So is reported the words of David Cameron in respect of his ‘renegotiations’ on the UK’s membership of the European Union. The full statement reads: I can’t be certain we’ll get there in February (in respect of agreement on his ‘reform agenda/negotiations’ at the next EU Heads of State Council) ,” he said. “If there’s a good enough deal on the table that meets all of the concerns the British people have – cutting the bureaucracy, getting out of ever closer union, making sure this is an organisation for those not in the euro, making sure we take the pressure off our borders and we have a system where people have to pay in before they get out – if all of those things are put in place, if the deal is good enough, I’ll take it. If it’s not, I won’t.
Since when is it Cameron’s choice to accept that – do we not have a referendum coming and is that acceptance of any deal the choice of the people in said referendum? Since when has the UK been an dictatorship? Oh, hang on……….
Cameron talks about ‘getting out of ever closer union‘, yet the preamble of the last treaty signed states that the signatories are: Resolved to continue the process of creating an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe; ergo Cameron cannot deliver on his aims on this one point without treaty change – and even if he delayed his referendum until late 2017 – a concrete promise of escape from this wish of his cannot be finalised until after his referendum. History tells us we should never rely on any promisory note from a politician – and Cameron is, above all else (besides a proven liar), a politician. Although I suppose the two go ‘hand in hand’ – but I digress.
In any event the four ‘areas’ he mentionsd do not constitute all ‘the concerns of the British public’ – some of us are concerned about the matter of sovereignty and democracy. As we all know sovereignty is the ability of any nation to the full right and power to govern itself without any interference from outside sources or bodies. The requirement to set fishing rights is not a factor of sovereignty’; the right to conclude a taxation settlement is not a factor of sovereignty – without the agreement of a supranational government? Give me a break do!
The fact that Cameron chose four areas in which he thought he might gain something by way of concession is fast unravelling – yet still he persists at what one might call Cervantes’ Don Quixote (tilting at windmills) , or in other words, an English idiom which means attacking imaginary enemies. If the UK is to regain sovereignty then we must leave the European Union – simples.
Within the UK ‘political elite’ sovereignty means parliamentary democracy – whch is a misnomer if there ever was one. As we all know, democracy comes from the Greek: demokratia – demos: people; kratos: power. Until the UK adopts the principles of direct democracy the people can never achieve the power that is rightfully theirs. Parliamentary democracy is not – and can never be – democracy per se!
The Referendum Planning Group, within their publication of FlexCit, have taken ownership of The Harrogate Agenda – yet leave the subject of democracy as a footnote (item 6 of 6). Just where is the logic in that within a publication that seeks to restore democracy to the UK? Just when will they extract the proverbial digit – or do they too believe in a form of dictatorship, one comprising opinion and beliefs? Compared to politicians, where the Referendum Planning Group is concerned, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?
On that last point; for the umpteenth time, just asking……………………………………………………