The occupied field doctrine

Wednesday, May 4, 2011Skender
The European project depends, far more than is generally appreciated, on a sense of inevitability. Voters might not care very much for the constant transfers of power to the EU but, as long as they believe that they can’t be stopped, they put up with them. The phenomenon is known in Brussels as the “occupied field doctrine”: once the EU has acted in any area of policy, its jurisdiction in that area is guaranteed in perpetuity.

Repealing a goodly chunk of Schengen would, of course, shatter that doctrine. People might start demanding the return of all sorts of powers. Why should the EU run agriculture given the disastrous mess it has made of the CAP? Or fisheries? Or monetary policy?

Daniel Hannan on his blog April 26th, 2011

Inflation is a tax

Sunday, January 16, 2011Skender
Inflation is a pernicious and arbitrary tax, a tax that falls hardest on those who have done the right thing. It is, in essence, a mechanism to transfer wealth from savers to the state.
Daniel Hannan