Comments on: Barnier for President, says Brussels-bubble https://www.euractiv.com/section/elections/news/barnier-for-president-says-brussels-bubble/ EU news and policy debates across languages Wed, 05 Sep 2018 12:15:22 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: Mike Parr https://www.euractiv.com/section/elections/news/barnier-for-president-says-brussels-bubble/#comment-333930 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:14:50 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=news&p=1229240#comment-333930 I have no doubt Mr Barnier will make a fine EC president. Over in the soon to be Former-UK (readers are free to invent their own acronyms) I understand Davies will be promoted to head of bog-brushes or some such (I once had a technician on my technical team called “bog-brush” he was certainly more competent (& less lazy) than Davies. Still, people get the rewards that they deserve.

The musical chairs with respect to finance are also interesting. It is hard not to snigger with respect to the possible move of Weidmann from the Bundesbank to its Frankfurt subsidiary, the ECBundesbank – surely a demotion? As for the perma-tanned Christine of “Adults in the Room” fame well we can be sure of “steady-as-she-goes” for the Euro with requests to banksters to form an orderly queue with the electronic equivalent of 40 foot containers (for the conveyance of money).

In the case of the EP, it is little better than “democratic” window dressing for Euro-serfs aka citizens. As I have remarked in other posts – the rise of nut-job parties such as AfD, the Backside-National in France and 5 Star in Italy are symptoms of the disconnect between citizens & their so-called elected “representatives”.

If you are sitting at a desk or are reading this on a mobile phone – take a look at the people in the street. If you walked up to them and asked them: do you feel that your interests and views are considered by the politicians, locally, nationally, supra-nationally” I think you would find that 99 out of 100 would say no. Or ask this question: “do you think that politicians should make it easier for citizens to play a more active role in political decision making” – the numbers would be smaller – but I’d hazard a guess at 70 – 80% in favour.

The next round of Brussels musical chairs will, once again, show the democratic vacuum lying at the heart of local, national and EU politics. This is going to end very badly. Read “Against Elections” for some possible approaches to this growing problem (there are no “answers” – anybody who thinks there are is deluded).

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