I”ll never forget a conversation I had when I was a young and idealistic Peace Corps volunteer in Estonia with my older and wiser Estonian boss. It was 1995, and Estonia was at the beginning stages of the EU membership process.
“You must be excited about Estonia joining the EU,” I said to her.
“Not really. We just left a giant ‘union’ where we were told how to work and what size our potatoes had to be. I don’t think we should join another.”
I realized she was right, which is why I’ve always been skeptical of the EU. It seems like it’s brought productivity down to the lowest common denominator among its members and raised regulation to the highest — not a recipe for success.
Anyway, that’s all a lead in for a Daniel Hannan clip which I’m really posting because I just love listening to him speak.