As transport, in all its forms, is an EU competence it is not surprising that they are turning their attention to all the ports in their empire. The European Commission has launched a new initiative to improve port operations and onward transport connections at 319 key seaports along Europe’s coastline. The EU Commission of of the opinion that the guidelines and legal changes being proposed will help port operators upgrade their services and facilities as well as giving them more financial autonomy. It is not as if they are not providing information – we have an infographic here; a press release; the text of a speech on the subject by Siim Kallas; and even a link to Kallas’ webpage.
When one looks at the list of the 319 ports, 43 of these are in the United Kingdom – which is the largest number of all the Member States that have a seaboard; and being an island it is hardly surprising. What it is also necessary to realise is that this intended upgrade to our ports ties in with current work being carried out on our roads. For example it will be noted that among the list of ports is Felixstowe – now consider why the EU would contribute €11,670,000 out of a total cost of €58,357,800 to enhance what the EU have termed Priority Project 13 (United Kingdom/Ireland/Benelux road axis).
What we have here is £millions of the State’s money (and do bear in mind the State has no money of its own) being spent on road improvement, not because our caring national government think it should be done, but because our real government have decided they want it done. In this regard and bearing in mind the EU “contributed” just 20% of the A14 improvement costs, just how much will they “contribute” to what will no doubt amount to £billions to improve the ports of London, Felixstowe, Harwich, Southampton, Milford Haven, to name just a few – and which no doubt are among the 83 priority ports?
Taxpayer’s money is involved in all the work planned so will we be told that the money being forcibly “hiked” out of our pockets is being so done because our puppet government have been instructed to so do? Contrast what happened in Switzerland when voters from across the northeastern demi-canton, or region, of Appenzell Innerhoden flooded in to vote and, among other subjects, give their blessing to a seven-million -franc ($7.5-million) rail project. Is that not how democracy should work? Rather than being told they will pay for a project, the Swiss are asked whether they agree to pay. An element of Referism, which is encapsulated within the 6 Demands?
We, the people, are the true rulers of our nation, not the 650 and their sycophants in NGOs and Quangos. It is time we, the people, asserted our authority, so come on – you know it makes sense!