ruling elite, delivered through a mixture of socialism, globalism and corporatism is entirely responsible for the populist revolt by the millions of “Just About Managings” across Europe.

    We must remember the ultimate goal of socialists, globalists and corporatists is control, not prosperity. see https://mises.org/blog/goal-socialists-socialism-—-not-prosperity.

    Social equality and economic growth always fail under central control and fighting against the Brussels doctrine on behalf of all Europeans is why I voted for Brexit.

    Britain has a long history of helping Europeans depose tyrants and Brussels is just the latest incarnation.

    Britain is the most racially advanced and accepting society on the planet. We welcome those in need and those that can help us with open arms and a smile; that will not change.

    We are also one of the most innovative, talented and open societies in the world, which why everyone wants to live here. However, we cannot fit everyone in, so we have to have clear, balanced and fair immigration policy which is where the arguments start between the monetarists and humanists will never be reconciled.

    I thought long and hard before coming to the conclusion that leaving the EU was in the best interest of all Europeans, as Brussels is toxic and cannot be reformed from within.

    Also, I find it insulting that people who voted Remain have insufficient faith in British ingenuity, compassion and skill to get a good deal for us and see the Europe that we love get a better deal from Brussels and the reform that European people deserve. https://mishtalk.com/2017/03/29/bad-brexit-deal-better-than-no-deal-mathematical-idiocy-odds-of-no-deal/ and https://www.worldheadlines.info/2017/03/after-brexit-9-reasons-to-be-bullish-on-great-britain/

    The politics of left verses right are dead because neither have delivered the promised economic growth and social mobility for anyone, but themselves. The populists are not selfish per-se, they just want to take back control of their own destiny that left/right politicians have freely given away and/or exploited for their own ends. In my constituency, the local residents group are taking over the councils as politicians ignore voters, so Westminster should beware of the well-organised, local resident independents at the next election. This is a peoples revolution which should be shouted from the rooftops, but liberals remained deafened by the socialist, globalist and corporatist “vested interests” that have spectacularly failed us and are obediently crying foul and fake.

    There will be an initial unpalatable inflationary cost to fighting globalism and rolling back central control that few appear to have factored in, but dismantling failed left/right vested interests should eventually free libertarian socially-conservative capitalism from the shackles of TBTF corporatism to feed economic growth and social mobility.

  • agdpa

    The EU usually makes the wrong decision – on immigration, on freedom of movement, on the euro, on the Ukraine, etc. etc. Little hope it will get Brexit right.

  • brownowl

    Eh? Reference please!

  • Neil2

    Sod caring. Screw the spongers and breeders. Kill HS2. Stop all “green” subsidies. Slash “foreign aid” and walk away from the EUSSR with immediate effect.

  • Rob
  • John C

    What a confused article. It conflates surveillance by the security services with poor defences against fraud.

  • John C

    Err, it’s the UK that’s leaving the EU, not vice versa.

  • John C

    Me, now. ‘Growth’ is a manic obsession.

  • La Face Nord

    Mr Redwood – are you aware of the Biased BBC website? It’s been exposing their agenda for a long time, but I imagine you’ve been well aware of the BBC’s agenda for quite some time…

  • Contact Rvtech

    The post is great

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