The BBC’s guide to the EU – it’s a piece of cake
Cranmer is sometime accused of obscure references or overly complex analyses. For those who are intellectually deficient, the BBC has produced this convenient guide to today’s elections to the
Unlike some of the priestly caste, Cranmer shall not direct his flock in the way they must vote: he simply exhorts all of his readers and communicants to vote according to their conscience, in the sure knowledge that they shall get an EU government no different from the one they have at present.
But as you are considering where to place your ‘X’, consider whence change might come. William Hague has said: ‘A vote for the Conservatives is also a vote for a referendum on the EU constitution. We're the only party that has stuck by the promise to give people their say.’
It is an unequivocal and unqualified commitment, devoid of the ‘we won’t let matters rest there’ caveat. David Cameron is on the cusp of removing his MEPs from the EPP, in fulfilment of the promise he made during the leadership contest. Certainly, it was not accomplished ‘within weeks not months’, but, for the first time in the history of the ECSC/EEC/EC/EU, there will be a group within its parliament which opposes the divinely-ordained doctrine of ‘ever closer union’. One should not underestimate the magnitude of this political heresy or the personal disapprobation David Cameron has endured in the realising of it.
There are about 375 million people eligible to vote in the European Elections, and it is estimated that turnout may be as low as 30 per cent. The ‘European demos’ is either bemused by its complexity or indifferent to its concerns. Or they perceive that it is indifferent to theirs. When the first elections to the European Parliament were held thirty years ago, almost two-thirds of the electorate voted believing the project to be somehow relevant to them. But it has become distant, bureaucratic, inefficient and otiose. With some MEPs purporting to represent constituencies of 6 million people, the gulf between elector and elected could not be greater. They are mutually unknown and unknowable.
It is ironic that, for an institution which is the fount of 75-85 per cent of UK law, there is such a low level of interest. But then this BBC excerpt establishes that the media and most journalists have little understanding of the significance of the EU’s political decision-making. They are deluded with the quaint notion that somehow the Westminster Parliament still makes the important decisions when, in reality, more than three quarters of legislation emanates from Brussels.
The UK Parliament has been reduced to the equivalent of a county council, assiduously and faithfully rubber-stamping all that it is directed to: the UK is now merely an outer province of a country called ‘Europe’.
The Conservative Party is not only pledged to challenge this from within the European Parliament, the next Conservative government is most likely to invoke the subsidiarity clause of the Maastricht Treaty and negotiate the return of powers back from Brussels. By pledging to reverse the Acquis and formalise an opposition grouping, the Conservative Party has taken the necessary first step on the most politically-significant journey to correct the historical error of European political union.
And so Cranmer exhorts all of his readers and communicants to vote today according to their conscience, mindful of the indubitable, undeniable and irrefutable fact that there is only one party worth voting for.
Sometimes the reforming radicals are those who also seek to conserve.