So what has the European election changed?

Despite a disparate, disconnected and contradictory smorgasbord of ‘sceptic’ parties having made gains in the European Parliament this week, the answer to that question is ‘nothing’.  As Nigel Farage explained yesterday after his return to Brussels:

There is a big dissident voice now in this parliament. And yet, I just sat in a meeting where you wouldn’t think that anything happened at all.

If anything underlines how meaningless the European Elections are, this is it.

For all the huff and puff, the acres of media coverage and the stream of analysis of ‘political earthquakes’ by the well paid talking heads, the 73 MEPs from the UK have arrived on the continent to find it is business as usual.  The same discussions, the same agendas, the same intrigues… for all the talk of ‘reform’ the EU continues on its journey to political union and the voices of the people still fall on deaf ears.

 

6 Responses to “So what has the European election changed?”


  1. 1 Clarence 28/05/2014 at 9:06 am

    The old saw of “It doesn’t matter who you vote for, the government always gets in” is especially relevant to the elections for the European ‘Parliament’, which will never be entrusted to initiate legislation.

  2. 2 andrew cullen 28/05/2014 at 9:09 am

    Absolutely correct. Proof positive, if any were still needed, that all talk of “reforming the EU” is wasted time and effort.

    The only route is Article 50 and the door marked “exit to sovereign independence”.

  3. 3 tallbloke 28/05/2014 at 9:12 am

    And yet here in Blighty, the radio4 today interviewers are presiding over a death spiral of self contradictory gabble from the LibLabCon. Plus a bonus from an EU commissioner who tells us we are sufferers of “Europhobia”.

    No-one from UKIP was invited to speak for the millions of people who have democratically expressed their dissatisfaction with the legacy parties.

    But never mind. The self-administered foot-shootings continue, and as Confucious told us:

    Never interrupt the enemy while he is making mistakes.

  4. 4 tallbloke 28/05/2014 at 9:15 am

    Europhobia: N. An irrational hatred of being ruled by unelected offshore bureaucrats

  5. 5 scottishcalvin 28/05/2014 at 9:49 am

    well if it means Clegg loses his job then that will likely mean the end of the coalition and a general election before the summer. So to answer the question “what has the European election changed” – “possibly everything”

  6. 6 cosmic 28/05/2014 at 11:08 am

    It’s difficult to argue they are a milestone in leaving the EU, but maybe they’ll turn out that way in retrospect.

    It’s a better result than returning a selection of Labour, Conservative and LibDem MPs.

    Cameron has had to up his reform blather from “we are listening”, to “Europe has to listen” and it sounds increasingly desperate. As I said in the other thread, the Tory fantasy that the UK can have the Goldilocks version of the EU is one of the main factors in keeping us in by muddying the waters, and is an excellent way of kicking the can down the road.


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