Sunday, 10 May 2009
I loathe the EU and all its works. Dictatorial, corrupt, and in its favouring of Islam highly dangerous, it imposes draconian rules on its member states, while flouting those same rules with impunity. Financial dishonesty is only part of it, but not an insignificant part. From The Telegraph:
In 1999 the entire European Commission had resigned when, thanks not least to a Commission whistleblower, Paul van Buitinen, every kind of fraud and corruption had come to light. Miss Andreasen – who was born to a Danish father, lived in Spain and had worked for various multi-national organisations – began her new job as something of a "European" idealist, hoping she could help to put things right.
As soon as she arrived, she was invited to meet the Court of Auditors. They welcomed her and expressed the hope that she could impose order on chaos, but warned that she would meet stiff opposition, not least from the powerful Frenchman who for years had been in charge of the EU budget. (Although her book changes officials' names for legal reasons, he is identifiable without much difficulty as Jean-Paul Mingassen.)
As soon as Miss Andreasen began looking at the EU's accounting system, she saw that it was a shambles. Between the 2000 and 2001 accounts, €200 million had gone missing without explanation. She was told these were "loans" which had been â written off'. Senior officials were authorised to hand out huge sums without any proper records being kept. Accounts were kept on spreadsheets which could be accessed and changed without leaving any trace of who made the changes.
The system was open to fraud in every direction. Almost immediately, however, Miss Andreasen found herself being pressured to sign off the 2001 accounts which, as she said, would be a criminal offence, since this was the responsibility of her predecessor and she had been given none of the information needed to know whether or not they were correct.
It soon became obvious that her attempts to introduce changes were being blocked at every turn. The German budget commissioner, although initially sympathetic, was hopelessly out of her depth. Thus began a horror story only too familiar from the experience of previous whistleblowers, from Van Buitinen to Bernard Connolly, author of The Rotten Heart of Europe – except that Miss Andreasen insists she was not a "whistleblower" but merely trying to do her job.
Her telephone was bugged. She was followed outside the building. In desperation she sought an interview with Neil Kinnock, the Commission Vice-President charged with fighting fraud, but she describes how he treated her with "bullying" contempt. At Lord Kinnock's instigation, she was first suspended and consigned to a tiny office without a telephone, then dismissed, finally to face disciplinary proceedings,
Thus her life descended into a five-year nightmare, as she faced one tribunal or court after another, all finding her wholly to blame. At one point she had to appear before all the Commissioners, like a naughty child, only one appearing to listen to her while Kinnock made grimacing signs to indicate that she was mad.
Her book reads like a chilling cross between two Kafka novels, The Trial and The Castle. Yet this is the organisation to which our politicians have surrendered much of the power to decide how Britain is governed, and to which British taxpayers now hand over some £13 billion every year with no control over how it is spent.
On June 4, a minority of us will cast our votes in elections to the European Parliament. By a surreal twist, the Danish-Spanish-Argentinian Miss Andreasen will be standing in the East "Euro-region" as lead candidate for the UK Independence Party. But she knows that whoever is elected will make no difference to the nature of a "mega-state" which, as she puts it, is irredeemably corrupt and unreformable. The tragedy is that our own politicians are so emasculated, reduced to expenses-fiddling zombies by this strange form of government we now live under, that most neither know nor care.
Posted on 05/10/2009 9:58 AM by Mary Jackson
10 May 2009
Good luck to Miss Andreasen, but taking on the SISO Gravy Train where The Pigs Have Their Snouts In The Trough is going to be hard.
There were those of us who once took part in a referendum about Europe, and collectively we voted for joining Europe – especially as it was sold to us on purely commercial and trading terms. Never a mention of politics at all. Anyway, I was one of the saps who voted for joining and now deeply regret it.
I still hope that one day we can have another referendum on Euro membership and no matter what is said or promised, I for one will vote for us to be out. As I suspect will many others – though not windbags like Kinnock, of course.
But then, maybe that's why we will never have a referendum on the matter again. We all know the answer and the SISO Pigs can never let their Gravy be threatened.
10 May 2009
John M. J.
I too was one of the saps who voted for it - much to my eternal shame. I wish to God that I could go back in time and tell my youthful self just what corrupt socialist fools would take over the vision, the excellent vision, of a union of independent but co-operating, European, nation states.
I wish to God that we could undo the evil which we have done with this wretched, corrupt, undemocratic and illiberal Union. The ideal, the dream of peace and co-operation in Europe if you will, is not wrong but the execution of that vision, our shared vision, is fatally flawed and in the hands of men who do not honour either freedom or democracy, nor do they, nor can they, honour probity for they, like Kinnock, do not know the meaning of those words - the very words which are the touchstones of our democratic life, of our polities.
Tell me, how do we undo this mess and make it anew?
11 May 2009
Zombies? EU? EWWWWW!!!
Or: Shining Cities On Hills Rotted By EU Regs & Muslims
Or: EU Evil For All Accountants
Or: Holy Mackerel! An Insult Laid At The Feet Of Henry Clay
re: "expenses-fiddling zombies" - Nice f/u, Mary, to P.B.'s "zombies" quip:
...and to the sort of - er - stuff below which, like a zombie plague, went "viral," in recent months:
Re: JMJ's "Tell me, how do we undo this mess and make it anew?": Remembering John Randolph of Roanoke's remark about shining mackerels* and that a "fish rots from the head down," one wishes that the EU, like most zombies, could be stopped by simply shooting it in the head.
* The link also contains for the benefit of the Gentle Reader, another Tom Jones reference:
19 May 2009
It is now obvious that the only evil upon this world is by all religions. God is truly great! but the human has like all things corrupted all that might have been pure. we suggest to ourselves that we might know when the end time will be. again arrogance. for those who think they know surely. do not.