Starting: The annual speech on the state of the European Union, delivered on September 11 by Commission President José Manuel Barroso, has not attracted much attention from European citizens: a curious paradox, when you consider that Europe is increasingly part of their daily lives; and ending: The extent to which Europe is embedded in both major political issues and mundane matters is remarkable, and so too is our ability to ignore this reality. In a word, Europe remains in a blind spot; the article in its entirety is worth a read.
The fact that Barroso’s speech, unlike that of POTUS, was not made during prime-time television is no doubt deliberate; and why? Because if people are to be led by the nose why not tell them when the majority have no means of listening. That the media outlets, especially those in the broadcasting section, can’t seem to be bothered informing those that purchase their services, is hardly surprising either.
Vos is a tad hard on his readership when he complains that while Europe is embedded in both major political issues and mundane matters, so too is our ability to ignore the reality – I know not about the situation in the Netherlands, but when have our political class, or our media class, deviated one step from their programmed silent course, to inform us?
An example of this ‘programmed silent course comes with today’s announcement by Michael Fallon, Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovations and Skills, in regard to the privatisation of Royal Mail. Not one mention of Directive 97/67/EC; Directive 2002/39/EC; or Directive 2008/6/EC – all of which are intended to complete the Single Market in postal services throughout the EU and is something that has been confirmed by the EU Commission.
To my knowledge there exists not one directive or regulation demanding that the UK, or any other Member State, privatises its postal service, what is happening is as a consequence of the third postal directive. It is however worth mentioning once again that Norway refused to implement the third postal directive on the grounds that it recognised it meant the end of Norwegian state control – the UK, as a full member of the EU was forced to implement that directive, while Norway who is not a full member but a member of EFTA decided otherwise.
It is noticeable from the Uncorrect version of Hansard that only two oblique references were made to the EU, most MPs being concerned about the Post Offices in their respective constituencies – so much for debating the issue. If one reads the comments contained in the PoliticsHome report one can but help spot the statement by Chukka Umunna that Labour could not make “any commitments” to renationalise the service, continues the programmed silent course by our elected representatives on matters EU.
How can we trust those who assure us they are honourable people when they lie to us on an almost daily basis? How is it that we allow ourselves, without demur, to be led by those with the morals of a crook? How can there be any vestige of democracy when such occurs?