Friday, February 5, 2010
The Madness that is the EU. Part 1
We all know that Britain gets shafted by the rules and regulations of the EU. With our history of fair play and abiding by the rules we were always going to get shafted, no debate on that one. Our slippery continental cousins do all the ducking and diving and seem to do very well out of the EU, thank you very much.
As an island nation we have relied for countless generations on the harvest of the sea. Our traditional fishing grounds served Britain well and the industry managed them well. In 1970 there had been 21,443 fisherman employed on the boats and for every job at sea there was around ten on land relying on the industry.
Fast forward to today and it is a very different picture. Forty per cent of the fishing jobs at sea have been lost. Only around 12,000 fisherman earn a living on the boats today. The total jobs lost both at sea and on land since Britain joined the EU and has had to endure the Common Fisheries Policy is 115,000. The tonnage of fish landed in British ports has nearly halved.
All the above is bad enough to endure without the following...
The EU fishing fleet has been modernised extensively, all at the taxpayer's expense of course. As the British fleet was modern and well managed our 'share' of the pot was negligible. For every pound spent on British boats the Spanish fleet got £6.72. It doesn't take an expert to work out how our fishing industry has been destroyed. Our traditional fishing grounds are now our EU partners fishing grounds.
The British taxpayer has contributed £150 million towards building foreign fishing vessels which can legally plunder our seas. Even today, we still contribute £64 million a year to the madness of the Common Fisheries Policy.
We pay Pedro and his chums to steal our cod and haddock.