Richard Drax: All about Germany

Dorset Echo: Richard Drax: All about Germany Richard Drax: All about Germany

THE ballyhoo over the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the EU Commission has caused merriment and concern in equal measure.

Amusingly, we have learnt that Mr Juncker allegedly likes a tipple of cognac for breakfast, is an ardent Federalist and wants the UK brought into line.

Of course, with the name Juncker, eurosceptics saw an opportunity.

By pronouncing his name with a heavy ‘J’, we were reminded of the infamous Stuka dive-bomber, the Junkers 87.

Although terrifyingly effective against an inferior force, the aircraft had serious flaws when matched against the Spitfire, Hurricane and other Allied fighters.

In Wikipedia, they are described as such: “Poor manoeuvrability and a lack of both speed and defensive armament meant that the Stuka required heavy fighter escort to operate effectively”.

I thought that a rather appropriate analogy.

Anyway, back to the serious business.

Anyone who thought the Prime Minister might puncture Mr Juncker’s fuel tank was living in cloud-cuckoo land. The final outcome underlines how laughable and totally inconceivable any form of renegotiation is.

Chancellor Angela Merkel told a press conference that the drive for ever-closer union would continue unabated and repatriation of powers was out.

She could not have been clearer.

Having lunch with a Spanish diplomat recently, I asked him whether he really believed in a Federalist state.

He looked at me over his lamb and explained that Germany had lent Spain billions of euros.

He paused, as if for effect, before adding: “And, we have spent it!”

The truth is that the eurozone countries are indebted to Germany. They can’t get out even if they wanted to. Germany is terrified we might leave the EU.

So expect the dire warnings from Europe of isolation and economic ruin to grow ever louder.

Comments (9)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:20am Fri 4 Jul 14

JamesYoung says...

Yet Germany also needs those subservient EU countries to buy its manufacturing output. The situation for Germany would be far worse if the EU broke up, because it would lose a good percentage of its profitable customers. German taxpayers, on the other hand, must surely be fed up of handing out alms to the southern and eastern EU members who squander it at every opportunity.
I find it quite ironic that we are told that nationalism is bad and federalism is good. In reality, there is plenty of nationalism being played out in the EU - everybody is in it for themselves.
Yet Germany also needs those subservient EU countries to buy its manufacturing output. The situation for Germany would be far worse if the EU broke up, because it would lose a good percentage of its profitable customers. German taxpayers, on the other hand, must surely be fed up of handing out alms to the southern and eastern EU members who squander it at every opportunity. I find it quite ironic that we are told that nationalism is bad and federalism is good. In reality, there is plenty of nationalism being played out in the EU - everybody is in it for themselves. JamesYoung
  • Score: 5

10:41am Fri 4 Jul 14

cj07589 says...

EU is just a massive Ponzi scheme in disguise, I'm still wait for the independant auditors to sign off the accounts. They can't and won't because of all the corruption heard yesterday that EU development money was being siphoned off by the Mafia cartels.
Let's face its a garrented gravey train for the political elite who couldn't care less about anything else apart from sort themselves and their self interests. Germany is the single biggest benefactor out of the EU monetary union as its deflated currency (in the form of the Euro) as it exports are cheaper but other countries experience the reverse and negative effect, Greece being a good example.
Where from here? Follow Norway, Finland and Switzland's example of economic strength by trading in Europe but staying well clear of the undemocratic federalist EU nightmare.
Please can someone confirm the benefits because I can't see many. So far its one way traffic with the British tax payer being plundered and taken for complete mugs. This can't not continue something drastic needs to change .
EU is just a massive Ponzi scheme in disguise, I'm still wait for the independant auditors to sign off the accounts. They can't and won't because of all the corruption heard yesterday that EU development money was being siphoned off by the Mafia cartels. Let's face its a garrented gravey train for the political elite who couldn't care less about anything else apart from sort themselves and their self interests. Germany is the single biggest benefactor out of the EU monetary union as its deflated currency (in the form of the Euro) as it exports are cheaper but other countries experience the reverse and negative effect, Greece being a good example. Where from here? Follow Norway, Finland and Switzland's example of economic strength by trading in Europe but staying well clear of the undemocratic federalist EU nightmare. Please can someone confirm the benefits because I can't see many. So far its one way traffic with the British tax payer being plundered and taken for complete mugs. This can't not continue something drastic needs to change . cj07589
  • Score: -3

11:11am Fri 4 Jul 14

banknote says...

I am old enough to have voted in the 1976 referendum.

At that time, I voted for a Common Market - a free trade area and nothing more........

Since then the whole project has been hijacked by the European Federalists, without any thought of what the inhabitants of the various countries want.

I want to trade with Europe, I do not want to be part of a "United States of Europe"

Surely, it is time for the electorate to vote on the issue now and not to wait for any renegotiation - which virtually everyone agrees will not work?
I am old enough to have voted in the 1976 referendum. At that time, I voted for a Common Market - a free trade area and nothing more........ Since then the whole project has been hijacked by the European Federalists, without any thought of what the inhabitants of the various countries want. I want to trade with Europe, I do not want to be part of a "United States of Europe" Surely, it is time for the electorate to vote on the issue now and not to wait for any renegotiation - which virtually everyone agrees will not work? banknote
  • Score: -1

11:34am Fri 4 Jul 14

JamesYoung says...

banknote wrote:
I am old enough to have voted in the 1976 referendum.

At that time, I voted for a Common Market - a free trade area and nothing more........

Since then the whole project has been hijacked by the European Federalists, without any thought of what the inhabitants of the various countries want.

I want to trade with Europe, I do not want to be part of a "United States of Europe"

Surely, it is time for the electorate to vote on the issue now and not to wait for any renegotiation - which virtually everyone agrees will not work?
Well, its interesting to see the game Cameron is playing. I was surprised to read Drax's article as i assumed he would be singing the party song.
Is Cameron really expecting to be able to renegotiate?
Or is he sitting on the fence, trying to appease both sides of the debate, while hoping that we will be forced into a referendum by his failure to succeed in delivering the concessions.
[quote][p][bold]banknote[/bold] wrote: I am old enough to have voted in the 1976 referendum. At that time, I voted for a Common Market - a free trade area and nothing more........ Since then the whole project has been hijacked by the European Federalists, without any thought of what the inhabitants of the various countries want. I want to trade with Europe, I do not want to be part of a "United States of Europe" Surely, it is time for the electorate to vote on the issue now and not to wait for any renegotiation - which virtually everyone agrees will not work?[/p][/quote]Well, its interesting to see the game Cameron is playing. I was surprised to read Drax's article as i assumed he would be singing the party song. Is Cameron really expecting to be able to renegotiate? Or is he sitting on the fence, trying to appease both sides of the debate, while hoping that we will be forced into a referendum by his failure to succeed in delivering the concessions. JamesYoung
  • Score: 4

12:46pm Fri 4 Jul 14

cj07589 says...

JamesYoung wrote:
banknote wrote:
I am old enough to have voted in the 1976 referendum.

At that time, I voted for a Common Market - a free trade area and nothing more........

Since then the whole project has been hijacked by the European Federalists, without any thought of what the inhabitants of the various countries want.

I want to trade with Europe, I do not want to be part of a "United States of Europe"

Surely, it is time for the electorate to vote on the issue now and not to wait for any renegotiation - which virtually everyone agrees will not work?
Well, its interesting to see the game Cameron is playing. I was surprised to read Drax's article as i assumed he would be singing the party song.
Is Cameron really expecting to be able to renegotiate?
Or is he sitting on the fence, trying to appease both sides of the debate, while hoping that we will be forced into a referendum by his failure to succeed in delivering the concessions.
He is sitting on the fence waiting to see which way it falls no doubt.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]banknote[/bold] wrote: I am old enough to have voted in the 1976 referendum. At that time, I voted for a Common Market - a free trade area and nothing more........ Since then the whole project has been hijacked by the European Federalists, without any thought of what the inhabitants of the various countries want. I want to trade with Europe, I do not want to be part of a "United States of Europe" Surely, it is time for the electorate to vote on the issue now and not to wait for any renegotiation - which virtually everyone agrees will not work?[/p][/quote]Well, its interesting to see the game Cameron is playing. I was surprised to read Drax's article as i assumed he would be singing the party song. Is Cameron really expecting to be able to renegotiate? Or is he sitting on the fence, trying to appease both sides of the debate, while hoping that we will be forced into a referendum by his failure to succeed in delivering the concessions.[/p][/quote]He is sitting on the fence waiting to see which way it falls no doubt. cj07589
  • Score: 0

1:02pm Fri 4 Jul 14

radiator says...

I have said this many times that there are only three major players in the eu the Uk France and Germany, if we pull out it will decimate the so called union and in my opinion they are scared, its right what Drax has said there will be all sorts of nonsense coming from them saying we will lose millions of jobs etc.
I have said this many times that there are only three major players in the eu the Uk France and Germany, if we pull out it will decimate the so called union and in my opinion they are scared, its right what Drax has said there will be all sorts of nonsense coming from them saying we will lose millions of jobs etc. radiator
  • Score: -1

3:21pm Fri 4 Jul 14

cosmick says...

Well a good news story UKIP have chossen there candidate for WEYMOUTH &PORTLAND, so there is some hope ahead.
Well a good news story UKIP have chossen there candidate for WEYMOUTH &PORTLAND, so there is some hope ahead. cosmick
  • Score: -6

3:37pm Fri 4 Jul 14

mikie4100 says...

Oh my. There must be an election aound the corner!

Mr Drax writing in the Echo.

To take his German wartime analogy this sounds more like "Drax Calling - Drax Calling".
Oh my. There must be an election aound the corner! Mr Drax writing in the Echo. To take his German wartime analogy this sounds more like "Drax Calling - Drax Calling". mikie4100
  • Score: 5

10:23pm Fri 4 Jul 14

JamesYoung says...

mikie4100 wrote:
Oh my. There must be an election aound the corner!

Mr Drax writing in the Echo.

To take his German wartime analogy this sounds more like "Drax Calling - Drax Calling".
To be fair, much as i have a profound dislike of local politicians (Jim Knight excepted - despite me being a tory voter), Drax writes in the paper every week.
[quote][p][bold]mikie4100[/bold] wrote: Oh my. There must be an election aound the corner! Mr Drax writing in the Echo. To take his German wartime analogy this sounds more like "Drax Calling - Drax Calling".[/p][/quote]To be fair, much as i have a profound dislike of local politicians (Jim Knight excepted - despite me being a tory voter), Drax writes in the paper every week. JamesYoung
  • Score: 0
Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree