March 31, 2017

The Commission’s contempt for voters

The Commission’s contempt for voters

The European Commission barely hides its contempt for European voters and the democratic process, argues Joseph Hackett.

In Greece last month, the EU’s Economy Commissioner, Pierre Moscovici, said the Commission would soon be coming out with a white paper for EU reform, which would include “ambitious ideas for the deepening of the economic and monetary union”. Two weeks later, the white paper came out as planned – but Moscovici’s “ambitious ideas” for the Eurozone were nowhere to be found.

Their omission, it emerged, was no mistake. The Commission’s plans for the monetary union were dropped from the white paper, and it is now believed they will be published in a separate paper in late May. This just so happens to delay the proposals until after the Dutch election, the 60th anniversary celebrations for the Treaty of Rome (the EU’s founding document), and both rounds of the French election.

This is, of course, no coincidence at all. The Commission has deliberately put back the proposals for one of the most contentious aspects of European integration until a quieter time – one when the proposals are less likely to have any impact on an election.

Of course, the Commission would not indulge in these delaying tactics if they thought these proposals would lead to an outpouring of pro-EU sentiment, and a rush of voters towards pro-EU parties or candidates. The only reason why they would do this is because they know these proposals will prove immensely controversial and unpopular, and could end up fuelling support for Eurosceptic parties.

This is not the first time the EU has behaved like this – preferring to delay controversial news until after any opportunities for the public to have their say on these issues. During the EU Referendum campaign last year, it was reported a new round of talks on Turkish accession to the EU were being delayed until the week after the vote. Likewise, new proposals leading towards an EU ‘defence union’ were kept even from the Member States until after June 23rd, for fear they would be leaked before the Referendum.

The Great British Public, of course, saw through this and voted for Brexit. They voted to be rid of an EU which behaves with such contempt for the people it claims to serve, and to reclaim their democracy. If anything, the EU’s efforts to keep its less popular plans under wraps until after Britons had voted backfired. It only served to prove the EU loathes public scrutiny and seeks to avoid it where possible.

What happened in the United Kingdom will happen across Europe. The EU’s clumsy attempts at pulling the wool over Europeans’ eyes will not work. Eurosceptics will rightly seize upon the fact the EU are keeping their plans under wraps to ensure voters do not get a say on them (at least until several months or years down the line, when they presumably hope they’ll have been forgotten).

If the EU wants to stop the constant rise of Eurosceptic movements across the continent, then they need to become more transparent. This current trend of keeping voters in the dark during crucial elections, is as counter-productive as it is blatantly dishonest.

At Get Britain Out, we believe the EU should summon up the courage to put their plans forward honestly and let the people of Europe have their say. If the plans prove unpopular – as they clearly suspect they will be – and Eurosceptic movements continue to rise, then that’s democracy. Perhaps the EU will then understand they need to reconsider their plans for an ‘ever-closer union’.

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Joseph Hackett
Joseph Hackett is a Research Executive at Eurosceptic campaign group Get Britain Out. He joined the campaign in 2016 after studying History at Oxford University.
  • Shadow Warrior

    Hammond is continuity Brown. He is a hand-wringing lefty looking for clever wheezes to raise more tax in ways that people don’t immediately notice.

  • captainslugwash

    I predict the Budget will attempt to show the Left how caring the Tories are, and it will be funded by screwing over the working man.
    If Corp Tax comes down, I bet Divi tax will be going up.
    I would love to be wrong.

  • skynine

    We really need to look at tax credits, in particular in work tax credits that encourage people to work part time to preserve the benefits. 45% of women work part time and I would hazard a guess that tax credits are the main cause. This leads to low pay, low skill work in supermarkets and the retail sector including coffee shops. The government needs to get back to the employer paying people to do a job for economic reasons rather than to get onto the tax credit ladder. Like all government benefits it distorts the market and diverts government expenditure into non productive areas.
    The refrain that the government has cut expenditure is not true, it increases every year as more and more goes into welfare.

  • MrVeryAngry

    fat chance

  • MrSauce

    So, when wouldn’t we want a ‘budget for growth’?

  • Rob

    I note that the UK Government has just slapped on a 25% tax charge for anyone moving abroad and wishing to move out their private pension from the UK.

  • SonofBoudica

    The Remoaners will do their utmost to sabotage the Government’s negotiating position. They do not want a successful outcome; they want a failure. They want to be able to scream “Told you so!” from the rooftops.

  • EnglandLaments

    Thank goodness for Andrew Neil, the one media hack who scares the pants off the established politicians. He was spot on with Heidi Allen!

  • joshuafalken

    I had a very long, hard, studied and considered look at the hope, care and aspirations of all Europeans, before I voted to get the UK out of the toxic grasp of Brussels.

    The European Union and it’s charge of “ever closer union” has borrowed and spent its way to oblivion, whilst enslaving the working and middle classes in debt.

    The central control mantra of the unaccountable Brussels ruling elite, delivered through a mixture of socialism, globalism and corporatism is entirely responsible for the populist revolt by the millions of “Just About Managings” across Europe.

    We must remember the ultimate goal of socialists, globalists and corporatists is control, not prosperity. see—-not-prosperity.

    Social equality and economic growth always fail under central control and fighting against the Brussels doctrine on behalf of all Europeans is why I voted for Brexit.

    Britain has a long history of helping Europeans depose tyrants and Brussels is just the latest incarnation.

    Britain is the most racially advanced and accepting society on the planet. We welcome those in need and those that can help us with open arms and a smile; that will not change.

    We are also one of the most innovative, talented and open societies in the world, which why everyone wants to live here. However, we cannot fit everyone in, so we have to have clear, balanced and fair immigration policy which is where the arguments start between the monetarists and humanists will never be reconciled.

    I thought long and hard before coming to the conclusion that leaving the EU was in the best interest of all Europeans, as Brussels is toxic and cannot be reformed from within.

    Also, I find it insulting that people who voted Remain have insufficient faith in British ingenuity, compassion and skill to get a good deal for us and see the Europe that we love get a better deal from Brussels and the reform that European people deserve. and

    The politics of left verses right are dead because neither have delivered the promised economic growth and social mobility for anyone, but themselves. The populists are not selfish per-se, they just want to take back control of their own destiny that left/right politicians have freely given away and/or exploited for their own ends. In my constituency, the local residents group are taking over the councils as politicians ignore voters, so Westminster should beware of the well-organised, local resident independents at the next election. This is a peoples revolution which should be shouted from the rooftops, but liberals remained deafened by the socialist, globalist and corporatist “vested interests” that have spectacularly failed us and are obediently crying foul and fake.

    There will be an initial unpalatable inflationary cost to fighting globalism and rolling back central control that few appear to have factored in, but dismantling failed left/right vested interests should eventually free libertarian socially-conservative capitalism from the shackles of TBTF corporatism to feed economic growth and social mobility.

  • agdpa

    The EU usually makes the wrong decision – on immigration, on freedom of movement, on the euro, on the Ukraine, etc. etc. Little hope it will get Brexit right.

  • brownowl

    Eh? Reference please!

  • Neil2

    Sod caring. Screw the spongers and breeders. Kill HS2. Stop all “green” subsidies. Slash “foreign aid” and walk away from the EUSSR with immediate effect.

  • Rob
  • John C

    What a confused article. It conflates surveillance by the security services with poor defences against fraud.

  • John C

    Err, it’s the UK that’s leaving the EU, not vice versa.

  • John C

    Me, now. ‘Growth’ is a manic obsession.

  • La Face Nord

    Mr Redwood – are you aware of the Biased BBC website? It’s been exposing their agenda for a long time, but I imagine you’ve been well aware of the BBC’s agenda for quite some time…

  • Contact Rvtech

    The post is great

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