Any attempt at the art of reasoned argument by one not having a brain can only be doomed to failure – so will someone please have a word with Andrea Leadsom? In the last of three tomes about the European Union and the repatriation of powers by the United Kingdom one can only come to the conclusion that this woman is tome-deaf to anything else but her personal ambition to climb the greasy pole.
Leadsom writes about the “democratic deficit” where the EU is concerned; that it is real and considerable, and it markedly reduces the control which British voters exert over whole swathes of their everyday lives, continuing that the only way to give them back the control they need, and are entitled to expect, is through significant institutional reform. Reading that, one’s first thought is that she has failed to engage brain – until one realises that in her case there is obviously nothing with which to engage. Do we not suffer that same democratic deficit and therefore should not we have significant reform of our system of democracy to return the control of our political class to us and to which we are entitled? In fact it is pertinent to ask of Leadsom whether she actually understands the meaning of the word “democracy”.
The repetition of the “Red Card” idea whereby national parliaments could veto Directives is but an echo of the call made by William Hague a few weeks ago; a call which is also an echo of the suggestion by Gisela Stuart in 2002. It is no more than a further example of one of Cameron’s talking puppets repeating the renegotiation/repatriation of powers meme – and it ain’t going to happen, which if Leadsom knew anything about matters EU she too would acknowledge.
Should the United Kingdom cease its membership of the EU there is an “after”, likewise were one singe power repatriated there would be an “after”. As with the former, so with the latter – and not one politician of the Fresh Start Project has attempted to answer the question: what happens after. In this regard it also appears obvious that Leadsom has not read the House of Commons Library Research Paper 13/42; because had she, she would not have written the drivel that has appeared today.