October 06, 2010
Empty Promises From The Tories
Have a listen to this guff.
Wild Bill promises us that a statute will be enacted, this year, mind you, that will commit future parliaments to a "referendum lock" where matters of sovereignty and the EU are concerned.
Trouble is, we already have a law which states, very clearly, that parliaments cannot bind their successors. Now he wants to waste everyone's time by enacting another statute, but the new one will contain that magical phrase, "Referendum Lock", as if it makes for a stronger law, somehow. It won't. It can't.
There is a good reason parliaments cannot bind each other. Imagine, if Pyscho Broon had been in office much longer, he would have come out with some Zimbabwe-esque shite. We all know it. The writing was on the wall. He may, for instance, have declared that no-one is allowed to wear blue hats. He may have enshrined it in law: it's possible. MPs don't read the fucking things and Queenie will rubber stamp anything that passes over her desk. She gets paid the same, whatever she puts her name to. (Not that she actually signs anything. You should be aware that this tedious business of committing treason is outsourced to her "favourite cousins").
So when the alternative Labour government win office, in our case a hybrid Untory/Illiberal coagulation, they can immediately repeal the Blue Hat Act because some of them find blue hats rather fetching.
But Billy Boy up there is selling us snakeoil. The Lisbon Treaty is crystal clear. They may as well have just stamped a disclaimer on Page 1 of the document saying "Oh, and if we forgot anything, we have the power to insert whatever we want to, whenever we want to, so fuck you".
He can no more demand a referendum lock in a statute than I can knock out a decent tune on a stylaphone.
This is pure rhetoric. And, he's preaching to a room full of psychophants who, judging by the look of 'em, would applaud just about anything.
Billy Boy speaks shite. You read it here first.
We are fucked. And it was his mob that kicked it all off in 1972.
Never forget that.