Thursday, July 19, 2007


A written question has been flagged up for me by
Lord Pearson of Rannoch (UKIP) asked Her Majesty's Government:

"Whether there is any conflict between the aims announced in their Green Paper, The Governance of Britain (Cm 7170), and the United Kingdom's continued membership of the European Union, bearing in mind the quantity of British law which now originates in Brussels."

And the answer?
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice)

"The Government's Green Paper, The Governance of Britain, is the first step in a national debate on further constitutional reform. It sets out the ways in which we can reinvigorate our democracy and make both the executive and Parliament more accountable to the people.

"These proposals do not present any conflict with the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union."

So, the proposals do not conflict with our membership of the EU because it is just "the first step in a national debate". However, bearing in mind that about 70% of our law is made in Brussels, it may not be "in conflict" but it does appear to be pretty fucking pointless.

Oh, and while we are about it, which "executive and Parliament" are we going to make "more accountable to the people"? I'm betting it's not the EU executive and Parliament and, since EU law has primacy over our own, attempting to make our executive and Parliament more accountable would appear to be an exercise in total futility.

Yet more expensive, pointless headline-grabbing initiatives—why am I not fucking surprised?

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