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Labour, the SNP and an impending constitutional crisis?


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The Conservative Party is working hard to expose the chaos that will ensue if Labour are put in power by the SNP: In particular: 1) Income tax cut for 30m people. 2) The deficit cleared. 3) Two million more jobs. 4) A home of your own. 5) The State Pension increased. This is what a Conservative Government will do, but Ed Miliband – propped up by the SNP – would put it all at risk. For the Telegraph, Philip Johnston […]

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Parliament today – Voting System and Boundaries


Today, we have the second reading of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. It is proposed that the Bill should go to a committee of the whole House, as the Academies Bill did. No doubt this will be opposed. Opposition amendments have been tabled opposing the proposed boundary changes and therefore the Bill. I look forward to a lively debate on this important constitutional issue.

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Dan Hannan: My plan to sabotage the EU national anthem


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Dan Hannan reports on the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee, which has just voted to restore the EU’s national emblems and to give them greater prominence than before. This despite explicit provisions to the contrary in the Lisbon Treaty, added to get it through after the EU Constitution was democratically rejected. I attach my contribution: please do feel free to circulate it. read more | digg story

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The Plan: Twelve months to renew Britain


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Daniel Hannan MEP and Douglas Carswell MP go for it: Hannan and Carswell show how a future government could actually shift powers back, from Brussels to Westminster, from Whitehall to town halls, from the state to the citizens. Their plan aims to restore honour and meaning to the ballot box. It would disperse power among communities, through localism and through referendums. Skim reading suggests this document is both magnificent and magnificently readable with 30 concrete, detailed proposals to renew Britain: […]

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A sad reflection


Catching up with Question Time, the following occurred to me as facts most of us could agree: The Lisbon Treaty is not called a constitution The Lisbon Treaty is virtually impossible to read The Lisbon Treaty is nearly identical in substance to the document that was called a constitution The Lisbon Treaty reminds us that the proposed constitution for the European Union was also practically meaningless to Europe’s population. There was a time when The Economist agreed, suggesting it should […]

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Notre Europe and World governance


From the introduction to Notre Europe in Plan B: How to rescue the European Constitution: Europe and World Governance: As an original model of governance in an increasingly open world, the European Union has a role to play on the international scene and in matters of world governance. Notre Europe seeks to help define this role. Oh dear. So, the correct model of governance for the whole World is one of corruption and one of commissioners acting without answering to […]

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Europe’s democracies neuter themselves


The madness of parliaments’ keenly handing democratic accountability to an unaccountable bureaucracy. At least electorates are catching on now, but is it too late? read more | digg story

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Constitutions and democracy


Mark Mardell points out that the French are changing their constitution to avoid a referendum: The French politicians from both houses were meeting to change the constitution so they could go ahead with the adoption of the Treaty of Lisbon. I do wonder at the imperative among Europe’s political elite that makes them behave in this manner. If they are so sure their electorates would say “no” to this messy constitution, surely the only democratic response is to take a […]

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Brown and Miliband insist it’s not the same, but …


“Parts of the Lisbon Treaty, signed by Gordon Brown last month, are no different from the abandoned EU Constitution, a report by MPs has said.” And of course, most of the other leaders of EU states have admitted the Lisbon Treaty is the democratically-rejected Constitution, dressed up to sidestep democracy. read more | digg story

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X09 – Campaign for a referendum on the EU Constitution


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This site campaigns for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. The Treaty is the Constitution barely disguised, we were promised a referendum and denying one is an insult to democracy. Are the Europhiles even democrats? read more | digg story

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