Saturday, 5 May 2012

A Good Law




Every time a Government Minister gets up on his or her trotters to announce a new piece of legislation they must preface the announcement by stating whether or not the new law is because of an EU directive or regulation and state its title, number and year.

This will serve to illustrate how much supposedly English law making is actually cutting and pasting Brussels diktats and how weak the Government actually is. It will also save Dr North of EUReferendum from having to delve into eurolex and surface every time with well-merited "I told you so" proof.

Failure to mention that a Government policy is actually EU policy will cause the Minister and Permanent Secretary to be liable for a sentence of twelve months imprisonment if found guilty on indictment.

Update: Thanks to Edward Spalton, I am now aware that Mark Harper MP proposed a Ten Minute Rule Bill to this effect that the Government used a whipping to vote down. Great! So much for democracy and openness where the EU is concerned. I'm increasingly minded to believe that The Constant Gardener is a manual of governance.

ANOTHER MODEST (actually an excellent one) PROPOSAL. From Edward Spalton


Every policeman, council official, civil servant or quangocrat enforcing a law originating from the EU in any way should wear a drark blue armband with that ring of stars. Then we would know who really rules us
 

2 comments:

Edward Spalton said...

In the last Parliament, a Conservative MP, Mark Harper, proposed just such a Bill under the Ten Minute rule. In spite of getting support from both sides of the House, the Labour government called out the payroll vote to defeat it and there was no help from the COnservative leadership.

Unfortunately Mr Harper is now a government minister in the EU's local administration and so of no use at all to his countrymen.

Those of use who tried to congratulate him at the time of his Bill found that he was not easily available. Mr. Cameron had issued an instruction for Conservative MPs to stop "banging on" about Europe. One assumes that Mr.Harper's red box and ministerial car are the reward for his obedience to his leader.
ANOTHER MODEST PROPOSAL.
Every policeman, council official, civil servant or quangocrat enforcing a law originating from the EU in any way should wear a drark blue armband with that ring of stars. Then we would know who really rules us.

Brian said...

Edward, thank you for an excellent contribution. Why do the Tory Grandees like Yerp so much?

If I may, I will co-opt your excellent proposal for the wearing of the dark blue armband (rather like the old police constable's striped cuff).