Amongst the outpouring of happiness and positive responses we note with interest the embittered and bigoted remarks made in social media and elsewhere by the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), whose self-appointed and blinkered local spokespersons appear to show complete ignorance of the differences between the Council of Europe and the European Union.
More on Ukips incompetence and incoherence can be found in the article linked to above. Yes indeed; they don’t even know the difference between the European Union and the Council of Europe. For them, it all boils down to ‘johnny-foreigner’ sticking his nose in and making it difficult for bosses to exploit workers and for the conservative establishment to hold on to the reigns of power.
The European Union
OK! So, one more time then. It’s the Council of Europe who produced the framework convention for the protection of national minorities (FCNM) under which the UK government has decided to recognise the Cornish.
Wouldn’t it be good – just for once – if you could all be honest about why you don’t like the EU. Have the courage of your convictions – some guts lets say – and explain why you are against the UK’s membership of the EU. It’s nothing to do with democracy in reality is it?
The EU is not perfect but neither is the UK, and it’s Westminster that has a far greater influence over our lives. The EU’s parliament is elected – more or less – proportionally by us. The European Council is made up of European heads-of-state (or government) who are elected by us. The Council of Ministers is comprised of ministers from our democratically elected governments. The European Commission is made up of people appointed by our democratically elected governments. The EU also has a written constitution which enshrines the rights of citizens and the principle of subsidiarity. Not perfect, plenty of room for improvement, but not the dictatorship Ukippers would have us believe.
Compare that to the UK where we have an unelected head of state resulting in an unhealthy concentration of executive and legislative power in the hands of the government. Our upper chamber – 50% of our Parliament – is unelected. There is no written constitution or bill of rights. Unelected quangos litter the land. Our electoral system is anything but proportional or representative. Power is centralised in London with only Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and…ummm…London enjoying any kind of devolved government.
Does any of this bother your average Ukipper? No, of course not, because if truth be known they’d probably be happy with an British dictatorship as long as it wasn’t shared with European “foreigners”.