We’ve got the American elections on 8th November this year, the French presidential elections in April and May next year, followed by the German federal elections between August and October. The UK elections aren’t until 2020, if there isn’t a revolt beforehand!
Talking of revolt, can you imagine what the reactions would be if the electorate at each of these events were told by their political leaders: “OK you can vote for me and stay here OR you can vote against me and get out.”
The sense of outrage would be overwhelming and rightly so. Why the hell should we have to leave the country because we don’t like the way they are running things? After all it is us who are paying for it . . . including their salaries and considerable expenses. For this commitment from us we are singularly entitled to a say in how things are run and what sort of future we are looking for.
When accountability is ignored we have demonstrable proof of abuse of power, brought about by a whittling down of the democratic process.
We acknowledge this human fallibility with power in some parts of the world. In countries like the US and France, there is a constitutional limitation of just two terms on how long any one president can serve, no matter how popular or unpopular that person may be. This statute of limitations is a reassurance against the abuse of power.
In the UK, who doesn’t have this limitation, we have seen a ‘natural’ break, where the incumbent just runs out of credibility because of abuse of power – as was the case with Margaret Thatcher (three terms), Tony Blair (2 ½ terms) and Cameron (who knows he won’t make a third term).
With only a very few exceptions, political parties/leaders seem to have an ‘inbuilt lifespan’ over which they can exercise power before the people grow weary of them and demand change. Perhaps it should be legislated for, although abuse of power is now rampant whatever the supposed safeguards.
So, given that brief resume of Democracy, why is it the British people are taking part in an ‘election’, to ratify the power of the officials running the EU, under the guise of a ‘Referendum’?
Referendum: Submission of an issue of public importance to the direct vote of the electorate. (The Free Dictionary by Farlex)
‘Vote’ is the operative word here and signifies support, or not, for those running the establishment, however that is structured. We support a party’s manifesto, in an election, with our vote and that is now what is being asked with this Referendum . . . but does it have the same credibility?!
Consider the facts.
- An election ‘Referendum’ has been called because there is unrest, now evidenced across Europe and a vote of confidence is therefore sought by those running things (Brussels).
- There are no alternative parties to vote for, so the only option is Brussels.
- There is no limitation on the length of service for the body that actually runs it all – The European Commission – so an ‘In’ vote has them running things for eternity.
- The members of this council form no part of the democratic process by which this election ’Referendum’ has been called, because they have not been elected by the very people now being asked to give them a vote of confidence. Nor do they have a manifesto which gives them some credibility . . . they are essentially seeking unconditional support.
Is it me or is this ‘Democracy for beginners’?
How can we possibly give a vote of confidence to a body, who won’t tell us what they are up to (TTIP), we had no hand in putting into power and cannot throw out either? That is why we are being forced to vote on a ‘Referendum’ and not in an Election . . . because there are no alternatives to Brussels . . . We have no choice!
Brussels must be having a good laugh, because a lot of people are taking this all very seriously. To be fair, it is incredibly serious in highlighting just how distorted our Democracy has become in the running of the European Union.
Political distortions seem to be Brussels forte, if we look at its track record, which has been one of constant regulation. Indeed, it latest efforts beggar belief when countries like Spain and Italy are about to be fined for not getting their GDP in order. Forget that they are struggling with the distorted financial (ECB) policies of Brussels in the first place.
Greece (the biggest distortion of the lot), is being regulated out of existence through debt that should have kept it from membership in the first place.
Then we have six countries who were recently hauled over the coals for not implementing Brussels induced legislation, that forced ‘bail ins’ of the banks (by their customers) to protect the banks when the next financial collapse occurs.
Here’s the distortion. With regulation also their forte, why has there been a deafening silence from Brussels on responsible regulation of those same banks to minimise a collapse from happening again? Perhaps they are now setting up the patsy’s instruments to pay for it all, because they know it will happen again.
Brussels regimentation of its 28 member countries, by endless biased rules and bureaucratic gobbledegook, seems the best it can come up with to ‘manage’ this European Union but is not working. In over 60 years it has built little that is having a positive effect upon unification.
Quite the reverse. This regimentation has now become so acute that Europe is breaking down because of gross mismanagement and a dwindling democracy, as people become demotivated through lack of involvement – whilst still having to pay for it all.
Europe could be a wondrous place, unified in a common sense of purpose, with a properly functioning democracy. Instead it is a political and corporate playing field, where the only injuries are experienced by the spectators, the 99%. This includes long term youth unemployment and immigration, whilst the rich and powerful play havoc with the essential myriad of values that hold Society in place to enrich their own pockets.
Europe needs rescuing from the clutches of the Neoliberal machinery that is currently Brussels. ‘Remaining’ to sort out the mess won’t work because Brussels (boosted by ‘Remain’) won’t give up its power, aided and abetted by the financiers who exert overall control, as they have done since inauguration.
Breaking that power is the only solution and if Britain doesn’t rescue Europe on 23rd June another country will, as the current model is unsustainable.
Until the next time
Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes