Is there a Euro election tomorrow?
Perhaps the people have simply ceased to care, for what is the point of voting in an election which changes absolutely nothing? What is the point of creeping like snail unwillingly to a polling station, in this sweltering heat, and bothering to put an ‘X’ in a box when the EU long ago determined its irrevocable course and nothing as trivial as democracy will deflect it from its fore-ordained destination?
It is not possible to vote out the Commission or its President; it is not possible to change EU laws; it is not possible for your elected ‘representatives’ to initiate legislation; it is not possible to vote against the constitution, to repeal a directive or to amend a diktat.
It is a façade of democracy, a counterfeit, a sham, a pretence. The European Parliament is a pathetic imitation of a legislature, and one which demeans the nobility of the name ‘parliament’. It is as fake as a fingerbob; as hypocritical as a paedophile priest; as shallow as a New Labour value. If you think Westminster has problems, reflect for a moment upon the hollowness of the traffic of the Brussels stage. The D-list actors (pace the Roscius Daniel Hannan) perform to the footlights of a grand amphitheatre while their audience sleeps with boredom. They mutter their bloated words without suiting them to the action; they mumble the tedious lines of an abysmal script plagiarised from Groundhog Day, hoping and waiting for a prompt to move the drama on. It is choreographed more than Follies: it is a pantomime of folly.
And so the political parties are not promoting their manifestos (have they written them?); politicians are not knocking on doors; the media are preoccupied with the interminable minutiae of MPs expenses; the Government is in meltdown as, incredibly, on the eve of the first national election since 2005, the Home Secretary announces her resignation, along with ministers, former ministers and sundry other bit-part Labour MPs. There is no campaign.
Is it any wonder that people might rather stay at home and watch House than venture out to vote?
The EU is as infallible an ex cathedra pontification and as unaccountable as a demigod. How can a mere vote challenge Divine Right?