Friday, 26 September 2014

Global Corporates back EU shock

EU economic policy is driven by the interests of the ERT - the group of European global conglomerates with an inside track on policy making and with an influential hold over all new Commission initiatives. Emission standards for outboard motors? Airworthiness licenses for model aircraft? Any lunatic initiative you can think of that comes out of Brussels has been over the desks of the ERT gatekeepers. And is geared to give them economic advantage - and sod the interests of SMEs, local firms, Mom and Pop enterprises and the Mittelstand.

Some fifty ERT members sit as members of the Council at any time - the current make-up HERE includes just a few of the many FTSE 100 firms with strong links to this little known but powerful body. 


And they have taken over the voice of the CBI in a silent coup that has rendered the true voice of British business speechless; as Matthew Elliot writes for the Speccie
It is particularly disappointing to see Sir Mike Rake, in his role as President of the CBI, signing up to calls to abandon an EU referendum. The CBI made some positive noises about EU reform when David Cameron made his Bloomberg speech which called for renegotiation backed up by an EU referendum. Yet this support for reform seems rather hollow as the CBI’s true position has become apparent. It has gone from wanting to work with the PM to get the best deal, to suggesting that an EU referendum is a constitutional issue for the Government to decide, to now its President actively opposing giving voters a say. Given that independent polls show that business leaders overwhelmingly support a referendum (including CBI members), I’m sure many ordinary CBI members will be disappointed by this failure to back our best hope of securing a better deal for the UK. It’s reminiscent of how the CBI leadership misrepresented their views on the Euro, until Business for Sterling highlighted how out of step they were with both their members and the business community.

4 comments:

Weekend Yachtsman said...

The Green Blob (h/t Owen Patterson) is well represented at our real government too.

In fact they usually have people on the highest-level committees which the ERT lot go to lobby.

It's quite shockingly corrupt and completely anti-democratic.

How can we extricate ourselves from this?

anon 2 said...

Fascinating that the Dutch have so many representatives.

I note also that the UK contingent includes only one British name.

And then there's Turkey's personage --- hardly a mozzie moniker :) --- lets hope they apply that principle to their NATO membership!!!

Ravenscar said...

"Yet this support for reform seems rather hollow as the CBI’s true position has become apparent. It has gone from wanting to work with the PM to get the best deal, to suggesting that an EU referendum is a constitutional issue for the Government to decide, to now its President actively opposing giving voters a say."

Says it all really, the CBI upholders of free speech and British sovereignty - what a fucking larf.
It was AOK, when Dave was playing his charade - of renegotiation [only for show dear boys]. What a jape it
all was, Eton all over again! The jolly fat corporate twats in the CBI went along with the whizzeroo renegotiation wheeze.

Now that, Joe Public and everyone realizes [inc the CBI] that renegotiation has been sussed as a non starter and that actually many Tories want away from the EU. Plus, UKIP is gaining ground all over the country - an imminent and 'cast iron' guaranteed referendum looks increasingly very likely.
Thus did, the Mike Rake platform - decide that 'Democracy' for the proletariat is a very bad idea. So EU, so CBI.


The CBI is full of verbose fat clowns, it has never represented SME's, it is Britain's corporate mouthpiece and as such would never advocate Britain leaving the EU, it's known in the trade as looking after your vested interests.

Fuck off to the EU inc' aka the ERT and their arse licking flunkies in the CBI - Britain despises the festering, suppurating lot of you.

Budgie said...

No-one seriously made the argument that the Scots could not go it alone, not even Cameron, in the recent Scottish referendum.

The corporates who railed against the SNP did so mainly because of the currency problem. The UK has its own currency, so that's not an issue. The UK is also bigger in relation to the EU than Scotland is to the UK, and far bigger overall.

Scotland and England have 300 years of being enmeshed, but the UK only 40 years in the EU. So untangling ourselves from the EU will be easier. There is no reason why the UK should not make a go of it outside the EU, and the Scottish referendum proves it, whatever the corporates no squawk.