On such an important occasion let’s have a quick peek at these 28 stalwarts of democracy… well maybe not all 28, let’s instead have a look at just a few.
Remember now, these people are very important and very impressive and very hard working so they deserve a very fair wage for their very efforts.
As you all know this blog is interested in matters of banking, business, the overall economy and you know, money stuff, so let’s look at who in the Commission is responsible for the money stuff.
There’s a lady from Belgium called Marianne Thyssen, she’s the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility. That sounds a bit similar to what Mr. Katainen is doing. Could someone please explain to me how her remit of “Employment” differs from Mr. Katainen’s remit of “Jobs”?
But wait! There’s more!!!
We have Jonathan Hill from Britain, brilliant, bring on the Brits, their country is on the verge of breaking up but we do need a cool British head and stiff upper lip in Europe and Jonny’s the man to help. He’s responsible for Financial Stability and Financial Services. But hang on, how does that differ from “jobs” and “employment”? Is not financial stability an integral part of competitiveness and investment? But don’t we have Mr. Katainen for that, or was it Ms. Thyssen?
Are you confused yet?
But Wait!!! There’s more!!!
There’s Elżbieta Bieńkowska from Poland. She’s responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME). Don’t you think that the internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs are a crucial part of jobs, employment, labour mobility and financial stability which Mr. Katainen, Ms. Thyssen and Mr. Hill were responsible for?
But wait! There’s still more!!! (This is turning in to one of those TV infomercial offers isn’t it it?)
There’s Cecilia Malmström from Sweden, but unlike those mentioned above, she’s responsible for only one thing: Trade. Hang about! Isn’t trade all about industry, jobs, employment, financial stability and growth, which all the others are already taking care of?
But wait! Nope. We’re still not done. Yes my chummie chumsters I’m sure you’ve worked it out by now. There is still more.
Let’s not forget Margarete Westager from Denmark she’s also only responsible for one thing and that’s Competition. Perhaps one of the 33 039 (not a typo) employees of the European Commission could explain to me if the “Competition” commissioner is responsible for organizing the Commission’s yearly sports day? You know, boule, croquet, egg and spoon race? That sort of stuff. Or is she actually responsible, as I suspect, for competitiveness in the economic sphere. If so, how does competition differ from jobs, trade, employment, financial stability, labour mobility and trade?
I think you get my point by now. Orwell’s Animal Farm has become a reality. Some people really are more equal than others.
I’m trying to work out what all these people are doing, but I’m buggered if I can. Perhaps you can explain to me how an unelected clique of 28 apparatchiks supported by over 30 000 mandarins paid for by you is improving the living conditions of the inhabitants of the European Union?