Thursday, January 24, 2008

We the people...

Via Trixy, this video of a bunch of Lefties (I assume, since it is mostly filmed at the Fabian Society Conference last Saturday) badgering the brothers Miliband and Hilary Benn about the EU Reform Treaty is highly entertaining.

Much as I tend to think that Benn senior is wrong on just about every issue—and when he's right, it's usually for the wrong reasons—he is entirely correct about the sovereignty of the people.

We lend our power to Parliament for five years; at the end of that term, they are required to give those powers back. If, however, those powers have been given away, then they have broken that contract.

I have said it before and I'll say it again: we are ruled by scum. Let's hang them all.


Roger Thornhill said...

Last time I heard, stolen goods sold on still remain the property of the original owner...

Budgie said...

Because of the economic slowdown (nee recession) in the UK it looks like we will breach the 3% budget deficit rule imposed by the EU.

Few people seem to know that our economy is controlled in this way by the EU.

Since Brown finger wagged at his fellow EU finance ministers they are really going to shaft him now.

Auntie Flo' said...

Thanks for this enlightening film, Devil, how chilling to see just how arrogant the Milibands are.

Well they've a shock coming which will wipe the smug smiles off of their faces, the people are fighting back.

Tony Benn's a good man, I've huge respect for him.

I thought you'd stopped blogging, Devil, very glad to see that you haven't.

Roger Thornhill said...

budgie - does that apply to the UK, seeing as it is outside the Eurozone?

Colleen said...


East of England campaigners for a referendum on the revised European Constitution will be launching their campaign on the Millennium Plain, outside the Forum, in with a giant ballot box, symbolising the wishes of the majority of voters in the East of England.

The local media are invited to attend the launch where East of England Chairman, Oliver Sells QC, and national Chairman, Derek Scott, will be available for interview.

The I want a Referendum campaign has also announced that they have raised enough money to hold a referendum on the EU Constitution in the region.

The vote will take place in elections, where Bill Rammell, Minister of State at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, is the incumbent MP.

The people of will be asked whether they think there should be a national referendum on the EU Constitution, now known as the Lisbon Treaty, as well as whether they think the

The vote in will be among a wave of referendums in constituencies across the

To carry out a professional poll East of England for a Referendum has commissioned Electoral Reform Services – the world’s leading independent ballot administrator and independent scrutineer.

The debate on the Treaty is now underway in , with the Government hoping to ratify it before the summer. The results will be presented to Parliament and form a backdrop to the Government’s attempt to ram the Treaty through Parliament without a referendum.

Oliver Sells QC, Chairman of East of England for a Referendum, said:

"All MPs in the East of England were elected on manifestos which promised a referendum on the European Treaty. If they don't keep this promise they don't deserve to be re-elected."

“We will be working hard on the ground over the coming weeks to make sure that people understand the importance of the issue facing us. This is a unique opportunity to really push the debate on the referendum forward and increase pressure on the Government. We hope that as many people as possible come out to vote.”

Robert Halfon, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, said:

“Following efforts by Colleen Morrison and others I have been lobbying hard for voters to have a right to vote on the European Constitution.

“Everyone in Harlow and the surrounding villages has a right to have a vote on the Referendum and it is a shame that Bill Rammell promised a Referendum at the last election and has now gone back on his word. The EU constitution will fundamentally affect our rights and have massive implications on how we deal with asylum, crime and a host of other areas.

“It is time to trust the people of Harlow Constituency and let us have a say as to whether the Government should hold a referendum and whether the EU Constitution is right or wrong. This is simply a question of democracy.

“I am glad that we have managed to raise enough money to be able to give the people of ’s views will apply pressure on Gordon Brown to hold the national referendum he promised."

Colleen Morrison, one of the organisers of the campaign in Harlow, said:

"This is simply a matter of trust. I'm no expert but what I do know is that if politicians promise something they should stick to it. Gordon Brown has absolutely no excuse for not giving us a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. I believe the people of Harlow will seize this opportunity to make politicians like Bill Rammel listen to us.”

East of England for a Referendum is part of the national I Want a Referendum campaign, the chairman of which, Derek Scott, attended the event.

Mr Scott, a former economic adviser to Tony Blair, told supporters:

“This is an issue of trust. Everyone knows that the so-called Lisbon Treaty is virtually identical to the old EU Constitution that was rejected in Gordon Brown's attempt to run away from a referendum he is worried he might lose is pure cowardice."

Devil's Kitchen said...

"I thought you'd stopped blogging, Devil, very glad to see that you haven't."

Not yet, Auntie; not yet. And not likely to stop any time soon, either...


Budgie said...

Roger Thornhill said...
'does that apply to the UK, seeing as it is outside the Eurozone?'

According to Ambrose Evans Pritchard in the DT the UK is subject to the 3% budget deficit rule as a result of Mastricht. Even though we are outside the eurozone.

Anonymous said...

The fact that people as poles apart as Tony Benn and Norman Tebbit can agree that the EU is an evil anti-democratic entity hell-bent on turning our lives into something resembling the film 'The Lives of Others', just proves that, as your tag suggests, it is 'just not fucking funny'...