Sarkozy: “It woz Mandy wot lost it!”

Diminutive Euro-bully sees French

Gloire & best laid plans going down the pan

In the confusion into which the EuroNabobery has been thrown following last week’s Irish referendum, they continue to run around like so many headless chickens. And the field around which they run is highly fecund, producing an almost endless supply of damaging remarks, all grist to the mill of those opposed to the EU’s assault on democracy.

Thus Brian Cowen, hapless Taoiseach of Ireland, after his brush with an auto de fé at the hands of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, said the first thing that came into what he is pleased to call his mind:

“For all of us, the will of the people is sovereign. They have spoken at the ballot box, the ultimate democratic forum, and the Government accepts their verdict.

“The principles of democracy must be the threads that weave the fabric of the European Union. I am sure this is a view you all share. I acknowledge that our vote has obvious implications for our partners here around this table.”

[Irish Times, 20 June 2008]

So shocked is he at the decisive rejection by the people of the country of which he finds himself Prime Minister that he can only dig himself deeper in the mire. Were any of it true, however, the word out of Brussels would be that the Treaty of Lisbon had been sent to the great shredder in the basement of the Berlaymont Building that normally works overtime destroying any evidence of impropriety in the claiming of expenses by Eurocrats and MEPs.

Instead we know only too well that the EuroNabobery, far from thinking of the ballot box as “the ultimate democratic forum”, is determined to avoid if at all possible letting the sovereign peoples of Europe do anything so dangerous as be allowed to go any where near a ballot box lest they too might trash their precious Treaty.

So when Taoiseach Cowen opined about ‘the principles of democracy’ being the ‘threads that weave the fabric of the European Union’, you might well have heard in the background the angry expostulations of his assembled confrères cursing every word he said. Truth it might be but not a truth that the anti-democrats who now rule us want expressing at any price.

Whilst they dig these holes filled with truth for themselves, however, pray pay attention to the thunderous silence from the one quarter in this country of ours which ought to be making hay whilst the sun shines and riding the clear wave of public opinion: the leadership of the Conservative party.

No one doubts but that the EU is about as popular in the UK as would being locked in a small cupboard with a skink, yet at this moment when the EU is exhibiting to public view all its worst anti-democratic credentials and bullyboy tendencies, Cameron and Hague ought to be out there booting the Lisbon treaty to death. Instead, as our gallant Irish cousins are being shown the instruments of their torture, the party’s website only has a rather anodyne statement by Hague that indicates they are in the least bit interested in the ordeal that is soon to be visited upon Ireland.

Though I am a long term supporter of the Conservative Party as my family has been for some one hundred and fifty years and wish to see it form the next Government, I find myself unable to trust it or its leaders properly to reflect the wishes of its members or the people of the United Kingdom on the matter of Europe. Their failure to make the most of the Irish ‘No!’ carries the rank reek of a desire to welsh on every promise made so far on this issue. Instead we are left with unspecific promises of not letting matters rest, even if the Treaty is ratified by the United Kingdom Parliament in defiance of the sovereign people of the land.

They fear, of course, that by raising the matter, that the Conservative party will be riven once more by splits. They fear that the issue will consume their energies in the next Parliament and so they plan to defy us by getting down to business as usual with the EU, which will involve all the usual compromises, kowtows and sell-outs which have so characterized our dealings with the EU for fifteen years and more. One wonders, however, if they realize how a failure to address the issue in the next Parliament is likely to bring about those very splits they think to avoid.

All it requires is a bit of leadership.

Meanwhile the plucky Irish face up to their coming ordeal. They will surely be told they must revisit the ballot box, the ultimate democratic form, and come up with the ‘right answer’.

One is reminded of an exchange in the Madness of King George between Dr. Willis (Ian Holm) and The King (Nigel Hawthorne):

Dr. Willis: You must behave!

The King: Must? Whose must is this, your must or my must?

Sarkozy, Merkel, Brown, Miliband, Juncker and all the other Eurofanatics reckon that it will be their ‘must’ that prevails.

Meanwhile the EU’s Pet Bantam Cock has turned his little spurs on Peter Mandelson and blamed him for the Irish ‘No!’. This blog is no friend of Mandelson, who is a poisonous runt, but is disposed to think on this occasion that Mandy is ‘Not guilty’ of anything more than being a convenient and, for Gordon Brown who must be appeased, a satisfactory and pleasing target for such bile.