Today is Day One of Cameron’s attempts to negotiate a deal with Brussels to keep us in the EU, thus firing the starting pistol to the official Referendum Campaign. Here are two letters by UKIP Daily readers, which the editors believe will be of great interest to our other readers, providing more material for the OUT campaign.
Our first is from Sonya Porter, who is one of regular authors, sent to and published by The Daily Mail:
How many people realise that the European Union is not a democracy but a group dictatorship? The European Parliament does not have a proposing chamber and a revising chamber as at Westminster, but their ‘laws’ are arrived at by various European institutions, the most important of which are:
- The Commission
- The Council of Ministers
- The Parliament
The Commission is independent of national governments and its job is solely to uphold the interests of the EU as a whole yet neither the Commission President nor the Commissioners are elected, but are chosen in secret and the MEPs simply have to ‘approve’ them en bloc – once again in secret. It is the responsibility of the Commission to put forward new directives or regulations (let’s call them laws for simplicity); these will then be ‘considered’ by the appropriate minister from each of the 28 member states. For instance, if the proposed law concerns agriculture, then the Ministers for Agriculture will be involved.
It is important to note that not all EU laws are passed jointly with the European Parliament; in some fields the Council alone legislates but has to consult the Parliament. Once the proposed new law is agreed it will be sent for study to the appropriate Committee in the European Parliament for amendment, but only for 24 hours. After this, to speed things up, the Commission will send it to ‘Trialogue’ for private discussions, but once again behind closed doors, and when it emerges it may have no resemblance to what the committee decided. Now, it will go to the full Chamber of MEPs who will usually have only a few hours notice of the final voting list. Many directives, regulations and amendments are dealt with in one day. There are a total of 766 MEPs who sit in like-minded groups and each group of MEPs will then have a few minutes, depending on its size, to put forward their views, but these are not debates as we know them, but more like soundbites for the media.The proposal will then go to the vote, on a show of hands. But even if the vote is against the Commission, this is not the end of the matter. It will then go to ‘Conciliation’ by the Commission, once again in secret, and it will be the EU Council of Ministers which makes the final decision on the legislation which is then sent on to the individual member states.
In Britain, these laws then go through Parliament in the sense that they are laid before committee which will ‘take note’ of them. Unless Britain has a national veto on the subject, there is no option to reject it. The UK courts are required to accept EU laws regardless of what any Westminster Statute may say. That means that everyone living in Britain is ultimately ruled by a group dictatorship – not a one man (or one women) dictatorship, but a dictatorship nonetheless.
Regards, Sonya Porter (Mrs)
The second is from Philip Ranby, an Agricultural Consultant, who is a UKIP member, sent to his local papers, which we have edited:
As someone who has been involved in the farming industry all my life, I feel compelled to write about the issue of Anaerobic Digesters (AD) Plants, which are proliferating, some of the general public being misinformed that they run on purely waste material such as straw. These plants produce methane, and to my knowledge straw does not produce gas unless mixed with other materials, some Anaerobic Digester plants do this by using food, human or animal waste, which is a positive move.
However, increasingly a great many more of these ADs are being commissioned to be supplied by crops grown specifically for that purpose, mainly maize (sweet corn), or energy beet and others. Maize for example requires high inputs of fertiliser, pesticides and diesel, and is a very sterile crop for wildlife, mainly attracting game birds and rats, while often leaving fields very wet and rutted, and subject to soil erosion due to the late harvesting conditions. The return on those crops is far in excess of comparative crops grown for food or forage because of government and EU subsidies for so called “green” energy. The UK tax payer and energy users therefore face a double whammy of subsidising farmers through the EU single farm payment scheme for owning/farming land, and inflated energy prices through high green tariffs on our electricity bills. Farmers are not to blame for making a profit, it is the Westminster Establishment that either make the rules or even worse rubber stamp every EU directive. Why wouldn’t farmers take advantage of highly profitable green subsidies?
Farming is facing a crisis particularly with low commodity prices. The EU single farm payment is typically their standard bureaucratic solution, which is non targeted and supports large farmers and landowners disproportionally for owning or farming land when it is the small and medium sized family farms that really need the support. Dairy farming is a case in point. Prior to membership of the EU we had a Milk Marketing board which in more sane times controlled production and put a floor in the price, to protect efficient producers, while ensuring continuous supply. This was outlawed by the EU as protectionism, therefore allowing the large supermarkets to govern the price and source, with little concern for our own food security. This is but one example of how we could support food producers in a more targeted way outside the EU. Unfortunately the National Farmers Union (NFU) is so much part of the establishment and in the pocket of large agri- businesses that they choose not to contemplate life outside the EU. In cahoots with the government they allow insanely complex EU rules to make life a nightmare for smaller farmers in particular. Food security and safety is very rarely if ever a problem for them.
We face a referendum where these issues will not appear at all as Cameron, the political elite, big business, the BBC and most of the media, will attempt to frighten the pants off those who may vote to leave. I hope the electorate can see through the scam, but I am not hopeful, given how we were conned the last time. When Cameron has won his referendum, we will see how much “influence “ we have when his masters call in their favours for supporting him, knowing we can never leave. However I live in hope that after the referendum Dave might find time to revisit the quote by Disraeli after an unsuccessful campaign, and said “the people have spoken, the b****rds”!
Regards, Philip Ranby