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The Great Deception: Can the European Union Survive ? Paperback – 17 Mar 2005

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum; New edition edition (17 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082647652X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826476524
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Anyone who doubts that such deceit has been deliberately practised should read a brilliant new book by Booker and North.' --House of Lords Official Report, Feb 11th 2004

'The authors, both notable commentators and researchers in this complex field, have written a real page-turner.' --Church of England Newspaper

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Published to follow the launch of Giscard D'Estaing's new European Constitution in June 2004, The Great Deception shows how the 'United States of Europe', the most ambitious political project of our time, has for more than fifty years been based on a colossal confidence trick. The research on which this book is based is faultless and mind-boggling.
This book will delight Eurosceptics but its thesis and the massive research on which it is based will mean that Europhiles will have to take it seriously.

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I found the book totally absorbing with its clear explanation of this extremely important and complex subject that is usually confused by coded Euro-speak. Such a well written and researched work leading to compelling conclusions is a pleasure to read and revisit.
The results of the recent Referendums in France and The Netherlands in conjunction with subsequent events show how sound the authors are in their analyses and arguments. Some people may be confused by the odd reactions of the political elite of the European Union to the 'No' votes. This book explains the origins and culture of the EU which makes it easier to understand the detachment of the Euro elite from the norms of democracy.
Having read university law degree modules on UK and EC constitutional law I was intrigued by a paradox. The general lack of knowledge and discussion of the development of the EU exists in spite of the fact that it increasingly controls our lives standing in place of many of the previous functions of the UK Parliament. But the British people have not been consulted in a Referendum since 1975. How can this be in a liberal democracy?
Furthermore, anyone who criticises the EU seems generally to be labelled 'Eurosceptic' which implies the critic is innately biased against European people (xenophobic even) and is incapable of forming a balanced and objective opinion. This strategy seems designed to prevent open debate and, if so, it has been extremely successful. But, why are discussion and dissent so discouraged in a liberal democracy?
'The Great Deception' fills a void in current public literature on the subject by explaining how the EU has evolved by stealth and the unswerving dedication of its original founders: Arthur Salter and Jean Monnet.
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Very revealing . The aim of the European politicians from the start was the complete unification of Europe and British politicians deceived the population with lies that it was just an economic and trade group. This means ,because of the lies, the whole system is undemocratic and will collapse.
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This is the most important book that I have read. It provides an exhaustive history of the EU combined with a coherent and cogent series of arguments that persuasively describe how and why it was established and continues to operate against our national interest.

This book has been described as polemical by some of the other reviewers; perhaps so, but that does not make the content incorrect or the analysis wrong. The text is, in places, rather hard going owing to the level of detail but this does serve to underline its intellectual rigor. The final chapter provides a wonderful summary of a book that someone needed to write and everyone in the UK should read.
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EUROPEAN UNION – “The Great Deception”
The combined authorship of Christopher Booker & Richard North has used official and published documents to reveal the extent of the widespread efforts of the pro-‘europeanisation’ movement to create a structure rather different than was sold to the general public. The book assesses and compares the Stated and Un-stated aims and activities of the EU since the 1950s.
From the 1940s onwards, Monnet, Spinelli and others were aiming at a ‘supranational’ arrangement whereby all governments and all nations were subsidiary and all policies were determined by the leadership. There are sufficient documents available which prove that they deliberately misled those they could not seduce into believing that their aims were for a Trade Area. Their major aim was the removal of national identities due to the perceived destructive excesses of sovereign nation-states in shifting alliances.
In 1950, Monnet drafted the “Schuman Declaration”. This led to the European Coal and Steel Community, with Monnet at its head, which even then he explicitly hailed as the “government of Europe”.
The treaty of Rome in 1957 did begin by declaring the intention of the writers to work for “ever-closer union”, and set up all the core institutions needed to run a future government of Europe – even though this was far more than was needed to administer what was sold as its headline purpose: the creation of just a “Common Market”.
One must not libel well-intentioned politicians, but it is very unclear how Edward Heath was able to afford yachts solely on an MP’s income – however, Macmillan and then Heath were easily persuaded to bring the UK into Europe.
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`The Great Deception' reads like a John LeCarré spy thriller. From its inception, the European project has been the biggest con game in town, its beneficiaries being the weak economies in Europe's garlic belt, led by France.
From the wholesale destruction of Britain's fishing industry and agriculture to the myriads of nauseating bureaucratic regulation killing off small businesses, the book sets out in almost irritating detail how, each step of the way, politicians who did not have a clue what they were up against, signed away, bit by bit and parcel by parcel, their national sovereignty, all the time not even pretending, but actually believing they were acting in their country's best interests.
In doing so, they wilfully destroyed people's livelihood, reminiscent of the 1930's period of collectivisation in the Soviet Union.
A salutary warning to those who think freedom and democracy can only be destroyed by a coup d'état or foreign military occupation.

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