Viviane Reding has come out in favour of a United States of Europe, saying that political union should be on the agenda in the upcoming EU elections (that are four months away) and doing so would be ‘our best weapon against the Euro-sceptics: to explain to our citizens that their vote broadly matters.’ Her comments reflect the wide chasm between public opinion and the fanaticism of the Brussels elite, who are committed to forging a federal state in Europe. They are obviously living on another planet if they think people in Britain are desperately awaiting the fruition of a European superstate to be misgoverned by the Commission, at the expense of nation-state democracy.
It will surprise no one that she was backed by Commission President, Manuel Barroso, who used the occasion to spill out the usual drivel that if the “populists” (anyone not fully slavishly devoted to the EU) win, we will see another major war in Europe.
Sadly, this ludicrous attitude is not limited to institutions in Brussels but was espoused in our very own House of Lords this week. Liberal Democrat peer, Lord Dykes, claimed that UKIP were “fuelling nationalist hysteria across Europe” which was subject to much agreement in the House. It is no secret that the House of Lords is heavily dominated by Europhiles such as Kinnock, Heseltine, Howe and Mandelson who are among the more fanatical figures determined to prevent this referendum from going forward.
For all the talk of the EU promoting and protecting democracy, it is staggering that Europhiles like the ones in the House of Lords are so afraid of giving the electorate their say on the EU. It is no surprise that people are disillusioned with politics and the mainstream parties (which are suffering declining membership) when they see the national self-government subverted by Europe. The legacy of the EU is a British society devoid of trust in democracy. People used to believe in the institutions of parliamentary representation served the public and protected our interests. This is no longer the case.
Simon Turner, Research Assistant