Wednesday, May 28, 2008

There shall be no dissent

Trixy is suitably outraged at the continuing contempt for democracy in the European Union continues, with that odious little cunt, Richard Corbett MEP, leading the charge.
The European Union assembly’s political establishment is pushing through changes that will silence dissidents by changing the rules allowing Euro-MPs to form political groupings.

Richard Corbett, a British Labour MEP, is leading the charge to cut the number of party political tendencies in the Parliament next year, a move that would dissolve UKIP’s pan-European Eurosceptic “Independence and Democracy” grouping.

Under the rule change, the largest and msot pro-EU groups would tighten their grip on the Parliament’s political agenda and keep control of lavish funding.

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, claimed that the move goes hand in hand with the denial of popular votes on the new EU Treaty.

”Welcome to your future. This shows an EU mindset that is arrogant, anti-democratic and frankly scary,” he said.

This is utterly unsurprising to those of us who have studied the EU grand projet for any amount of time, of course.

Even Iain Dale seems to have realised that this is a fairly fucking shitty move.
At the moment you need 20 MEPs from one fifth of member countries to form a group and thereby gain the grants. Labour MEP Richard Corbett is proposing a change to increase the threshold to 30 MEPs from a quarter of Member States.

Needless to say the EPP think this is a thoroughly good idea and will no doubt be whipping Tory MEPs to vote for it when it comes before the Parliament on 9 July.

To their credit, the LibDems and Greens are opposing the move. Wouldn't it be nice to think that British Conservative MEPs might also do the same?

Fat fucking chance, Iain; barring a couple of decent people—Helmer, Hannan and Heaton-Harris—the Tory MEPs are absolutely behind the EU project: they would probably still vote this through even if they were whipped to oppose. But then, David Cameron has expressed enduring enthusiasm for the EU—albeit usually couched in economically illiterate terms—so these MEPs are, after all, merely following their master.

Let me emphasise this: a vote for Labour or Tory at the Euro-elections is a vote for the EU; and a vote for the EU is a vote for losing the point of having a vote.

The EU wish to silence those parties which you elected to oppose the EU project; really, don't think that they will think twice about silencing you.

Get used to totalitarianism, people, but make sure that you take advantage of the eventual EU dominance: invest in gulags!


Budgie said...

The obvious route at a general election is to vote for one of the smaller pro independence parties. But these parties are too small, and the sector is too fragmented, even though many of their policies are similar.

What about an umbrella or coalition of these parties?

The other alternative would be a new party (shades of Goldsmith's Referendum party) which would promise to pass only one law - to create direct democracy referendums - and then dissolve itself and call another general election.

Shug Niggurath said...

This is where I get concerned about parties such as Libertarian, UKIP etc.

The establishment parties here and in Europe are looking to react against the (understandable) emeregence of parties who are basically sick of the robbing, theiving and brass-necking of the larger parties - and they get the double bonus of getting rid of thorns in the side like the BNP too.

So in domestic politics it's 'looking into' state funding (which helps only large parties) and in Europe it's sidelining and underfunding parties across the continent with similar outlooks.

Invest instead in PR and marketing companies as the money is bound to go to selling us the vision.

Anonymous said...

The EU moves ever closer to a dictatorship in all but name.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Pretty fucking smart move by the Tories though - once there are only two groups left, the EPP and the socialist lot, they'll be able to say "Well, we would love to leave the EPP, but faced with a choice of joining the socialists and leaving the EPP and 'losing the ability to influence the EU' by not being in a group at all, we've decided we have to stay where we are".

Budgie said...

Mark - dead right about boy Dave and his ready made future excuse for failing to leave the EPP.

Ian Thorpe said...

Absolutely with you, Trixie and Daley on creeping fascism in Europe, but where else can we go. Barak Obama might sound anglo-friendly when he says he wants Britain to be an equal partner with America in future ventures. But has anyone thought he could mean his administration will expect us to stump up half the cost of the next war.