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Almost completely baseless...,
This review is from: The Great European Rip-off: How the Corrupt, Wasteful EU is Taking Control of Our Lives (Paperback)I bought this in an attempt to understand both sides of the argument. Unfortunately it becomes somewhat apparent from reading just the first few pages that this account is not based on 'insider knowledge', but from cherry-picking inaccurate information from ill-informed people. As a previous reviewer notes, it's impossible for the EU to be costing the taxpayer 1,000 billion a year (it assumes somewhat that no other country actually contributes), as well as assuming that there are absolutely no benefits to EU membership, which even the most Eurosceptic of politicians don't agree with (i.e. benefits of free trade!).
What I find a real shame is that it gives those more sceptical about Europe a bad name. Europe has good and bad points, and if we are to get necessary reform of those parts we do not like, we should be engaging in fact and value-based discourse, not tabloid sensationalism.
If you are a Eurosceptic looking for something to anger you and 'confirm your beliefs' by all-means, buy it. If you are looking for something non-fiction, steer well clear.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2009 22:25:37 GMT
B. George says:
I'm sure there are some benefits to EU membership but please don't count free trade as one. It's ludicrous to assume that any kind of union is required for free trade to take place. European government, as with national government, will hamper free trade with the rest of the world. Tariffs are already being suggested to prevent firms wishing to avoid the Emissions Trading System by relocating outside the EU.
Posted on 19 Jun 2010 21:37:45 BDT
Mr. N. Bonsor says:
The true cost of the EU is hard to quantify as there is an ongoing deception that legislation that came from the EU was brought in by the UK government. This deception is quite deliberate and as it cannot be admitted there is then a further twist that our own civil servants add to it 'gold plating' without it going anywhere near parliament.
Posted on 1 Oct 2010 23:08:12 BDT
It's inaccurate to imply that a country can't trade with the EU unless it's a member. Member states trade with other countries all over the world; they have to. The EU can't possibly produce all the items we all need.
Posted on 28 Apr 2011 20:49:48 BDT
Billy Ray Cyrus says:
M odell has 1 review on amazon.
I wonder where your wages comes from?
Posted on 31 Jul 2011 18:58:09 BDT
Johnny Connoisseur says:
Is that what all the pro-European Federation arguments are based on?: The fallacy that Free Trade and other "good" things can ONLY be achieved within a regime like the EU. The Free trade part of the EU existed BEFORE the EU.
Free Trade also isn't brilliant considering European products are often more morally questionable etc than those of the UK (such as pork).
Posted on 10 Oct 2011 23:44:31 BDT
Mr. M. Kostyrka says:
Did you know Mr Odell that chickens don't actually lay eggs? The truth is that cats lay eggs and anyone familiar with the process and proper inside knowledge can see that. There are also very many other misconceptions that those on the 'outside' have- like for instance that it's the female of our race which gives birth to babies- if you had access to inside knowledge you would quite clearly see from all the statistics that it's the male of the species that gives birth. I wouldn't lie to you.
Posted on 31 Dec 2011 22:23:00 GMT
Karl Grosvenor says:
What a crap review,I doubt you have even read it,you must a a Europhile as you are so blinded and cannot see the truth.
Posted on 23 Mar 2012 09:16:00 GMT
I. Young says:
I found the review useful as someone trying to find out about more about the EU, I know where he is coming from.
I am finding it more difficult to find balanced and measured criticism of EU institutions rather than half-baked rants.
Some trade Unions have produced more interesting thought out criticism of the EU and how its neo-liberal direction is undermining national bargaining and eroding workers' living standards.
The EU was founded by moderate right of centre Christian Democrats, so when you get analysis from Daily Telegraph reading Eurosceptic right that it is some kind of socialist project depriving British workers of the full benefits of unbridled capitalism you really need to question their sanity.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2012 14:46:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2012 14:48:15 GMT
Mr. M. Kostyrka says:
On the contrary I think its an extremely pertinent comment. I f your bed is generously feathered by the over 'generous' benefits from working for the EU your opinion is going to be rather slanted, I think.
(Billy Ray Cyrus post I refer to)
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2012 10:51:49 BDT
M Odell still has only one review on Amazon. I wonder why.
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