Thursday, April 14, 2005

Saving Europe: The French Take Over The Brits

Chirac and his team are struggling to get the French to sign up to absorption into the EU, saying this to the French people:

"[The EU Constitution] embodies the French vision of Europe. A 'yes' vote will reinforce the French model in Europe, a 'no' vote will weaken it." Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin (AP, 29 and 30 March)

"We have finally obtained this 'Europe à la française' that we have awaited for so long. This constitutional treaty is an enlarged France. It is a Europe written in French. " Justice Minister Dominique Perben (Times and AFP, 4 April)

"A 'no' vote is an open door to an Anglo-Saxon Europe. A 'yes' vote is the advent of a Europe à la francaise! The constitutional treaty is inspired by our model. " Minister for Transport and Tourism Giles de Robien (Le Figaro, 6 April)

"To vote 'yes' is to show one's attachment to the French model and one's refusal of the Anglo-Saxon or Polish model." Budget Minister and government spokesperson Jean-François Cope (Le Monde, 30 March)

"The European Constitution consecrates the French vision of Europe. This Constitution marks the coming of the "political Europe" that France has always wanted." Europe Minister Claudie Haignere (Le Figaro, 6 April)

"This treaty carries the French hallmark. [it has] all the elements to allow us to defend, in the years to come, our vision of society, our vision of Europe." Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin (Nouvel Observateur, 22 March)

"This Constitution allows the French ambition to assert itself in the big Europe that General de Gaulle hoped and prayed for." Education Minister François Fillon (Le Figaro, 7 April)

"Saying 'no' to the treaty today would be saying 'no' to French Europe, and therefore, in a way, saying 'yes' to a Europe that we don't like - to an ultraliberal Europe." Education Minister François Fillon (AP, 25 March)

Meanwhile, Blair announced in his election manifesto:

Labour would campaign "whole-heartedly" for a Yes vote in the referendum on the EU constitution.

So, if Blair is re-elected it's game over - the Brits become French.

I mentioned in an earlier post that Blair would use every trick in the book to get the result he wants. The biggest trick is a corruption-riddled system of postal voting he recently introduced, of which a judge said after jailing Labour election workers for ballot-rigging:

...Mr Mawrey quoted the Government's claim that the present safeguards against electoral fraud were "clearly working". Then he said: "Anyone who has sat through the case I have just tried, and listened to evidence of electoral fraud that would disgrace a banana republic, would find this statement surprising.

To assert (as Blair has) that 'the systems already in place to deal with the allegations of electoral fraud are clearly working' indicates a state not simply of complacency, but of denial. The systems to deal with fraud are not working well. They are not working badly. The fact is that there are no systems to deal realistically with fraud and there never have been. Until there are, fraud will continue unabated."

The judge doesn't get it - the system is designed to create fraudulent votes, because without them Blair loses his dream of the UK absorbed into the EU.