Magazine article The American Conservative

Escape from the EU

Magazine article The American Conservative

Escape from the EU

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Oh, to be in England! The weather is bad, the cities are crowded with bearded Pakistanis, and the Human Rights Act of 2007 shields foreign criminals under the dubious right to family life. All a foreign criminal in Britain has to do once he's convicted and about to be deported is get a British girlfriend. I kid you not. An army of ambulance-chasing lawyers makes sure the criminals know their rights.

So, to be or not to be in the European Union, that is the question for most British today. I decided to move from London, where I lived for close to 40 years, once the place was overrun by EU rules that remain wedded to an unworkable idea that one size fits all. The unelected bureaucrats of Brussels envision a Franco-German empire that stretches from Seville to Sylt and from Sligo to Salzburg, a 230-million bloc run by these same unelected boobies, with high taxes and strict censorship of free speech.

These boobies are now pushing further with flagrant attacks on press freedom, giving draconian powers to control the media and even sack journalists. What Uncle Joe Stalin managed to do in the Soviet Union generations ago, the Brussels gang is about to impose on Europeans, with "media councils" in the place of the dreaded Cheka. These "independent" so-called councils would be monitored by the European Commission, which as yet does not have the right of the midnight knock on our doors.

Prime Minister David Cameron recently gave a speech that assuaged British fears concerning the power play by Brussels. It was bold and strong, articulating the anxieties of a people who have enjoyed freedom for the last 800 years. He pledged a referendum by 2017, if he is re-elected in 2015. This is a very big if. And it involves the kind of deceptive rhetoric that has become so depressingly familiar in the European debate. The Brits joined the EU under a deceitfully worded referendum which led the people to believe they were joining a free-trade bloc. Ever since, there has been a stream of directives from a sclerotic Brussels bureaucracy paralyzing free enterprise and firms' ability to compete with a booming wider world. Brussels is bloated, monstrously costly, ineffectual, and totally corrupt. …

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