Friday, February 29, 2008
Britain's shamed media and Establishment
Thursday, February 28, 2008
DANGER - the Anti-Constitution
The Lisbon treaty, however, could prove a step too far. There is no real precedent for what is being done, other than it would be safe to say that no country that has dismantled a constitutional democracy in favour of something else - even if ‘it seemed a good idea at the time’ - has ever escaped the unpleasant fate of draconian government or even war.
We should have learnt our lessons from the past. Those with the responsibility of building Europe and those in positions of power in national governments are taking an enormous risk on our behalf. Lets hope they have a Plan B as it is doubtful that there is a universal popular mandate for what the Lisbon Treaty represents.
Ultimately Europe cannot be built without its people. If constitutional change in this extreme form is forced upon them, then it will crumble: That is also a lesson from history. Bring Europeans along with you, discussing every step of the constitutional development, consulting (and not just with hand-picked NGOs, who rely on the EU for funding) and calling plebiscites when necessary, and the results will be very different.
Forcing through sneaky, ambiguous and confusing treaties that undermine the national democracies is not the way to make friends. A more open and more engaging approach would be appreciated by most, if not all Europeans. If this Europe has to be built, then let it be built on the fundamentals and standards that most Europeans expect: we are, are we not, free people?Free! My foot.... the real questionnow is .....are we even anymore people? People, as in individuals with their own powers of reason? I think not!
Fire at the Bacton InterConnector
Two question referendum amendment accepted
'Rather powerless' EU Parliament President
For Labour/LibDem MPs 5th March is their date with destiny
How could Conservative MEPs vote not to respect the result of Ireland's referendum?
JUST HOW CAN THIS VOTE BE JUSTIFIED??
Only one MEP Tory member of the EPP is reported to have supported this Amendment 32 which required the European Parliament to respect the result of the Irish Referendum.
Why are the Tories still members of the EPP, led by Hans-Gert Poettering who on Radio 4 this morning claimed powerlessness to publish details of fraud in the EU parliament.
How dare David Cameron continue the farce of the sham procedures in parliament on the Lisbon Treaty?
How dare David Cameron claim he favours a referendum for the people of Britain on this disgraceful Treaty, that he will not 'let matters rest there', yet allows his own party members in Strasbourg to vote to disregard the democratically voiced will of the Irish people should they choose to consign this constitution to the rubbish bin of history where it properly belongs in any institution pretending democratic credentials????
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
French protest the Lisbon betrayal
The following petition is appearing in letter boxes across France. Roughly translated it is asking for signatures to the following:
Public petition against the adoption of the Treaty of Lisbon.
The european constitutional project was rejected by referendum in 2005 by around 55 % of the French. Today, under cover of a simplified treaty, Mr Sarkozy has signed in the name of France a new text which represents 99% of the constitution. Then Mr Sarkozy refused to submit this Treaty called 'Lisbon' to a referendum and has chosen to have it adopted in parliament. This act is a denial of democracy and a breaking of honour against the people of France.
All together we must say NON to this treason.
(Space for signatories)
Respect the Non of the French
BBC Betrayals to continue over Mass Lobby
EU Parliament to ignore Irish referendum result. Africa trade disgrace
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
A Clash of Cultures or Blind Hatred?
Monday, February 25, 2008
Serbia to defy EU
Dawn of totalitarianism's return
EU so-called parliamentarians attempt to silence publicity of opposition to Lisbon Treaty
Labour Lies in Europe Minister's Constituency
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Threats from Berlin
"No surprise then that the Brussels establishment see British voters as exceptionally ignorant and the British government as cowardly in making an effective case for Europe. Indeed, it has been hinted that Eurosceptics were acting in bad faith because if the referendum were lost, the EU would be hoist with more years of institutional wrangling. "Have the British contemplated a “worst case scenario” – an exit from the EU Club? Not a few would actually welcome it, especially those who view Britain as an exasperating obstacle to European unity. In case Britain is tempted, it should be a relief to know that the Lisbon treaty, for the first time, provides for just such a contingency. Valery Giscard d’Estaing, a former French president, and head of the drafting committee, has let it be known that any country that fails to ratify the Lisbon treaty should seek a special status or leave. More to the point, he has identified Britain as a likely candidate."
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Check how your representative is voting to end democracy
Labels: MP and MEP Lisbon Treaty votes
Foreign Office Lies over Negotiating the EU Reform Treaty
The Sick, Sick, Sick Strasbourg Parliament
Friday, February 22, 2008
Spanish socialist Solana switches stance on Sovereign Soil
A shocking report into Brussels MPs’ expenses has been hidden in a bunker for fear it will destroy the EU Parliament’s authority.
Stories emerge of MPs helping themselves to £125,000 by pretending it is for office help.
They already boost their £62,000 salaries with lavish travel and attendance expenses.
Brussels is awash with corruption.
MPs cheerfully rob the public purse. Officials produce accounts so dodgy that not even the EU Commission’s own auditors will sign them off.
And at the heart of the EU is a discredited farming policy that positively encourages fraud on a massive scale. Picking up the bill are British taxpayers.
Gordon Brown has betrayed us by refusing a referendum on further EU integration.
So will he tell us why Britain should be run by this bunch of crooks?
Commons to vote on Referendum 5th March
Heritage Foundation of the US highlights all the dangers
Thursday, February 21, 2008
From Roger Helmer's Newsletter
You will recall the Referendum Demonstration in the Strasbourg parliament in December. There have been developments.
In an extraordinary act reminiscent of the air-brushed Politburo photos of Soviet times, the parliamentary authorities have doctored the official video coverage of the event. It was delayed some time. When issued, we found that the cameras had (as far as they could) avoided our banners and placards, while the original sound-track including the Referendum chanting had been replaced with a virginal recording of the EU Anthem. Our demo had been air-brushed out of sight. Fortunately it is available on an amateur video on http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v
Later, Hans-Gert Poettering (HGP), President of the parliament, had the breathtaking effrontery to say that we had been "denying free speech" by interrupting a speech by the President of the Council (the Portuguese Prime Minister). Bear in mind that the European institutions have effectively denied free speech to the whole electorates of France and Holland. They have ridden rough-shod over referendum results. They claim to be "a Union of values based on democracy", yet they are trampling on the democratic rights of citizens, and imposing a new political settlement in the teeth of public opposition in a number of states, not least our own. Yet they accuse us of denying free speech!
All I did was to speak up for the right of 4.2 million East Midlands citizens, and 60 million UK citizens, to have the referendum they were promised by this Labour government -- and by 98% of sitting MPs in the House of Commons. According to opinion polls, some 75% of my constituents want a referendum -- I was speaking up for them. And I acted in the way I did simply because the institutions are hell-bent on ignoring the will of the people. Their contempt for democracy and public opinion is extraordinary.
In fact HGP has initiated disciplinary procedures against fourteen of the 50+ MEPs involved in the demonstration -- including myself. Having interviewed me and read the charge sheet, he can apply, under parliament rules, a reprimand, or a fine, or suspension for up to ten days. It would be worth paying a fine just for the press release. I can see the headline now: "£1000: the price of free speech in Strasbourg".
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Big morning for corruption
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The vote on Democracy's Destruction in Strasbourg
Spanish socialist Solana celebrates colonisation of a section of Serbia's sovereign soil represented by a new version of the EU's own soiled symbols
At Last! Daniel Hannan MEP ejected from the EPP EU Group!
EU Parliament to today vote through unpublished Lisbon Treaty
Killing an already neutered parliament
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Castro departs - hypocritical EU and Miliband call for democracy
EU Parliament - Presidential Power Grab
Treasures from the Threads - Number Seven
EU at 50
Labels: EU at 50
European Parliament connives in refusing Treaty Draft
This Sham EU!
Monday, February 18, 2008
ANZ Bank Losses
EU Foreign Policy muddle
The Loss of Sovereignty
I have found some highly interesting writings in Austria, where there is a giant debate going on, because of course this treaty is in a sense in still greater contradiction with the Austrian Constitution, because of its neutrality clause. There there is one piece written by Prof. Hans Klecatasky, who is one of the fathers of the Austrian Constitution, and former justice minister of Austria; on Dec. 19, —six days after the Treaty of Lisbon had been decided upon-he commented as follows: "The Republic of Austria, with its Federal Constitution, is turned into a subdivision of the legal body of the EU. The coordination of both constitutions is replaced definitively by subjugation, submission, and hence by the dissolution of the republic into a European Union. Member-states lose the substance of their existential statehood and turn into merely regional administrative bodies."
The same applies of course to Germany, which basically gave up its own statehood long ago through this treaty; while the words "Federal State" are simply avoided in this European Treaty, it is already de facto the case. This is just semantics, with which an attempt is made to say that Germany's Basic Law [Constitution] would not have to be changed, although in reality it is a complete change of the Basic law.
According to the Basic Law, all power is derived from the people; this no longer applies, but rather it is now with the EU, effective immediately, once the treaty is ratified and adopted. And even our former Federal President Roman Herzog wrote in Welt am Sontag a year ago on Jan. 14, that if this document is implemented, Germany would no longer be a parliamentary democracy, and he therefore favored rejecting the treaty.
If EU can today midwife Kosova - what need the Lisbon Treaty?
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Opposition to Lisbon Treaty surfaces in Germany
Treaty of Lisbon: Treaty for Dictatorship
I would like to discuss a great danger, which has been hardly been taken up by the press at all: the new European Treaty, or the Treaty of Lisbon. This is something that, in a certain way, was already rejected in May 2005, when the [European] Constitution was voted down in referendums in France and the Netherlands, with a completely clear "No," because they already clearly understood the effects of the euro on living standards, unemployment, and the rate of price increases.
But what is now occurring—and I must really ask you to take this seriously, because this represents an unbelievable danger—is that on Dec. 13,  at the EU Summit in Lisbon, this same treaty, in the form of a Constitutional Treaty, thus no longer as a constitution, but rather only as a treaty, was decided upon in a disguised form by the European governments. And indeed, this text has up to now not been printed in German—what an absurdity!—and it is completely unreadable and completely unclear. It exists, as stated, up to now only in the form of the old Constitution, which has been rejected, as well as in the Amending Law, where for example it reads: "In Article 15, section 5, subdivision 7, the following word is replaced by this and that." Then further "in paragraph 35, section 5, subdivision such and such, this and that is replaced by that and the other."
That means: for the 400 regulations enunciated here, a journalist, citizen, or parliamentarian would practically have to sit down and place, on the one side, the European Constitutional Treaty, and on the other side these formulations, and then map them against each other, in order to understand this. And it is entirely, of course, in legal terminology, which most people do not understand. That is, in my view, the actual intention of the authors, who want this treaty forced through without debate and without commotion; and if it were indeed rammed through, it would have catastrophic consequences for Europe.
Already the Maastricht Treaty and the Amsterdam Treaty and the Stability pact have practically created a corset for the European states, which—as can be seen with the euro—actually means not only that the national governments no longer have sovereignty over their own currencies, that there is no "lender of last resort" in Europe—which is not so problematic, if everything is running normally, but if a real banking crisis occurs, as we have now, then the Bundesbank and the BaFin are ostensibly the "lenders of last resort," but they have no sovereignty over the euro, and [European Central Bank head] Mr. Trichet said quite clearly, at a press conference: "That is not in our interest. We are not in charge of national bailout packages." Here is a real loophole in the law, which now already exists. What is now about to occur with the Treaty of Lisbon, is a massive obstruction of democracy, constitutional legality, and sovereignty. For what would occur with this treaty, if it were ratified, is that constitutional sovereignty would devolve to the European Council; the European Parliament would no longer have to agree to anything, but would only listen—to say nothing of the national parliaments.
This is thus, in reality, a constitution for dictatorship, which no longer maintains the pretense of a democratic process, and where a bureaucracy, which does not have to be elected democratically, makes the decisions.
Kosovo declares independence
"Serbia will never recognise the independence of Kosovo. Serbia has reacted and will react with all peaceful, diplomatic and legal means to annul this act committed by Kosovo's institutions," he said in a statement. "I appeal to all our citizens in Serbia and in Kosovo to be led by reason."
Russia also opposes Kosovan independence, saying the new state's split from Serbia would force it to reconsider its own position on territorial disputes.
Britain, already under pressure in Afghanistan and Iraq, is sending up to 1,000 extra troops to Kosovo to ensure that peace remains, a task made more diplomatically fraught because of strong opposition to the independence bid from Russia.
Northern Rock nationalised
Again Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger
Kosovo reply from Mr Ralf Grahn
EU in Kosovo
EU moves beyond the Law
Saturday, February 16, 2008
EU to police independent Kosovo
Mass Lobby of Parliament
Hundreds of you have registered for the mass lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 27 February. But we need thousands of people to make it a real success.
If you can make it to London on Wednesday 27 February, anytime between 11am and 6pm, to tell your MP that you think there should be a referendum on the revised EU Constitution, then please do sign up now, by sending a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Within a few days of the mass lobby, MPs will be voting on whether or not there should be a national referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Don't miss this last chance to persuade them to vote yes!
Remember: you don't have to be an expert - you just need to be willing to ask your MP a few questions. The main focus of the day will be a queue outside the Houses of Parliament, where we will be waving banners and balloons and generally creating a pro-referendum atmosphere that MPs and the Government will find impossible to ignore.
I Want a Referendum has published a short guide to the lobby, including suggested questions for your MP. Click here to read it: http://www.iwantareferendum
Getting to the lobby
Several of our supporters are organising coaches and lifts from various locations around the country. Please check the transport notice board for details of people who may be organising transport near you: http://www.iwantareferendum
In addition, we have organised for 4 double-decker coaches to come to London from around the country. There are 400 places available in total. Donations towards the £6,500 cost of the coaches would be very gratefully received during a collection on arrival in London.
Pick-up points and departure times:
Manchester - 07:00 - Chorlton Street Opposite the Main Coach Station
Birmingham - 09.00 - Hilton Park Services Jct 10 M6 Southbound JCT 10
Warwick - 10.00 - Warwick Services M40 Southbound
Oxford - 11.00 - Oxford Services M40 Southbound
Leeds - 06:50 - Leeds City Train Station
Sheffield - 08:00 - Woodall Services Southbound M1
Nottingham - 09:45 - Trowell Services Southbound M1
Leicester - 10:15 - Leicester Forest East Southbound M1
Bournemouth - 08:30 - Bournemouth Train Station
Southampton - 09:30 - Southampton Train Station
Basingstoke - 10:30 - Basingstoke Train Station
Plymouth - 06:30 - Plymouth Train Station
Exeter - 07:30 - Exeter Services JCT 30 M5
Bristol - 08:45 - Gordano Services JCT 19 M5 Northbound
Swindon - 10:15 - Membury Services JCT 14 M4
Reading - 10:45 - Reading East Services JCT 11/12 M4
Please note these times are dependent on good weather and driving conditions. They are formulated with a view to arrive in London by approximately 1pm. The coaches will leave London again at 6pm from the same place you will be dropped off.
If you would like to use the coach please call the Coach Hire Booking company on 0845 0944 620, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm to book a seat. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. When you call, please state that you are calling to book a place on the 'I Want a Referendum' coaches, specifying where you intend to board the coach. Please do not call unless you definitely intend to travel on the coach. And on the day, please make sure that you are at your pick-up point on time as the coaches will not be able to wait for you.
Many thanks for your continued support. We cannot win without it. We hope you can make the lobby, and don't forget to tell your friends, family and neighbours about it.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Is the Government deliberately destroying the British Army?
Lib/Dem Justice spokesman to vote for Referendum
Conspiracy theories and local referendum
EU planning more defence integration
Is Nick Clegg capable of joined-up thinking?
Hear the German Ambassador
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Jim Murphy, MP Minister for Europe
Follow the money
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
More on Miliband - Liar and traitor!
Circumvention of parliamentary democracy
Labels: Lisbon Treaty non-debate
Not quite all Lib/Dem MPs are promise breaking vermin!
Report on North Wales referendum on Lisbon Treaty
Irish referendum delay
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
What has become of the Church of England?
THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE THIS.
THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE SAME SHARIAH LAW THAT THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY WANTS TO BE ALLOWED IN BRITAIN....
LET HIM AND ALL THOSE WHO FEEL OF A SIMILAR DISPOSITION GO AND LIVE IN A SHARIAH STATE...
No religion can ever justify such a hideous crime ... Pass it on ......let the world know what is happening in the name of this backward religion...
Miliband the destroyer of Britain's democracy - HYPOCRITE
More unnecessary energy consumption
Labels: Dipped daytime headlights
Secret terms of coming EU repression
A German tummy upset creates EU's latest fiasco
There will be NO Justice
Labels: NO Justice