By Paul Henke (author)
As an author I have written extensively with today’s issues of terrorism and organised crime.
One of my books is about corruption in the EU. When I began to investigate the subject, albeit from a cynical viewpoint, I was appalled and disgusted at what I discovered. The fraud and corruption that I found goes back to the 50s when the Treaty of Rome was signed and is still going on today. The difference is, it is far worse now than then. Who says so? Actually, the EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem . She has described corruption in Europe as “breathtaking” and has stated that it costs the EU economy at least 120bn euros (£99bn) annually! However, in her report she goes on to say that the actual costs is “probably much higher”.
The report also states that corruption was eroding trust in democracy and draining resources from the legal economy.
Four out of ten businesses surveyed said corruption was an obstacle to doing business in Europe.
The UK along with Sweden was considered to be one of the least corrupt places to do business. It therefore follows that businesses would prefer to deal with the UK where there is virtually no corruption rather than countries such as Poland, Rumania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary and many others that were part of the Soviet Union. They lived in a debilitating fog of fraud and corruption and brought it to the west with them. Some countries are riddled with organised crime gangs. These include Italy, Rumania and Bulgaria. These gangs are infiltrating every level of our society from petty thieving to grand larceny. A London police report last year said that the majority of cash point crimes were being committed by Rumanian and Bulgarian gangs. When the criminals are caught, they suddenly don’t speak English, work the system to their advantage and even if found guilty and sent to prison cannot be deported at the end of their sentence. Who says so? The European Court of Human Rights. Of course, it should be renamed The European Court of Criminals’ Rights as the description would be far more accurate. Laws established to protect us, the people of Britain, are being undermined and superseded by Europe.
For those of us who wish to leave the EU and take back democratic control of our country I have encouraging news. Over the past 18 months I have toured the UK from Aberdeen to Cardiff giving talks on “Corruption in Europe”. My 58th and most recent talk was in Largs in Ayrshire. I must have reached an audience of about 2,000 people. By far the vast majority, with their blood pressure rocketing, will be voting to leave the EU.
We are facing widespread corruption on two fronts. The first is financial, the second is political. The first could possibly be dealt with but it will take decades and will probably fail. I say this because when the EU establishes a European Army, Navy and Air Force, the budget will be so vast that corruption will be massive. However, political corruption is the real evil amongst us and is unstoppable.
That’s why we need to escape the EU.