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The European Union [May. 26th, 2014|11:11 am]
Tony Grist
The only people who care one way or the other about the EU are those who hate it- which explains the enormous success in last week's election of the right wing nationalist parties.  I was reading that in France only 15% of the electorate bothered to turn out.

The EU has evolved into one of those unloved, unwieldy, inefficient empires- like the Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman- that exist for the benefit of the bureaucrats and bankers who run them. I don't expect it to last very much longer.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2014-05-26 11:54 am (UTC)
Or it's those ones who benefit from it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-05-26 02:07 pm (UTC)
And no-one much else that I can see....
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[User Picture]From: redatt
2014-05-26 01:23 pm (UTC)
It's the low turn outs that get to me. That we have to have things based on what far less than 50% of the people say, is just so frustrating.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-05-26 02:09 pm (UTC)
The systems broke- and I can't see how it can be mended.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2014-05-26 05:13 pm (UTC)
The system is broke when UKIP can make such strides
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-05-26 05:25 pm (UTC)
The political elites are hated across Europe.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2014-05-26 05:39 pm (UTC)
The EU may be unloved and unwieldy, but it's still (for the moment) protecting us from unrestrained free market capitalism - see the recent ban on neo-nicotinoid pesticides which are implicated in bee deaths, a ban which the environment minister and agri-business fought hard to prevent...

But I can't see these protections lasting much longer. Once big business starts weakening the EU's environmental controls we're doomed.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-05-26 07:53 pm (UTC)
Big business or the EU- ho hum- what a choice...
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