"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

If Eu Have Nothing To Hide, Eu Have Nothing To Fear

Does anyone remember when governments were pushing for the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty the one aspect they emphasised more than others was how the treaty would 'bring democracy closer to the people' and it was therefore "A Good Thing".   A "citizens' legislative initiative"  was to be introduced whereby petitions with over one million signatures would be considered by the European Parliament.  However, as always with this bunch of post-democracy d/heads the devil is in the detail because there are other conditions which at first weren't made quite so public:
  • The one million signatories must come from at least one third of EU nations.
  • Brussels proposes a minimum number of signatories for each participating country. This number "should be degressively proportional to the size of each member state." In other words, a smaller state will need proportionately more signatories than a bigger state.
  • Each petition must first be registered and subject to an 'admissibility check' by the Commission, when at least 300,000 signatures are collected.
  • The petition must concern "a matter where a legal act of the Union can be adopted for the purpose of implementing the Treaties" and it has to fall "within the framework of the powers of the Commission to make a proposal."
  • Signatures must be gathered "within a period that shall not exceed 12 months," after which the process should start again.
And the nail in the coffin of EU transparency and democracy is this:
  • Each signatory of a petition will have to provide a variety of personal data, including name, street address, email address, date and place of birth, nationality and personal identification numbers (passport; ID card; and social security).
I'm dejected:  there only seems to be we happy few who care about it.  I just don't understand the apathy and the apparent willingness to rush headlong and blindfold into a dystopian dreamworld like this.  How long will it be before we're labelled as terrorists and agitators in our brave new world?

12 comments:

  1. And those one million signatories will, no doubt, be the first inhabitants of the EU's gulag which they are bound to have in mind sometime for the future.

    America had a prison on an island from which there was only one escape I seem to recall. And where is the EU's island prison likely to be?

    Give them time, give them time.

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  2. The EU - an open and democratic society designed and run by transnational corporations. Where the leaders are appointed and decisions are made by committees whose membership is secret. What a farce.

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  3. WfW Probably somewhere in the Baltic, nice and cold.

    "The petition must concern "a matter where a legal act of the Union can be adopted for the purpose of implementing the Treaties"
    ie, it can only agree with what has already been decided.

    ps, GV, thanks for your kind words.

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  4. Sadly, GV, most people are too 'busy' to give it thought. My lovely hubby is one of them, although I detect a slight change in his views. He's coming round. Still, it's like moving a mountain with your pinkie.

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  5. Off-topic, GV, but you might be interested to know that you're rated 85 by Wikio. You might want to display this on your blog. :)

    I hope you had a relaxing Easter.

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  6. Off topic, GV, but you're now rated 85 on Wikio. You might want to display this on your blog. :)

    I hope you had a relaxing Easter.

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  7. Each signatory of a petition will have to provide a variety of personal data, including name, street address, email address, date and place of birth, nationality and personal identification numbers (passport; ID card; and social security).

    Precisely.

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  8. GV, where the devil are you? ;-)

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  9. I´m fine in myself thank you SR - going bald from pulling out my hair and chewed fingernails but apart from that ... Thanks, I´ll be back soon x

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  10. Thank you for your email CS - I'm crossing fingers and toes and think everything is back to 'normal' now. It's been unbearable being out of touch and only having tv or radio news to listen to. In fact, after the first few days of being incommunicado I've been sitting in cafes, eating ice cream, drinking coffee and people-watching. I'm now as fat as a pig and as hyped up as a donkey on heat :-)

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