Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Great European Rip-off: special offer

There's another book out about the waste and fraud inherent in the European Union, and TBR has done a swift review over at the LPUK blog.
I finished reading The Great European Rip-off by David Craig and Matthew Elliot yesterday. And I have to say it's one of the best books on modern politics I have read.

Probably the best thing about the book is that it's balanced. While its aim is to reveal EU waste and corruption it does point out where the EU has been successful. For example—in terms of spreading peace, democracy and stability.

The authors also layout a set of proposals to reform the EU. Rather than just concluding that the EU should be scrapped.

However it is difficult for the authors to balance the good and bad considering the amount of waste and corruption present in the EU.

Thanks to the fact that publishers are waking up to the influence of blogs (ha!), your humble Devil was contacted by Random House and is happy to be able to offer readers a big chunk off the retail price of £8.99. How?
Receive 30% off when you purchase The Great European Rip-off from rBooks. Simply visit www.rbooks.co.uk/ripoff, click ‘Add to Basket’ and then add the promotional code GREATRIPOFF before making your purchase. Offer expires 30.06.2009 and cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.

I have ordered a copy and shall review the book in due course...

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Spreading peace and democracy", doh, where would that be? Democracy does not exist in the EU. "Reform of the EU", the EU exists merely to be, it cannot be reformed. It was designed in such a way that reform is not possible nor wanted by it's leaders.

Derek

Anonymous said...

It was NATO stationing foreign military in germany that ensured peace throughout europe, as well as the people of europe no longer being prepared to kill each other for the glorious good of the few crack pots aloud to govern.

The EU could have been something good, instead politicians were aloud near it!

Boombastic said...

I'm sure it'll be a good read, but ultimately it'll make my blood boil at the waste and corruption.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Shilling again? ;-)

wonkotsane said...

Shall we list the wars, genocides and other atrocities that have happened on the EU's watch? The EU has done fuck all to spread or ensure peace and when we eventually try to leave, they'll have troops on our streets.

chris said...

The only time the EU a had any major influence on a conflict was the civil war in the former Yugoslavia, and all it did there was create a 'level killing field' needlessly prolonging it. The peace of the last 50 years was kept principally by NATO, or maybe this is the old EU-phile smear that if it wasn't for the EU constantly draining the German coffers they would have invaded somebody when Germany is constitutionally pacifist.

Devil's Kitchen said...

chris,

The "level killing field" quote was, of course, used by Douglas Hurd -- a total bastard.

DK

Anonymous said...

DK,

Quite agree. he is.

Derek

chris said...

And Douglas Hurd was an EU-phile, as were many of that generation of Conservatives, as well as being a total genocidaire supporting bastard. That the party that he represented is now the lesser evil really does not say much for the state of politics.