EU elephant stalks the new Great Reform Act room

Nick Clegg has just made a speech where he has outlined how the Government intends to reduce the power of the state over the individual by ‘tearing through the statute book’.  He is pledging that people will be asked what laws they want to be repealed.  He is saying that the Con-Lib coalition will:

– Restore the hard won liberties
– Reduce the power of political elites
– Redistribution of power away from the centre

It sounds wonderful.  David Cameron and Nick Clegg are telling us they are going to deliver radical reform and empowerment.  But there is a fundamental dishonesty in this rousing rhetoric because there is a complete absence of any reference to our real government, the EU.  We are likely to be offered a referendum about having a new voting system, but there is no referendum on offer asking the British people to decide if we wish to remain governed by the unelected and unaccountable European Union.  No one is offering us the opportunity to say we want to be goverened exclusively by our Parliament and want our Courts to enforce only laws that originate in this country, enacted by elected representatives we can vote democratically to keep in the Commons or remove as we see fit.  In his speech, Clegg let slip the reason for this when he said:

‘When people have power they use it’

Clegg followed that line by saying; ‘And when they are denied it, there is anger and disappointment’.  Well, that is what we should expect in due course then, because the fact is the political class is still resolved to carefully controlling the limited power we are being granted.  It is distancing the electorate from any decision making on the major issues, such as how we are governed and who makes the overwhelming majority of our laws.  We are being left with a tiny, peripheral role in reforming trivial matters while enjoying only a very limited sliver of empowerment.

We will not have any say over essential issues, such as how we produce the energy needed to power this country, the number of fish our fleets can catch and how, the rules concerning extradition of British citizens, how we dispose of our domestic waste, the costs to business of adhering to unnecessary regulations, how our financial services industry operates, whether or not we can exclude people from these shores whose presence is not in the national interest, and a host of other core matters.  So when Clegg says; ‘We will ask you which laws you think should go’ his is being misleading in the extreme, because there will be thick red lines that ordinary people will not be allowed to cross.  EU laws and regulations are off limits to people who are not part of the political class.  And still the political class maintains the pretence that we are sovereign and in control of our own affairs.  It is a sham.

While many people will cheer the news that the database state is being rolled back, ensuring we have will have some personal freedoms and civil liberties returned to us, many do not realise we are still being denied any say in the nature of our democracy.  This is a gaping hole in the proposals that the Cleggerons have no intention of filling.  We are required to know our place – and for Cameron and Clegg, that means fealty to the European Union and subservience to the political class.  We are being promised a feast when all we are going to get are some carefully selected crusts from the table.  We are being treated with contempt.  We are being conned.  New politics?  Don’t be daft.

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4 Responses to “EU elephant stalks the new Great Reform Act room”


  1. 1 JohnRS 19/05/2010 at 3:46 pm

    Spot on – but let’s grab what small crumbs of power we can and carry on trying to pressure them for more.

  2. 2 thespecialone 20/05/2010 at 9:08 am

    Trouble is the general British public doesn’t see this. The public watches the TV and believes the crap spouted out by these dishonesty politicians. There are very few of them that really care about us. They only care about us at election time.

  3. 3 kenomeat 20/05/2010 at 7:02 pm

    What can we do? We can’t force people to read excellent articles like this one. How do we spread the word? I’ve suggested to UKIP blogger “Garrincha” in the past that UKIP should engage more with the trades unions (British jobs for British workers etc). I know you don’t particularly support UKIP, A.M., but presumably whatever political movement you envisage would benefit from TU muscle and their easy access to BBC coverage. Although I am of “the right” there may be circumstances when the left could be useful. Any thoughts? Is it impossible for left and right to co-operate to save Britain.

  4. 4 Autonomous Mind 20/05/2010 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks for the compliment Kenomeat! I think trade unions have a valid place in our society because there are some employers who treat employees unfairly, but would they support a movement that is comfortable with welcoming workers from abroad who have skills we are lacking?

    Thankfully it is not just me who envisages a new political movement. Any movement that emerges would reasonably set out its vision and if any organisations were minded to endorse them and offer support would be welcome. The thing is, any new party needs to offer an alternative. So would it be sensible to seek a consensus with people whose political outlook is rather different?


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