This morning we learn that, privately, Gordon Brown thinks the Constitutional Treaty is dead, in a carefully crafted piece briefed to the Eurosceptic Sunday Times. How can this be a private thought when it has been so thoughfully shared with the nation through a major newspaper’s front page? How can it be anything other than covering Eurosceptic fire from the top, when in practice we learn that the government intends to grind on with Lords ratification next week. It is false fire, cynical manipulation, when by their every action the government demonstrates it does not trust the British people to decided this and does not intend to be railroaded out of the project by the Irish people either. I could only be persuaded to a different view if there were an on-the-record statement by the government that the Treaty is dead, followed by cancellation of the legislation currently before the Lords to ratify.
I believe the on-the-record statements of the Euro Minister, who implies dollops of Brussels fudge to sort out the Irish once the other 26 countries have ratified whilst wisely avoiding all contact with their electors which might derail the project. Meanwhile, plucky, democratic Ireland is to be treated like some pariah who must not be allowed to “hold up” the others, and who will have to live in limbo or the dog-house for a bit whilst the Irish public cools off and is softened up for the next move towards the Euro centralising state.
It is a predictable disgrace that the Euro elite see the Irish vote as cause for annoyance, condescension and sidelining of the one country in the Union that has asked the public for a view. No wonder so many people mistrust European politicians, and so many are cynical about politics. What is it about these public servants that they arrogate the right to do the opposite of what the electors, their paymasters want? Why do they think they should be able to draw salaries and expenses of a generous nature in order to take more power away from us, and order us about in new ways, when we want the opposite?
If anyone in the European bureaucracy is listening, understand the mood of many people living in the EU. The economic performance is not good enough, taxes are too high for the amount of public service we get, and there are too many laws and regulations. Why, in such a context, do you think we want more of the same? We want change – we want more freedom.