The European Empire identifies its Emperor
The creation of a European Empire has moved a step closer: only Poland and the Czech Republic have yet to ratify the Constitution for Europe (known as the Lisbon Treaty) which will pave the way for a powerful new President of Europe.
Empires need an Emperor: Emperors need an Empress. And to govern Europe, it helps if one is allied at least nominally to the Vatican. Tony Blair's conversion was always political, and the kingdom of this world has not disappointed. There is something a little ironic that, at the very time that the United Kingdom is rejecting the facade of New Labour for a radical reforming Conservative Party, the architect and embodiment of New Labour will occupy a throne in Brussels and assert his superior political authority. Britain’s real Supreme Court, the European Court of Justice – now sits in Luxembourg. We are at that point prophesied by former Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell back in 1962. Speaking of his opposition to acceding to the Treaty of Rome, he declared: ‘It means the end of a thousand years of history. You may say: "Let it end." But, my goodness, it is a decision that needs a little care and thought.”
The only care and thought that has gone into this has been to ensure that New Labour incarnate can continue strutting his stuff on the global stage and bestriding the narrow world like a Colossus.
The Treaty of Lisbon is a logical consequence of the Treaty of Rome: the move to ‘streamline’ EU institutions to mimic the functions of a nation state does indeed represents the biggest threat to British sovereignty since the invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066.
The Irish voted Yes in their second referendum by 67.1 per cent. But it was not a ‘vote for Europe’: it was a vote of fear. And fear clouds the reasoning mind. They have been promised ‘sustained economic recovery, security, tackling global poverty and action on climate change’. They were frightened for their jobs and have lost their sovereign self-confidence. They were duped into believing that salvation is to be found in the EU Tower of Babel. Astonishingly, President Barroso said: “I am pleased that the EC helped in putting impartial and accurate information at the disposal of the Irish people.”
Cranmer has never known the EU produce anything that was either impartial or accurate. It is smoke and mirrors: distortion, dishonesty and disinformation.
This will be Ireland’s last referendum on the EU, for the Treaty of Lisbon has granted the EU legal personality: it is no longer necessary to hold divisive IGCs or seek the permission of member states before it implements a directive. The EU can now sign treaties on behalf of its member states: it can pass laws without their individual consent. British embassies abroad will now become EU embassies, each flying the EU’s corona stellarum duodecim. The EU has indeed become an Empire.
But at least the Irish were permitted a vote on the issue – even two.
David Cameron has said: “If the treaty is ratified in all member states, we have repeatedly said we would not let matters rest there.”
What, precisely, does Mr Cameron intend to do to prevent President Blair from resting there?