As of midnight on the 31st October the present tenure of office for the existing EU Commissioners expired, with the exception of Jose Manuel Barroso who was re-appointed.
The fact that the remaining 26 Commissioners are still sitting in their plush offices and, needless to say, enjoying their 'perks' is purely due to their having disregarded the EU's own rules in respect of the 'tenure of commissioners'. But hey, when did rules matter to the EU?
As an example of the EU's disregard for the rulebook Daniel Hannan, amongst others, tried to instigate a procedural ploy whereby, using existing EU rules, an electronic vote would be called for on each occasion voting was necessary and then, still within the rules, afterwards, demand their one minute to explain why they had voted as they did. The intention of using this procedural ploy was the group's equivalent of 'working to rule' and thus slowing down EU 'machine'.Do go read, via the link above, how the EU 'resolved' the problem!
In negating Daniel Hannan and his group the EU overrode two rights that MEP's have, informing them that a minority could not stand in the way of a majority. It is odd therefore that Article 2 of the TEU (Treaty on European Union) states that the Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality and the respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. Some 'democracy', some equality and some 'rights of persons belonging to minorities'.
If the EU can, with impunity, disregard and ignore an MEP's 'right' then where does it stop? How long before the EU decides to disregard and ignore your right to free speech and thought? To travel when and where you wish? To decide what you can and cannot read? To decide what work you can do and where it will be done?
You think those ideas far-fetched? Go read your history - that of the USSR, North Korea and China to name but three. To allow an individual's freedoms to be usurped by unelected and unaccountable individuals is but progression to a dictatorship.
It is worth remembering that in a democracy where a political party insists on their members putting Party above Country and enforces that ideology by means of Party Whips - which is the present state of affairs in Britain - and where freedoms are 'taken' from the electorate, then the progression towards a dictatorship has begun!