Whether Priti Patel truly is concerned about the effect of EU Directives and Regulations and the effect they have our our country and its economy; or whether she is part of a group who are allowed to raise questions in order to continue the fallacy that there really are Eurosceptic Tory MPs is open to interpretation. Either way the lady has been a tad busy.
It would appear that there are 8 EU Directives, for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pending transposition into UK law and they don't come cheap! On top of that there are 3 awaiting transposition for Work and Pensions; 2 for the Ministry of Justice; and 1 for the Home Office. The cost of most of those for Work & Pensions, Justice and the Home Office have yet to be calculated.
From another source, it also would appear that the Coalition's control over immigration from countries outside the EU is about to get some shackles imposed, in that proposals have been made for:
1. Proposal for a Directive on a single application procedure for a single permit for third-country nationals to reside and work in the territory of a Member State and on a common set of rights for third-country workers legally residing in a Member State (single permit);
2. Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of seasonal employment (seasonal workers, see doc. 12208/10);
3.Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer (ICT, see doc. 12211/10).
What was that in the Coalition 'manifesto'? Oh, yes:
"We share a conviction that the days of big government are over; that centralisation and top-down control have proved a failure."
To paraphrase Mark Twain: Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were the leader of either the Conservative or Liberal Democrat Party. But I repeat myself.
Where matters EU are concerned and what is 'fed' to the public by politicians, I am reminded of the words of George Orwell:
"In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible...Thus, political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness...Political language is designed to make lies sound truthfull and murder respectable."
Politics and the English Language, 1945
H/T: Autonomous Mind and IanPJ on Politics (Twitter)