Whilst the Greeks starve and one in four Spaniards are workless, whilst Portugal's young talent is draining to Brazil, and the Irish hunker down into shameful penury, Europe's new oligarchs are treating themselves to a new fleet of private jets. Ashton, Von Rumpy, Barroso and the corrupt fat cats of Brussels can sip chilled champagne as they fly in their Falcon 7Xs (below) and 737s over the heads of elderly Greeks collecting roadside weeds for the pot.
In the post below I commented that one would need to buy Mount's book to find his comments on the EU - Cruddas being unlikely to include such passages in his review for the Indie. Well, it seems Charles Moore gives us a good hint in this morning's Telegraph;
Mount does recognise that oligarchy is not a late deformity of the EU, but essential from its beginnings. The founding fathers believed that union could never come about if the people fully understood what was happening. They therefore devised a system by which the European Commission — a bureaucracy in the precise sense of the word, and wholly unelected — initiated the laws. The one‑way doctrine of “ever closer union” effectively forbade the politicians of any member state to disagree. And now we have the euro, in which a central bank tries to enforce austerity upon a continent. It is, as Mount himself says, “the oligarch project to end all oligarch projects”. Perhaps we should take that expression literally: perhaps the euro really will end the project that it was intended to crown. What is certain is that, so long as the EU exists in its present form, the power of oligarchy will grow. Which makes it equally certain that the risk of revolution will increase.
Following Booker's succinct summary of this 'treason by stealth' approach in yesterday's paper, it astonishes me that any Briton of any degree of intelligence can support this evil empire unless for personal gain.