Tranzi Drivel of the Day

Edward McMillan-Scott:

The time has come for Europe to help a troubled globe – from Kenya to Pakistan to Palestine – to understand that democracy, human rights, the rule of law and economic freedom – the EU\’s founding principles – offer more lasting peace and prosperity than the simplistic Bush formula.

That\’s the EU he\’s describing? Democracy? The Commissioners are appointed, not elected, the Parliament, which is elected, has no power (and the authorities actually complain when you try to count the votes properly) and there is no European demos, without which it is really rather difficult to have democracy.

Human rights? That\’s, err, the Council of Europe, isn\’t it?

The rule of law? Remember what they did to Bowland\’s Dairy?

Economic freedom? Under the Roman Law system they are imposing?

No, I don\’t think that Bush\’s vision of the world is perfect either but this is absurd.

3 thoughts on “Tranzi Drivel of the Day”

  1. That’s still totally missing the point. As awful as the EU or George Bush may be (according to taste), things are a damn sight better here or in the USA than in Pakistan or Kenya. But democracy (or human rights or rule of law for that matter) can’t take root in countries with no tradition of secularism or deep tribal divisions.

  2. The point you may be making is that both the US and the EU models are better than those of Pakistan and Kenya and that those countries could profitable learn from either model. However Edward McMillan-Scott was making the point that the EU model was much better than the US model and that specifically they should learn from the EU model rather than the US model. (Rather like advising a dehydrated person they should be drinking mineral water rather than tap water).

  3. Whatever may or may not happen in countries “with no traditions of democracy” (an awful lot of present-day democracies had no tradition of it until it happened), the fact remains that the EU is not a democracy. Its members may be, though some of them have precious little tradition of it and others became democracies when it was imposed on them at the end of a very gruesome war, but the system itself is not and is not meant to be. Just read what Monnet and Schumann said. Anything to avoid real democratic structures or having to ask the people. Or have a look at the way the non-constitutional Lisbon Treaty is being pushed through. The fact that Kenya is in a worse position is neither here nor there. There is always somebody worse off.

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