Thursday, 18 October 2007

Gordon Brown-Trousers and the EU Treaty

Gordon Brown-Trousers is at it again. Tomorrow, he's off to Lisbon for a European summit at which he will agree to the proposed EU Reform Treaty.

Despite polls today showing that almost 7 in 10 (ok, for the pedants, 6.9 in 10) of people surveyed want a referendum on this awful treaty, Gord yet again made it clear that, in Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, that he will not put this matter to a public vote.

The Treaty won't lead to any "fundamental change" in the way the country is governed, he claimed. This is the man who, only a few days ago, had the bare faced cheek to stand before a press conference and insist, in the face of direct allegations that he was lying, that he had not planned to hold a general election and then called it off when Crazy Cameron did better than expected in opinion polls.

It is also the man who, just a few days later, stole Conservative and Lib Dem policies, and then claimed, with a perfectly straight face, that he had planned to introduce similar measures in the last budget, but didn't.

As Chancellor, he has presided over the pillaging of pension schemes, and a raft of stealth taxes, the most recent of which only came to light the other day. In a move that seems likely to impose taxes on pub quizzes the Treasury drew up new guidelines for the inspectors who determine the rateable value of pubs across the country. But, unlike the old guidelines, the new rules weren't published online, or made available in the Commons library until MPs started asking questions.

Taxes don't come much more stealthy than that, do they? So, after years of deceptions along those lines, why the hell should we believe this guy when he says the EU Reform Treaty won't change the way this country is governed, and is "substantially different" from the discredited EU constitution?

Instinctively, I don't believe him. But let's put that aside for a moment. Clearly, the vast majority of people would like to have a say in this matter. If the Treaty is as good as Gord would have us believe, where's the harm in putting it to the vote? Surely, Gord and his buddies are not incapable of explaining, in clear, simple detail, what's so good about it? And if it IS good, what is there to lose?

Unless, of course, they fear that other folks might do a better job of exposing its flaws? Fear is the key word, here. Brown-Trousers wouldn't hold a leadership election when he did Blair out of a job, he bottled out of a general election when he though Crazy Cameron might not do terribly badly and now he daren't allow the public to speak their mind on the EU Treaty.

Fear is the only possible explanation; if he thought he could swing a vote his way, it would be a massive boost for his utterly tattered reputation, and I doubt he could resist the temptation to do so.

It follows that he thinks he might lose a referendum on this subject, and from THAT we can deduce that there are points in the Treaty that even he cannot dress up as being beneficial to Britain.

If our own Prime Minister is too chicken to let the people decide, should we not be very, very concerned about this Treaty?

Billy Seggars.

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