Yesterday, President Klaus gave a speech to the European Parliament that nearly caused a riot. Klaus, a proponent of “Austrian” economics and a professional economist, gave a speech yesterday to the European Parliament advocating a free market economy and criticizing the socialist European Parliament.
Here are some excerpts of his speech
“Moreover, it is self evident, that one or another institutional arrangement of the European Union is not an objective in itself; but a tool for achieving the real objectives. These are nothing but human freedom and such economic system that would bring prosperity. That system is a market economy.”
On Democracy he had this to say:
“The present decision making system of the European Union is different from a classic parliamentary democracy, tested and proven by history. In a normal parliamentary system, part of the MPs support the government and part support the opposition.
In the European parliament, this arrangement has been missing. Here, only one single alternative is being promoted and those who dare thinking about a different option are labelled as enemies of the European integration.
Not so long ago, in our part of Europe we lived in a political system that permitted no alternatives and therefore also no parliamentary opposition. It was through this experience that we learned the bitter lesson that with no opposition, there is no freedom. That is why political alternatives must exist.”
It is this closeness of policy and objectives between the Lib/Lab/Con which is being developed in the UK, one which leaves no opposition as we have seen since Cameron took control of the Conservative party, and one which we must all be aware of.
“This is closely connected with the question of prosperity. We must say openly that the present economic system of the EU is a system of a suppressed market, a system of a permanently strengthening centrally controlled economy.
Although history has more than clearly proven that this is a dead end, we find ourselves walking the same path once again. This results in a constant rise in both the extent of government masterminding and constraining of spontaneity of the market processes.
In recent months, this trend has been further reinforced by incorrect interpretation of the causes of the present economic and financial crisis, as if it was caused by free market, while in reality it is just the contrary – caused by political manipulation of the market.”
and to reinforce the historical:
“Many of you certainly know the name of the French economist Frederic Bastiat and his famous Petition of the Candlemakers, which has become a well-known and canonical reading, illustrating the absurdity of political interventions in the economy.
On 14 November 2008 the European Commission approved a real, not a fictitious Bastiat’s Petition of the Candlemakers, and imposed a 66% tariff on candles imported from China.
I would have never believed that a 160-year-old essay could become a reality, but it has happened. An inevitable effect of the extensive implementation of such measures in Europe is economic slowdown, if not a complete halt of economic growth. The only solution is liberalisation and deregulation of the European economy.”
Read the full Klaus speech here.
It certainly highlights why the people must have the final say over whether the UK is right to be part of this centralised EU empire. The Albion Alliance is working for that democratic right to be enabled via a referendum.
As I have stated many times on this blog, Extreme reform and change that is undertaken without the explicit consent of the people, can only be maintained through force and repression.
The silence of the people cannot be taken as acceptance of actions by the politicians when the people are not presented with the question.