With more than two thirds of eligible voters having had their say by 1800 hours with two more hours of the polls remaining open in the country at large (four more hours in Paris and Lyon) the French Channel 3 was forecasting an abstention rate of as small as 17.50 per cent on their 1900 hours news bulletin.
It is possible the Frensh Swiss Channel TSR might leak the exit poll results at 2000 hrs as they did in the last French General Election. If so this blog will try and get the numbers posted here as soon as they do.
All lovers of freedom and democracy must be hoping for a large enough NO vote to prevent any manipulation or misinterpretation of the results by the supporters of the corrupt, secretive and non-democratic EU "project".
GERMAN POLITICIANS SEEK TO "EUROBULLY" FRENCH VOTERS _________________________
" I have always found the word 'Europe' on the lips of people who wanted something from others which they dared not demand under their own names."
- German Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck, Gedenken und Erinnerungen,1880
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Former German Ambassador to France, Dr Immo Stabreit, summarised how he saw European integration as follows: "It is only natural that the eastern part of the continent will become our preoccupation for years to come, because Germans see this as a matter of historical destiny. The most fundamental priority we have is trying to integrate all of Europe. But for France the underlying issue is all about coming to terms with its loss of influence in the world."(International Herald Tribune,11-12 September 1999).
In this assessment the retiring Ambassador echoed the views of his superior, German Foreign Minister Johschka Fischer, whose speech of 12 May 2000 at Humboldt University, Berlin, launched the process that led to the proposed EU Constitution which French and Dutch citizens will vote on this coming week.
"Creating a single European State bound by one European Constitution is the decisive task of our time," said Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer (Daily Telegraph,London, 27-12-1998).
The "Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe" would achieve a central goal of German Foreign policy by establishing a new European Union in the constitutional form of a supranational EU Federation, of which 450 million Europeans would be made real citizens for the first time. If the Constitution is ratified we would all owe this new European Union, now founded on its own State Constitution, the prime duty of citizenship, namely obedience and loyalty, over and above our own national citizenship.
As German Minister for Europe, Hans Martin Bury, said in "Die Welt" on 25 February last: "The EU Constitution is the birth certificate of the United States of Europe."
A century and a quarter after Bismarck's remark quoted above, it is now Germany's State interests and German political hegemony over the European continent that the proposed EU Constitution would primarily advance - at the expense of the national democracy of Germany's own people,and of the peoples of France, the Netherlands, and all other EU Members. The EU Constitution would also serve the interests of a small but powerful political, bureaucratic and ideological elite in Brussels and other national capitals.
The completion of Germany's ratification of the EU Constitution by the German Bundesrat on Friday next 27 May, following approval by the Bundestag on 12 May last, has been timed to put maximum pressure on French voters to vote Yes on Sunday next,and Dutch voters on Wednesday week.
It is ironical that German Chancellor Schröder should break the norms of diplomatic protocol by intervening in France's referendum to call for a Yes vote on the eve of him and his party being rejected by the voters of North Rhein-Westphalia by 45% to 37% in favour of the CDU.
If the German people had had a referendum on on the euro-currency as France had in 1992, they would almost certainly have rejected it. Now having refused to give the German people a vote on their project of conferring on the EU the constitutional form of a supranational Federal State, Germany's politicians expect French voters to follow their lead by agreeing to subsume France's national democracy and independence in a German-dominated Europe. That this is the central thrust of their political ambition, the sequence of quotations from leading German politicians below makes clear(The quotations are listed in chronological order backwards):-
"European monetary union has to be complemented by a political union - that was always the presumption of Europeans including those who made active politics before us. . .What we need to Europeanise is everything to do with economic and financial policy. In this area we need much more, let's call it co-ordination and co-operation to suit British feelings, than we had before. That hangs together with the success of the euro."
- German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, The Times, London, 22 February 2002
"The currency union will fall apart if we don't follow through with the consequences of such a union. I am convinced we will need a common tax system."
- German Finance Minister Hans Eichel,The Sunday Times, London, 23 December 2001
"We need a European Constitution. The European Constitution is not the 'final touch' of the European structure; it must become its foundation. The European Constitution should prescribe that ... we are building a Federation of Nation-States. . .The first part should be based on the Charter of Fundamental Rights proclaimed at the European summit at Nice. . . If we transform the EU into a Federation of Nation-States, we will enhance the democratic legitimacy ... We should not prescribe what the EU should never be allowed to ... I believe that the Parliament and the Council of Ministers should be developed into a genuine bicameral parliament."
- Dr Johannes Rau, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, European Parliament, 4 April 2001
"We already have a federation. The 11,soon to be 12, member States adopting the euro have already given up part of their sovereignty, monetary sovereignty,and formed a monetary union, and that is the first step towards a federation."
- German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, Financial Times, 7 July 2000, ___________
"The last step will then be the completion of integration in a European Federation ... Such a group of States would conclude a new European framework treaty, the nucleus of a constitution of the Federation. On the basis of this treaty, the Federation would develop its own institutions, establish a government which, within the EU, should speak with one voice ... a strong parliament and a directly elected president. Such a driving force would have to be the avant-garde, the driving force for the completion of political integration ... This latest stage of European Union ... will depend decisively on France and Germany."
- German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, speech at Humboldt University Berlin, 12 May 2000 ___________
"The introduction of the euro is probably the most important integrating step since the beginning of the unification process. It is certain that the times of individual national efforts regarding employment policies, social and tax policies are definitely over. This will require to finally bury some erroneous ideas of national sovereignty ... I am convinced our standing in the world regarding foreign trade and international finance policies will sooner or later force a Common Foreign and Security Polic worthy of its name. . . National sovereignty in foreign and security policy will soon prove itself to be a product of the imagination."
- German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder on "New Foundations for European Integration", The Hague, 19 Jan.1999 ____________
"Our future begins on January 1 1999. The euro is Europe's key to the 21st century. The era of solo national fiscal and economic policy is over."
- German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder,31 December 1998
"The euro is a sickly premature infant, the result of an over-hasty monetary union."
- German Opposition leader Gerhard Schröder, March 1998
"Transforming the European Union into a single State with one army, one constitution and one foreign policy is the critical challenge of the age, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said yesterday."
- The Guardian, London, 26 November 1998
"In Maastricht we laid the foundation-stone for the completion of the European Union. The European Union Treaty introduces a new and decisive stage in the process of European union, which within a few years will lead to the creation of what the founding fathers dreamed of after the last war: the United States of Europe."
- German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, April 1992
"There is no example in history of a lasting monetary union that was not linked to one State."
- 0tmar Issing, Chief Economist, German Bundesbank, 1991; now with the European Central Bank, Frankfort.
"A European currency will lead to member-nations transferring their sovereignty over financial and wage policies as well as in monetary affairs. . . It is an illusion to think that States can hold on to their autonomy over taxation policies."
- Bundesbank President Hans Tietmeyer, 1991
"On the basis of repeated meetings with him and of an attentive observation of his actions, I think that if in his own way W.Hallstein (ed:first President of the European Commission) is a sincere 'European', this is only because he is first of all an ambitious German. For the Europe that he would like to see would contain a framework within which his country could find once again and without cost the respectability and equality of rights that Hitler's frenzy and defeat caused it to lose; then acquire the overwhelming weight that will follow from its economic capacity; and, finally, achieve a situation in which its quarrels concerning its boundaries and its unification will be assumed by a powerful coalition."
- General Charles de Gaulle, Memoirs of Hope, 1970
Compiled and disseminated for the information of French and Netherlands voters and others by Anthony Coughlan, Secretary, The National Platform EU Research and Information Centre, 24 Crawford Avenue, Dublin 9, Ireland, and Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Social Policy,Trinity College Dublin; +00-353-1-8305792. Please feel free to disseminate this document further as you see fit, without need of reference to or acknowledgement of its source.
I recommend this article from this morning's Sunday Telegraph, linked here, it begins:
It's too late for mere 'respect', far too late David Selbourne (Filed: 22/05/2005)
There are no boundaries of class or party among those who sense, or know, that British society is in profound trouble. Yet the consensus that this anxiety has created remains largely unexpressed. Politicians dare not tell the whole truth about it for fear of adding to public alarm, and losing by it.
In a move that will clearly have a major impact on Britain's relationship with the EU, and the eventual referendum on the Constitution if such is ever to be held, Commission President Barrosos snubbed Tony Blair, one of his main backers for the job he now fills, yesterday in London.
The report in the Daily Telegraph, which is very satisfying news for the eurosceptic movement may be read from this link.
If you have more than 5 million people in England then a Parliament might give them too much democratic representation. Try reducing the number of English people.
Regional assemblies might be enabled. To disable them click the Tools menu and select Preferences. On the Preferences dialog select the Big Secret tab and uncheck the European Regions of England option.
If you have an MP you could try writing to them. MPs already have a Britishparliament of their own so may be able to help.
The racist card may have been played. Try reinstalling reality.
Scotland is a nation in its own right. Try working out what people mean when they say that? This might be preventing an English parliament somehow.
A new analysis on an update of Big Brother a la Schengen has been published by Statewatch. The introduction might tempt you to read the whole twelve page report which can be reached in pdf format from here:
In September 2004 the European Commission signed a €40 million contract with a consortium of IT specialists to build two new EU law enforcement databases: the ‘second generation’ Schengen Information System (SIS II) and the new Visa Information System (VIS). SIS II and VIS will provide EU law enforcement agencies with a powerful apparatus for surveillance and control with very serious implications for the people who will be registered. In reality, SIS II and VIS will be a single system that is scheduled to go online early in 2007. The Council has agreed on the scope, function and system architecture of SIS II after four years of secret discussions but – incredibly – has still to consult the European or national parliaments or the wider public on these issues. With the new functionalities already being built into SIS II, the question now is whether there is any possibility at all for democratic input, or whether instead the system is now a ‘fait accompli’, with the prospect that the Council will try to ‘bounce’ the European Parliament into a quick decision on the long awaited draft legislation. This analysis by Ben Hayes analyses the development of SIS II, the new functions, the implications for groups and individuals that will be registered, and the decision-making process.
The following press announcement is taken from Neil Herron's blog, linked here!
Let us hope that Neil can achieve the same incredible defeat for the EU Federalists and anti-democratic Blair administration as he achieved in the North East Regional Assembly referendum. The posting is as follows:
The People's No Campaign: "No Campaign against European Constitution Announces Official Launch "
The official launch of The People's No Campaign (against the European Constitution) is to take place at: Location : Conference Room Abingdon House 13 Little College Street Westminster LondonSW1P 3SH. Time: 2pm Wednesday 25th May
The No Campaign has been created as a genuine non / cross-partygrassroots coalition to help deliver an overwhelming and emphatic rejection of the European Constitution.
Campaign Director, Neil Herron states, "It is essential that a genuine grassroots campaign helps to deliver the reasons for saying 'NO' in a plain, no nonsense style, free from party politics. We are creating the broadest coalition from across the socio-political spectrum and intend to replicate the achievement of the North East No Campaign which rejected the Government's and John Prescott's proposals in the recent Regional Assembly Referendum by the biggest margin in modern political history. The Constitution represents further surrender of power to Brussels and this is quite simply unacceptable. The debate preceding the referendum will be the first opportunity for the British public to examine the true nature of the whole 'European Project.' A full examination of the consequences of political and economic integration. A debate that we have been denied for over thirty years."
Dr Richard North, Research Director states, " This is a genuine,important and fundamental move by the people of Britain to reclaim theirown destiny."
The timing of the launch is to show solidarity with the French 'No'Campaign, and to send a message to our domestic politicians that theywill not be in for an easy ride. If the French vote 'oui' on 29th May then it is 'game on' for our domestic Constitution referendum battle.
Details of the growing alliance will be posted on the website shortly where we have a full analysis of news and events as they unfold. More statements to follow.
Contact: Neil Herron Campaign Director Office 0191 56517143 Mobile 07776 202045
The only known party leader to have stepped down so far is David Trimble but others must soon follow. Michael Howard is the subject of intense press speculation this lunchtime as this Telegraphlink proves. Read Teetering Tories for more reports
Roger Knapman of UKIP and Robert Kilroy-Silk of Veritas are both targets of considerable criticism from within their own parties and their positions over the unusual South Staffordshire by eection look like becoming a hugely critical acid test for both men. These matters are covered on Ukip Uncovered and Veritas Straight Talk blogs.
The biggest catch of all would of course be Tony Blair himself and he is looking increasingly less secure according to many media reports.
All this leaves little scope for routine EU criticism here on Ironies. Normal service will be resumed shortly - but in the meantime what a sweet irony if Charles Kennedy were to be the only survivor among the main party leaders of the 2005 general election!
The following is a list of candidates who have refused to sign a declaration upholding the principals of parliamentary democracy.
If they are candidates for the Westminster Parliament in your constituency- please ensure that neither you yourself, your family, neighbours or friends within the constituency vote for such traitors. Looking at the manifestoes and policies on which they now stand for election - and considering the reasonable terms of the British Declaration of Independence, linked here, which they have refused to sign - how else can they thus be described?
Dr Julian Lewis Hon Nicholas Soames Dr Liam Fox Michael Fabricant Sir Michael Spicer Ashley Gray Caroline Flynn-Macleod Paul Maynard David Amess Cllr Kim Humphreys Rt Hon Oliver Letwin Jacqui Lait Ian Taylor MBE James Paice Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell John Maples Douglas Carswell Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC Rt Hon David Curry Angela Browning William Cash Rt Hon David Heathcoat-Amory Laurence Robertson Rt Hon Michael Howard QC Edward Leigh Robert Walter Quentin Davies Rt Hon Francis Maude Owen Paterson John Bercow Tim Collins Peter Luff Tony Baldry Andrew Robathan Sir John Butterfill Peter Bottomley Rt Hon John Gummer Geoffrey Cox QC Anthony Steen Christopher Chope Scott-Haywood Peter Atkinson
Doug Henderson Joan Walley Rt Hon Robin Cook Valerie Davey Barbara Follett Austin Mitchell Mike Gapes Keith Vaz Barry Sheerman Rt Hon Peter Hain
All candidates of the Liberal Democrat Party refused to sign.