As the last fig leaf falls away...

What a curious time we live in. Over 60 years after the end of WW2, almost 20 years after the collapse of communism in Europe, we are witnessing 27 European countries, whose political classes are voluntarily are signing away their peoples freedoms and sovereignty. And we are watching a tyranny in the making. Sure enough, it all looks benign enough (if a little annoying) right now.

But what will happen if less scrupulous people then the present crop of EUnion appartchicks get their paws on the reigns of power. Will there be anyone to stop them? Will anyone be able to stop them?

As we are bearing a point of no return with regard to personal and national sovereignty, it seems that the European Parliament, the one example trotted out every time to 'prove' that the EUnion is democratic, has foregone all pretence and is showing itself to be cut from the same cloth as all other EUnion apparatchicks.

The EP president has asked, and has been granted, arbitrary powers
over, "points of order, procedural motions, explanations of vote". He also wishes to curtail the right of the citizen to know how their elected politicians have voted by barring attempts to count votes by roll call. What this means is that the only way in which the elected MEPs can call the Commission to account, by use of a Motion of Censure is entirely in the gift of the President.
Why this is an extraordinarily bad thing can be read in this piece by MEP Daniel Hannan (also blogging for Brussels Journal). You should really read the whole thing, but here's the conclusion:
he shocking thing about their behaviour is not that they are trying to silence their critics, nor even that they are breaking the rules – after all, they are doing so on a much grander scale by reviving the constitution following two “No” votes. No, the breath-taking aspect of the whole business is that they haven’t troubled to hide the illegality of what they’re doing. They’ve happily put it all on paper. As Lady Macbeth puts it:

“What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?”

But there comes a point when the arrogance of power, the sense that there is one rule for the elites and one for everyone else, becomes intolerable. A point where Birnam Wood starts advancing on Dunsinane. By behaving as they have, MEPs have brought forward that moment.

It is now clear that the constitution has no legitimacy. It is becoming clear, too that the European Parliament has lost whatever shreds of legitimacy it might once have had. So let me close with another prescient quotation from Burke:

“Who that admires, and from the heart is attached, to true national parliaments, but must turn in horror and disgust from such a profane burlesque and parody of that sacred institution.”
Can we leave yet?

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