The false “patriots” and jingoists of the Tory right have hailed David Cameron as a “hero” for refusing to agree to changes to the Lisbon Treaty—but they have said nothing about the £51 million per day that British taxpayers cough up to the EU every day.
It is true that Mr Cameron’s unexpected veto at last week’s meeting in Brussels has avoided greater economic commitment to the EU and euro experiment for British taxpayers—but the reality remains that Britain’s continued membership of that utterly pointless organisation remains a massive burden on each and every British family, to the tune of £51 million per day.
This figure was recently calculated from numbers released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which showed that the UK’s gross contribution to the EU rose to £18.4 billion in 2010.
Money which came back into the UK in one form or another, through subsidies and the like, amounted to £8.1 billion—which means that Britain’s net loss for membership of the EU last year was £10.3 billion.
It is thus laughable that Mr Cameron pretends to “defend Britain’s interests” by vetoing even more outrageous changes to the Lisbon Treaty, but has repeatedly said in the past that it is “in Britain’s interests” to be in the EU.
The only solution to the problem is in fact withdrawal from the EU, period, There is absolutely no reason why all the nations of Europe cannot cooperate on matters of vital importance—such as trade, military affairs and bilateral relations in general (in fact, such co-operation is a necessity in the modern world) but there is no justification at all for a super parliament and a massive bureaucracy which seeks to replace all national parliaments of all EU member nations.
Each country already has its own parliament, for which taxpayers pay—why on earth have yet another one which costs even more?
Yet such is the logic of the false Tory patriots—what Mr Cameron’s “victory” actually means is that we are “only” being forced to pay £0.3 billion a year into the EU, instead of a few million more. Hurrah for that. . .
It is not all bad news from Brussels though. Mr Cameron’s veto in Brussels is likely to provoke his Liberal Democrat coalition partners into a paroxysm of despair and infighting.
Already, Mr Clegg has announced that he was “bitterly disappointed” over the veto. Speaking on the BBC, Mr Clegg said he had “made it clear to the PM it was untenable for me to welcome it.”
This means that even if the coalition does not break apart now, internal pressures will build up which will make it nearly impossible to carry on. A split might come as early as next year, where a new EU treaty emerges to try and patch up the rocky outcome of last week’s meeting.
Tory backbenchers will soon be demanding an EU membership referendum, which will also be opposed by the increasingly appalling Liberal Democrats. This will be further fuel to the fire.
It is therefore become urgent that British nationalists coalesce quickly from their current state of disorganisation and present a credible front to the British public—otherwise the establishment sock puppet UKIP will be the beneficiary of an electoral fallout.