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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful reminder of UK's democratic tradition, 15 April 2014
This review is from: The Demise of the Free State: Why British Democracy and the EU Don't Mix (Paperback)
To listen to the debate about the EU these days you might think it all comes down to jobs and GDP. Quite apart from the fact that the UK would have a far more competitive economy outside the EU, however, there are greater considerations which we risk losing sight of at the moment.
That is why David Green's clear-sighted analysis is so valuable. He reminds us that whatever the economic advantages might or might not be, we must not let go of the democratic system we've developed over so many centuries. It may not be perfect, of course, but we do have a model which forces our politicians to always watch that they acting in the best interests of voters. The same cannot be said for the European Commission or the pork barrel politics of the Council of Ministers. (Labour's John Mills, in an introduction, makes the point too that it is this lack of democratic accountability which has led to a series of economic calamities by the EU, not least the euro.)
It is not a long book, but it compresses a huge amount of learning and distils powerfully why Britain cannot carry on down the EU path. Well written, tightly argued and very persuasive.
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