Monday, February 11, 2008

Is the Lisbon Treaty ‘unavoidable’?

While the UK has been absorbed by the realisation that the incorporation of Shari’a law into British jurisprudence is ‘unavoidable’, few noticed that the French parliament has approved the Lisbon Treaty in an ‘historic moment for France’ which was crucial ‘in the construction of the European ideal’. According to a French government spokesman: ‘This is excellent news, a great victory for France which has gone from being the country holding up Europe to being the one that pulled Europe out of gridlock’. And Commission president José Manuel Barroso decreed this ‘an important day for Europe’.

It is an important day for Europe (not just the EU?) because it is now evident and established that the agenda of the political élite overrides the expressed will of a sovereign people. It is indeed a ‘great victory for France’ which rides roughshod over the French. Germany plans to ratify in June, ignoring the voice of the Germans, and Spain will follow later in the year, oblivious to the opinion of the Spanish. Only Ireland it seems is willing to listen to its people, though a ‘no’ vote here would doubtless be dismissed as an aberration which would only cause a further ‘pause for reflection’ with a subsequent vote (and another) until the Irish give the ‘correct’ answer.

President Barroso is adamant that a referendum vote holds as much legitimacy as a parliamentary one, and asserts: ‘We have never opposed ratification by referendum in countries that wish to do it’.

This, of course, is a lie, for wherever a referendum is held and the vote is ‘no’, the perpetual ignoring of the expressed will of the people effectively constitutes opposition to ratification by referendum. And where a parliament ratifies and the vote is ‘yes’, it manifestly outweighs a referendum.

This cannot continue. There is nothing ‘great’ about this process, nothing ‘glorious’ about the deception, and nothing ‘excellent’ about the obfuscation and manipulation of millions of people. It is to the Conservative Party that one must look for liberation. As the Rt Hon William Hague MP observes:

‘(I)f this Treaty is ratified in this country without a referendum and if it is ratified in all other countries and comes into force before a general election, in our view not only would political integration have gone too far but the Treaty would lack democratic legitimacy in Britain. So as we have already made clear, that situation would not be acceptable to an incoming Conservative Government and we would not let matters rest there…

‘The Conservative Party's deep scepticism about European integration for its own sake can be attacked for being typical earthbound British pragmatism. I think that is unfair. Our profoundest concern is that a partly supranational institution must never lose sight of the need for democratic legitimacy. That is the great danger the EU faces if the EU Constitution under whatever name goes through without the people's democratic consent. At the least, the lively, far-ranging debate a referendum campaign would bring about would rekindle popular engagement with the European Union, restore some badly needed trust in British politics and re-empower voters. But a rejection of the outdated approach to Europe embodied in the Treaty, more redolent of Delors than Google, would give us the great opportunity to move towards the nimble, flexible structure that would ensure the EU's success in the twenty first century. It would free Europe's leaders from the prospect of Eurocratic turf wars to deal with the real challenges Europe faces today.’

The incorporation of any alien system of law into the United Kingdom is only as ‘unavoidable’ as our political leaders permit it to be. One may clearly avoid anything by not succumbing to it – anything, that is, bar death, though even here, for the Christian, the eternal consequences are manifestly avoidable.

His Grace blesses Anoneumouse for the excellent graphic.

11 Comments:

Blogger Grahnlaw said...

Why should Spain arrange a new referendum, when they already approved the Constitutional Treaty, and the Lisbon Treaty is less, a watered-down version?

Do you mean that the electors of Spain should vent their rage at being forced to accept less?

11 February 2008 at 11:11  
Anonymous Sir Henry Morgan said...

Check whether or not your MP supports a referendum:

http://www.referendumlist.com/

11 February 2008 at 11:24  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

Sharia or Napoleonic law; nobody should be allowed to foist either of them on us.

11 February 2008 at 11:30  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

The tories have made no commitment to anything so far,just waffle,for as we all know "manifesto pledges are not subject to legitimate expectations"for any of the gang of three.i am alright jack,start the bus i am on!

11 February 2008 at 11:42  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

your grace
it is now clearly evident that the lisbon treaty is a sham , it does hand over important powers to the EU and its unelected governing body , powers that even since 1972 have always assumed to reside with the UK people to decide upon .
we have defended our country and faith , does it not seem odd that we should not be allowed to vote on who in the future should run it and its course of govermence !!

whilst labour is holding the nation hostage to it commons majority/ and deliberate cutting of debate i am with the view that "the matter will not rest with ratification"

whilst nu labour hopes to see quite a few bits of our history off , i dont think going against 67% of the people will do them any favours .

there is also somthing rather evil about it, a sort of desperate grasp to remain inpower , like the mind of a deluded nut job , with dangerous contempt for his captives.

i see your grace rowan williams has had thunderous applause at the general synod !!

also please would you help me as to where the reference to the rod is in the bible

11 February 2008 at 16:52  
Blogger AethelBald, King of Wessex said...

Indispensible link to searchable KJV.

11 February 2008 at 19:32  
Blogger Livingsword said...

European law vs. sharia law?

The Atlantic is looking to be a body of water that is growing its distance from shoreline to shoreline….

11 February 2008 at 20:00  
Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said...

Elsewhere on this blog someone suggested that Israel may not survive the next 30 years.

The burning question is will the UK be a country in 30 years time?

11 February 2008 at 22:38  
Blogger tapestry said...

Jeremy, the UK is no longer a country now. it is a former country.

11 February 2008 at 23:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question

Is a non democratic Fascist inspired European super state inevitable?

Yes; and I have been saying so for many years.

Why is it inevitable?

Because it is part of a long held big idea promoted by the entire ruling elites of Planet Earth. A NEW WORLD ORDER.

What can we do about it?

Not much but we can mitigate the personal effects.

How can we do this?

Simple, covertly organized or individual non compliance with EU law, or in fact any law that we as individuals deem to be undemocratic in its function or introduction, and damn the consequences.

They can not lock up every one and most of the new laws are quite minor in those consequences anyway.

Make an effort to pay as little tax as possible even it it means working less hard spending as little as possible anywhere in Europe or here. Or not taking that overtime or promotion you once wanted. You will no feel or be any better off anyway.

Recommend to your children they find a nice place to live in, that actually cares about its people or what they think, like the Moon for example.

You are fully within you moral right to ignore laws that are not democratically arrived at, or are demonstrably not designed to be in our general interests.

SO DO IT the rest of Europe already are, so why not us?

What should we not do?

Panic; however much we might feel like doing so, it will only give then the excuse to get really nasty, which they will, believe me.

So be cool and very nice to our European Brothers, we need all the help we can get.

13 February 2008 at 03:55  
Anonymous Adrian Peirson said...

Your Grace,

Your readers might consider Renouncing their EU Citizenship which can be done via a Link Below.

http://tinyurl.com/37lqnn

23 February 2008 at 21:42  

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