14 APR 2011
By Leo McKinstry | Daily Express
ON the eve of Britain’s entry into the Common Market in 1973 Tory prime minister Edward Heath used a national television broadcast to reassure the public about the nation’s future.
“There are some in this country who fear that in going into Europe we shall in some way sacrifice our independence and our sovereignty. These fears, I need hardly say, are completely unjustified.” As subsequent events have shown those words could hardly have been more hollow. An aloof, fanatical pro-European, Heath privately knew our membership would ultimately result in the destruction of our self-governance. But recognising that the British people would not tolerate our national demise he engaged in constant deceit about the consequences of our entanglement in Europe.
The pretence can no longer be sustained. After almost 40 years it is blindingly obvious that our autonomy has been obliterated by the unelected commissars of European institutions. We have been reduced to the status of a mere province within the Brussels empire. Our Parliament is an empty talking shop, its deliberations ignored by the unaccountable cabal of the European elite. Ministers are little more than the errand boys of our colonial masters.
Nothing exemplifies this destructive process more graphically than Europe’s judicial pressure on Britain to give prisoners the vote. It is sickening that the European Court of Human Rights, which is supervised by the Council of Europe, is determined to override the will of the British people on such a fundamental issue. There is a grotesque paradox at work here whereby the court claims to be enhancing British democracy by extending the franchise to convicts, yet will do so by treating our democracy with contempt.
In February the House of Commons passed overwhelmingly a motion upholding the 140-year-old ban on voting rights for prisoners. Yet this resolution has been wilfully ignored by the European Court, which like some oppressive imperialist is bent on imposing its warped ideology on our country. This week a panel of five judges from the court, whose number included Polish lawyer Lech Garlicki, British barrister Nicolas Bratza and Moldovan jurist Mihai Poalelungi, ordered the Government to overturn the voting ban.
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