Eurocrats have no idea what's best for Britain

We are under constant fire from unelected, bureaucratic, foreign bodies telling us how to run Britain. But their 'one size fits all' policies bear no relevance to our economy

Eurocrats: Lots of hot air, but little substance
Oliver Lane
On 11 June 2014 08:24

We are under constant fire from foreign bodies telling us how to run Britain. If it isn’t the European Union (as it often is) telling us to raise council tax and put up VAT, it’s the International Monetary Fund (IMF) sticking its oar in.

Last year the IMF warned Chancellor George Osborne that his economic plan wasn’t working, that it would damage growth, and that it should be scaled back, to ‘plan B’. Getting a telling off from an organisation like the IMF was embarrassing for Osborne at the time; but a year of strong growth has given Britain’s critics pause for thought.

Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF, being interviewed by Andrew Marr on Sunday, voiced regret over that assessment, saying: “We got it wrong”. When further pressed by Marr about whether she would apologise to Osborne, she echoed the words of arch-Eurocrat and European Commission hopeful Jean-Claude Juncker, joking of getting onto her knees to apologise to the British Government.

Unelected bureaucracies, which span whole continents, lack the faculties to succeed. They exist without having any real connection to the millions of people they purport to serve. With no electorate to answer to, the economic boffins at the IMF apply ‘one size fits all’ formulas to national governments, so it is little surprise they got it wrong.

The undemocratic European Commission suffers from the same problem. Just as the arguments of the IMF crumbled in the face of the facts, so too will the EC’s unwelcome advice on our own affairs.

Only days after the massive success of the Eurosceptic vote at the Euro-elections, the Commission in Brussels rubbished Britain’s economic plan and endorsed a raft of tax rises. This is as absurd now as the IMF’s suggestions were last year, but the chances of an apology from either the Commission or the EU is unlikely.

The arrogance of Eurocrats is astounding, but at the moment we have no way to tell them how we really feel. The Great British Public wants to Get Britain Out, and only an In/Out referendum for the public to choose for themselves can do this.

Oliver Lane is a Researcher for Get Britain Out

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