Monday, 21 September 2009

Misplaced Quote?

Open Europe, in their press summary today, report on comments made by Gisela Stuart during a debate on the Lisbon Treaty in Dublin. She is quoted as saying "My basic test of democracy is: can I get rid of them? By casting a vote, you can change the people who are in control of you… Lisbon does not give you, as a citizen, the means to control the executive or the politicians who decide on your behalf, and that's the hurdle it falls on….The nature of democracy is really at stake." and she also warned there would be “no more treaties, no more referendums anywhere” on EU integration.

As an aside and on the related aspect of 'democracy'; if Barrosso, Stuart, Walesa and others can be invited to take part in the debate on Ireland's referendum for the 'Yes' side, then why cannot Nigel Farage take part for the 'No' side without being 'vilified'?  Ah, I see, this is the European Union, who are anything but 'democratic' and 'principled' - okay, 'nuff said'.

In a separate article in today's Daily Telegraph, Philip Johnston writing on the point that 'the police must connect with local people' in relation to the tragic death of Fiona Pilkington and her daughter, states that the leader of the gang who reportedly terrorised them used to shout "We can do anything we like and you can't do anything about it."

Err, Philip, in view of the comment by Gisela Stuart that there will be 'no more treaties, no more referendums anywhere' , are you sure that quote was not from one of the proponents of the Lisbon Treaty?

Knowing the propensity of the media to reproduce 'facts' without checking - just asking..........

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't think Farage is concerned about being vilified - he can more than hold his own against people who have no moral argument - just determination to get their way.

My worry is that he will not be given air time and the others will.