Glen Ruffle: Look what you’re missing…

For those still in mourning for their lost European Union (one that many young people did not realise never existed), a review of what we will soon be missing might help…

For those who love communism and hate the freedom we have to say what we think: The European Parliament voted through with a massive majority a report on how the EU can indoctrinate children.

The ‘Learning EU in Schools’ report seeks to ensure that the EU is taught to children in order to shape their minds at an early age. Rather than acknowledge democratic deficits or the gulf between Brussels and real people, the EU is seeking to control school curriculums in order to promote the EU and accrue greater power to the centre, away from voters.

The European Parliament – supposedly representing the people – voted for the report and “Encourages the Commission to continue its support for efforts to develop and promote an EU dimension to education…” (point 22 of Motion 2015/2138(INI)).

If that’s not enough, the Commission is also revising the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, making it more burdensome for broadcasters to operate across the EU and ensuring that European content is promoted.

For those who dislike democracy and love waste: The General European Court of Justice was doubled in size without any assessment of the costs involved or future benefits to be derived. The ECJ – which until Brexit is “…the real Supreme Court of the UK…” (Andrew Lewer MEP) – has also had its extensive powers increased.

The ECJ’s own judge, Franklin Dehousse, noted the increase in legislative power turned over to the court, and pointed out that national parliaments were not notified.

This breaks the EU’s own treaties. The Treaty on European Union, in Article 12, states that “National Parliaments contribute…through being informed by the institutions of the Union and having draft legislative acts of the Union forwarded to them…”

But since when have laws mattered?

For those who love paying tax: The European Culture, Education and Sport Committee (appropriately nicknamed CULT) saw MEPs argue over the £47 million cost of a “House of European History” in Belgium, built as a vain monument to the ‘glory’ of the EU.

In an audacious act showing precisely why Britain voted to leave, Eurocrats decided their political project needed documenting in a museum that will require a further £700,000 a year of taxpayers’ money to operate.

By the time it opens (due for November), a museum may indeed be precisely the right place to put the EU.

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