So right he is…
What is a Borroso? – LINK. This is SO good 🙂
Daniel Hannan is a Member of the European Parliament
“If you look at the policies being pursued by your current rulers they amount to a comprehensive strategy towards Europeanization. This is a sustained attempt to change the character of The Republic into something else.
I am living in your future and believe me you are not going to like it. “
Do you think that politicians who brutally critique the EU are over the top? If you do you are about to change your mind.
There is sometimes a gulf of a difference between the law and the law as applied. Having heard lectures from Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s) and a lecture from England’s Lord Monckton this outline is how they describe how an EU law is made in actual practice.
Before we get into the details, think on these preliminary facts for a moment, 5/6th of all laws in member countries such as England are directives from the EU and EU courts can overrule member nation courts.
When member states had referendums on the EU there were commercials lying to the people saying that the vote was just about a trade agreement creating a European Common Market. This was a lie as it was so much more as you are about to see. Ever since that time the governments of those who voted no (France etc) went ahead with it anyway. In Ireland where the referendum lost the EU said that Ireland will vote over and over again until it passes and that after it does pass there will be no more referendums. So Ireland did just that. The EU outspent the UKIP and the EU Democracy Group 10 to 1 and yet the state sponsored media accused UKIP of nosing into the votes of other countries and of trying to buy the vote. Ireland even broke its own laws when it comes to equal time when it came to the vote. Now the EU takes very careful steps to see to it that it does nothing that could trigger a referendum in other member states.
The problem is that in many EU member states such as England, until recently they did not have political parties that were interested in limiting the power of the state. The conservative party in England moved far to the left after Margaret Thatcher retired. We often here how the Democrats here in the United States are a socialist/corporatist leviathan state party and how the Republicans are socialist/corporatist light party and while these claims are slightly exaggerated for political effect, in Europe these claims are a genuine understatement.
The EU is in essence rule by bureaucracy and like government bureaucrats seeks to rule in secret to avoid public accountability or scrutiny.
So how does it work.
27 unelected commissars are appointed and each member state gets a member to represent them. They are not elected and most people have no idea who they are. When they decide that they want to pass a law they meet in secret and make a rough outline for what they want the law (called a directive) to be.
The rough outline for the directive is sent to the Committee of Permanent Representatives which meets in secret (less chance of people rising up against it you see). They are not elected and no one outside of the bureaucratic elite knows who all of them are. Until recently they were not even mentioned on the EU web site. The only reason the group even gets a slight mention is because UKIP and the EU Democracy Group in the EU Parliament had a fit about it.
The Committee of Permanent Representatives does the markup session on the bill (directive) and makes it sound legally neat and tidy, but they hold no hearings, after all what is the point of hearings when you meet in secret? If this committee decided the proposed directive is dumb they can just ignore it and stop it right there.
The marked up and formatted bill is send to the Conference of Ministers, who is also not elected, and who also meets in secret, decides if they will accept the it or not (sensing a pattern yet)? With all of this secrecy and all of this bureaucracy how can anyone be held accountable? If something goes bad who is a finger pointed at? Finger pointing is next to impossible which is by design. By the way some of the known members of these various super committees are former Soviet era apparatchiks.
The directive is sent to the EU Parliament to a vote. The EU is elected and has meetings out in the open. They can vote yes or no, but if they vote no it becomes a law anyways. The EU Parliament is powerless to stop these directives nor can it amend or change them in anyway. This is like a school board when it wants to adopt “Outcome Based Education” to get the federal grant even though it has proven to lower test scored and be a failure in general; it has parental input meetings which mean nothing and will not change anything, but are made to provide the illusion of public input.
The directive (law) is sent to the member nations to have the local parliaments rubber stamp them which the larger parties in England usually do as there has been very little difference between them since Lady Thatcher retired. If the member nation’s parliament votes no, too bad, they enforce it anyways. If the member nation moves to actively resist such enforcement they are fined. The member nation can refuse to pay them, for now, but they have regulatory ways to suck money out of a member state anyways.
All is not lost. The Freedom & Democracy Caucus in the EU Parliament has been steadily growing and according to pills the UK Independence Party (UKIP) according to polls will leap to the second most powerful party in England in the upcoming elections. The best way to describe UKIP is the Tea Party of England accept their leadership is a bit more centralized and incredibly brilliant (I am not saying the Tea Party people are dumb, but rather that the UKIP leadership is a group of people who have incredible political savvy and candle power. UKIP Ideologically would closest resemble economic freedom wing of the Republican Party, but with more tolerance for collective action than many Republicans, the Tea Party’s zeal for popular sovereignty and process, and a Chris Christie like attitude. UKIP is devoutly anti-communist.
UKIP started out as a one man protest. That man is Nigel Farage a small businessman from London. When he realized what was going on he stood up and started giving speeches. He got in the reporters faces. he challenged his opponents to debates, and quite foolishly those opponents accepted that challenge and in debate after debate were rhetorically dismantled by Farage. His movement has grown and is now the UKIP which will be taking the UK Parliament by storm in the upcoming elections. Nigel Farage is Europe’s Sam Adams.
Would YOU buy a used car from this European Commission? –
Sarkozy is smooth. Of that there is little doubt. So smooth he can say something with an attitude that makes you feel one way, while the substance of it actually means the opposite. Politicians by their nature are great at this sort of thing. Unfortunately for Mr. Sarkozy, Nigel Farage has a B.S. detector that is always at the top of its game.
If you respect things like procedure and popular sovereignty you will enjoy this smack-down.
[Flashback of a piece I wrote in March 2011 – Editor]
While most Americans are not aware of it, the EU has become expensive, wasteful, and more undemocratic. It is becoming a regulatory leviathan rife with corruption and power hungry genuine Maoists and other communists rising to the top. I wish I could say I was exaggerating. The EU is becoming a mess and the discontent is on the rise.
This is a series of six short videos.
By the way, if you thought that Chris Christie is tough, wait till you see this guy.
The EU pushes for proposals and is trying to impose limits on sovereignty without a democratic process. They create offices and insert bureaucrats with power given to them that no one votes for and no one knows who they are. Many of which end up being former communist bloc apparatchiks. MEP Farage gets so upset in this video going after one of these new made up office holders that he gets a bit personal, but in Euro politics this is much more widely accepted. Notice how Farage directly insults certain leftists, they object, which gives him the excuse to remind them of the horrible names that they have called the opposition to the Lisbon Treaty. Irony has a special beauty, especially when it leads you to the front door of hypocrisy. Which leads Farage right back to the undemocratic ways that the EU operates. It is not always fun to watch someone get insulted, but I encourage you to get through this as the end wraps it all together quite well intellectually.
Bureaucracy vs Democracy
Untold millions are suffering for your EU State dream to continue…
The only thing more economically ignorant than American leftists are economically suicidal European leftists as MEP Farage so correctly demonstrates. The tax that has been proposed is so painfully du…. well I will let him say it. He has the cool accent.