Two stories from Europe illustrate how dangerous the European Union has become for national sovereignty and liberty – and our interests as well:
The first one is the revisit of the infamous prisoners’ vote issue. It simply is outrageous for convicted prisoners serving time to get the right to vote. But the European Court of Human Rights refused to rehear the case and has now ordered (I repeat ORDERED) the UK to allow the prisoners to vote for pay compensation for the loss of this “right”. Here is a summary of the order to the British Parliament by a foreign court:
It (sic) a related move, the Chamber said that the UK Government is “further required to enact the relevant legislation within any time frame decided by the Committee of Ministers, the executive arm of the Council of Europe, which supervises the execution of the Court’s judgments”.
That would effectively mean Europe dictating the parliamentary process of the UK.
That about sums it up. What the UK should do (and I am not practicing law in the UK of course!) is deny the British courts the jurisdiction (power) to award any damages and simply defy the ECHR and its EU allies. Sovereignty requires no other action.
Compare this MP’s view with the government’s position:
Dominic Raab, the Conservative MP who has been campaigning against the ruling, said: “It is shocking arrogance for the Strasbourg Court to dismiss the legitimate concerns of Britain’s elected lawmakers without even listening to the arguments.
“Britain must stand firm against this growing abuse of power by unaccountable judges.”
A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: “We are disappointed with the Court’s decision not to reconsider the judgement. We will consider the next steps.”
The other story is more ominous – it is a call for the EU to a strong financial union, similar to ironically the ratification of our Constitution!
Recently, for instance, when an official from a European central bank met with a financial official in Washington, his host brandished the Articles of Confederation, the 1781 precursor to the United States Constitution, to use as an example of why stronger unions become necessary.
Yes, a central authority over finances:
The idea is to create a central financial authority — with powers in areas like taxation, bond issuance and budget approval — that could eventually turn the euro zone into something resembling a United States of Europe.
This is (as the Civil War made clear, whether legal or not) a clear threat to the sovereignty of each Euro nation. See this quote from the New York Times citing the a senior German official:
But that has not stopped some officials from calling for moves in that direction. Last month, Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, proposed new financial transaction taxes for the euro zone, as well as standards for corporate tax laws, so no country could lure businesses at the expense of others with exceptionally low tax rates. They also proposed that each country enshrine in its constitution rules that would limit deficits, a process that is now under way in Spain, Portugal and elsewhere.
The EU leaders want to be able to pick off and punish individual nations with the consent of a supermajority of the members.
The courts are no help – the German Constitutional Court held today that the Greek bailout was legal! There is only one answer – return the EU to the free-trade zone intended originally. Our policy should be clear: No help to the EU or its institutions. This supergovernment is not our friend – it was implicated in paying to influence US politics (anti-death penalty, global warming and pro-ICC for example) to the tune of $30 million dollars. A superstate can become a rival, both economic and military, to the United States. The EU will not hesitate to kick us to the curb if it is their best interests to do so. Time to support the sovereignty of the individual nations in the EU.