European integration implies successive transfers of national sovereignty to the Union.
Perhaps it does, so let\’s ask the important question: do we desire European integration? The secondary one, do we desire European integration at the price of the transfer of national sovereignty to the Union?
I don\’t desire such integration, no. I have a feeling that a large number of my fellow members of the as yet unorganised European Demos also feel the same way. Further, one of the reasons that I and others feel this way is that we don\’t want the transfer of sovereignty from those who, however fitfully, share our culture, language and basic ways of thinking to an international bureaucracy that shares none of them.
Democracy in the EU cannot be guaranteed by the models and rules that apply in the member states.
Ooooh, lovely, are we to have a new and special kind of democracy then? Perhaps one in which "No" does not mean "No"?
The scale of the problems makes more elaborate solutions necessary.
"Elaborate", such a lovely weasel word, don\’t you think. This ruling stuff is far too complex for you mere proles to understand, just let us wise folk get on with it for your benefit, why not?
But, assuming that the obstacle thrown up by Ireland\’s voters can be overcome, experience has shown that the EU\’s future evolution will be marked by increasingly centralised power in Brussels and the retreat of individual states.
See, the will of the people is simply "an obstacle", one that needs to be overcome so that we can have more centralisation and less of heat pesky democracy or national sovereignty. And these people wonder why so many are outside polishing the lamp posts and caressing their lengths of hempen.
The more responsibilities the Brussels bureaucracy acquires, the more independent it will become.
Oooooh, yes, squeal like a piggy time! Just what we want, to be ruled by an independent and unaccountable bureaucracy! That\’ll be the end of democracy in it\’s simplest and basest sense: the ability to throw the bastards out.
National forums must make it their concern to discuss common European issues, thereby ensuring information for all, transparency, control, and accountability. Instituting public debate on European policy throughout the Union will help clarify the aims of the unification project,
And for those of us not in favour of the unification project? Those who, perhaps in a referendum or three, vote against it?
True, many ordinary Europeans do not think that Europe should play an important part in global developments. They believe that foreign policy should be handled by their national governments. This view is outdated.
Ah, that\’s it eh? We\’re mere relics of an age of what, personal liberty? Democracy? Perhaps relics of an age when the relationship between politicians and the people was properly defined: we hire you, for a limited time, to deal with those problems that we cannot be bothered to as individuals. After that you can bugger off matey.
Whatever Irish voters intended by rejecting the treaty
Hmm, how about they intended that the Lisbon Treaty should not become law? Or is that too complex a thought for your federast little heart?
So, can we leave yet?