My life-long disdain of politics, as mentioned in my preface to this website’s unintended collection of material in Brexit vs EU, has deepened with the Brexit saga with MP’s and political parties downright dishonesty being clear evidence that evil has come full term and manifest in our midst. Regrettably, it’s been necessary for time to have been spent alerting people to the EU’s deep deception.
Further to Daniel Hannan’s description – as a Member of European Parliament – of the EU being a modern Tower of Babel, wherein he refers to CS Lewis’ novel The Hideous Strength, this weekend he explains how it deliberately suppresses democracy and is bent upon destroying British parliamentary politics.
In Our Democracy Is Being Overthrown By The EU’s Hideous Strength (courtesy The Telegraph) Daniel writes,
‘It’s not about Brexit any more, at least not primarily. It’s about whether we remain a democracy in the fullest sense. Our system depends on unwritten conventions and precedents. We expect winners to show restraint and losers to show consent. We expect our officials – including judges, civil servants and, not least, the Commons Speaker – to be impartial. We expect the electorate to be the final umpire.
‘All these norms are coming under pressure as the campaign to reverse Brexit intensifies. The EU, as well as being undemocratic in itself, tends to degrade the internal democracy of its member nations. Everyone knows that the Brussels institutions are oligarchic, combining executive and legislative power in the hands of commissars who are immune to public opinion. What is less widely appreciated is the extent to which the 28 member states are also required to alter their domestic constitutions so as to sustain the requirements of membership. Elections are rerun, coalitions broken, laws ignored, parties annihilated, referendums overturned, prime ministers toppled – all for the sake of deeper integration.
‘I think of it as the EU’s “Hideous Strength” – the title of CS Lewis’s novel about a diabolical plot to take over Britain through a seemingly bland bureaucracy. Until now, the most shocking examples were the civilian juntas imposed on Italy and Greece in 2011 to keep them in the euro. But ponder the past three years here. Look at the way our most basic understandings and conventions have been torn up. Look at the policies now being put forward by the main Opposition parties: Labour is proposing to get a better deal from Brussels and then campaign against its own deal in a referendum. The Lib Dems, less entertainingly but more shockingly, want to annul the outcome of the referendum that they were the first party to propose.
‘For as long as we have had party politics, we have expected the losers to respect the verdict of the ballot box. That is no longer happening. All of a sudden, politicians are making hysterical claims of Russian interference, insisting that elections don’t count because they consider opposing arguments dishonest, demanding that the people who didn’t vote be tallied. We have seen repeated attempts to overturn the referendum result in the courts. We have seen a Speaker brazenly promising to thwart the government even “if that demands additional procedural creativity”.
‘How much more of this can we take? Our political discourse is angrier and more violent than I can remember. The legitimacy of our governing institutions is in the balance. We keep reading that this acrimony is “because of Brexit”. But, as you can hardly fail to have noticed, Brexit hasn’t happened. What we are seeing is not a “Brexit crisis” but the precise opposite: an un-Brexit crisis, a crisis caused by the refusal of our MPs to do what they repeatedly promised.
‘Now those MPs are simultaneously paralysing Parliament and preventing a general election. First, they said they were waiting for their anti-‘no-deal’ Bill to be passed. Then, when it was approved, they said that they would wait until the European summit on 19 October. Now they are talking about sitting through to next summer, still in the EU, and still with a disabled Parliament. Do they truly not realise what is at stake? It is not just their careers that are in jeopardy; it is the authority of our entire parliamentary system. Marvel at the EU’s hideous strength.’
As further evidence for Daniel’s thesis, we have this afternoon’s contemptible treatment of our Prime Minister by Luxembourg’s PM allowing an open-air conference to continue even though drowned out by demonstrators.:
‘Brexiteers have reacted angrily to Xavier Bettel’s decision to push ahead with a press conference without Boris Johnson. Speaking after Mr Bettel’s Q&A with reporters, Tory MP David Jones said: “If Remain supporters are revelling in this gratuitous rudeness to a British Prime Minister, they should examine their own motives. Most patriotic people would say it’s another good reason to leave on 31 October.”
‘His comments were echoed by Daniel Kawczynski, the Tory MP for Shrewsbury, who said: “I am appalled by the conduct of Luxembourg showing disrespect to our Prime Minister and nation. Luxembourg is smaller than Birmingham – clearly it has a different mindset from a permanent member of the UN Security Council.” (All emphases RB)