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Ever Closer Union Means Ever Greater Corruption and Waste
on 23 September 2017
Centralisation of government has long been known to increase corruption and waste. This is because politicians are more able to pursue their self-interest with less of a constraint imposed by an increasingly distant electorate. International organisations have been particularly noteworthy in this respect and the EU is clearly no exception.
The authors estimate that the EU costs £1,219bn pa. They go on to document an astonishingly broad array of failure, corruption and waste, including the benefits and expense allowances of MEPs and bureaucrats, corporate lobbying, the inexorable increase in the scope of the EU, the contempt for democracy, excessive regulation, fraud, propaganda, the Common Agricultural Policy, the Common Fisheries Policy, regional assistance and environmental policy, amongst others. The chapter on propaganda is particularly brilliant in highlighting how democracy is being subverted and our national institutions are being turned against us.
The authors give numerous examples and have clearly done some very detailed research. Although their book makes for grim reading it is written in an entertaining and humorous style. This is a must read for those who want to understand the inner workings of the EU.