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The Great Deception: The Secret History of the European Union Hardcover – 13 Nov 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.; Reprint edition (13 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826471056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826471055
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A powerful insight into the who's whys and wherefores of the EU. It can be very heavy going; very little detail of any obscure treaty is left out.
But it shows the depths of deception practiced on the British people from the start of our involvement with the European "project"; deception which still continues to this day.
It explains why so few people in the UK know much about the EU, and why our political class is keen that they should go on knowing so little.
Because the truth about the EU, and the truth about how our politicans have behaved over the last fifty years is far from pleasant.
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By Charles VINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2004
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Complex yet accessible, it tells what some might assume to be a dry story in a compelling, compulsive manner. For those of you who want to see behind the headlines and get the truth behind officialdom's lies, this is your book. It should be in every home in the country. It's just a pity that sloppy proof-reading let several minor literal and punctuation errors through.
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As Peter Hitchens said on TV every MP should read it but also every UK citizen. Very boring I guess as it goes through years of deceit. Ted Heath did not even read the 3000 page document just released by the EU at the time because it was not in English. France and Germany made their own separate treaty which frames all their decisions. France achieved getting most of its foods subsidies paid by the UK. UK citizens suffered increased food prices as the EU cannot compete with the Commonwealth. UK Prime Ministers did now we were giving up all our rights but kept it secret. After three years of payments the EU asked for a higher payments above what was planned for ten years before. The EU can change any rules or payments anytime it wishes.
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This is a superbly researched and detailed account of Britain's political relationship with Europe. Columnist Christopher Booker and former Brussels researcher Dr. Richard North, are uniquely qualified to reveal a remarkable story of nothing less than lies about the European Union from Britain's own leaders. To many this is not exactly a new conclusion, but the authors have provided convincing evidence with a thorough and fascinating description of the major players and the crucial events.
The book's most important theme is that the European Union has been from its inception, a politically motivated project aimed at integration. Europe has been a construction of remote, idealist technocrats, aware that their project could only succeed by deception since the people would not accept the gradual elimination of the nation state. As a necessity this creation was profoundly and irreversibly undemocratic and even corruption has not been allowed to obstruct progress towards uniting Europe. The European Commission has acted as a successful engine of integration using every crisis as an excuse to advance integration from a purely trading area to introducing a single currency, common foreign policy and defence, and harmonised criminal justice. The extent of collusion by British politicians is amazing. Not only have they failed to protect Britain's interests, but have often deceived the people as to the effect of their decisions. Thus "The Great Deception" is scathing when it finds examples of one of them deliberately and blatantly lying.
A major contribution comes from the book's description of the real damage which has been done to Britain by the otherwise academic "loss of sovereignty".
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I have followed Christopher Booker's column in the Sunday Telegraph on and off for some time and so I thought I would be prepared to some extent as to the Machiavellian tactics of our dear masters presiding over us in Brussels and the initial architects of the EU. But no, this is far worse than I ever imagined possible.
This is an intriguing, maddening, and a highly revealing account of how this now gigantic organisation has virtually rendered the UK parliament impotent to the diktats and whims of an unelected elite. What is most absorbing is the account of how successive UK governments have deceived and sold out it's electorate without themselves having a real clue as to how to play Britain's hand in the EU. Excellent work.
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