slowster wrote:windmiller wrote:I hate homework
I don't understand why you refer to it as homework. You should not need to do any research. Given the strength of your views on the EU, you should already know and be able to give examples off the top of your head of EU laws that are harmful and should be repealed. I'm not asking you to do any homework, I'm asking you to answer what should be a fairly easy question for you.
While we are waiting, I'll give my answer to Mick. In general I would say the EU laws that come to my mind as being good examples are those relating to work related health and safety, environmental protection, and consumer protection (things like distance selling regs, flight delay refunds, mobile phone roaming charges etc.). I think the consumer protection ones have been very necessary to offset the growing power of big business, especially large multi-nationals. Without the EU legislating, I think that there would not have been the political will of individual governments to agree to such changes, and I think the transnational nature of many such laws often makes it impossible to make progress without all governments signing up.
My promised example of an EU directive that should not have been made is the one that resulted in the Display Screen Equipment Regulations in the UK. Although work related upper limb disorders associated with working using computers do exist, e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome etc., the extent of the problem probably did not warrant a dedicated set of regulations, and instead it was something which could probably have been adequately addressed by the HSE promoting awareness of the issues generally with information leaflets etc., making sure it was something covered by the recognised H&S training courses and exams, and just using the UK's existing general H&S legislation requirement to provide safe work equipment, proper training etc. for enforcement where companies clearly were not taking adequate precautions for workers sat at computers.
By God Why didn't I think of those things. I'm sure if we never joined the EU back in the 70's nobody in the UK would have ever thought of them either. Lucky we joined the EU in time so they could think of them so we would never have to.
And another thing, what the hell were those EU nannies thinking of, imagining that we thought sitting on ones buttocks while gawking at blue light for at least 8 hours a day was a great idea.
I just knew the bendy banana crime law was an urban myth, nobody is that stoopid.
Secure National Borders? that old chesnut - who needs them, you can't leave your house doors open like you did in the old days but the EU knows best and they would only allow the finest people to gate crash another country.
keep your home bolted like Fort knox at night but your national borders wide open, makes sense to me.