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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books; Reprint edition (5 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847945708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847945709
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Craig spent most of his career working for some of the world's best and worst management consultancies. After writing two whistleblowing books, "Rip-Off" and "Plundering the Public Sector", about how consultants take millions from businesses and government departments while delivering little of value, he was blacklisted and so left the profession.

Since then, he has written several books about government corruption, incompetence and waste, including "Squandered: How Gordon Brown is wasting over one trillion pounds of our money" and "Fleeced: How we've been betrayed by politicians, bureaucrats and bankers", both of which won the Hammond Whiteley journalism award. He is also the author of "The Great European Rip-Off" and "Pillaged! How they're looting £413 million a day from your savings and pensions".

He blogs daily on his website www.snouts-in-the-trough.com

His most recent book THE GREAT CHARITY SCANDAL exposes what really happens with the £80 billion a year we give to Britain's almost 200,000 charities

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A devastating indictment of EU waste and corruption, from the bestselling author of Squandered

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In this EU election year, it's time for people across Europe to look at what really goes on in Brussels in our name.

It has been estimated that the EU costs us around £1,000 billion a year - an incredible £2000 for every man, woman and child in Europe. So what do we get for our money? Politicians and administrators selflessly working to bring us efficient government? Well-targeted regulations that promote economic prosperity? A safe and free society? A well-protected environment? Help for people in poorer countries?

Or is our money being squandered by a self-serving euro-elite of unaccountable politicians and incompetent bureaucrats, or else devoured in a feeding frenzy of fraud and corruption where a few lucky insiders become unimaginably rich at our expense? And is the tsunami of regulation pouring out of Brussels in reality strangling industry, destroying jobs, restricting personal freedom, desecrating the environment and further impoverishing the developing world?

Using their extensive network of insider sources, David Craig and Matthew Elliott smash through the secrecy and disinformation that are the Brussels hallmark to reveal what our European rulers are really getting up to. The result is a horrifying story of bureaucracy, hypocrisy and kleptocracy - and how we are all suffering as a result.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 21 Feb. 2015
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Very well researched and presented, it would rate 5 stars but for the fact that it needs updating. Shocking facts, although I regret to say I was not shocked at all - I am beyond shock where the EU is concerned, and that is the problem; we are all so inured to endless and incredible tales of incompetence and corruption that it now just washes over us, which is no doubt how the EU likes it. It all adds fuel to the fire of certainty that the UK should leave this putrid sewer of corruption asap, especially since so many of our so called 'anti-fascist' left-wing political leaders seem determined to keep us in, and continue to fervently support this particular exemplar of anti-democratic fascism disguised beneath a fake facade of posturing liberalism. Do we really suppose that the EU has so ruthlessly mounted its creeping decades-long coup, culminating in their acquisition of absolute power over us with the Lisbon Treaty, with no intention of ever using that power? Its supporters claim - without evidence - that to leave would be ruinous for our economy. No doubt in the 1930's they would have said: 'Well, Hitler might be a power-crazed homicidal megalomaniac, but we should still let him invade and take over our country since it would be good for European trading opportunities.' Utter madness.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By K. T. O'Reilly on 1 April 2009
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This is the third book I've read by David Craig. The others were Plundering the Public Sector, which revealed how much private consultants have dipped into our taxes under Labour, and Squandered, which took a broader look at Gordon Brown's overtaxing and overspending. Both books are well worth reading, especially in light of the current controversies over public-sector trough-snouting and Brown's economic skills.

This one is more vital. It is the most readable (300 pages in good, plain English) yet comprehensive guide available to what the EU is doing with our money and, more importantly, doing to democracy in Europe.

The EU is not popular in Britain, something which is too often put down to media scaremongering. Our media certainly does scaremonger very well but sometimes when there is smoke, there is fire. This book coolly and often wittily sets out the truth behind the bureaucracy, the over-regulation, the power-grabbing, the troughing and the often mad policies (the Common Fisheries Policy is mind-boggling!) with references so you can do your own research if you feel sceptical. And the scary thing is the truth is a fair bit worse than what the Sun or the Daily Mail print. In fact you may wonder why these papers waste print with stories about straight bananas while ignoring much more serious scandals like the Common Agricultural Policy and the Biofuels debacle.

In June we vote for our MEPs - their toothlessness is another topic covered - and in this election we get our only real say in how Europe is run. You will have the choice between supine Europhiles or people prepared to stand up and try and change things (like current YouTube celebrity Daniel Hannan). Read this and learn what is at stake before you vote.
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46 of 57 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on 31 Mar. 2009
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This book is a scathing analysis of the EU's corruption and power-grabbing, led by Britain's ruling class. The authors, David Craig, a management consultant and author, and Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the Taxpayers' Alliance, show how the EU strangles industry, destroys jobs, cuts personal freedoms, wrecks the environment and impoverishes developing countries.

The EU Commissioners get £1.7 million for their five-year term. MEPs get vast salaries, expenses and pensions - £2.1 million for five years. Britain's MEPs are to get a 32% pay rise this June and a new tax rate of 13-17%, halving their taxes.

Under the Common Agricultural Policy, Scotland's biggest landowners get £230,000 a year each. 85% of the CAP's annual £62 billion budget goes to the richest 18% of farms. The CAP also subsidises EU exports to the third world, and puts duties on their imports to us. For every pound of EU aid, the CAP takes away two.

Last year, the European Court of Justice ruled that the EU's freedom of movement laws entitled foreign workers to get Irish benefits even after they had returned home. The Court's remit is to promote EU integration; the only way to change any of its decisions is for all 27 member state governments to agree to do so.

After the French and Danish Noes to the EU Constitution, the EU's leaders, Blair included, absurdly claimed "the results do not call into question citizens' attachment to the constitution of Europe." Brown is still trying to sneak through the Constitution without a referendum, in the Lisbon Treaty. As a senior British civil servant said in 1971, "Of course this is the end of British democracy as we have known it, but if it is properly handled the people won't know what's happened until the end of the century.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ken Grew on 7 Feb. 2010
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This is a scary book, even for a euro-sceptic. The scale of the European kleptocracy, arrogance, waste, self-promotion and deceit is staggering, and involves controlling/contributing to media that are positively promoting the EU. How many people know that the BBC receives funding from the EU? The whole system is completely corrupt, but nobody dares fight against it!

It makes our expense-fraud MPs seem like paragons of honesty and integrity. Perhaps this is why they have been defrauding us on such a scale, they saw the humongous frauds perpetrated by MEPs and it was pure jealousy (apparently an MEP can become a millionaire in 5 years by playing the claim game, such is the laxity of the rules). Even worse, they cant even be prosecuted for crimes either whilst in office or after leaving office. Again this is perhaps our MPs are this week trying to find centuries-old laws under which to hide from prosecution. Grrr. If proved guilty - jail them.

Everyone needs to be aware of the facts within this book. More importantly our inept government (and scared opposition parties) needs to understand the contents and start looking after the REAL interests of the people and wise up. They should try negotiating rather than rolling over (although this wasnt one of the books recommendations!)

I have read a couple of the reviews here that are less than enthusiastic. However their comments make it apparent that they either havent read the book fully or they do not understand the mathematics of the hidden costs / labour costs of bureaucracy, or the fact that later in the book there is a section that outlines the good, the bad & the ugly of Europe, which seems well-balanced to me (but I may simply be biased). The unenthusiastic reviewers are probably MPs themselves.
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