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No Taxation Without Representation!

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by John Brian Shannon

“No Taxation Without Representation!” was a term coined by Reverend Jonathan Mayhew in a sermon in Boston in 1750.

By 1761 the terminology was changed by James Otis who said; “Taxation without representation is tyranny!” referring to the level of resentment felt by American colonists at being taxed by a British Parliament where the colonists elected no representatives and received no tangible benefit.

It became an anti-British slogan in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Eventually Britain lost control of its colony, and after a dreadful war that colony became known as the United States of America.

They say the only two certainties in life are Death and Taxes. But surely not far behind is the Negative Fallout of taxation without representation.

And in the 1700’s Britain made a costly error. After all, how many can say they once owned the territory we now call North America and lost it?

Some 250 years later, the EU Parliament having failed to learn one of the most important lessons of modern history, is now doing a similar thing.

The EU Parliament wants to tax Britons, but not allow them representation in the European Union Parliament from March 29, 2017 through March 29, 2019 — even though Britain will remain a dues-paying European Union member during that time.

The un-democrats in Brussels think it’s fine to continue taxing Britons £30 million (net) per day but won’t allow them a seat at the table! That totals £22 billion from March 2017 to March 2019, in exchange for exactly zero decision-making ability during that time.

British MEP’s (Member of the European Parliament) can make statements, answer questions and challenge EU MEP’s on their assertions, but they can’t enter any room where actual EU decisions are made, nor will they be allowed to vote on legislation in the EU Parliament.

Which isn’t democratic! No public relations agency on Earth could spin that situation into an example of democracy.

When British taxpayers are paying £22 billion over two years with no political representation, it’s a textbook case of taxation without representation.

The question to ask yourself is; Could Britain spend that £22 billion ‘better’ than the EU?

Were I Prime Minister Theresa May, I wouldn’t unilaterally pull out of the EU via the WTO route, because this situation hasn’t begun to gather momentum!

Once British taxpayers realize that they are (and have been for a long time!) sending £30 million per day to the EU and now British MEP’s can’t vote on EU legislation, they’ll realize how badly they’ve been used.

The longer this goes on, the better for the Brexit camp as it shows what the European Union is all about. And in Britain’s case, it was always about using Britain as a cash cow to fund EU priorities while flying under the media radar.

“Fool me once, it’s your fault. Fool me twice, and it’s my fault.”

Not only does the EU Parliament want Britain to continue to subsidize the European Union to the tune of £30 million per day until March 29, 2019 — it also wants Britain to pay a £52 billion ‘divorce payment’ now and in full — before Brexit negotiations begin.

The question to ask yourself is; Could Britain spend that £52 billion ‘better’ than the EU?

Nigel Farage called it the EU ‘Mafia’ racket (which he later retracted) while others having come to the realization of what it represents to the British taxpayer will rightfully conclude it’s a case of taxation without representation via extortion — because the EU won’t allow Brexit negotiations to proceed until the payola is received.

The European Union wants 74 billion pounds (in total) before Brexit negotiations begin

The EU wants Britain to pay £74 billion before Brexit negotiations begin but won’t allow Britain a seat at the EU decision-making table even as Britain remains a dues-paying member of the European Union.

And that isn’t democracy, that’s tyranny mixed with kleptocracy.

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  1. Tim Walker says:

    Pay 74 billion pounds before Brexit negotiations begin. Suppose Britain pays. Then the negotiations will actually play out as an attempt to make an example of Britain.

  2. Tim Walker says:

    In other words, pay for the privilege of being punished.

    • Hi Tim,

      I couldn’t agree more!

      Also likely to happen, once the EU would spend the extorted £74 billion, they will dream-up more ways to extort money out of Britain.

      Probably at the last minute, just a day prior to the big signing ceremony.

      I am a strong believer of a united Europe under the EU banner (for those countries that want to be a part of the EU) and I’ve written and spent much in their favour, but this demand for money before negotiations can begin added to the fact that British MEP’s aren’t allowed to vote on EU legislation even while Britain remains a dues-paying member of the EU, is quite astonishing and (I feel) far beneath the European Union and far beneath the behavior expected of those who profess to be democrats.

      No wonder Nigel Farage called them ‘gangsters’.


      Thank you for commenting!

      Best regards, JBS

  3. Tim Walker says:

    A clean break from the EU is beginning to look like the least bad option for Britain.

    I would expect the British economy to be distressed in the short term. While the Brits scramble to build up trade ties beyond Europe

    • Hi Tim,

      Emphatically, no matter what ultimately happens it’s a small price to pay for Britons to regain their country, IMHO.

      It’s up to Prime Minister Theresa May and British exporters to try to make up any losses due to unfair dealing by the European Union on this matter.

      I wish them the best on it — especially with people like LBC’s Matt Stadlen suggesting to me on air that British arms manufacturers shouldn’t export weapons to any other country which would result in a loss of £7 billion per year to the UK economy. (LBC April 8, 2017)

      I understand some EU parliamentarians may have taken it personally that 17+ million Britons chose to leave the European Union but that doesn’t give them license to punish the people of the UK by setting wholly unreasonable demands before negotiations have begun.

      Cheers! JBS

  4. Tim Walker says:

    I few years ago I noticed online comments…that the EU had begun to resemble the Holy Roman Empire.

    Which would make Brexit a case of a province (the British province) going rogue.

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