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A tale of two ‘Grey Men’

By Mike Cunningham On February 8th, 2014 at 2:35 pm

I am a firm fan of the combative journalist Christopher Booker, and also of his co-writer and EU Referendum blogger Richard North.

I have devoured Mr. North’s book ‘The Many, not The Few’, his deliberate and well-researched exposition on those days of the Battle of Britain, and of the stories, the propaganda, the reality, and the outcome of those days in long-ago 1940 when we literally stood alone against the seemingly overwhelming hordes of Nazi Germany’s aircraft and invasion troops.

I would therefore reccommend a short trip across to my own small site, where I have placed a full copy of a Spectator essay (paywalled) by Christopher Booker, in which they expose, possible for the first time, the extent and philosophies behind the birth of our own nemesis, the European Union. Read it, if you can spare ten or fifteen minutes, and determine for yourselves how far the beliefs, plots and plans of these two ‘Grey Men’ have come since the early years following the Great War.

 

SUPINE PREFERRED STATE

By David Vance On December 7th, 2011 at 8:43 am

One of the biggest con-jobs of the moment is the suggestion by UK Prime Minister David Cameron that he will “veto” any new European Treaty if it threatens UK financial interests. Anyone with an ounce of sense knows that this is typical Cameronian bluster  but even then, some within his own ranks are SO dripping wet, so liberal, that they rebuke him for even showing the pretence of standing up to the Euro bullies;

Ken Clarke has told Tory eurosceptics not to expect powers to be grabbed back from the EU at this week’s summit. The justice secretary said the prime minister should concentrate on resolving the eurozone crisis. David Cameron has said he will not sign any reworked EU treaty designed to solve the crisis if it does not contain safeguards for UK interests. There have been calls for a new treaty to achieve greater integration of the 17 eurozone states. But that would require the agreement of all 27 members, including the UK. The pro-EU Mr Clarke in an interview with the Financial Times said it would be a distraction to open up discussions about the “wider structures of the union”. “We’re not going to renegotiate any transfers of powers, in my opinion,” he said. Britain should be prepared to accept “proper” financial regulation from Brussels, he went on.

Clarke, you may remember, is the guy who insisted the UK join the Eurozone. He is a foaming at the mouth Europhile, dedicated to seeing “the project” continue to erode our National sovereignty, and yet Cameron has him in high office. That tells you all that you need to know about Cameron’s “Euro sceptic” credentials. Had Cameron any REAL cajones on this issue, he would be turning around to Frau Merkel and gently pointing out that the UK will withhold ALL  contributions to the EU unless a/It is facilitated in repatriating powers from the EU 2/ It opts out of the wicked Human Rights Act  3/It will hold a referendum of ANY Treaty change. Simple as that. We saw how the Eurocrats panicked when Papandreous suggested a Greek referendum – can you imagine how they would react to a UK referendum? Tragically, we will not be given the chance to speak by the gutless Cameron and those like Clarke will smile as we slide deeper into the euro morass.

What goes around, comes around.

By ATWadmin On May 18th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

 

Way way back in the dim mists of time, back when David Cameron was still a chirpy Leader of the Opposition, he promised British voters something very special! He promised us, on 2nd June 2009, a Referendum on the European Constitution. He promised us a say in how we are Governed, how we throw and fill up our rubbish bins, he promised us a say in how we are represented across the world, he promised us a say in how our money is spent by a spendthrift European Parliament, Commission & Council. We all know that politicians promises are as ephemeral as the volcanic ash which is drifting out from Eyjafjallajökull, and are rarely as solid as that ash. 

But there is a strange glow on the horizon. It is the sight of a large band of Eurosceptics lighting a fire at their campsites, readying yet another attempt to make at least one politician keep one promise made earlier. There has to be a formal change to the Treaty of Lisbon. This was the European Constitution whose name was altered so as to invalidate the democratic calls from France, Ireland and others; this was the Treaty which Gordon Brown signed on behalf of us all. This is the next step on the way to a European State. We have the EU Foreign Service, the permanent President of the Union’s Commission, the whole panoply of a Nation State is due to fall into line, all brought into being by the Treaty. That is the present state of Treaty progress which is due to be altered, in Brussels, in order to formalise the imbalance of Parliamentary seats made by that same Treaty.

Now THIS is where it gets really interesting, because the ‘Boy David’ might be reminded of his rash but generous pledge not to allow any more Treaty Revisions, nor to allow any more attempts without a clear and unambiguous result of a Referendum which would involve the British public. The British, possibly the most Eurosceptic of all the 27 member nation States which form the Union, for the first time in a very long time, we, the People, might, just might, get a say in how we are to be governed for the next hundred years!

 

EU Constitution, Meet Bus

By ATWadmin On July 10th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Czech PM’s party may trade Lisbon treaty for U.S. base

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek (Civic Democrats, ODS) said today he cannot imagine ODS lawmakers supporting the Lisbon treaty unless parliament passes the Czech-U.S. treaty on stationing a U.S. radar base on Czech soil.

“It is hypothetical. In view of that the ODS group (of deputies) has 81 members and I think that I know opinions of most of them, it is very difficult for me to imagine that the deputies, or ODS senators, would vote for the Lisbon treaty if the ratification of the treaty with the United States failed,” Topolánek said on Radio Cesko.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Czech counterpart, Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, signed the main treaty on stationing the radar base on Czech soil in Prague on Tuesday.

Topolánek said “It is not entirely acceptable to connect it like this. But for the deputies who can make a free choice, it can be a certain aspect that will play a role in the decision-making.”

To take effect, the treaty must be ratified by Czech parliament and signed by the president.

And President Vaclav Klaus has said that he is ready “without any hesitation” to sign the treaty

Support for it particularly in the lower house is, however, uncertain. It is rejected by the opposition and also by some government Green Party deputies.

Treaty opponents are claiming “that the US anti-missile defence shield in Europe is likely to be abandoned by the next American administration”. If Barack [deleted] Obama is elected POTUS, he may very well do just that.

But be very careful of what you wish for. Barry O could also decide that it’s time for Europe to take care of Europe and bring all American forces home. But what about NATO you whine? Surrender Monkey Logic says that the need for NATO ended when the Berlin Wall came down. After all the NATO treaty is . . . just words . . . .

The Lisbon treaty, which Topolánek signed for the Czech Republic, is opposed by some deputies from his party, the ODS. It was on their initiative that the Senate sent the treaty to the Constitutional Court to check whether it is in harmony with the Czech Constitution.

Via ČeskéNoviny

On The Good Ship Lollipop

By ATWadmin On January 21st, 2008 at 4:33 am

Oh, a storm is threatening
My very life today
If I dont get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away

EU treaty ‘will shift power to Europe’


The EU Reform Treaty backed by Gordon Brown paves the way for “a massive and fundamental” shift of power to Europe, a senior Labour MP charged by Parliament with assessing its impact will tell the Commons today.

The comments from Michael Connarty, the pro-European chairman of the all-party European Scrutiny Committee, will mark an explosive start to five weeks of Parliamentary debate on the Treaty – and stoke the growing clamour for a referendum.

Tonight – with Gordon Brown absent from the Commons – rebel Labour MPs hope to stage a substantial rebellion with between 20 and 30 said to be ready to vote for a cross-party amendment demanding a national vote.

The Tories, who support a referendum, last night accused Mr Brown, who is on the last leg of a tour of the Far East, of “running scared” over the vital issue of Europe by making sure he is out of the country when the ratification process gets under way.

Directly contradicting the Prime Minister, who claims he has protected British sovereignty by negotiating “red lines” into the text, Mr Connarty argues these will do little to halt the gradual transfer of power from national parliaments and courts to Europe.

“The Reform Treaty and the red lines are just a postponement of what will be one system for all of Europe,” he told The Daily Telegraph last night.

Mr Connarty backs the new Treaty because he wants a stronger Europe but said he had decided to speak out because the British and other governments had not told the people of Europe the truth.

On criminal law, immigration and border controls, the Treaty had set up mechanisms for national vetoes to be steadily eroded and authority transferred from British ministers and UK courts to Europe.

It set the European Parliament on course to gain powers at the expense of Westminster as authority shifted from national capitals to the European centre.

The new Treaty, also known as the Lisbon Treaty, has to be ratified by national parliaments or in referendums in all 27 EU countries to come into effect.

It will scrap dozens of national vetoes, create a new full-time EU President and foreign affairs supremo, and give the EU a legal personality allowing it to sign international treaties.

Mr Brown argues that Labour’s promise to hold a referendum on the abandoned Constitutional Treaty in Labour’s last election manifesto does not apply to its successor because it is less far reaching.

That argument is further undermined today by a report from the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee which says that in foreign policy there is little or no difference between the two Treaties.

We conclude that there is no material difference between the provisions on foreign affairs in the Constitutional Treaty which the Government made subject to approval in a referendum and those in the Lisbon Treaty on which a referendum is being denied.

The Labour-dominated committee accuses the Government of seeking to downplay the importance of large parts of the Treaty such as the new post of EU High Representative for foreign affairs and security, who will be served by a new EU diplomatic External Action Service.

Pro-referendum campaigners revealed plans yesterday to stage local referendums, giving half a million people in marginal constituencies a chance to have their say. Organisers of the “I Want a Referendum” campaign say it will be the biggest vote of its kind since the 1975 Referendum on keeping Britain in the Common Market.

While the Government majority is not under threat in tonight’s vote, Labour whips were said to be increasingly concerned last night about cross party alliances forming between MPs discontented with the Treaty for a range of different reasons.

The Tories who have vowed to oppose the Treaty are expected to table amendments to the ratification Bill in the House of Lords later in the ratification process.

Left-wing Labour MPs, urged on by the unions, are also planning to put down their own amendments demanding that the UK’s opt-out from the Charter of Fundamental Rights be removed.

If the Tories back such amendments – as a way to kill the Treaty – then Mr Brown’s faces real problems.

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There’s much, much more at The Telegraph

See also Trouble In Gordon Brown’s Paradise

Also at JWF

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