Ted Obvious writes from Brussels: As the European Union introduces new sanctions against members of the Syrian regime, targeting specific individuals and their vast assets scattered around Europe, here is one idea that is bound to be welcomed by millions of long-suffering European taxpayers who’ve been forced to cough up trillions of euros to bail out the banks: impose hard-hitting sanctions on EU leaders, who have proven to be totally incompetent and useless in sorting out the current mess in the economy.
Just think about it: these fat cats, who’ve done nothing to avert the financial crash and the devastating economic crisis that followed, not to mention the debt crisis that had been simmering for a good decade, would be hit with tough penalties including a freeze of their assets hidden on accounts under assumed names. On top of that they would be forced to use public transport instead of being driven around in fancy cars and for once people could vent their anger on them and tell them what they think about them in person. This alone would probably make sanctions against EU politicians a very popular move among the masses.
And if these initial measures won’t work and EU leaders would continue to muck about and do pretty much nothing worthwhile then a ban on holding all summits, both big and small, that politicians like so much would be introduced as part of the pressure on them. Yes, no more free publicity and all those lavish lunches and dinners and orgies in five-star hotels at the expense of the public. EU leaders would have to use their phones and Ipads to communicate with each other. Not to mention that they would no longer be allowed to have unrestricted access to the media to give meaningless interviews and say nothing of any substance while promoting themselves.
These sanctions would be intended to force EU politicians to do something practical about the current financial crisis and stop shielding their banker friends. And if these measures won’t bring any results, then more draconian punishments would be introduced, including cutting salaries of EU politicians and removing their undeserved perks that they like so much. Some of them might even be asked to step down and take on proper jobs – for the first time in their lives.
Sanctions against EU politicians can then be also introduced against hundreds of thousands of bureaucrats at the European Commission and the European Council, with their huge salaries and private assets frozen. They would have to explain, for the first time in their lives, what is it exactly that they do and why it is that they meddle in the affairs of member nations, having no authority to do that?
Because let’s face it, all those dictators, who get sanctions introduced against them, cause much less damage than the EU politicians who are hiding behind a supposed democratic mandate.