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“Instead of democracy, we’re governed by unelected officials who reach their decisions in secret, often after being lobbied by vested interests”. Not true: the final decisions are made by the European Parliament, which is directly elected. That’s not instead of democracy, it IS democracy.
“Instead of personal liberty, we have a mass of pettifogging regulation that makes us poorer and less free”. Opinion, and false equivalence: personal liberty is not necessarily eroded by regulation.
“Again and again the EU has pursued regulation as an end in itself - not in response to a specific need, but as a step towards federation”. Opinion, but with added scaremongering.
“The hassle of opening a bank account? Blame the EU’s Money Laundering directive”. Fifteen minutes if they’re running a little slowly today.
“End of weekly recycling collections? That’s the EU’s Landfill directive”. Not true. That’s down to local authority budget constraints, and recycling, Dan, is the stuff that does NOT go into landfill. Have a think about it.
“The ban on minimum alcohol pricing? That’s the EU’s Technical Standards Directive”. Not true. There is no ban on minimum alcohol pricing - see HERE.
“For the sake of the 10 per cent of our economy that is linked to the EU, we must apply 100 per cent of EU rules to 100 per cent of our business”. Let’s take this nice and slowly, shall we? How much d’you think it would cost to run two different sets of regulations in order to satisfy Hannan’s ideological impulses? Who would draw up and implement those Good Old British standards, and how much extra would it cost us?
“European integration was supposed to make people wealthier, but the EU has fallen from 30 per cent of the world economy in 1980 to 17 per cent today”. False equivalence. The implication is that the EU has caused a reduction in living standards, but this assumes the rest of the world remains as it was in 1980. Given recent growth rates in countries like China and India, that assumption does not hold.
“Without doing anything improper, an MEP who makes full use of his allowances can take home, net, considerably more than the British Prime Minister”. False equivalence. The PM gets his security, transport and a central London house (ie 10 Downing Street) thrown in. An MEP does not.
Membership of the EU brings its irritations, but it will do Daniel Hannan’s cause no good if he continues to be passionate and committed, but flagrantly dishonest.