According to this report in the Mail there is more to the Queen’s Speech than meets the eye and one could say that once again we have an example of our political elite not being totally honest with us. Apparently there is “buried in the detail” of the Queen”s Speech, although not mentioned, the small matter of the European Union Approvals Bill which allows for authorisation for the UK ‘to support measures and programmes in the European Union’. Among three programmes listed, it includes Europe for Citizens which according to government briefing notes ‘aims to develop understanding of the EU, its history and policy-making processes and encourage civic participation in the EU’. It also aims to ‘promote remembrance of Europe’s history, particularly the wars and totalitarian regimes of the 20th century’.
Invariably, if one wishes to know what is about to happen with matters EU in this country, one of the good places to start is at the European Scrutiny Committee website (ESC) – and bingo, what do we find? A ”Europe for Citizens” Programme with a budget of €229 million for the period 2014-20. It would ensure continuity of funding for a range of activities already supported by the EU under the current Europe for Citizens Programme (2007-13). And when were we told about the current programme? When did our informative press tell us about this?
So as we all wonder why David Cameron blows hot and cold over a referendum – intimating he may “propose” a bill and then backtracking – we find that our government actually supports the objectives of the Europe for Citizens Programme, citing the fact that it has “synergies with the Government’s “Big Society” agenda and youth policies, as well as the focus on “localising action at the lowest possible level” and empowering individuals.”
And to cap it all, we have a Scrutiny Committee prepared to issue a conditional “scrutiny waiver”? And we have a parliamentary system that is supposed to govern our country?
Does the size of the budget matter (its only small so the ESC say) when this is no more than brainwashing – and not very subtle at that.
Afterthought: Why have Ukip not picked up on this and made a fuss – I’ve seen nowt – has anyone else? Do they even know about it? Just asking my Ukip followers, you understand…..