How fucking stupid is this?

Europe is gearing up for a fresh trade war with China with plans to impose a levy on billions of pounds worth of imports of cheap solar panels.

Morons.

The European Commission has proposed a tough 47pc “anti-dumping” tariff to penalise the imports, it emerged on Wednesday.

The move would benefit European manufacturers, who allege their Chinese rivals – whose panels are as much as 45pc cheaper – are unfairly subsidised by Beijing.

The installation of solar cells is vastly, hugely, subsidised right across Europe. So when someone starts selling cheap ones they tax them.

Even if China really is subsidising the production (something I seriously doubt) then so what? The correct reaction is to say \”Ta v. much, we like cheap\”.

We\’re ruled by fucking morons.

11 thoughts on “How fucking stupid is this?”

  1. Not just ruled Tim, we are also populated by morons who think the EU should go back to tin bashing and sewing. Who don’t understand the concept of added-value.

    Who think Dyson is a traitor for outsourcing manufacturing, rather than a hero for building a successful company with many well-paid jobs in design, marketing, management, sales in the UK.

    Politicians, unfortunately, are representatively stupid.

  2. If the Chinese gave us everything we needed foc, where would the bureaucrats and commissioners get the tax revenues that keep them in their palaces? And with no one having to work any more, who would listen to a word they said?

  3. It’s particularly insane because the benefits of cheap solar would go overwhelmingly to us here down in Club Med. You know. The bit of the European Empire whose economies are in life support.They complain about low productivity, then step on a means of increasing productivity.

    Type of horse found in cavities (3-5)

  4. Yes, if solar panels will Save The Planet, isn’t it a good thing that they are much cheaper?

  5. Why don’t they just ban solar panels ?
    After all that’s what they did to light bulbs when the big manufacturers in Europe were being undercut by cheap imports.

  6. bis, I got as far as “pit pony”. Yes that’s 4 letters and isn’t a horse anyway.

  7. @Richard
    If I told you the answer to 1 down was also ass-holes, would that help?
    (Actually, that’s the answer to all the clues in this particular puzzle.)

  8. Whoever expected the EU to be more than a re-run of the Hanseatic League? That’s why we’re better off out of it.

  9. Isn’t that Bastiat and the candle makers?

    Shows that it takes politicians at least 180 years not to understand something.

  10. @John Barrett……does that explain why the price of light bulbs appears to have tripled and why increasingly I can only get hyper expensive ‘long life’ bulbs at about a fiver each which are supposed to save the planet but last about 3 weeks?

    A total scam methinks. And one of many that big corporate Europe has pushed through via their playthings in Brussels

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