It was refreshing to hear that the President of Poland respects democracy and the popular vote sufficiently to say he will not sign the Lisbon treaty now that Ireland has vetoed it. Letâ€™s hope he keeps this belief in listening to the people, as he will now doubtless be briefed against and pressurised by the Euro political class.
It was depressing to hear the President of France lecturing us all on how important it is to get Lisbon through despite the Irish vote. It shows he has not got it, and is a fully paid up member of the Euro elite intending to carry on with their power grab however unpopular it is. The French threaten us â€“ we will not expand the EU further if you do not let us centralise â€“ as if that were a threat to Eurosceptics. They demand that 26 of the 27 nations go ahead with ratifying anyway as if nothing had happened. They tell us wrongly that the EU cannot function without this ghastly new Treaty, and seek to find out how to buy off or sideline the Irish, refusing to take â€œNoâ€ for answer.
At the same time they dare to say they are out to create a â€œEuropeâ€ that helps its â€œcitizensâ€ and takes them seriously. If they really meant that they would seek to base their â€œEuropeâ€ on the wholehearted consent of its prisoner people, by offering referenda through out the nations of the EU and accepting the verdicts of the national votes. They would find that different nations want very different levels of integration and common policy, but in many cases like the UK we want the EU to do less, to legislate less, to spend less and to allow us to get on with our own lives without its constant niggling interference.
The French government openly wants European defence â€“ a European army. It wants agricultural reform of a kind which will continue to cut out imports from poor countries elsewhere in the world and costs the taxpayer and food buyer a small fortune. It wants more laws and regulations in many areas of life, as if we did not already have far too many of both. It wants higher taxes throughout the Un ion, to avoid â€œtax competitionâ€. It’s a recipe for less enterprise, lower incomes, and higher unemployment.
The British government claims to want to put constitutional change behind us, knowing it is very unpopular with the public. It knows it is so unpopular that they dare not match their promise of a referendum on Lisbon, and then wonder why people feel cheated. They state that the EU can make important contributions to tackling the big international issues once Lisbon is put to bed. When I asked the other day what they wanted to push through the EU legislative factory post Lisbon that they could not get through under the current arrangements, there was of course no answer. Most of the problems they think the EU can help solve (like climate change and food and energy prices) require global agreement anyway.
If the Euro elite wants to know why they keep losing referenda and why their project is so unpopular they do not need to look very far. It is unpopular because they either deny us a vote or ignore the results. It is unpopular because the EU serves the political class that draw their salaries from it, not those of us who have to pay the taxes to keep them in the style to which they are accustomed. It is unpopular because all its plans entail more laws, more rules, more taxes. Many of us want fewer of both. Thatâ€™s why we despair of this power grabbing overcentralised EU, living in the past and unable to grasp the sheer competitive power and energy of Asia.