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Bilderberg President calls for EU tax

 
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Bilderberg President calls for EU tax
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The front-runner for the job of first "President of Europe" has called for an EU-wide tax to fund the European Union and Europe's welfare state.

Herman Van Rompuy (currently Belgium's Prime Minister) announced his ambitions at a meeting of the shady Bilderberg Group, held in the Castle of the Valley of the Duchess near Brussels.

Excuse us while we search for the tinfoil hat. If the EU's leadership wants to signal something to conspiracy theorists, they couldn't do better. Here we have an all-but-anonymous grey man tipped to become the unelected President of a burgeoning superstate telling the notoriously secretive Bilderbergs of his plans for European fiscal unity in a castle? It's like something from James Bond.

Today's editorial writer in the Times dismisses the views of "crank conspiracy theorists" as "ridiculous" but allows that the public has a right to feel wronged because of Van Rompuy's choice of arena for his first public pronouncement on the EU since his name floated to the surface in the search for an EU president. This, we assume, is the understatement we British used to be famed for.

One can only conclude that everything about Van Rompuy's message was designed to rile us. Indeed, we should be furious. The Bilderbergs do all in their power to prevent reporting on which international leaders, businessmen and would-be leaders attend their meetings; it is all-but-impossible to unearth the minutes from these events. We do know that Henry Kissinger was a guest.

Van Rompuy's office is said to have released parts of his speech to the press. Wonder what he said in those parts his office saw fit to withhold from the public? Even before we get onto the message, the medium is enough to tell us of his contempt for Europe's voters.

The EU presidency is an undefined post. How it evolves and which powers it accrues will depend on the person who inhabits the post. This is why Nicolas Sarkozy initially wanted Tony Blair for the role: An international statesman who would make the EU presidency a powerful and influential executive office.

Character is fate, at least when it comes to moulding EU roles. What Van Rompuy's secretive Bilderbuggery reveals about his character, and his presidency, is deeply unpleasant.

As for his plans for tax. He said,

“The financing of the welfare state, irrespective of the social reform we implement, will require new resources... The green fiscal instrument is one possibility although an ambiguous one: this type of regulatory tax should eventually become redundant. But the possibility of financial levies at European level needs to be seriously reviewed and for the first time ever, the big countries in the Union are open to this.”

Again, Van Rompuy's office censored the remainder of his speech, so we are unable to provide you with the full picture.

Predictably, Euro-enthusiasts were delighted by the prospect of fiscal union (British commentators who proclaimed that the Lisbon Treaty marked the end of EU federalism are eerily silent). Equally predictably, Eurosceptics such as Britain's William Hague denounced the would-be President's remarks. Hague said that talking about EU-wide tax is a waste of time as his party finds it unacceptable.

Of course it's unacceptable. An EU-wide tax to fund the welfare state? So British workers, struggling to pay their bills and facing measly state pensions will have to pay even more tax to ensure that other Europeans are kept in the manner to which they are accustomed?

An EU tax would lead to fighting on the street in Britain. Forget the Boston Tea Party or the Poll Tax Riots: No government would date to impose such a levy.

And they won't. Why should they? Britain already pays billions to the EU each year (£4.1 billion this year). Over the next couple of years, it will pay even more: £6.9 billion by 2011. David Cameron doesn't contest these figures and the Conservative leadership has ruled out any "bruising battles" with Brussels over the term of their government.

Again, why risk revolution by introducing an EU tax when governments are already paying billions to Brussels without so much as a whimper?
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