2/27/2008

The EU and Fraud - Better off out ?

Given the nature of the recent reports of serious fraud involving MEPs, one would have hoped that the EU would have published the report, in full, so that every single citizens of the EU can find out which MEPs are committing serial fraud and embezzlement.

So what did the EU do ? It decided to keep the report hidden and secret.


Sadly, from my point of view as a Lib Dem, this is the same EU that my party seeks to defend and praise at almost every opportunity. Given that my own party wants to deny me the vote in a referendum on the EU constitution, perhaps my only chance to register my disgust at the fraud in the EU will be to vote against our continued membership of the EU.

Perhaps if the EU continues to treat fraud in such a flippant manner and whilst the population of the UK has to endure further converging of UK and EU laws without any opportunity to have a referendum , they too might start to consider whether our better interests are served inside a "club" of fraudsters ?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ludicrous.

Trevor said...

Your comments about the party might have carried more weight if it was not for the fact that it is Liberal Democrat Chris Davies MEP who is bringing this to our attention.

James Graham (Quaequam Blog!) said...

The UK government is being investigated by the OECD for failing to uphold its anti-fraud and corruption treaties regarding the Saudi Arms investigation. Would you argue withdrawing from the UK on that basis?

Norfolk Blogger said...

But we have a referendum in the UK on our government every four or five years.

James Graham (Quaequam Blog!) said...

Huh? Are you referring to the general election? That is as much a "referendum" on EU government as it is on the UK government. And we have European elections every five years as well.

Norfolk Blogger said...

The European elections are not the same as a general election. In a general election the UK population decides on 100% of the MPs who will rule the UK.

IN EU elections we get to choose about 9% of the MEPs who will sit in Brussels.

Not quite the same.

James Graham (Quaequam Blog!) said...

In a general election, you only vote for 1 MP - that's 1 out of 646 or a tenth of 1.5% of the MPs who will sit in Westminster. See? I can play games with numbers too.

Nevertheless you can choose a candidate committed to leaving the EU if you want to - there are plenty of parties out there who stand on that platform.

Norfolk Blogger said...

The point is James, as you well know, General elections are about more than one issue.

James Graham (Quaequam Blog!) said...

You're the one who is insisting on calling general elections "a referendum in the UK on our government" not me. If the metaphor isn't very useful, don't use it!

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