at work on your behalf
Sadly the Daily Telegraph focuses on the latter aspects of the post – the palatial residence (“an official “White House” style residence worthy of his status.”) and the Presidential Jet – and does not arrive at the gravamen of what is going on until well into its piece.
That is that the EuroNabobery are already laying out the job specifications before they have any real authority to do so, to wit the fact of ratification by all 27 member states of the Treaty of Lisbon, at least one of whom still has to conduct a referendum. Meanwhile the very fact of these discussions are being very carefully kept from the gaze of the Europe’s citizens who might otherwise be alerted to what our Lords and Masters actually have in mind for the EU as opposed to the lies they habitually peddle.
It is a salutary reminder to us of how the EU is wont to operate. After all plans for an EU Foreign Service to underpin the work of the new EU Foreign Minister are well advanced. All this is done on the basis that the citizens of the EU are the intellectual equivalent of mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed on mountains of, dare one spell it out, shit that emanates from the likes of Margot Wallstrom, EU Vice-President and Commissioner in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication (and a true believer).
It seems that discussions on the parameters of the new EU President’s power and role are well advanced and the Euronabobery has already got around to thinking about the perks that he will enjoy and which they think appropriate to the post. Unsurprisingly these encompass a palatial residence (a Palace?), a Presidential Jet and a huge staff (far bigger than anything the present President of the EU Commission enjoys). It is worth recalling that the UK can no longer afford a proper jet for its Head of State or its head of Government.
More alarmingly the French (who hold the Presidency of the EU in the second half of this year and are already running de facto the Slovenian Presidency) are thinking in terms of how the new President will play a key role in forming a Euro-defence “vanguard group” of up to eight countries. That, encompassing as it does the eclipsing of NATO as the keystone of European Defence, lies, of course, at the heart of the European Project and is likely to dictate that a serious politician such as Tony Blair is likely to get the job to carry it through. After all, only when they have got themselves a proper Army, Navy and Air Force will they be able to proclaim the EU as the world’s third superpower. When they talk of a ‘common foreign and security policy’, you should understand that they actually mean it, just as much as they mean the words ‘ever-closer union’.
None of this, however, is open and above board.
William Hague, Tory Shadow Foreign Secretary, observed:
This shows how deeply undemocratic this whole process is.
Crucial questions about the EU are being decided and Parliament, let alone the British people, is being kept in the dark.
Ministers must now come clean about what they’ve been up to as the treaty is scrutinised in the Lords.
This is all rather too late. Parliament has already effectively, but without terribly much thought, voted to emasculate itself and the EuroNabobery no longer gives a stuff what it thinks. The Tories hold it in their hands to halt this relentless process in its tracks. Little sign of them doing so, is evident.
They continue to tease concerning their policy towards a ratified Treaty of Lisbon. As Three Line Whip recounts, a ‘senior’ Tory, David Heathcoat-Amory, has written in The House Magazine:
The next Conservative government will renegotiate our relationship with Europe and finally the people will have a vote on this.
The Spectator’s Coffee House affects to derive some comfort from this. Many of us will beg to differ for we no more trust the conservative wing of our political elite to rock the boat over our relationship with the EU than we expect to find an elephant in the bath in the morning. Indeed finding an elephant in the bath may well be considerably more likely. But if that is actually what the policy is, then perhaps our chipping away like this is doing some, albeit modest, good.
While we are on the subject of Margot Wallstrom, her website ought to be made compulsory reading for all politicians so that they might be forced to contemplate the very depths of the EU’s cynicism when it comes to the matter of giving its citizens an effective voice in its affairs.
It might be thought that a vote was, ultimately, the only actually effective means of having a say but this profoundly anti-democratic and proto-despotic institution is quite determined, much as Robert Mugabe is, not to allow us to have a genuine say in the affairs of Europe: after all, we might get it wrong. Thus La Wallstrom’s website burbles:
The European Commission wants to increase citizens’ involvement in the EU decision-making process. In a Communication entitled ‘Debate Europe – building on the experience of Plan D for Democracy, Dialogue and Debate’, it puts forward a set of future actions to foster a general and permanent debate on the future of the European Union among people from all walks of life, at both national and EU level.
Margot Wallström, Vice-President, Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy said: “The policies of the EU affect everyone’s lives, whether through its Regulations on subjects such as mobile phone roaming charges or through the free movement of people or goods or any other of the EU’s many achievements. EU policies therefore need to be fully anchored in the political parties, in the national democratic traditions, and in the daily political dialogue. They need to be discussed and debated, whether in the town hall, in regional assemblies, national parliaments, on television shows or on the internet“.
Now, if you genuinely wanted to “increase citizens’ involvement in the EU decision-making process”, what simpler and more democratic way could be devised than a referendum?
What they are really saying, however, is that: ‘you can talk and debate all you like. Meanwhile we will get on and carry out the plans we already have regardless of anything you might have to say on the subject’.
They will do so not merely because they wish to but because they can, once the EU Constitution is in place, without so much as by-your-leave or, indeed, any consideration of your views whatsoever.
Plan ‘D’ for Democracy? Who are they kidding?
Plan ‘H’ for ‘How To Keep Your Mushrooms Covered In Shit’ more like.