Sarkozy made this admission to a group of senior MEPs in private conclave. According to the Telegraph, Sarkozy’s view of the democratic process was this:
“France was just ahead of all the other countries in voting no. It would happen in all member states if they have a referendum. There is a cleavage between people and governments. A referendum now would bring Europe into danger. There will be no Treaty if we had a referendum in France, which would again be followed by a referendum in the UK.”
Of course the only danger into which Europe might be brought is the danger that the Little People might stand up against the Union boss-class which is so determined to stamp out any real expression of democratic will in its lands. There is no other ‘danger’.
So now we know that when the amended Treaty says:
3. Every citizen shall have the right to participate in the democratic life of the Union. Decisions shall be taken as openly and as closely as possible to the citizen.
the Union boss-class has no intention whatsoever of allowing us to participate in such decisions unless it is simply to agree with them. If we show any signs of not agreeing, we will never be asked.
Meanwhile in trying to justify why the British people should be excluded from the process of giving or withholding its whole-hearted consent to the Union Constitution, Gordon Brown threw us all a bone to slaver over. This was that for at least ten years more there would be no further transfers of power to the Union boss-class.
That particular promise is, we learn with alarm but without any sense of surprise, already dead in the water. For Sarkozy has already announced that the process will be resumed almost immediately, as the Telegraph reports. He is planning to use his turn at the EU’s rotating presidency, in the second half of next year, to call for new European powers in highly sensitive areas such as defence.
“It would be a mistake to think that with the simplified treaty we have sorted everything, we can sleep easy and that no other issues are pending.”
“Now we have got to resolve the political issues and to broach them without fear. We have got to debate them without taboos. Budgetary policy, trade policy, monetary policy, industrial policy, taxation, all policies, any policies.”
Mark his words carefully. The final act is near and we shall all have been herded into the Union pen like the sheep that the Union boss-class so obviously thinks we are. As for our opinions on what they do, who cares a fig for them? Certainly not those of the Union boss-class who piously mouth their adherence to democracy but spit on them when we seek to take advantage of it.