Monday, 19 November 2012

"a leap should be made to a truly federal Europe" - not our words

It's a plenary week in Strasbourg this week which means I'll be busy running through all of the voting sheets. One of the things I've noticed is an underhand, long-range attack on the motorcycling community. The EU is trying to categorise bikes by whether or not they can go faster than 130km per hour or 80mph in real money.

They've tried the direct approach to speed limiters before and got nowhere. However, now they are going to try and fiscally limit speed by gradually imposing a higher rate of tax on faster bikes. In my book motorbikes are supposed to go fast and we are ending up in danger of creating such a nanny state in the interest of safety then all of the pleasure in life will be taken away in the process, leaving life hardly worth living in the first place.

On another point, do you remember when the media used to call the BNP crackpot, little Englanders and conspiracy theorists for pointing out the eventual, sinister goal of a federal Europe? Just take a look at this statement, to be voted on tomorrow:

whereas the time has come for the political leaders of and within the Union to demonstrate their determination, creativity, courage, resilience and leadership to remove the remaining deficiencies that continue to hamper the proper functioning of EMU; whereas the intergovernmental method has reached its limits and is not well suited for democratic and efficient decision-making in 21st century; whereas a leap should be made to a truly federal Europe 

with recommendations to the Commission on the report of the Presidents of the European Council, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the Eurogroup "Towards a genuine Economic and Monetary Union"
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Rapporteur: Marianne Thyssen