Last month in Strasbourg we were invited to denounce the vileness of Viktor Orban’s Hungarian regime. Well, some MEPs call it a ‘regime’, I call it a legitimate government. Mr Orban was elected as a Conservative. He is acting as a Conservative. He is being a good European abiding by the Dublin treaty, closing his borders to immigrants and trying to check everyone entering his country.
The Lefts and Greens wanted to sanction this man and condemn his populist government. He sits to the left of the British Conservatives, with Angela Merkel’s EPP. Oh, the irony.
Yesterday in Parliament we were asked to debate Poland’s newly elected government, the Law and Justice Party, which recently took power. The prime minister was summoned and she came.
She had to listen to condemnation of her government’s track record so far.
Many from the centre right, including me, supported her democratically elected government by flying the Polish flag on our desks.
She spoke passionately and calmly about her democratic mandate but agreed that she would work with the Commission who will investigate the ‘crimes’ she had committed in changing the make-up of the judiciary (her party still does not have a majority, so she was hardly jerrymandering) and the bias in the state media (BBC take note). It seemed to me that she had introduced more democracy and accountability.
Also, what the Eurocrats do not like is that they have taken a hardline on accepting migrants. Heinous.
Today in Parliament we voted on ‘the situation in Denmark’.
Many of you will wonder what the ‘situation in Denmark’ is. Apparently, some people got an email last night (I and many others didn’t) stating thatat 9amwe would be voting on the ‘situation in Denmark’. The Greens had decided that they wanted this ahead of any debate taking place in the LIBE committee (the committee that deals with ‘justice’, which I also sit on).
Politics was at play here. The Greens wanted to grandstand, the rest of the Parliamentarians – well, those that could get there and had been informed, which accounted for less than 50%, voted that it would not be debated in Parliament. Indeed, the new prime minister was summoned and agreed to come.
All this to-ing and froing between directly elected governments’ prime ministers and being summoned by a supra-national parliament is very frightening.
Just recently, Portugal elected a hard left/communist alliance government. The people’s choice – and I find a Left dominated government unpalatable and very unpleasant – but I respect the right of the Portuguese people to choose their own government. However, the Eurocrats have decided that they cannot allow the extreme Left to take charge, instead, propping up a centre-right government. This was lauded by Mrs Merkel’s leader in the EPP as the right thing to do. Mr Manfred Weber said ‘it could not be allowed to happen’.
And so it goes on. The undermining of the nation state. In the European Parliament world, the nation states are dangerous places, inhabited by psychopaths who have the vote. But don’t worry, they think we will impose sanctions, invite their prime ministers into our chamber to harangue and embarrassment them. We will threaten their legitimacy, impose untold migrant numbers on them and threaten to withhold subsidies. And that’s not undemocratic?
Everyone gets terribly excited about Brexit – it will be a tragedy for Europe, for the UK, they know not what they do … you know the lines. But I think the real threat is not Brexit it is the quiet revolution of the peoples of Europe who are voting for centre right (populist, xenophobic, undemocratic in the Parliament’s eyes) governments. This is more likely to bring about a quieter revolution? Well, the growing discontent will no doubt bring a collapse to this house of cards before we even get to vote Brexit.