2013 – 035 “Now we’ve signed it – we had better go and read it” (Ken Clarke on the Maastricht Treaty)

Some EU quotes to make you think, some to make you smile, and others to scream

French President Mitterrand once told his close confident, Magoudi, that: “I will take my revenge on the English upstarts. I will destroy their beloved island by linking it with Europe.”

“While the State exists, there can be no freedom.” — Lenin (and Obama) The replacement of the state by socialist control has proved Lenin wrong and proving Obama to be equally wrong.

I would not”       David Cameron answering the question – “In case of a Yes victory in the referendum that will organize on leaving the EU, would you be willing to withdraw from the Union?” 8th April 2013.

The EU intends to control all countries on the western flank of Russia. If the public doesn’t want it we do it anyway. Van Rompuy.

That Heath, asked on TV whether the EU was democratic, looked surprised, shrugged his shoulders and replied “Of course not! It’s far to big for that” – and confirmed that he could not care less that it was not by adding “I have never understood why the ordinary people bother their heads about these things, why don’t they leave it to the politicians?”
Not hearsay – I saw and heard him say those words on TV.

“Sometimes I like to compare the EU as a creation to the organisation of empire. We have the dimension of empire.” Jose Manuel Barrosso 2007

“Fundamental renegotiation is very, very unlikely to produce any significant change,”  Vince Cable, on the subject of Cameron’s plans 10th September 2013

Jack Straw on BBC Question Time where he addressed Labour’s immigration policy
“The English as a race are not worth saving”
So now the cat is well and truly out of the bag. For years, as the number of immigrants to Britain shot up apparently uncontrollably, the question was how exactly this had happened. 2013 – 027

“The world needs a Europe that is capable of deploying military missions”.  Jose Manuel Barroso September 2012

“The British public are too stupid to be involved in governing themselves” Edward Heath when asked why he lied to parliament and the British people to get the UK into the EU. Britain and Europe: The Culture of Deceit.
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“Decisions taken by the most democratic institutions in the world are very often wrong.”  Jose Manuel Barroso 2010

“No need to confuse people with the underlying institutions/history behind the current EU” (EU Internet Handbook)

“The EU is the old Soviet Union dressed in Western clothes” (President Gorbachev)

“I have lived in your future ….and it doesn’t work” (Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky on the EU

“Determined to lay the foundations of an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe” (Treaty of Rome 1957)

“This Treaty marks a new stage in the process of creating an ever closer union…” (Maastricht Treaty 1992)

“Now we’ve signed it – we had better go and read it” (Douglas Hurd, former Foreign Secretary on the Maastricht Treaty)

The supremacy of Community Law when in conflict with national law is the logical consequence of the federal concept of the Community” (H P Ipsen, 1964 – 9 years before we joined)

“[Norway] held a referendum [on the EU] that went the wrong way” (Douglas Hurd, former Foreign Secretary on the Maastricht Treaty)

“The Tories have been indulging in their usual double talk. When they go to Brussels they show the greatest enthusiasm for political union. When they speak in the House of Commons they are most anxious to aver that there is no commitment whatever to any political union.” (Labour MP Hugh Gaitskell, October 1962)

“The Constitution is the capstone of a European Federal State.” (Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian Prime Minister)

‘If it’s a Yes we will say “on we go”, and if it’s a No we will say “we continue”.’ (Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Council)

“The substance of the Constitution is preserved. That is a fact.” (German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the Lisbon Treaty)

“I have read some of [the Lisbon Treaty] but not all of it.” (Caroline Flint, former Minister for Europe)

“They must go on voting until they get it right.” (Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission)

“If you go through all the structures and features of this emerging European monster you will notice that it more and more resembles the Soviet Union.” (Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky)

“The European Union is a state under construction.” (Elmar Brok, Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs)

“I have never understood why public opinion about European ideas should be taken into account at all,” (French PM Raymond Barre)

“I believe neither the French nor the Dutch really rejected the constitutional treaty.” (Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg)

“Let’s be clear about this. The rejection of the constitution was a mistake that will have to be corrected.” (Valéry Giscard d’Estaing)

“The ‘no’ votes were a demand for more Europe, not less.” (Romano Prodi, former President of the European Commission)

“No government dependent on a democratic vote could possibly agree in advance to the sacrifices which any adequate plan for European Union must involve. The people must be led slowly and unconsciously into the abandonment of their traditional economic defences, not asked…” (Peter Thorneycroft, former Tory MP)

“[Bailouts are] expressly forbidden in the treaties by the famous no-bailout clause. De facto, we have changed the treaty.” (French Europe minister Pierre Lelouche)

“The transfer by the States from their domestic legal system to the Community legal system of the rights and obligations arising under the Treaty carries with it a permanent limitation of their sovereign rights… against which a subsequent act incompatible with the concept of the Community cannot prevail” (ECJ Case 6/64)

“It is an illusion to think that [EU] states can hold on to their autonomy.” (Hans Tietmeyer, head of the Bundesbank 1991)

“…within ten years 80% of our economic legislation, perhaps even fiscal and social as well’ would come from the EU.” (Jacques Delors, President of EU Commission 1988)

“The huge cost of the Common Agricultural Policy to taxpayers and consumers far outweighs any benefit to them…” (Memo by MAFF to House of Lords European Communities Committee 1995)

“I think we have to realise that in the world of the 21st century for us to have the cheapest possible energy is not the answer.”   Climate Commissioner Hedegaard September 2013

“…we must now face the difficult task of moving towards a single economy, a single political unity.” (Romano Prodi, President of EU Commission 1999)

” There will be an EU army and only a EU army”  Romano Prodi, president of the EU Commission.

A politician is a fellow who will lay down
your life for his country.
~Texas Guinan. 19th century American businessman

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city,
it might be better to change the locks.
~Doug Larson (English middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, 1902-1981)

We hang petty thieves and appoint the bigger thieves to public office.
~Aesop, Greek slave & fable author

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being
governed by those who are dumber.
~Plato, ancient Greek Philosopher

Politicians are the same all over.
They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
~Nikita Khrushchev, Russian Soviet politician

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become PM;
I’m beginning to believe it.
~Quoted in ‘Clarence Darrow for the Defence’ by Irving Stone.

Politicians are people who,
when they see light at the end of the tunnel,
go out and buy some more tunnel.
~John Quinton, American actor/writer

What happens if a politician drowns in ocean?
It’s pollution.
What happens if all of them drown?
It’s a solution …..!!!

“The day of the nation state is over.” (Roman Herzog, German president, 1996)

“we are now going into the post democratic era.  Peter Mandelson

“The European system of supranationality comes at the cost of democracy.” (Lord Leach of Fairford)

“A European currency will lead to member nations transferring their sovereignty over financial and wage policy as well as monetary affairs.” (Hans Tietmeyer, head of the Bundesbank, 1991) “The single currency is the greatest abandonment of sovereignty since the foundation of the European Community: the decision is of an essentially political nature” (Felipe Gonzalez, a Spanish former PM, 1998)

“The [EU] Council of Ministers will have far more power over the budgets of member states than the federal government in the United States has over the budget of Texas.” (Jean-Claude Trichet, current head of the European Central Bank)

“One must never forget that monetary union, which the two of us were the first to propose more than a decade ago, is ultimately a political project. It aims to give a new impulse to the historic movement toward union of the European states” (Giscard d’Estaing, who drafted the EU Constitution 1997)

“The process of monetary union goes hand in hand, must go hand in hand, with political integration and ultimately political union. EMU [economic and monetary union] is, and always was meant to be, a stepping stone on the way to a united Europe” (Wim Duisenberg, first president of the EU Central Bank) “There is no question of Britain losing essential national sovereignty” (Ted Heath)

One response to “2013 – 035 “Now we’ve signed it – we had better go and read it” (Ken Clarke on the Maastricht Treaty)

  1. It is time to remind the politicians that they are our public servants, not our masters.

    Sovereignty is invested in the British Peoples, not their parliament.

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