But lest you think this is strictly a UK phenomenon, I give you our intrepid PM of the Dutch ‘Danish’ cabinet. You know, the one that promised to roll back the powers of the EUnion in favour of the nation state.
Quite recently your blogger went off into some blue language over this. And today, on the very day the German Constitutional court decided ah so conveniently that yes, the Greek bail-out is legal after all, we were treated to this:
Cabinet calls for EU commissioner to ensure eurozone rules are kept
The Dutch cabinet supports a far tougher approach to ensuring eurozone countries do not break the rules on monetary union and believes they should leave the euro if they are not prepared to enforce stronger sanctions, prime minister Mark Rutte told MPs in a briefing on Wednesday.
‘This briefing sketches a structural approach which gets to the heart of the problem, strengthening budgetary discipline and ensuring strict adherence to the rules, under independent monitoring,’ Rutte said.
These rules would be accompanied by ‘severe sanctions which countries will have to agree to if they want to remain part of the eurozone,’ the prime minister said in the nine-page document.
According to the Volkskrant, the rest of Europe is not ready for this form of ‘euro-federalism’. Apparently, the ‘rest of Europe’ includes a goodly portion of the quite astonished Dutch public. This is defending our sovereignty? This is rolling back the dead hand from Brussels?
The conclusion has become inevitable that our current government, in stead of being the alternative sought by the Dutch public when they overwhelmingly voted for the ‘other guys’, is just more of the same poison we don’t want. Professing a certain measure of ‘euroscepticism’ they play the tunes that Brussels calls at every opportunity. It is the Europlastics that are governing the Netherlands.