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31st October, 2017
The Real Cost of Being in the EU - Part 2
In this section we refer to the research by eutruth.org.uk examining the cost of the EU in the UK
QUANGO: is a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation - containing elements of NGO's and public bodies (Wikipedia)
We begin though with a contribution by Dennis Sewell in the Spectator
"Quangos and other public bodies have been relentlessly packed with Labour supporters ever since 1997. Year after year, the proportion of its activists appointed has been three or even four times higher than the proportion of Conservatives. With the Labour activist presence growing year on year like compound interest, the cumulative effect of all this has been a government in exile markedly skewed to the left — in terms of institutional culture and assumptions."The Spectator: 8 February 2014 The quango state: how the left still runs Britain David Cameron’s government continues to subsidise its enemies, Dennis Sewell"
In 2010, Dennis Sewell had warned, in the Spectator, that "Labour was preparing a stay-behind fifth column well placed to disrupt the policy of an incoming government. Back then there were nearly 1,200 quangos with boards that resembled a Who’s Who of the Blair/Brown era."
"One of Labour’s parting gifts to the sector was to loosen the rules governing political advocacy and campaigning by charities." - Comment: which would leave any future government subjected to criticisms of its policies, should it have the temerity to attempt to balance the country's books in order to mitigate the financial damage caused by the Labour party (PLP)
Research on UK Costs Associated with the EU by eutruth.org.uk (2007)
Cost of QUANGOS
"The Cabinet Office confirmed the cost of quangos in Britain was £167 billion in 2007 (all the national newspapers reported it)."
|That makes it by far the Treasury's biggest expense - the NHS comes next at £90 billion (itself packed with an internal quango bureaucracy costing £60 billion)."
"In 2006, the Cabinet Office reported a quango cost of £124 billion. Only the Westminster News, and the Telegraph six months later, picked it up. This is the reason the Treasury is unable to pay its bills and the pound is falling against even the fragile dollar - ten years ago the cost of quangos was negligible. The massive increase is almost entirely due to the EU.“
"The annual cost of regulations to industry, together with the cost the government quangos who enforce them, is now £100 billion per year or 9% of our economy, according to the 2005 Annual Report of the Government's Better Regulation Task Force. David Arculus, its Managing Director says EU regulation is now our biggest industry (larger than tourism at £67 bn.) There are 113,500 regulations now; only 2% of them are not from the EU. Comment: The current number of EU regulations has been quoted as 120,000, and they are subject to examination under the "Withdrawal Bill."
We lose £30 billion pa trading with the EU
"Before we joined the EU we broke even on our balance of trade with the EU. Now, according to the Treasury Pink Book, we lose £30 billion on our foreign exchange with the EU. Even this was a lie by politicians - they said the EU would be good for trade. It has been a disaster."
EU contributions and CAP £23 bn (also covered in the first part)
"Our £8bn net annual contribution is now increased, by the loss of our £3bn rebate, to £11 billion. The Common Agricultural Policy CAP costs us £15bn, total £26bn."
The loss of industries to the EU; a lot more than £20 bn
"In the EU we are designated a tourist economy, which is why our government has been collaborating with closing our industries. From Coal to Petrol stations to car paint shops, 2/3 of our farming, abbatoirs, to big industry like the Rover Car company. We have no figures, except for fishing, £5 billion. We also have no figures for metrication, or the cost of administering the EU's VAT. Underestimate at £20 billion."
Add up the Government’s figures on the total Cost of the EU: £310 billion pa (2007)
"£167bn quangos, +£23bn, +£20bn + regulations £100bn = £310 bn /365 days = £849 million/day = £5,943 million per week. £310bn /28m workers = £11,070pa cost per worker, which could all be extra salary. This leaves out the 30bn balance of trade."
David Noakes http://eutruth.org.uk (2006)
(For a complete list with References - see eutruth.org.uk - Destruction of Britain's economy by the EU Annual Cost of the EU £310 billion)
Summary and Conclusions
The figures quoted from eutruth.org.uk are now out-of-date since, a number of the quangos have been dispensed with or merged, they nevertheless show the extent of the money that was being wasted by the New Labour government, which was being added to the deficit and debt. BUT a large number of these organisations still exist, with an estimated annual cost of about £102 billion according to the Guardian Data Blog - we have not yet been able to established the current cost. Even taking the figure to be £102 billion as the cost of quangos the estimate is about £4,700 million per week cost of the EU to the UK taxpayer - and the government continues to pile on other costs that are detailed in The Taxpayers' Alliance, October, 2017 report.
In what was called the "Bonfire of the Quangos" Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, on 23rd May, 2010, unveiled a £500 million plan to reduce the budget deficit by abolishing or merging many quangos. This was styled in the national press as a "bonfire of the quangos" (Wikipedia)
Comment: The EU and our governments since 1973 have treated the populations of the contributing member states as "Milch Cows"; we are simply being "farmed" in order to feed the greed and ambitions of the controllers of the EU - the Bilderberg Group - bankers, industrialists and multinational corporations, whilst they use the money we provide to systematically restructure our society. Not for our benefit, but in preparation for the new legal and financial order within the EU - designed to keep us in perpetual poverty: under the control of a Police State (in which the government is above the Law); stripped of our Common Law protections - our armed forces loyal only to Brussels (Berlin), and those in power immune from prosecution.