Thursday, August 25, 2011

Michael Meacher on the EU’s ‘unnoticed power-grab’

Michael Meacher MP has written a peculiar article which purports to disclose what has hitherto been concealed. He refers to ‘licentious members of the eurozone’ who are having ‘punishment meted out to them for their financial wickedness’. He observes:
Greece and Ireland have had their domestic fiscal policy-making amputated. This has been done without anaesthetic by Euro Commission surgeons supervised by the German finance ministry using hacksaws and chisels apparently loaned from Milton Friedman’s Chicago economics department.
He then explains the lack of transparency in the EU’s decision-making process and the total absence of democratic accountability. He observes the shift towards EU harmonisation of wages, taxation and benefits. He decries that the European Parliament – ‘the only democratic EU institution’ – is able only to offer its ‘opinion’ but may not amend what the European Commission has already set in stone. And he is incredulous that recalcitrant countries can be bullied to conform or punished with fines if they refuse to submit to the suzerain power. He concludes:
That amounts to being forced to implement EU law, but without any say on the law being produced. The Commission is emerging, quietly and insidiously, as the European Tea Party movement of neoliberal fundamentalists. The AGS is an extraordinarily reactionary document, and Britain – and the Labour Party in particular – should be strongly rejecting this slide towards undemocratic government.
Just where has Michael Meacher been for the past 40 years? He was elected to Parliament in 1970 and would have heard all the fractious debate surrounding UK accession to the EEC in 1973. He would have witnessed (and been party to) the 1975 referendum. He would have listened intently to the speeches of Enoch Powell on the implications for political sovereignty; his own party would still have been reverberating with the warning of Hugh Gaitskell that EEC membership would mean ‘the end of Britain as an independent nation state… the end of a thousand years of history’.

Yet Michael Meacher sat meekly by throughout the Blair years, climbing the greasy pole of ministerial responsibility, all the way to the Cabinet. He was mute through the Maastricht mêlée and noiseless through the Nice negotiations. He was silent through Lisbon, and completely quiescent on the Constitution. And now he stirs from his speechless slumber to warn us all of the EU’s ‘unnoticed power-grab’.

O, please.

It is not going unnoticed at all. In fact, it is positively audacious in its shameless, immodest and barefaced raid on members’ sovereignty. This is a power-grab which comes as no surprise at all to those with an ounce of intelligence or discernment, for it was the stated objective from the outset: economic union implies monetary union which demands political union. Powell saw it; Gaitskell saw it; anyone with eyes can see it. It goes unnoticed only by those without the mental capacity to comprehend (ie, those who fall foul of the Lunacy [Vacating of Seats] Act 1886), and by those who choose to be blind and deaf to the plainly-disclosed and clearly-written objective of ‘ever-closer union’ (ie, subsidiarity is a sham). Those without the mental capacity to comprehend are barred from Parliament. Those who deceive the people damn well ought to be.


Blogger Mr. Green said...

All very well, but what to do?

Jimmy Goldsmith crashed and burned when he created the Referendum Party and stood in an election, where he failed to attract many votes.

At the very least, people who speak up so vociferously in favour of the EU and all its works should be encouraged to declare an interest - many of them are paid handsomely by the EU via our taxes.

I doubt these people would bother to accept even this small suggestion though.

25 August 2011 at 09:51  
Blogger WitteringsfromWitney said...

Your Grace is a tad late on this, methinks?

The article to which you link is a reprint of Meacher's post on his blog:
on which I commented and also posted over at my place:

25 August 2011 at 09:54  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Meacher reverses his cranio-colorectal implant, finally smells the coffee instead of excretia, and expects us to be impressed?

Ahah hah hah hah hah

25 August 2011 at 11:36  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

Britain is not in the Eurozone.

25 August 2011 at 11:39  
Blogger scottspeig said...


While it may be prudent that we realise he has been busy elsewhere, better that he has now seen the light eh??

All we should say is "Welcome to the group. PS, what took you so long??"

25 August 2011 at 11:43  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

'Those without the mental capacity to comprehend are barred from Parliament. Those who deceive the people damn well ought to be.'

I am minded of Cromwell's dismissal of the Long Parliament.

25 August 2011 at 11:46  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

And our destruction will continue,because all we do is write.

25 August 2011 at 13:45  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

Mr ENGLISHMAN, I hear your plea and I understand it ('And our destruction will continue,because all we do is write.)

However, I think you may be underestimating the power of the written word and the head of steam that is steadily building up as like-minded people communicate with each other on these matters. If it were otherwise, the powers would not be interested in curbing internet use or spying on emails.

The pamphleteers of the 17th century had a considerable impact on the events that unfolded in the civil war, the deposition of Charles I, the eventual revolution of 1688 and the constitutional settlement that followed.

We need to keep writing and reading.

25 August 2011 at 14:49  
Blogger Sgt Prepper said...

"We need to keep writing and reading."

Praying and prepping.

25 August 2011 at 14:55  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

I came across a ‘prophecy’ published by a Swiss chap ‘Great Britain Ueli Surbeck

Judge for yourselves this portion:

‘One thing, which I felt the Lord showed me, as I was pondering on this word, was the fact that Jacob received this revelation when he understood that his final hour was coming. This means two things: Great Britain, you need to realize, that we are in the end time, you have to realize that the end is approaching which does not mean that this is the end of the world, but the toughest transition time the world ever had seen! Secondly, I believe that you will go through an especially tough, a very tough time, thinking you are lying on a deathbed. And I believe there is a reason for this. You are a nation that is set apart, set aside by the Lord. The Lord used you in a mighty ways during several of these past centuries to be a light of Christ for Europe and for all the World. This calling is not over...but it seems that the British politician and the Church does everything to sell Great Britain to the EU/Egypt...and I want to tell you, you don't belong to the EU, you don't belong to Egypt, you have to go back! But because you already sold so much, it will take a very, very tough time to turn this around! One particular point. Because the Church is asleep, they play in the most impossibly stupid way, but certainly not what the Lord is saying...(with some exceptions, thank the Lord.) The turn around is coming get ready, it will be very tough; but it is worth it, because of the blessing and the Glory which is coming!’

25 August 2011 at 15:34  
Blogger Oswin said...

Mr.Singh: that was very interesting, thank you. I shall atempt some research re' your Swiss chap.

This prophecy, in similar form, hearkens back many centuries, to Nostradamus and beyond, way beyond. It is pre-Arthurian even.

It is of rather more than mere esoteric interest, it is of good, plain common sense too!

25 August 2011 at 16:17  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

So those with a different political opinion on the EU are either "without mental capacity" or are wilfully "blind and deaf"?

I wonder if I use this as a legitimate argument should I disagree with others without attracting censure?

25 August 2011 at 18:49  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace

The scammer at 25 August 2011 10:09 does not enhance this blog - kindly remove...

25 August 2011 at 19:25  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace

Your omnipotence impresses...

25 August 2011 at 19:37  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...


This 'prophecy' from the 'Swiss chap' lacks the mystery of Nostradamus or the poetic quality of pre-Arthurian legends. It is not even written in sound English. One feels confident the Holy Spirit would communicate in richer language.

25 August 2011 at 19:49  
Blogger Oswin said...

Dodo: for both your posts.

I mean, let's be honest here, there is little point in talking to you, ever.

And yes, you clearly sprang to mind as I read the final paragraph of His Grace's piece. I think the word is 'bespoke' - as in 'tailored to your needs'.

25 August 2011 at 20:25  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...


So kind.

You think I'm daft? It is me wasting time searching out dubious prophecies and old legends to reinforce my political opinion?

25 August 2011 at 20:38  
Blogger English Viking said...

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26 August 2011 at 00:23  
Blogger Oswin said...

Dodo: @ 20:38

''You think I'm daft?''

I'm not too sure what I think of you; not much, truth be told. But hey, you surely think enough of yourself, sufficient for the both of us.

27 August 2011 at 16:48  

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