The EU Constitution is signed today
Gordon Brown will not appear in the official photographs because of a convenient ‘diary clash’. Whilst Downing Street has denied that Mr Brown wants to avoid the ceremony, it is bizarre indeed that something as functional as the ‘Commons liaison committee’ has the authority to prevent the Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from attending a meeting of world leaders.
So Mr Brown is sending the
Of course, this signing ceremony is not quite the end, though it may feel so. The Lisbon Treaty, which is manifestly identical to the rejected EU Constitution, still has to be ratified by both the Commons and the Lords, and with opposition among Labour MPs growing, the battle could be both gruelling and entertaining. Ireland is also the only country planning to hold a referendum, and there is little doubt that many in the UK will be assisting the ‘no’ campaign.
And so another turn of the ratchet abolishes national vetoes in some 50 policy areas, including sensitive ones such as police and judicial co-operation. And we not only acquire an emperor/president and a foreign minister, but also thousands of diplomats placed in every nation of the world constituting an army of EU ambassadors to represent ‘the united voice of Europe’.
One has sense in this conquest of the judgement of God: nations tend to get the leaders of which they are worthy, and there is little doubt that the people of the United Kingdom deserve this - for their apathy, ignorance, and indifference. The reality is that so few care because so few understand, and so few understand because they are more absorbed by Big Brother, X Factor, Come Dancing and the National Lottery, than they are by matters spiritual and political.
Cranmer prays for a leader to call the nation to repentance and prayer, but the population has probably ceased to know the meaning of the words…