Why The New EU
Is Like The Old USSR
Many people now believe that the EU is, in many critical ways, now
indistinguishable from the old Soviet Union.
In a speech delivered at the
House of Commons in 2002, Vladimir Bukovsky noted the following similarities
between the old USSR and the EU.
1. Anyone who opposes or deviates from
the socialist system will be ostracised. For example, when the Austrian people
had the temerity to elect `the wrong sort of Government' (it was considered too
nationalistic and right wing by the EU) the EU pronounced the new Government
unacceptable. With apparent magnanimity the EU announced that it would `accept'
an Italian President elected by the Italian people. All sorts of tricks are used
to isolate and marginalise those who opposed the EU. Those questioning the EU
are often portrayed as insular and parochial.
2. Like the USSR the EU is
governed by a group of people who appoint one another, are unaccountable to the
public, enjoy generous salaries, massive perks and huge pensions, are pretty
much above the law and cannot be sacked. The EU, like any committed socialist
government, operates without any real feedback from the people, and certainly
without any concern for what the people think. The state must always come first.
The only people who benefit (as with all socialist and fascist organisations -
and the two are, of course, interchangeable) are those who have put themselves
and their friends in charge. The workers never really benefit from socialism.
The profits of the hard working, the creative and the thrifty are redistributed
to the bureaucracy: the lazy, the unthinking and the wasteful.
central planners (in the case of the USSR they were in Moscow, in the case of
the EU they are in Brussels) insist on making all the judgements and decisions,
but their lack of experience means that they get everything wrong so there are
constant shortages and black markets.
State socialism in the EU has not
led to affluence, equality and freedom but, effectively, to a one-party
political system. (All three main parties in Britain support the EU and the
destruction of Britain). The fascist EU has,inevitably, created a massive
bureaucracy, heavy handed secret police, government control of the media and
endless secrecy and lies.
The socialist bureaucracy of the EU is run by
people who arrogantly believe that they are the only ones who need to know and
that they always know best.
3. There was one political party in the USSR
(and no opposition) and the same is true of the EU. Political parties which
don't support the EU are denied the oxygen of financial support. Politicians who
do support the EU can look forward to good jobs (when they retire or get thrown
out of domestic politics they may, like Neil Kinnock or Chris Patten, get jobs
as EU commissioners). The system looks after its own. When the EU constitution
was being debated the main sticking point among delegates was not the
sovereignty of their individual nations, or the rights of the voters, but the
number of delegates each country would be allowed to send to EU meetings. Each
nation's individuality was pushed to one side as irrelevant and inconsequential,
in favour of the rights of politicians to attend regular, all expenses paid
4. Like the USSR the EU was created with little or no respect
for normal democratic principles. Much of what has happened within the EU has
happened secretly and without the normal principles of democracy being
considered or applied. What has happened over the last few decades has happened
largely in secret.
5. Instead of information about the EU we have been
fed a good deal of propaganda. The bureaucrats organise and control people and
they try to control the availability of knowledge. The people are always
controlled with lies and misinformation. (Today these are known as `spin'.)
Anyone who dares to oppose the EU or to promote England is likely to be
described as a `racist'. My book `England Our England' has proved
enormously popular with readers (and was, within the first year, reprinted
numerous times) but advertisements for the book were banned by a number of
publications. Although the book is one of the Britain's bestselling books on
politics it has never been reviewed in any national newspaper.
Britons realise exactly what has already happened, how what has happened has
already affected their lives and how things will now develop unless we do
something very soon. A poll quietly taken for Britain's Foreign Office showed
that a quarter of Britons did not know that their country was already a member
of the EU. Astonishingly, 7% of Britons thought that the USA was a member. This
ignorance isn't unique to Britain. A poll in Germany showed that 31% of the
public had never heard of the European Commission.
realise that until there is more awareness of and interest in what has happened,
and what is happening, there are unlikely to be any protests.
former USSR was renowned for its vast number of laws, rules and regulations. But
the USSR was nothing compared to the EU. The EC has become a law factory
covering everything imaginable and enabling small petty minded bureaucrats to
hound small businesses and flex their puny muscles. One law on fire regulations
alone cost UK businesses £8 billion. New regulations have poured out governing
every aspect of our lives and businessmen have been swamped by an avalanche of
Dairy farmers have been subjected, in the last few years alone,
to 1,100 separate, specific new laws. Even teddy bear manufacturers have been
Huge numbers of new criminal offenses have been listed. It is
true that these new laws have to be debated by MEPs but the debates are managed
at such a frenetic rate - with MEPs voting on as many as 400 issues in just 90
minutes - that in practice the laws proposed by the bureaucrats are just nodded
through. Speakers in the European Parliament are allowed 90 seconds to read out
prepared speeches. And then the voting begins.
There are so many new
laws that the British Government cannot study them all. The Council of Ministers
cannot even read the new laws which the EU passes. The real power now lies with
faceless, nameless, unelected bureaucrats who have no accountability
The unknown bureaucrats in Brussels are so desperate to
extend their own power and authority, that they have, through the production of
miles and miles of unwanted red tape, effectively destroyed the European
Our special tragedy is that Britain's economy has suffered more
than most from these new laws.
The other big European nations (France,
Germany and Italy) just ignore the rules they don't like. Both France and
Germany have flagrantly broken the rules on government deficits but for these
two countries there have been no sanctions, no fines and no penalties. `These
are for smaller countries,' said a French Government spokesman with typical
gallic arrogance. The French have ignored hundreds of directives relating to the
single market (directives which Britain, of course, has obeyed slavishly).
Commenting on why he had, like so many other Britons, bought a home in France,
Lord Nigel Lawson (former Chancellor) said he'd bought it because it was such a
relief to get away from the EU.
Britain, of course, obeys all the rules.
And British people and British businessmen pay the ever increasing
7. It was a crime for individual countries to talk about quitting
the USSR. Indeed, there was no procedure to enable countries to leave the soviet
union. The EU is much the same. It is difficult (though not impossible) for
countries to leave.
8. Corruption usually starts from the bottom and
works its way up through the system. In both the USSR and the EU the corruption
starts at the top and works its way down. Corruption was systemic in the old
USSR and it is systemic in the EU. The EU is riddled with the standard socialist
form of corruption where the protagonists live by the motto: `what is yours is
mine and what is mine is mine and I will chop your hands off if you try to take
it'. This was the popular way of doing things in the USSR. Like the USSR the EU
operates in a way that ensures the redistribution of wealth. In both cases the
system means that the wealth is redistributed from the workers to the
9. Like a pyramid selling scheme the USSR needed to be
aggressive and to continue growing in order to stay alive. If it stopped growing
it would fail. The EU is the same. It makes absolutely no economic sense for the
EU to take in small, poor countries. The countries being encouraged to join the
EU in 2004 are being welcomed for ideological rather than economic reasons. The
six original members of the Common Market have slowly become 15. Soon the EU
will have 25 members. And then how many will there be? The bureaucracy needs to
grow to justify its existence and its demands for increasing amounts of money.
All bureaucracies like to grow. It is, in part, their raison d'etre. As they
grow so they become increasingly important. Assistants can have assistants of
their own. Secretaries can have secretaries. The politicians of the existing
countries are persuaded that if the EU grows they will have bigger markets. No
one bothers about the fact that the new countries which join the EU will want to
share in the subsidies which the EU hands out. Countries like the UK, which pay
money to be members of the EU, will have to pay more money for even less
The new countries coming into the EU have many different cultures
and laws. Just how they are going to fit into one superstate is something only
the bureaucrats who have planned the whole thing can explain. (And, as always,
they aren't talking.)
For example, consider Turkey, one of the new EU
Under Turkish law, if a rapist marries his victim he can walk
free. The basis for this is that nobody would want to marry a girl who is not a
virgin and so the rapist is doing the girl a favour.
Turkish law also
allows a mother who murders her child to be given a reduced sentence if the baby
was born out of wedlock. Another Turkish law rules that kidnapping a married
woman is a greater crime than kidnapping a woman who isn't married.
Turkish authorities arrested a young journalist simply on suspicion of being
linked to a banned political party. For this she was sentenced to 12 and a half
years in prison.
I mention all this not in criticism but simply to show
just how much difference there is between Turkish culture and British culture.
And yet the Turks and the British are expected to be citizens of the same 450
million citizen country; supposedly sharing customs, mores and laws. Naturally,
all governments want harmonisation to be organised on their own
(The Americans, incidentally, are desperate for Turkey to join the
EU. They believe that if this happens it will make it impossible for Bin Laden
and others to claim that the EU is another `Christian Superstate'.)
In the former USSR the citizens of individual countries were told that they
should forget about their former national identities. They should, they were
told, consider themselves members of the USSR rather than citizens of the
Ukraine or Russia. Exactly the same thing is happening in the EU
The EU is intent on destroying and absorbing national states.
Britain and England will both disappear completely as the EU superstate develops
11. The USSR was an ideological dictatorship. That is what
the EU is. The aim of the EU is the formation of a state, the preservation of
socialism within the state and the expansion of the principles of political
correctness. Most political groups which oppose the EU are small, and will
remain small, because it is virtually impossible to obtain funding or publicity
for any group which opposes the EU.
In the UK there are just three main
parties - all of which are supportive of the EU. This is manifestly unfair since
it means that a majority of the British population must inevitably remain
Organisations which represent national interests
(particularly English interests) are denied power, money and publicity on the
grounds that they must be racist. Anyone who supports Britain or England will
find themselves branded a racist. (Supporters of Wales and Scotland are never
accused of being racist since both these countries will still exist as regions
in the new EU superstate.)
12. The USSR had a gulag and so does the EU.
The EU has an intellectual gulag; if your views differ from the `approved' views
you will find it difficult to get them published.
Naturally, those who
disapprove of the EU will find it difficult or impossible to obtain a job
working for the EU. Making a speech or writing a book which criticises the EU
(or the laws of the EU) may be regarded as a crime if it is considered
subversive. (It is, of course, up to the bureaucrats of the EU to decide whether
or not something is `subversive'.) One Englishman made the mistake of standing
up at a public meeting and defending the rights and freedoms of English country
people. He started his speech by saying: `If there is a black, vegetarian,
Muslim, asylum-seeking, one-legged, lesbian lorry driver present, then you may
be offended at what I am going to say, as I want the same rights that you have
got already.' As a result of this satirical comment two police officers visited
the speaker's home, arrested him (refusing to tell him why) took him to a police
station and threw him into a cell.
When five Britons visited Brussels and
drove around the city in vehicles which were decorated with posters which called
for a referendum on the EU constitution they were arrested for `disturbing
public order' and `demonstrating without permission'.
13. Citizens in the
old USSR had to carry ID cards. The loss of civil liberties which this entailed
used to be regarded with suspicion and some contempt by Western European
democracies. In the new EU, citizens are losing their freedom and must carry ID
cards. (It is a myth that ID cards contribute anything whatsoever to national
security. ID cards always exist for one reason only: to take away the freedoms
and civil liberties of the citizens who must carry them.)
It is very easy
to lose your freedom, but very difficult to get it back.
14. Officers in
the new EU police force have even greater privileges than officers in the much
feared KGB. All members of the new EU police force have diplomatic immunity.
They can walk into your home, arrest you, beat you up and steal your property
and you cannot do a darned thing about it. Now do you believe me when I say that
the EU is a fascist organisation? Taken from Saving England by Vernon
Coleman, published by Blue Books. To order a copy visit the shop on this website
or any good terrestial or Web-based bookshop.