Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Friday, 12 March 2010

How to get out of the EU, control immigration and get an English Parliament

No one, but the wildest optimist, can pretend that there is any real hope of getting out of the EU through the existing eurosceptic parties - as things stand.

There is no sign of these parties being prepared to work together and it seems as if the battle between them will continue until just one is left standing. This could take many years and there is a very real danger that by then, the British people will have become accustomed to the EU and would no longer vote to come out at a referendum. If that point is reached - all will be have been in vain.

Keeping in mind, as this General Election approaches, to get out a majority of MPs are needed in the House of Commons who are prepared to vote for withdrawal, or at least a referendum on the issue - it is clear the parties are a considerable distance from this end.

The latest poll of the smaller parties shows that together, the eurosceptic parties have a maximum of 9% of the national vote. UKIP and the BNP have 4% each and the others, likely to be the EDs and other eurosceptic parties - 1%.

Essentially, the problem is that the electorate do not see our membership of the EU as a significant issue, at this time, so any party standing for withdrawal alone, will perform poorly at the General Election. Also, the leaderships of the parties engaged in the battle have other motives for being engaged in politics - apart from leaving the EU, so a combined effort has become impossible because of personal ambitions.

How can these difficulties be overcome? If it is recognized that the root of the problem, of how we became members of the EU under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty, was that Gordon Brown signed the Treaty against the very clear will of the people. The root of the problem is, therefore, the absence of a system through which the people are included in the process of government - beyond simply voting for a government at general elections.

The adoption of Direct Democracy would overcome this problem, a system whereby the government has to hold a referendum if they wish to make any significant changes and one that allows individuals to raise petitions for change which, if enough signatures are obtained, leads to a binding referendum on the issue.

Since it is unlikely that the leadership of the eurosceptic parties will adapt to reality, a campaign for Direct Democracy is most likely to succeed if it is conducted through a group of independents, who individually stand in the constituencies under the single banner of Direct Democracy. This approach will effectively bypass the leaderships of the eurosceptic parties.

Direct Democracy, apart from providing the means for the eurosceptics to achieve their goal, would also provide an opportunity for all of the campaigning groups on other issues, of which there must be hundreds, to also achieve their goals - this provides the hope that the activists from these campaigns will not only support but also actively help in the campaign.

For this approach to work, it is essential that those standing as independent MPs for the campaign make a pledge to the constituents that they will not only represent their views in the House of Commons, but also take the first available opportunity to raise a private members bill to introduce Direct Democracy into our system of government.

Since all that is required is one individual prepared to stand for this single issue in each constituency and that, since the MPs Expenses Scandal, the public have recognised that MPs cannot be trusted - there should be considerable natural support for the campaign. For the underlying truth is, it is not our being members of the EU which is the central problem, but our system of government - which has become an alternating dictatorship.

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