More overt simplification and aspersion, destroying any meaning or understanding of current realities.
Look around you in Ireland. How are the ruling structures organised? How much power is there to do things is in local communities, how much in local authorities, how much in national authorities, how much in EU authority?
Let’s not bleat that it ALL comes from the EU. Actually, only a very small amount of it does. This much:
“Under the principle of subsidiarity, in areas which do not fall within its exclusive competence, the Union shall act only if and in so far as the objectives of the proposed action cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States, either at central level or at regional and local level, but can rather, by reason of the scale or effects of the proposed action, be better achieved at Union level.”*
This principle is explicitly written into all the treaties and other EU constitutional documents.
It is what we can clearly OBSERVE. - From our banks to the environment, to social and workplace protection, the EU only steps in when it HAS to, in accordance with the above principle.
The EU only acts where action of individual countries *is insufficient. *
With regards Ireland, I would say the insufficiency of our action warrants a hell of a lot more EU action than we have at present.
Only, this is a truth that those who think they would prefer to revert to pre-EU nationalism will willfully avoid. But the bogey-man is nationalism. Not european federalism. Why? Study european history for the answer.
I might as well be talking to the wall.