December 8, 2016

The EU’s £300m ‘Space Egg’ stinks

The EU’s £300m ‘Space Egg’ stinks

The EU’s newly unveiled £300m ‘Space Egg’ will offer little comfort to the come as little comfort to the 22 per cent of Spaniards, and the near 50 per cent of young Greeks who are without jobs, says Rory Broomfield.

At the very point when the Euro seems at its most fragile, with chronic economic problems in Greece, the rise of anti-euro parties in France and Germany and a referendum defeat in Italy, what is the response of the Euro elite when trying to save this centralising, bureaucratic and failing project? The unveiling of a new £300 million ‘Space Egg’ headquarters.

‘Of course!’ I can hear the 22 per cent of unemployed Spaniards, the near 50 per cent of young Greeks who are still – after many years – trying to find work, or even those who are paying for the so called “benefits” (meaning costs) of this Euro project cheering heartily that something resembling an egg (presumably sans cracks) is being delivered £80 million over budget after 12 years of waiting.

Or, rather, I can’t. You see, whether you ask Mariana in Madrid, Alexandros in Athens or Hermann in Hamburg, what this signals is yet another waste of money by the Euro-elite at a time of austerity. This ‘Space Egg’ smells bad.

What they and others are looking for are credible policy responses to the fundamental problems facing the Eurozone. Instead, they get a glass egg.

There is a disconnect with reality that those in charge of the Euro project, the European Union’s flagship policy, exhibit. Like with the wider EU project, the response to every crisis that the project faces seems to be a desire to either spend more money or to increase the centralising power that the project has.

The response is effectively: we (as Eurocrats) have helped to create chronic unemployment in X, Y or Z countries because of the policies and the frameworks that we’ve put in place. What can we (as meddling Eurocrats) do to solve the problem? We know: obviously we didn’t go far enough in implementing our insane policies in the first place – let’s go further!

Addressing the problems of the EU with more EU, with added regulation and spending, seems always to be the response, and time after time seems to end up in failure.

Of course, however, the Euro and the integrationist project is the real focus of the EU’s elite at this time. The plans set out in the Five Presidents’ Report, much discussed during the UK’s EU Referendum, describe their intentions. The problem is, of course, the constant view that they are the ones that can solve the problems faced by these countries.

It comes back to a fundamental: the idea that bureaucrats and technocrats (soon to be in their new overpriced ‘Space Egg’) thinking that they know what’s best for those in far off places of the continent that continuously suffer from the polices that these unaccountable elites are peddling.

It’s like those across Europe are there to serve the elite. Instead of ‘Regions’ they should be called ‘Districts’; a real-life Hunger Games set up for the pleasure of the EU elite. 

The alternative to power over policy decision making constantly being sucked up and centralised in Brussels is for it to be devolved down to the individuals and communities across the EU. This is evidently not what’s happened, happening or will happen in the future. The EU Commission, along with its policies to build ‘Space Eggs’ and to pursue deeper Eurozone integration is intent on developing more harmonised policies for the internal market (indeed, it is one of its priorities), extending its influence over digital policy and many other centralising measures. All this was made clear – and discussed – during the EU referendum. As such, the idea that UK might stay part of the EU’s Single Market is an idea to ignore (and go against) the will of the British people.

This entire project has a bad smell about it. What this ‘Space Egg’ illustrates quite nicely is the status of the integrationist project and of those at the core. It’s rotten.

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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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