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The moderate march chant

June 25th, 2007

Over at CT, Henry’s given all you need to know about the recently concluded EU treaty negotiations. It strikes me that this would have been an excellent occasion for a march with the classic chant of moderates everywhere:

WHAT DO WE WANT? A REASONABLE COMPROMISE !
WHEN DO WANT IT? IN! DUE! COURSE!

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  1. June 25th, 2007 at 18:33 | #1

    The promising thing about EU federalism is that they seem to have arrived at a system that promotes competitive federalism on the taxation front whilst making it very difficult to increase centralised taxation. Even the defeated constitution put centralised taxation in a category that required unanimous support from all nations.

    The very positive things about the EU are thus:-

    1. Common stable unit of account.
    2. Free trade between member nations.
    3. Free movement between member nations.
    4. Decentralised taxation with competitive forces already pushing taxation downward (witness recent trends on taxation in Germany and France).

    There is a lot to complain about regarding the EU. But for those that love small government there are still some quite positive forces at work. So long as the institutional structures continue to make the central executive powers very limited things could work out well in the EU. The individual states have also thus far managed to continue to bear arms as part of an organised milita. Lets hope they continue to.

  2. Paulkelly
    June 25th, 2007 at 20:20 | #2

    We want a camel!

  3. Paulkelly
    June 29th, 2007 at 10:38 | #3

    Why did this thread die? I thought my quip was funny – as in, you know, as horse designed by committee.

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