10th December 2013: This morning at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons made the following contribution to a debate on an EU Justice Programme.
"The general objective of the Programme is to develop further mutual recognition by promoting judicial co-operation in criminal and civil matters.
"This sounds rather splendid until the difficulties are examined.
"There are enormous differences in substantive law and trial procedure between members states and even within them.
"However, there are also differences in legal culture between the Common Law and Continental systems, with particular reference to freedoms to act. The starting presumption in Common Law is that persons have the freedom to do whatever is not prohibited by law. The starting position in many Continental countries is that rights are created by proclamation and can be defined easily.
"Whilst, even in Common Law systems, they can be defined negatively and repressively, the jury system is a safeguard against legislation and prosecutions that are considered unreasonable.
"We can see how this difference manifests itself in practice. Many continental countries restrict freedom of expression in an extreme, obsessive and quite insane way."
10th December 2013: Yesterday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons made the following one-minute speech under Rule 150.
"Some in my country would say that Britain in the EU is not British enough and they would be right. However, I would also say that the European Union is not European enough.
"The immigration policies of Western member states and the embryonic EU policy have brought Third World populations to Europe and have turned parts of Europe into the Third World. Identities are the product of ancestry and history, not of culture or legal contrivance.
"The EU does not have a European economic protectionist policy. It has a Globalist policy designed to move by gradual degrees to a world economy with a common wage level and standard of living.
"There are genuine Europhiles but the Eurocrats are not among them; they are Cosmopolitans.
"Ironically, the main media-created pretend Eurosceptic party in the UK is in favour of a quarter of a million immigrants each year and embraces Globalism and Global free trade."
10th December 2013: Yesterday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons made the following contribution to a debate on the Common Fisheries Policy and related matters.
"The long term prospects for British fishermen depend on withdrawal from the EU but fishermen want solutions to current and immediate problems.
"The discard policy involving fish that cannot survive return must be discontinued. However, the survivability rate is said to be higher with some species. There must be research-led distinctions between treatment of different species.
"Avoidance of by-catch waste is a central theme of the Stevenson Report with adult commercial fish to be allowed onto the open market and the remaining by-catch being used for other commercial purposes: fish meal, pet food etc.
"In the end equipment by-catches must be reduced - possibly with gear that distinguishes between different sizes for selective catch and release - such as the pot trap, developed by my constituent Mr Jeff Stockdale in 2009.
"Information to consumers is always to be welcomed. However, the original requirements for gear type, fish stock and flag state might have been excessively costly. That the supply of this information will be voluntary, according to the Stevenson Report is to be welcomed."
21st November 2013: Yesterday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons was unsuccessful in his attempt to make the following contribution, under the 'Catch the Eye' procedure, to a debate on the Commission Work Programme.
Had he been called to speak, Andrew would have said:
"The Commission Work Programme has a dazzling array of objectives and the means of achieving them but it is not always clear as to which are which.
"The authors would have us believe that the objectives are growth and jobs and that the instruments of control over the economies of all members of the Eurozone (and to a lesser extent over all member states) are the means. However, you soon realise that centralised control is the objective and the lack of growth and jobs is the pretext for, and facilitator of, that control.
"It does not mention its new power to revise national budgets of Eurozone countries before national parliaments have had the opportunity to consider them.
"Sometimes its omissions speak more loudly than what it says. It does say that the EU must adapt to its ageing populations. However, it does not explore ways in which the indigenous populations might be encouraged to increase birth rates. It does not repeat here its, previously admitted remedy of importing young immigrants from the Third World, who will, it will claim erroneously, become ersatz Europeans.
"It congratulates itself on the fact that the Eurozone will soon gain its eighteenth victim - sorry member, as though that were a testimony to its health. In fact, membership of the Zone is the obstacle to growth and jobs for the countries of the South."
20th November 2013: Today at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons made the following contribution, under the 'Catch the Eye' procedure, to a debate on Research and Innovation.
"Money does not, by itself, produce intellectual inspiration. That is to be found in what a Commission 2020 document described as "a talented and creative population" - Europeans if you were wondering. Indeed a disproportionately large number of inventions and innovations come from Europe in general and a country that modesty prevents me from mentioning, in particular.
"Perhaps, ensuring the survival of those talented populations from the replacement from which they are now suffering, would be the best way of encouraging and nurturing inventiveness.
"Some other populations in the world have been most cruelly deprived of their fair share of these gifts.
"Does the public sector - preferably at member state level - have a role to play? Historically, neither inventors nor innovators received public funds. However, subsidies are contagious and countries and trading blocs that need to compete, must match the subsidies of their rivals.
"Will research and development ensure that we can compete? Not if wage levels of competitors are a fraction of our own or if the unique talent of our competitors is to copy our innovations in breach of patent rights."
20th November 2013: This morning at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons made the following contribution, under the 'Catch the Eye' procedure, to a debate on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.
"Agriculture is unlike any other industry because of the inelasticity of its demand and of its supply. This makes public sector support indispensable. However, that should be member state and not EU support. The UK receives the smallest share of the CAP compared with every other member state.*
"The EU's embrace of neo-liberalism opens the door to trade agreements that force Europe's farmers to face dangerous competition.
"That same philosophy allows farmers to be treated by supermarkets, as though they were their employed outworkers. The multitude of farmers face a tyranny of few buyers - a classic example of what the economists would call an oligopsony.
"We have warned about the re-nationalisation of EU agricultural policy. If only that were the case.
"We need abolition of the CAP and not just its reform.
* £17 per hectare compared with an EU average of £60 per hectare
19th November 2013: This morning at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons made the following speech during a debate on the inter-institutional agreement on budgetary discipline, on co-operation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management (the Trzaskowski Report).
"The Report, on the Inter-institutional Agreement, is highly critical of the length of the negotiations within the Council and between institutions. However, the money that is the subject of negotiation is taxpayers' money and its expenditure must be given due consideration.
"The Rapporteur is keen that Parliament's legislative and budgetary powers granted by the Treaty of Lisbon should be fully respected and is critical of the Council for binding itself to the conclusions of the European Council.
"It is true that the Parliament is the only directly elected body and it seems, at first sight, to be right that it should be pre-eminent in the budgetary process.
"However, most of the money spent by the EU comes from or through member states and member state governments are held responsible to their electorates for their taxpayers' money.
"The European Parliament might be constitutionally responsible to a theoretical European electorate but that electorate is not conscious even of its own existence as an entity. There is little dialogue between MEPs and their electors about the precise allocation of funds, as distinct from their total amount.
"The European Council, unlike the Council, does not have an official legislative role but, as the body representing heads of government, its members are more aware of the views of their citizens than are MEPs. For as long as the EU exists, they must have an important say in the negotiating process."
24th October 2013: Yesterday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons made the following contribution, under the Catch the Eye procedure, to a debate on a Common Foreign and Security Policy.
"I am sure that the High Representative will be believed when she says that she wants to promote democracy and the Rule of Law throughout the world.
"I am not an enthusiast for her position but she rightly challenges and criticises countries that imprison opposition leaders on spurious or doubtful pretexts.
"However, this does not just take place in former Soviet republics or unstable régimes in the Middle East or Africa. It can also happen in member states.
"Only a few weeks ago we saw several MPs of Greece's third strongest party arrested and detained on the Sovietesque charge of founding a criminal organisation.
"They are not charged with complicity in the despicable murder of the left-wing activists but their party has been transformed overnight into a criminal organisation.
"I know nothing directly about Golden Dawn and I certainly do not look at it through rose-tinted spectacles. However, the Rule of Law cannot be observed selectively. We cannot prejudge governments and oppositions as either worthy or unworthy."
(Member states fall outside of her area of responsibility but if the EU is to seek credibility beyond its borders, it must show that it shows proper concern for democracy among its members)*
* Andrew ran out of time before he could deliver his final paragraph.
23rd October 2013: This morning at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons made the following contribution to a debate on the agenda of the forthcoming meeting of the European Council**** to be held on 24th and 25th October 2013.
"This agenda is about distracting attention from the real causes of unemployment and lack of growth.
- restrictionist budgetary policies;
- cheap foreign imports from emergent economies;
- domestic earned income being invested abroad; and
- outsourcing of jobs.
"However, the cause that is the real taboo is immigration - especially from the Third World. Their migrants are assisted by anti-discrimination laws but what we really need are native-population preference laws so that each country's nationals go to the top of the employment list.
"In the UK, we have an Establishment Safety Valve Party* that would pretend to be opposed to mass immigration but on 4th May 2010** its leader, Mr Farage, said that the UK should issue a quarter of a million work permits each year."
** on The Daily Politics Show
*** Each holder of a work permit might bring with him (or her) a multiplicity of dependants.
**** The European Council comprises the head of government or head of state (in the case of France) of each member state.
23rd october 2013: Yesterday afternoon at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Bronsmade the following contribution, under the Catch the Eye procedure, to a debate on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering.
"If the EU wants to know that its Single Market has been a success, it need only look at organised crime. Removal of international borders and visa-free travel makes the detection of cross-border crime much less likely. The creation of a single currency could have been devised by money launderers. Perhaps it was.
"Of course, money laundering is not always obviously a cross border activity. The UK is full of small and micro-businesses that deal with cash customers and must survive by divine providence. Indeed the hand of God or one of his alternatives must be responsible because their tiny numbers of customers could not sustain them.
"The products that they sell in limited quantities are varieties of fast food and taxi rides. The trafficked products (people) that they sell on a rather grander scale and more profitably are the products and services that dare not speak their name.
"Organised crime is a real problem and the report has some merit. However, it is being used to justify yet more EU centralisation and control and use of the European Public Prosecutors Office."