Writing in the WSJ Amazon Europe Vice-Chairman Greg Greeley notes that the EU Commission is meeting today to discuss plans to allow manufacturers to require retailers wanting to sell their goods to maintain brick and mortar stores, and to sell at least a certain amount of their products in these stores. He argues that such “discrimination” against online-only retailers could “significantly restrict European consumers’ choice of how and where they shop.”
You’re not kidding, Greg. The growth of online sales is one of the few areas of the economy that provides hope. As taxes rise off the scale, and EU officials award themselves ever higher salaries and privileges, people need to find ways to save money.
The internet is the way of the future, but not in Europe. Full mark-ups on all products will be payable, and the large corporations who offer tidy jobs to politicians(BP Mandelson, Blair anyone with a cheque book) will yet again use their influence to hurt the little guy.
Democracy is cancelled. The future is not permitted. Only politicians will be allowed to have money. When did any of us vote for all this nonsense?
People are so focused on the current financial difficulties that they rarely remember that business growth is the only way out of the recession. Only when we are out of the EU will that be possible, bringing to a close the endless barmy Luddism spilling out of Brussels.
Another little snippet on the blogs today relates to that point – the getting out of the mess we are in.
Douglas Carswell MP’s Early Day Motion demanding a referendum on EU membership, as follows, ‘should Britain remain a member of the EU? Yes or No.’ is starting to get noticed. Dan Hannan MEP, had a comment on it on his blog yesterday –
Douglas Carswell, the Westminster wing of the Direct Democracy Party, is moving a Bill for a referendum on quitting the EU.
If ever a question merited a plebiscite, this one does. European integration is a constitutional issue, and one which divides the parties, meaning that it cannot adequately be addressed at general elections. I hope MPs from all parties, and from both “In” and “Out” camps, will support Douglas’s initiative.
It’ll be especially interesting to see what the Liberal Democrats do. You will remember that, when he reneged on his promise of a referendum on the European Constitution Lisbon Treaty, Nick Clegg justified himself by claiming that he wanted an In/Out referendum instead. Well, Cleggie, old bean, here’s your chance to prove you meant it.
One last point –
The Lib Dems.
Why are they of all people claiming to be in favour of PR? They would be wiped out by it. Remember the 2009 European Parliamentary Elections. They came 4th, with their vote down to 14%. UKIP and Conservative, were they to form a coalition at any time would hold a clear majority under PR. Labour and Lib Dem have no intention of going near PR. It’s yet another Nick Clegg sham.
Now then, Nick. About that In/Out referendum you were so recently advocating…..as Dan Hannan rightly says, now is your chance to show what you are really made of. Anyone who doubts the need for a referendum should watch this …
The Taxpayer Alliance Cinema Advertising campaign below is a good effort, but the power of the Europarl video above is far greater. This should be played throughout the land. It would galvanize opposition to the EU to the level where ordinary people feel threatened, and start to demand action.
Which video do you think gets the message across best?
And finally, I nearly forgot to mention –
Clegg Backs Euro
Nick Clegg is the only senior politician in Britain who still thinks Britain should adopt the Euro. Will the real Nick Clegg please stand up? He has more conflicting policy variations than he does mistresses. He says Euro IN, but EU membership maybe OUT. How does that work?
Nick Clegg makes the movie Avatar appear lacking in scope. He’s running with more lives than a cat. In truth it is he with his myriad of multiple flexible policies and identities, who is Britain’s first virtual politician. In a Hung Parliament, ‘Avatar’ could yet become the key deal-maker. Please tell us, Avatar – PR, the Euro, an IN/OUT Referendum – after ‘Hung Parliament’, what will be the sequel?