Democracy EU style

Away from the increasingly irrelevant sideshow at Westminster, the EU is having another get together to stitch up an agreement that will alter the Lisbon Treaty and once again will not be subject to approval by the citizens of any member state.

Our all wise and all knowing political elite have decided that member states will be able to avoid ratification by public referenda because the treaty change is considered “limited” and falls under the category of “simplified revision procedures” in Article 48.6 of the Lisbon Treaty. This is what people continually warned against, the treaty affords politicians the right to make changes without democratic oversight or mandate.

Although the agenda items focus on putting in place a permanent rescue mechanism for the euro zone and deciding how the new mechanism will be triggered, how it will be financed, whether there will be a role for financial markets, federal overlord Van Rompuy and his quisling minions fear that the issue of the longer-term EU budget could be raised and dominate procedings. As EurActiv explains:

Reportedly, most leaders want to avoid a repetition of the October summit, when UK Prime Minister David Cameron abruptly introduced the issue of the 2011 budget. This time, it is feared that the issue of the longer-term budget could steal the show.

The long-term EU budget for the period 2014-2020 is not on the agenda and Van Rompuy has reportedly conveyed the message that any country that raises it would gravely offend the Commission.

A diplomat told EurActiv recently that discussions should not start until the Commission has tabled its own proposals in June 2011. Otherwise, the message would be that the Commission was taking orders from member states.

This should be a wake up call for those people who kid themselves that democracy serves in the EU simply because around 34% of UK voters took part in the election of Members of the European Parliament. As has been pointed out time and again, it is not the ‘representatives’ from the member states in the parliament who call the shots, it is the unelected and unaccountable European Commission and European Council. And if you try to take the initiative they become ‘gravely offended’. Retribution follows shortly thereafter.

Who the hell do these people think they are?  Oh, silly me, I forgot. They are our lords and masters who wish to eradicate nation states. These are the people we must obey because the political class says so.

2 Responses to “Democracy EU style”


  1. 1 Agincourt 16/12/2010 at 12:40 pm

    There is a problem here that we may all be over-looking. Probably all members of our ill-begotten Coalition government are europhiles which would explain their current EU appeasement, despite their vapid hints of euro-scepticism prior to the May 2010 election. But it is also possible some of them may be extremely worried about the huge amount of UK bank loans to euro-area banks that would be in serious danger if there was a complete euro currency collapse.

    Now if the evil EU has threatened to give the UK no help over UK bank loans to, eg, Spain, Italy, Belgium etc if the UK fails to co-operate over most new EU measures (that may conceivably seem mundane to the EU, even though they are extremely offensive to us euro-sceptics), then that would certainly make opposing the EU difficult for the current UK government. Publically challenging the EU would probably seem to you & I to be the wisest response to that, but it would still take political courage. Why? Because once the challenge had been made, the UK’s relationship with the EU would probably be materially altered. Great you & I euro-sceptics might say – but the government might somehow (& regretably) think differently!


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