EU bans opposition as President Barroso bullies the Irish
The EU is simply attempting to change the rules which allow MEPs to form political groupings. Current rules permit 20 MEPs from a fifth of the EU’s member states to form a group, but Richard Corbett, a Labour MEP, is leading the charge to increase this threshold to 30 MEPs from a quarter of the EU’s member states.
The move would eradicate UKIP’s pan-European ‘Independence and Democracy’ grouping, and, of course, the largest and most pro-EU groups ‘would tighten their grip on the Parliament’s political agenda and keep control of lavish funding’. It will also scupper the Conservative Party's plans to divorce from the EPP, which was foundational to David Cameron's bid to become leader of the Party. While the separation has been kicked into the long grass of 2009, this battle will now re-surface on the run-up to the 2010 general election. The timing could not be worse.
The elimination of opposition is being proposed in the name of efficiency: “It would prevent single issue politicians from being given undue support from the public purse,” said Mr Corbett. “We want to avoid the formation of a fragmented Parliament, deeply divided into many small groups and unable to work effectively.”
This is curious negation of the precise reasoning behind proportional representation.
And conveniently, Mr Corbett’s proposals will also give the President of the Parliament sweeping powers to approve or reject parliamentary questions, such that any questions which dare to question the legitimacy of the whole edifice may simply be set aside. This is not so far removed from Soviet Communist tactics, where power was maintained not by the banning of elections, but by the outlawing of ‘fascist’ and ‘counter-revolutionary’ parties.
And one may see the practical outworking of this in Ireland, as campaigns are underway to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. José Manuel Barroso, the Commission President, has warned Irish voters that they will ‘pay’ if they reject the Treaty. He said: “If there was a ‘No’ in Ireland or in another country, it would have a very negative effect for the EU. We will all pay a price for it, Ireland included, if this is not done in a proper way.”
The proper way?
Ah, he means if the Irish do not give the right answer.
As seen in the referenda held in Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Ireland, any nation which dare oppose the infallible, fore-ordained agenda is set aside temporarily while the juggernaut continues. This is overt totalitarianism; they are no longer concerned with political union by stealth.
While the bullying of Ireland's voters is unsurprising, President Barroso’s comments are indicative of the arrogant ideology to which member states are now subject. The EU is, in his view, an ‘Empire' of which he he is presently the Emperor. It is his duty therefore to ensure that the EU’s agenda is fulfilled, whatever the cost.
Cranmer is, however, puzzled by the desperate measures, for if the Irish vote ‘no’ in a few weeks, the result will simply be set aside, and the referendum held again and again until the Irish yield the divinely-ordained ‘right’ result.