The ink’s only just dry on the appointment of Nicholas Sarkozy as French Premier, but already he’s showing he isn’t as right wing as expected. Either that, or he’s in the pocket of Big Business. That wouldn’t be the first time for European right wing politicians.
You may have heard that the EU Treaty is being renegotiated this week. Instead of introducing a Constitution which was rejected by French and Dutch referenda when it was put to the people of those countries, it seems the powers that be have decided if they call it a treaty, and drop some name tags here and there they can still get all the changes they wanted without needing citizens to vote for it. Nice to see democracy is flourishing.
Well, Mr Sarkozy has insisted the 50 year old committment to “free and undistorted competition” should be replaced by a “social market economy aiming at full employment“. Mr Sarkozy is only thinking of France here of course, and the habit French governments can’t get out of of subsidising uncompetitive French industries with taxpayers money. But the effects will be far deeper and far wider than Mr Sarkozy’s lack of vision can encompass.
If adopted this will, in one fell swoop, move all of Europe from a Capitalist based system to a Socialist based system. Where private companies exist, they will gravitate towards monopoly status and behaviour. This will favour large American corporations such as Microsoft, whom only the EU courts have really brought to task for running as uncontrolled monopolies.
Meanwhile, the UK Independence Party and the UK Conservative Party continue blathering on about “we must keep UK Sovereignty sacred” when it was given away to the US half a century ago in the Bretton-Woods agreement. If the UK did leave Europe, and Europe adopted more of this ridiculous socialist dogma, Britain plc would have huge problems competing with massive, subsidised European businesses on the one hand, and massive protected American Corporations on the other.
All most of the Tories can say, in their best public school accents, is “I say! We must keep the Qweens Head on our cuwwency!” All our enfeebled and divisive gutter press can say is “Remember the War!” – they’re talking about the 1415 Battle of Agincourt here, of course, they’re so stuck in the past.
Wake up, people! The only way to protect British interests and values is as a part of Europe, and by rejecting the imposition of backdoor socialism by French protectionists.
The French did an about-turn (as usual) and have withdrawn the changes. It seems the Poles have also given in and done a deal at the last minute. As I write, no details have emerged other than an agreement has been reached. We’ll just have to wait to see what that is, and how it affects us all.