The Man from Dublin, he says no?

Yes, I know. I’ve gone from posting five times in as many months to posting three times in three days.

Speculation is mounting that voters in Ireland may have decided to vote No in the referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. What this will mean for EU expansion remains to be seen. As I understand, all 27 EU members have to agree to its terms for it to proceed. Will the Irish Government listen to the voters and go back to the EU and say “sorry guys, let’s look at this again” or will they do what they did last time and tell the Irish public “er, sorry… could you vote again on this?”

I don’t quite know where I stand on this issue of the Lisbon Treaty. I’m sure the UK has benefited from closer cooperation with Europe, but on the other it seems like we’re drowning in EU legislation about all manner of things, even down to how much time we should spend working.

It seems that we’re handing over more and more power to this body in another country, one in which we’re increasingly marginalised in favour of the German-French bloc. The Lisbon Treaty hands over another large chunk of powers from Westminster to Brussels, we’re reassured however that we have our “red lines”, which give us opt-outs in key areas like defence and criminal justice. Whilst defence was never going to enter the equation, our criminal justice system is increasingly deferring to the European Courts and to European Laws. I do wonder if these “red lines” would work when tested.

We were told that when the EU Constitution was due to be voted on that we’d have a referendum on it, as it was a substantial change in our relationship to Europe. That fell by the wayside when the French and the Dutch voted “No”. The Lisbon Treaty we’re told though is completely different (it used different sized font and everything…). From what I’ve read, it doesn’t seem a whole lot different. What I wanted was to be treated like an adult, to be presented with the facts and allowed to make up my mind. I guess that doesn’t fit in with the Government’s apparent desire to turn us all into meek clients of the state.

David Davis News

Reaction to David Davis’ resignation yesterday appears to be mixed. Most of the commentators in Westminster are following the “Er… what the hell is he playing at? are the Tories divided?” line. The Public (Well, the ones the BBC seem to be able to find) are behind him and admire the man for making a stand on principle.

It seems also that the ex editor of The Sun (Kelvin Mackenzie) intends to stand against him in the event of Labour not fielding a candidate. He argues that locking up terrorists is no bad thing (which I’m pretty sure everyone would agree with). He seemingly misses the point that the powers granted to the Police won’t be used to lock up terrorists, they’ll be used to lock up terrorist suspects (as in, people the Police are investigating but don’t have enough evidence to charge with anything). Meaning potentially innocent people could be locked up for 6 weeks.

It’s sure to be an interesting few weeks as the debate unfolds. The Campaign team is already up and running, if you want to help (and are on Facebook), have a look at the Facebook Group Fight for Freedom – Support David Davis.

Yours,

B

Updated after Jon pointed out that the Banana rules were infact a gross mis-interpretation of what was in the document. I’ll do more research in future…

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3 Responses to The Man from Dublin, he says no?

  1. Jon says:

    I was going to text you last night to ask your opinion on the David Davis move, but this is a good substitute.

    “EU legislation on everything from the shape of bananas through to how many hours a week we are allowed to work.”

    Please stop spreading this FUD. I’m sure plenty of people agree with your position without needing to spread the chinese whispers of the Daily Mail’s interpretation of EU law.

  2. Bryn_S says:

    Interesting, the stuff on bananas is actually wrong… I really should Google these things before writing, shouldn’t I?

  3. MJ Ray says:

    “drowning in EU legislation” – I feel that’s actually partly due to UK MEPs using the EU as a route to try to pass bad laws at the EU level, further away from their electorate. Then the MPs blame it all on “Europe” and hide their own party’s role. We need to start holding our UK elected members to account for our unhealthy passive-aggressive relationship with Europe. The EU is a good idea, but I feel MPs and MEPs are riding an anti-European bandwagon to their own advantage. I think all parties are doing it a bit, but I’ll single out Labour’s Arlene McCarthy as someone that has particularly annoyed me in the past.

    Would the constitution or Lisbon treaty have improved things? Probably not much, but at least the constitution would have consolidated the pile of treaties a bit. It was a missed opportunity: we could have made the EU much easier for voters to understand.

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