The BBC desperately leapt upon a pronouncement by a Norwegian minister to try and pour cold water on EUskeptic claims that the UK could do a ‘Norway’ when it comes to leaving the EU but continue to trade with them. The clue to the Norwegian ministers true allegiance is in the narrative though, which does not help the BBC case…
Norway’s foreign minister has urged the UK to assess the advantages of staying in the European Union, rather than consider leaving.
Norway is not an EU member but has access to the single market. UK euro-sceptics use it as a model for how the UK could relate to the EU from outside.
But Foreign Minister Espen Eide said Oslo had “limited scope for influence”.
“We are not at the table when decisions are made,” he told Radio 4′s The World This Weekend.
Mr Eide is pro-EU, though Norwegian voters have twice rejected the chance to join the EU in referendums in 1972 and 1994.
Well gosh a pro EU Norwegian minister is encouraging us to stay in the EU, well what a surprise, who would have thought it?
Thing is, even though we’re in the EU, we don’t have any real influence, the thing is controlled by bureaucrats for bureaucrats and the politicians just go along for the cash ride and as for the ordinary people, well they get to do as they are told, ignored by those who think they really count. These are the people who believe that rights are given to people by the state (hence all the petty rules) rather than the state being held accountable by the people by those rights. It’s why the continental system of laws (based mostly upon the Code Napoleon) cuts right across the Anglo Saxon system that developed in England where on the continent you are not permitted to do anything unless it’s allowed compared to a system where you can do what you like provided it’s not forbidden.
Slowly over the years our civil service and bureaucrats have moved us from the Anglo Saxon system to the continental one which gives them a greater degree of control over us and then wonder why we don’t like it. After all, from their point of view what’s not to like? They tell us what to do and don’t have to face up to their mistakes, except for the odd revolution, but that’s what politicians are for when it comes to decorating the lampposts time.
Politicians are foolish and occasionally power hungry, but the danger to our rights usually comes not from politicians but from those they’ve appointed to put policy into action, they are the ones who write policy to get it voted upon, they are the ones who really need watching…