Sunday, 4 November 2012

EU Pay to Export Your Jobs

One of the things the EU spends your money on is the structural fund, which subsidizes enterprises within and beyond the EU itself. It doesn't only pay for lavish new metro systems in Athens (free tickets while we pay £3.50 per stop in London), it pays to set up new manufacturing plants in Eastern Europe, which of course includes Turkey.
Turkey? Yes, Turkey. Although it is not actually inside the EU it has been getting millions and millions of euros for the past decade to spend on everything from sewage systems to factories. Why should the Turks pay for their own infrastructure when they can get our money for it instead? After all, we in the UK are only £1 trillion in debt and if we can't pay then our children and grandchildren will be forced to do so.
At the time of the 2010 General Election I pointed out to a group of trade unionists in East Oxford that EU money was being used to re-locate companies such as Twinings in Eastern Europe, thus destroying the jobs of British workers. They were confused and embarrassed. They could not explain this in terms of the capitalist class oppressing the working class. In Eastern Europe wages are lower, rents and house prices are lower, overheads are lower and the company can make a quick profit by selling its premises here in the UK for house-building. It really is a system whereby we pay to export our jobs.
But the EU does not only export our jobs within its own boundaries, it has been brazenly exporting them to Turkey and elsewhere. The reason why the Ford car company in Southampton is closing down is that it got a grant from the EU structural fund several months earlier to set up its production in Turkey instead of in the UK. It will save by paying workers less money, and the British workers will be unemployed.

Criticizing this as bad for Britain is not "racist". It has got nothing to do with the skin colour of the rival workers. It is not motivated by any unreasonable antipathy to people migrating from one place to another, when they can do so by consent and make a real, needed contribution in their host country.
It is just downright perverse to pay to destroy your own job. It is bonkers. If there's one thing more frustrating than losing your job in the first place, it is the knowledge that you paid to do so. This has not happened through inevitable economic forces, nor has it been caused by the machinations of the banksters (whom I have no wish to defend) but it has been caused by direct interference paid for with our own money.
We are being forced to put ourselves on the dole. We are being compelled to pay to export our own jobs, then to pay to keep the unemployed on benefits, and then we wonder why our benefits bill is so high and our national deficit refuses to go down.
When Paul Nuttall appeared on BBC's Question Time programme on 26th October, Conservative minister Claire Perry snapped at him waspishly, "So Paul, what policies have you got to cut the deficit?" then immediately carried on speaking without giving him any time at all to reply. Paul could have replied "Well, if we left the EU we could stop paying to destroy our own jobs." We could also avoid paying 20% VAT on new houses, which is the EU's latest bright idea. We could avoid paying extortionate bail-outs, and avoid the soaring cost of EU Green energy policies, which are adding 15% to our energy bills each year.
When the fiasco over awarding the rail franchise for the West Coast Main Line was revealed, only after the Virgin Company went to court, people made a lot of fuss about the fact that the process for awarding the contract had cost tax-payers £40 million. Pretty terrible, yes but don't forget that we pay £50 million to the EU every single day of the year, and they now want to raise our contributions steadily every year until 2020.
Our exit from the EU disaster zone is long overdue. It is long past time to leave. People hate UKIP for being right. They heap bile and venom on us because we talk good sense. We must get out of the EU madhouse.

Stop Press The EU has given a French company, Sociêté de Développement de Résidences Touristiques, 1 million euros in "aid" for building a luxury golf resort in Morocco. The grant was to ensure that the holiday villas were "energy efficient" e.g. they will have double-glazing, air-conditioning and swimming-pools, while the local people live in concrete boxes with one room for a whole family and earn £5 per day.

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