Why The EU Is Like
The Old USSR
Many people now
believe that the EU is, in many critical ways, indistinguishable from the old
In a speech delivered at the House of Commons in 2002,
Vladimir Bukovsky noted the following similarities between the old USSR and the
EU. I have paraphrased and expanded on his thoughts below:
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
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.
The 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
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.
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
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 leave 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 beanos.
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.
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 Britain's
bestselling books on politics, it has never been reviewed in any national
Very few 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.
The bureaucrats realise that until there is more awareness of and
interest in what has happened, and what is happening, there are unlikely to be
6. The 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 red tape.
Dairy farmers have been subjected,
in the last few years alone, to 1,100 separate, specific new laws. Even teddy
bear manufacturers have been targeted.
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 a such 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
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 whatsoever.
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 economy.
tragedy is that Britain's economy has suffered more than most from these new
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
Britain, of course, obeys all the rules. And British people and
British businessmen pay the ever increasing price.
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
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 encouraged to join the EU in
2004 were welcomed for ideological rather than economic reasons. The six
original members of the Common Market have slowly become 25. 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 reason.
The language problems are
enormous. In the new EU there are hundreds of translation combinations. The EU
now works like a series of Chinese whispers. Speakers in, say, Finnish are
translated first into English and then into another language and then into a
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 proposed members. 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
Turkish law also allows a mother who murders her child to be
given a reduced sentence if the baby was born out of wedlock.
Turkish law rules that kidnapping a married woman is a greater crime than
kidnapping a woman who isn't married.
The Turkish authorities arrested a
young journalist simply on suspicion of being linked to a banned political
party. For this, she was sentenced to over 12 years in prison.
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 terms.
(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
10. 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 Ukraine or Russia. Exactly the same thing
is happening in the EU superstate.
The EU is intent on destroying and
absorbing national states. Britain and England will both disappear completely as
the EU superstate develops its identity.
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 unrepresented.
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
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. As a result of his comments 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.
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
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
Taken from Saving England by Vernon Coleman,
published by Blue Books. `Saving England' is available from the webshop on this
site (and from all other good bookshops whether online or not).
Copyright Vernon Coleman 2005