Dr Lee Rotherham
Director of The Red Cell think tank suggests “That the anti-Brexit MPs purporting to be democracy crusaders “ought to acknowledge their irrelevance to EU law-making”. He says that “Members of Parliament do not know their place in the EU food chain. It pains me to point this out, but they are the bottom feeders”. [I may have asked this before, but does that prove most MPs are arseholes?]
He continues “I doubt any of the Supreme Court botherers have heard of, let alone contemplated how to hold to account, the eurocrats charged with drafting the legislation in the first place; or simply know who sits on the Expert Groups summonsed to offer advice to the relevant backroom drafting supremo. Last time I checked, there were 267 Commission Committees, and many hundreds more sub-committees, that do the donkey work on coming up with 98% of EU legislation…Brexit provides an opportunity to genuinely take back control. But for clueless MPs railing against the prorogation from their twelve star comfort blankets, or pan-Europeanists rooted in Brussels’ anonymous corporate collectivism, perhaps that is precisely what they fear.”
It all reminds me of Yes Minister
Sir Humphrey “Minister, Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last 500 years: to create a disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Germans and Italians. Divide and rule, you see. Why should we change now, when it’s worked so well?”.
Hacker “That’s all ancient history, surely?
Sir Humphrey “Yes, and current policy. We had to break the whole thing [the EEC] up, so we had to get inside. We tried to break it up from the outside, but that wouldn’t work. Now that we’re inside we can make a complete pig’s breakfast of the whole thing: set the Germans against the French, the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch…The Foreign Office is terribly pleased, it’s just like old times.
Hacker “But surely we’re all committed to the European ideal?
Sir Humphrey [chuckles] “Really, minister.
Hacker “If not, why are we pushing for an increase in the membership?
Sir Humphrey “Well, for the same reason. It’s just like the United Nations, in fact, the more members it has, the more arguments it can stir up, the more futile and impotent it becomes.
Hacker “What appalling cynicism.
Sir Humphrey “Yes… We call it diplomacy, minister”.