Norway has oil. Switzerland’s a tax haven. Both have far, far smaller populations than the UK, accounting for their far higher GDPs per capita (and hence relative prosperity).
You what? A small population means a high GDP per capita?
Err, tell that to Kiribati, Cape Verde, Tuvalu, The Comoros, why don\’t you?
And actually, we expect the effect to run the other way. The larger the country, the larger the free trade area and thus the higher we would expect the GDP per capita to be. This should be obvious for it\’s the driving force behind the whole Single Market thing that Nosemonkey is trying, so ineffectually, to defend.
Because you know what you need for a Common Market to function? Common rules and regulations.
No, it doesn\’t actually. It does not require common political or bureaucratically created rules and regulations at least. This is to buy into the entire Continental fallacy, that we need to be told what to do. All that is needed is a common set of rules about what we cannot impose political or bureaucratic rules upon.
Take, for example that evergreen set of banana rules. Class I may not be bendy and all that. These rules have the force of law, it\’s illegal (a criminal offence, punishable by 6 months in pokey and or a £5,000 fine) to sell overly bendy bananas for direct human consumption in the EU.
That\’s certainly one way of getting common rules, getting the pointy headed pencil suckers to tabulate how we all must act.
There is another way of course. Let the people in the industry write the rules themselves. Anyone and everyone is entirely free to use these rules or not, as they wish. Industry standards, industry norms: it\’s how the global (please note, global) metals industry works. You want to sell nickel you go off to the London Metals Exchange and look up their nickel contract definition. You can make to that standard or not, as you wish. But everyone uses that standard as a way of pricing your material: produce better stuff and if someone needs better stuff they\’ll pay more for it. Produce worse and peeps will insist on a discount.
Note that there\’s no insistence in the law that you cannot sell nickel that doesn\’t meet this standard. It\’s an entirely organic, within the industry, set of standards. And this doesn\’t just apply to nickel, nor just to non-ferrous metals. This is how the entire global metals industry operates.
We in the industry ponder and decide upon whatever standards we think might aid us in doing business. Shit, even I\’ve written one of the industry standards with no input whatsoever from taxgobblers. The one for scandium. There\’s no legal force to it at all: but it works as a standard.
One reason it does is that it was written by an expert of course, not a tax gobbler:
In the case of Scandium, purity is quoted as a 99% min. Sc2O3 total actual purity- not TREO basis.
No, you don\’t understand that, no taxgobbler understands it. But an entirely voluntary standard still does work for it provides the useful information that people need.
So, I refute entirely the suggestion that a common market requires skyscrapers full of santorum dribbling civil servants to write common rules and regulations. A common market will quite happily write its own common rules and regulations: as we can actually see from a real world example of a common market without the santorum suckers.
You see – it’s all very well saying “let’s leave the EU”. But if you’re advocating ditching the status quo you’d better have a pretty bloody well thought-through alternative plan.
We do. Hang the bureaucrats, shoot the politicians and declare unilateral free trade. Immediate 3% boost to GDP.