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In a memorable speech last year at the European Parliament, UKIP’s Nigel Farage lambasted newly appointed (not elected of course) European Council President Herman Van Rompuy saying he had “the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low grade bank clerk.”
There can be little dispute about it. But a few moments later Farage went on to talk about Van Rompuy’s intention to become “the quiet assassin of European democracy.” On that one, he couldn’t have been more wrong. The man’s shouting it from the roof tops.
Here’s what he said yesterday after Italy’s Northern League, Silvio Berlusconi’s erstwhile backers, said it would not support the country’s prospective new government and called for a general election:
“This country needs reforms, not elections,” he said bluntly.
Who is this guy? No really, who precisely does Herman Van Rompuy think he is in telling one of Europe’s most historic nations that it doesn’t need elections?
It’s jaw dropping stuff. It’s like thinking you’re having a nightmare only for it to dawn on you that this is actually happening. It’s real.
Responding to rumours that Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy are considering ways to force countries out of the Eurozone if they fail to bring their public finances into order, Van Rompuy was quite adamant that sovereign democracies such as France and Germany could simply forget it.
“Let us be clear: we will not prune the eurozone to a more selective club,” he said sneeringly.
The key word in that sentence is of course “we”. But hold on, who is “we”? Certainly not the leaders of the eurozone’s biggest democracies.
France and Germany can take a running jump as far as Herman Van Rompuy is concerned, and they can take their democracies with them (not that the current leaders of those countries are particularly supportive of democracy themselves).
So, who’s “we”?
Aha. That’s right, he means the unelected technocrats and bureaucrats who run the show in Brussels. He means the people who would turn Europe into an empire. He means those who tell entire countries to vote again in referendums if they give the wrong answer or just ignore them completely.
He means Herman Van Rompuy and company. And he means to destroy anyone who gets in their way.
The notion that the EU was an enemy of democracy used to be the preserve of the far fringes of the spectrum. To be sure, there was always some understanding of a “democratic deficit”.
The smarter people were aware that, in the absence of a European demos, the transfer of powers from national parliaments to Brussels inevitably entailed a net decline in democratic governance.
What seems to have been underestimated by many was the potential for the emergence of an entirely new political class with a vested interest in acquiring ever more power for itself and an inherent hostility to democracy and all that surrounds it.
That class, embodied by Herman Van Rompuy, Jose Manuel Barroso and many others, has now gone a good way towards taking power in Europe.
http://www.thecommentator.com/article/629/eu_s_van_rompuy_strikes_new_blow_against_democracy_telling_italy_it_doesn_t_need_electionsIn a memorable speech last year at the European Parliament, UKIP’s Nigel Farage... more
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Famous euroskeptic Nigel Farage (as seen previously here), in just under 4 brief minutes tells more truth about the entire European experiment than all European bankers, commissioners, and politicians have done in the past decade.
As we have already said pretty much all of this before, we present it without commentary: “Good morning Mr. van Rompuy, you’ve been in office for one year, and in that time the whole edifice is beginning to crumble, there’s chaos, the money’s running out, I should thank you – you should perhaps be the pinup boy of the euroskeptic movement. But just look around this chamber this morning, look at these faces, look at the fear, look at the anger. Poor Barroso here looks like he’s seen a ghost. They’re beginning to understand that the game is up. And yet in their desperation to preserve their dream, they want to remove any remaining traces of democracy from the system. And it’s pretty clear that none of you have learned anything. When you yourself Mr. van Rompuy say that the euro has brought us stability, I supposed I could applaud you for having a sense of humor, but isn’t this really just the bunker [or banker?] mentality. Your fanaticism is out in the open. You talk about the fact that it was a lie to believe that the nation state could exist in the 21st century globalized world. Well, that may be true in the case of Belgium who haven’t had a government for 6 months, but for the rest of us, right across every member state in this union, increasingly people are saying, “We don’t want that flag, we don’t want the anthem, we don’t want this political class, we want the whole thing consigned to the dustbin of history.” We had the Greek tragedy earlier on this year, and now we have the situation in Ireland. I know that the stupidity and greed of Irish politicians has a lot to do with this: they should never, ever have joined the euro. They suffered with low interest rates, a false boom and a massive bust. But look at your response to them: what they are being told as their government is collapsing is that it would be inappropriate for them to have a general election. In fact commissioner Rehn here said they had to agree to a budget first before they are allowed to have a general election. Just who the hell do you think you people are. You are very, very dangerous people indeed: your obsession with creating this European state means that you are happy to destroy democracy, you appear to be happy with millions and millions of people to be unemployed and to be poor. Untold millions will suffer so that your euro dream can continue. Well it won’t work, cause its Portugal next with their debt levels of 325% of GDP they are the next ones on the list, and after that I suspect it will be Spain, and the bailout for Spain will be 7 times the size of Ireland, and at that moment all the bailout money will is gone – there won’t be any more. But it’s even more serious than economics, because if you rob people of their identity, if you rob them of their democracy, then all they are left with is nationalism and violence. I can only hope and pray that the euro project is destroyed by the markets before that really happens.”
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