In an astonishing display of mendacity, David Cameron has finally called for a halt to EU power grabs by promising a referendum on all future EU treaties apart from treaties on enlargement of the EU.
Since the Treaty of Lisbon, bravely signed by Gordon Brown in a quiet office without pomp and ceremony, is self-ratifying, meaning that by signing it, any future treaties are unnecessary — with one small exception: any attempts to enlarge the EU will require further treaties. This is the only thing which will not be subject to one of canny Cameron’s referenda will be the only referenda that the EU will hold. The usually sensible Spectator blog describes this mendacity as “finessing” the situation.
It’s interesting that Liberal Democrat Europhiles are not up in arms about this. You would have thought that any attempt by “the Eurosceptic Tories” to slow down European integration would be subject to a massive protest by the coalition. And yet the only protest against this referendum promise is coming from genuinely Eurosceptic Tories.
In the meantime, for example, spineless Tory adoption of the European arrest warrant leave Britons increasingly at risk of frivolous, baseless and / or malicious arrest without trial and exporting to foreign shores without a shred of evidence being necessary.
Our parliament is increasingly becoming a pointless sham. I cannot understand why politicians continue to run like headless chickens down a path that leaves them increasingly powerless, mere figureheads in a game that is actually being played many hundreds of miles away on the continent.
What is going on?
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- September 16, 2010 at 23:01