19-Mar-2011 - The EU PLANS TO USE OUR MONEY To DESTROY BRITAIN
How can ANYONE respect an organisation which has absolutely no understanding of democracy nor even of the most basic principles of democracy?
The EU is not only completely bereft of ethics, morality or any sense of justice it is very clearly utterly disinterested in the views, wishes, beliefs and values of those it has enslaved in what may well be a politically correct prison but it is without liberty, freedom or self determination, the corner stones of Human Rights.
The EU does not suffer, as it claims, from a democratic defecit it is totally and completely undemocratic.
By Mary Ellen Synon
19th March 2011
19th March 2011
Anger: Tory MEP Daniel Hannan has hit out at British funds being used in a potential referendum campaign
The European Parliament has announced that taxpayers’ money will be used to fund pro-Brussels propaganda in any referendum on Britain’s future membership of the EU.The move by the Parliament’s constitutional affairs committee comes less than a week after the cross-party ‘People’s Pledge’ campaign was launched to secure a referendum on whether Britain should stay in the EU or quit Brussels.The committee overwhelmingly voted last week to change party financing rules to allow European political groups to take part in domestic referenda campaigns in member states.The groups are made up of MEPs of different nationalities but similar political affiliation, such as Socialists or Greens.Until now, MEPs could use their group’s funds – 85 per cent of which come from EU taxpayers – only to campaign in elections for the Strasbourg Parliament.But the new rules will allow MEPs to use the funds to campaign when a referendum has a ‘direct link’ to an EU issue.This is despite an admission by the committee that the existing ban was in place because of ‘a concern that European parties and foundations could interfere in the domestic affairs of member states’.Now, however, MEPs say they must have ‘the right to participate in such campaigns as long as the subject of the referendum has a direct link with issues concerning the European Union’.Last night, the move was denounced as ‘outrageous’ by Roger Helmer, the Conservative MEP for the East Midlands.
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He said: ‘I take comfort in the fact that it will probably be counter-productive once people learn that European funds are being used in this way.’Fellow Tory MEP Daniel Hannan said the decision was clearly aimed at interfering in any ‘in or out’ referendum that may be held in Britain.He added: ‘I don’t care how they rig it. I would be happy to hold a referendum on any terms because I have confidence in the wisdom of the British people.'They will vote for independence and freedom.’He pointed out that the committee’s announcement came just after a senior Lib Dem MEP, Andrew Duff, made moves to stop a referendum blocking any future EU treaty.Mr Hannan said: ‘Andrew Duff wants to allow treaties to come into effect before all the signatories have ratified them.‘Instead of unanimous approval, as set out in the Treaty of Rome, Mr Duff wants future EU accords to come into effect once four-fifths of member states have ratified them.He is worried that the British electorate would vote against any future EU treaty.’However, UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew said his eurosceptic group in the European Parliament would use its funding to help the ‘Britain out’ side in any referendum.‘If we can’t stop them passing this measure, we will take as much money as we can get to campaign for a withdrawal from the EU,’ he said. ‘Why should taxpayers’ money just go to fund the “Yes” side?’One of the non-voting members of the constitutional affairs committee is Elmar Brok, a German MEP who earlier this month was given parliamentary immunity from prosecution for income-tax evasion.Last September, the public prosecutor in Bielefeld, Germany, requested the European Parliament waive the immunity from criminal prosecution enjoyed by Mr Brok and all other MEPs. The prosecutor alleged Mr Brok had failed to declare a £4,300 fee paid to him for giving a speech.
But the Parliament’s legal affairs committee refused the request, claiming a prosecution of Mr Brok for tax evasion would amount to political persecution.