So here we are again, the Tory conference. As my friend WfW has already posted this morning, the agenda has been announced.
The agenda for the Conservative Party conference has now been published and can be viewed here, courtesy of their website.
One omission that is immediately noticable is the subject of ‘Europe’ and EU membership. One doubts whether it will even get a mention – maybe one sentence? – during the Defence and Foreign Affairs debate on Wednesday morning.
Oh, there is plenty of discussion about the Big Society, the Environment & Climate Change, Devolved Nations and New Politics and People Power – but of Europe and the EU: Zilch, Nada, Nothing, F’All!
Which rather sets the tone, as it did last year, that Conservative party leaders want to try and kid you along yet again, that the UK is still a democracy, still an independent sovereign state, that they make all the decisions and all will be well under their leadership.
What a load of cobblers. Let’s just remind ourselves of what the President of the EU Commission, the Maoist Jose Manuel Barroso has uttered on that matter of democracy.
Barroso in June warned that Democracy could ‘collapse’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal unless urgent action is taken.
The same Barroso who in 2006 was castigating the Russians for NOT being a democracy. Barroso said: “For me it’s not yet clear, honestly, if Russia will be a full democracy in the way we see it in the EU. This is not yet clear.”
Well, how does he see democracy in the EU? This week Barroso had this to say:
Governments are not always right. If governments were always right we would not have the situation that we have today. Decisions taken by the most democratic institutions in the world are very often wrong.
The reason we need the EU, he suggests, is precisely because it’s not democratic. Left to themselves, elected governments might do all sorts of things simply to humour their voters.
Well yes, of course they might, and we are going to see some of that humour at the Tory party conference this week.
There will be no mention of the powers that they have already passed to Brussels since their election in May, there will be no mention of the data sharing schemes that they have agreed to since May, there will be no mention of our signing up to the new legal order, our surrendering our national rights to unelected bodies in Brussels or that our local authorities, now fully connected to the EU Grid will take 85% of their policy instructions from the EU not Westminster, all with the help and collusion of our Government, Unions and Media.
There will be much noise made about culling the quangos, but nothing said about passing their remits to the EU bodies on the Grid, there will be much said about giving power to the local areas and the abolition of RDAs, but nothing said about regional and local policy making coming from the CoR and the EESC.
Barroso wasn’t kidding when he said:
“Sometimes I like to compare the EU as a creation to the organisation of empire. We have the dimension of empire.”
He reinforced that position in his own speech to the EU Parliament, the so called State of the Union 2010 address, in which he said:
Europe is not only Brussels or Strasbourg. It is our regions. It is the cities, towns and villages you come from. When you walk round your constituencies, you can point to the European projects that are so important for their prosperity.
At the end of the day, we are all in the same boat, the European institutions, the Member states, the regions. The Union will not achieve its objectives in Europe without the Member States.
So please think about that when you listen to the Tory speakers at this conference.
What you are going to hear at this conference are not Conservative policies, what you are going to hear are Conservative implementation plans for EU policies, the same EU policies that we endured for 13 years of Labour implementation plans.
The only thing that has changed is the method of implementation, the policies, those EU policies, remain unchanged. Barroso said The Union will not achieve its objectives in Europe without the Member States, and the Conservative Party is a fully paid up participant in those objectives and will work to implement them, and will do so without debate. Whether you like it or not.
Oh Stupid Boy Mr Cameron, does he really think that people do not understand what is going on…
For me, it makes me sick that the Conservative leadership have chosen to use the Union Jack in their logo, as the preservation of the United Kingdom as an independent, democratic nation is the last thing on their minds.
Surely Grumpyoldtwat’s version of the Conservative Party Conference logo would be far more appropriate in the circumstances…
Yet again, the British people are being suckered.