E.U. costs UK 57bn euros p.a.
james36armstrong at hotmail.com
Wed May 12 20:27:39 BST 2010
Contributions to and
moneys from E,U., by country (source
C ountry Money to
Money from Net Transfer pop’n Net benefit
U.K 103 46 -57 60,816,701 -937
Germany 164 78 -86 82,314,905 -805
France 140 88 -51 63,382,140 -805
Greece 15 40 +24 10,066,158 +2,238
Ireland 11 12 +.0.6 4,312,526 +139
These realities may
1 HMG policy of encouraging
large net immigration to U.K.
(to justify larger E.U. payments to UK)
The huge and
continuing and growing CAP payments claimed by UK
from E.U. (to transfer under the largest
budget item in EU, the C.A.P., EU moneys
that it goes to wealthy landowners and
not to struggling small
to create jobs on the land , and to make
land available to small holders
The conspiracy of secrecy by HMG and Office of National
Statistics about the size of UK annual contributions ( 103bn euros,) the small
return (46bn euros) and the net per capita cost to UK citizens 937 euros each per annum, or some 2,811 euros per household.
More realities are that the purpose of the EU is to avoid
revanchist wars as in 1871, 1914 and 1939 between France
and Germany ,
also to reduce inequality between national economies in the belief that such economic
inequalities cause wars.
Are these assumptions valid?
Is the E.U. effective
in its aims?
My take is that the EU is a
valid concept but the CAP should
be capped and directed to small farmers
not agribusiness. It is presently a pernicious regressive tax and its
worst effects are keeping entrants out
of agriculture and grossly inflating the price of land which inflates the price
of houses – the chief element in which is the variable cost of the plot under
the house and garden. Housing
campaigners should campaign vigorously for capping C.A.P.
However the shear scale, the diversity of twenty odd nations,
the corruption and the ineffectiveness of the E.U. administration pose
severe problems still not solved after
25 years. James, Dorchester . May 2010
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