LibDem MEP Andrew Duff plots treason
There is no other word for it. When Her Majesty's Government proposes to enact legislation in order (ostensibly) to restore (a degree of) sovereignty to Parliament on matters relating the European Union, it beggars belief that an elected, British politician (Andrew Duff MEP) would seek to collude, scheme and plot with a foreign prince or potentate (President Jerzy Buzek) in order to circumvent the will of the people as expressed through their Parliament, and usurp the Royal Assent as granted by the Queen. La Reine le veult, but Andrew Duff le veux de plus.
With thanks to the incomparable Daniel Hannan MEP for bringing this treachery to light, it is as blatant as it gets that some of our own elected politicians in Brussels are actively conspiring to sell what's left of our sovereignty for less than a mess of pottage. Mr Duff (another illiberal undemocrat) has proposed an amendment to the Treaty on European Union to replace the present need for unanimity of member states with an 80 per cent ratification. It is audacious and outrageous.
A charge of treason has been tried before, when Rodney Atkinson and Norris McWhirter attempted to commence proceedings against the signatories of the Maastricht Treaty. While that case may have been judged vexatious (not least because Messrs Hurd and Maude were democratically-elected representatives of HM Government), it is inconceivable that a charge of treason against Andrew Duff might be thrown out on the same basis: his letter is evidence of blatant subterfuge:
During her reign, Queen Elizabeth I stated: ‘To no power whatsoever is my crown subject save to that of Christ the King of Kings.’ Section Three of the Treason Felony Act 1848 asserts that condemnation is incurred ‘If any person whatsoever shall, within the United Kingdom or without, compass, imagine, invent, devise or intend to deprive or depose our most gracious Lady the Queen...from the style, honour, or royal name of the imperial crown of the United Kingdom.’
Andrew Duff is seeking to negate the democratic process and nullify the Royal Assent. It is a very great pity that His Grace is in no position to commence proceedings to bring a charge of treason.