An email correspondent contacted her Member of Parliament with regard to powers that have been lost to the European Union – and powers that continue to be lost. The following response was received from said Member of Parliament:
“Dear Mrs xxxxxxxx,
The UK Parliament has complete freedom over its Budget. It has complete freedom over Health and Education policy. It has virtually complete freedom over the welfare system as evidenced by our recent Welfare Reform Bill.
With very best wishes,
Andrew Selous – Member of Parliament for SW Bedfordshire”
The UK Parliament does not have complete freedom over it’s Budget – if it did it would not be forced to raise additional monies in order to send £10billion, per annum, to Brussels; it would not be forced to raise additional monies in order to spend untold £billions on unworkable energy provision and carbon capture, for example.
The UK Parliament does not have complete freedom over Health policy. Only a fortnight ago we were informed that the UK faces being hauled in front of the ECJ unless it drops its requirement that jobless EU citizens cannot stay in the country for more than three months unless they have their own health insurance.
The UK Parliament may well have complete freedom over education policy, which no doubt accounts for the abysmal state it is in – but I digress.
The UK Parliament does not have virtually complete freedom over the welfare system because as long ago as 2000, at the Lisbon summit, European leaders agreed to set a target for the EU to have 70% of the working age population employed and to increase the number of women in employment to 60% by 2010; and to do that also meant reform of the welfare system was required which involved use of the tax system and job subsidies to employers, for example – all measures taken as a result of the Lisbon summit and the agreed target.
It is mendacious of Selous to claim that which he has, but as PPS to Iain Duncan Smith he has no other option but lying in order to retain his position on the first rung of the promotion ladder – and here we arrive at the problem with our present form of democracy.
Unconstrained, politicians will always lie or, as Alan Clark admitted to doing, be economical with the actualité as it is the only means they see of retaining the power which they have, over time, usurped from the people. It is sad that the situation presently exists whereby, we know they’re lying, they know we know they’re lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them, because no system of democracy can last on such a basis – as history has demonstrated many times.
The sooner that politicians and the people realize that the present system of democracy and the way politics is ‘done’ cannot be sustained, the sooner this country will once again become prosperous – both economically and socially.
Hopefully Harrogate will be the start because if one country started down a new path on the 4th of July I see no reason why another cannot attempt the same process 10 days later.