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01.04.08
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The European Union and
Conservative Strategy and Tactics

There is a general feeling amongst
the vast majority of the population of
the United Kingdom that the EU is
obliterating our national
consciousness, devouring our
national personality and at an ever
increasing pace, assuming
responsibility for our country by
constantly, consistently and quickly,
abrogating ever greater amounts of
the political and legal independence
enjoyed by its citizens.


The reason the Conservative Party is
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highlighted here is because they are
supposedly the champions of the
United Kingdom in its ‘fight’ to
prevent the European Union from
taking unprecedented control over
the country and everybody else in the
British parliament is determined to
relinquish control to Brussels. Its
record to date is dilatory and not very
convincing. If Cameron tries to be
‘all things to all men’ he will truly
come ‘unstuck’. He has to forget
about the Clarke ‘brigade’; that is, if
he is genuinely championing the
United Kingdom’s freedom to act in
its own interests whilst economically
associated with Europe and on any
other matter that the British
Parliament considers is in the
interests of both Europe and the
United Kingdom.

1. Observing recent debating in the
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House of Commons brings a feeling
of frustration that a watertight
argument by the Conservatives
against further encroachment on our
sovereignty by the EU is being lost
by default through reaction to the
dishonest irrelevancies parroted by
Labour acolytes
2. In a recent debate on the Queen’s
speech, time and again Conservative
members mentioned the reneging by
Brown of the Labour election
manifesto’s commitment to hold a
referendum on the latest ‘treaty’ to
amend the EU constitution. This is
important because it highlights
Labour’s lack of integrity and should
be emphasized but not repeated ad
nauseam.
3. However the majority of members
who oppose further control from
Brussels should concentrate on the
huge number of directives from
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Brussels that adversely affect the
ordinary citizens of the United
Kingdom. The vague but significant
unease of people concerning EU
control must be shown to have a
concrete base by illustrating and
emphasizing those regulations and
directives, of which there are legions,
which are crippling this country. Yet
observing this approach recent
debate on the Queen’s speech this
was largely ignored.
4. Conservative M P’s and central
office have numerous research
assistants to obtain this information
although a casual glance at the
national press is all that is really
necessary. Below are a few samples
taken virtually at random:
a. Garbage Collection. Inclusion of
collection charges, and other
refinements backing these, for
example chips on bins, is the result
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of European directives that, inter alia,
stipulate the disposal of garbage and
as will shortly occur, the imposition
of heavy fines on transgressor
countries over-using land fills – the
major source of garbage disposal in
the United Kingdom at present–
much less so in continental Europe!
b. Animal Diseases. Two animal
diseases, foot and mouth and blue
tongue, have resulted in chaos and
severe loss of income to stock
farmers through the Department for
Environment , Food and Rural Affairs
(DEFRA’s) avalanche of movement
restrictions imposed under EU rules
– ban on exports (including 5 million
lambs seasonally exported to the
Continent) followed by blue tongue
control and protection zones that
have caused no end of problems,
such as the restriction of winter
pastures, to name but one, and are
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farcically aligned to arbitrary lines
drawn on a map of the United
Kingdom without logic.
c. Health and Safety. Since
handing over to Brussels the power
to make all our laws on health and
safety 20 years ago we have had
huge numbers of directives, some
bordering on lunacy and many very
expensive to implement emanating
from the Commission. The latest
directive 2007/3 is a response to
accidents at work rising last year by
11% (33% in the construction
industry). This will not reduce
accidents by one jot. Inter alia, it is
designed to simplify the confusion.
Thus, there is only one opening
paragraph with one sentence.
However, this one sentence
CONSISTS OF 559 WORDS!
d. Immigration. Brown, et al, claims
wrongly that the government has
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control over immigration. Under EU
law we can do little to restrict the
entry of anyone from the 26 other EU
states. The control of asylum seekers
is also an EU competence. Also
restricting entry to spouses under 21
years would be illegal discrimination
under EU directive 2004/04. Further
Article 62 of the new European
‘treaty’ proposes to abolish any
remaining controls “on persons
whatever their nationality when
crossing internal borders.” In other
words once in an EU country,
nothing can stop an alien from
entering the United Kingdom.
Likewise with deportation, despite a
recent EU ruling supporting the
Italian government that had passed
legislation enabling it to deport
Romanian criminals. In many cases
deportation is forbidden under
various Human Rights legislation.
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e. Vehicle lighting. Under a
European Union directive daytime
lights for all cars and light vans must
be fitted from early 2011 and ALL
vehicles so fitted at the latest by
summer 2012. Although the British
Government were opposed to this as
it would increase daytime fuel
consumption (the EU say but ONLY
by 0.3% per vehicle) they have no
choice since it is a directive from
Brussels!
f. The Driving Times and Rest
Periods Directive from our European
masters came into force last April
(2007) stipulating no driver can drive
for more than 31 miles before taking
a rest. They can drive more than 31
miles providing they have two
straight days off. Otherwise the
journey has to be done in stages,
passengers alighting two, three or
more times to change buses. The
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very helpful transport spokesman for
the Liberal Democrats Norman Baker
with supercilious arrogance made the
profound remark that these rules do
not stop the buses from running
more than 31 miles but… ‘all they do
is inconvenience passengers who
have to keep getting on and off.’
THAT’S ALL THEY DO, VOTERS!
g. Harassment of women
employees. Imposed upon Britain
without parliamentary debate or
division is the lunatic directive from
the European Commission sneaked
into British law (31.03.08) by the
Women’s Minister Harriet Harman
making it an offence punishable by
unlimited compensation orders for
landlords to allow customers to ‘chat
up’ their female help e.g. barmaids
etc…Bad behaviour has always been
dealt with by landlords on the spot
using what this government lacks,
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namely, COMMON SENSE.
h. Tennis racquets. I wonder how
many Britons, let alone Europeans as
a whole, know that EU regulation
622/2003 prohibits the carrying of
tennis racquets on board an aircraft
as hand luggage?
Very few, because the EU
Commission had ruled that is was
not to be published. Why?
Because nothing must be done to
upset voters in the forthcoming Irish
referendum. The case was brought
to court by an incensed passenger
who had been ordered off an airline
unaware of the regulation.
The Advocate General Ms Eleanor
Sharpston who had prosecuted Steve
Thoburn in 2001 for selling a pound
of bananas (instead of in kilos)
enthusiastically went into the attack
saying that the public must obey a
law even though unpublished
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because if law under the EU treaty
was persistently disregarded, “ …its
gravity is so obvious that it cannot be
tolerated by the Community legal
order.” The European Court of
Justice upheld her view on behalf of
the European Union. Who said
fascism was dead?

5. THE REAL GOVERNMENT IS IN
BRUSSELS.

6. This is the truth and like it or not
as members of the EU nothing can be
done LEGALLY TO CIRCUMVENT
BRUSSEL’S DIRECTIVES.
In many ways it seems that the
majority of our politicians on all sides
are tired of making the mental effort
to govern and are either capitulating
to Brussels at every turn on or are
too cowardly to make an unilateral
decision themselves. Perhaps they
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are mesmerized by their salaries,
pensions, expenses and allowances?
For example:
Farming Minister Lord Rooker
announced (9.11.2007) that from 2012
battery hen cages are to be banned.
One animal welfare campaigner said
the noble Lord had made a
monumental decision. He did no
such thing. He was simply
conforming to a EU directive on the
matter.
Whilst battery egg production is
considered both unnecessary and
stressful to the birds even on such a
trivial matter the government could
not make the right decision to ban
this on its own but had to wait and
hide behind a EU directive. Lord
Rooker did not mention this!
THE Directives mentioned above are
but a very few example of those
governing the UK about which
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millions of Britons are blissfully
unaware.
BECAUSE SOME MAY BE OF VALUE
THIS DOES NOT DETRACT FROM
THE FACT THAT MOST OF THEM
ARE DETRIMENTAL TO THE
FUNDAMENTAL INTERESTS OF THE
UNITED KINGDOM.
And in any event are we not capable
of devising laws of our own? If not
the well-paid MP’s at Westminster are
too many and virtually redundant.

November 2007
Amended April, 2008.

				
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