Monday, 03 March 2014 15:55
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3rd March 2014: A Nationalist Perspective is a new booklet which highlights the speeches of Andrew Brons MEP.
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27th February 2014: This morning at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons made the following contribution to a debate on the future of EU visa policy.
"In my first debate in LIBE, five years ago, a noblewoman* of liberal persuasion, convinced herself that I did not know the difference between people travelling with or without a visa and immigrants. I think that I remarked that I did but the travellers frequently did not.
"People who travel from poor countries to relatively rich ones are not always scrupulously honest about their purposes for, or the intended length of, their visit.
"In a recent debate in LIBE a representative of the Commission warned against confusing visa facilitation and visa liberalisation and said that easing the procedure for obtaining the visa (as distinct from waiving the requirement for a visa) would not allow the visa holder to overstay. The visa over-stayer, he implied, would be waiting in the place he was supposed to have been, for the authorities to collect him and return him to his own country.
"I have heard the Commission accused of many things but I did not think naivety was one of them."
* A noble Baroness of ancient lineage who is also an MEP in LIBE.
27th February 2014: Yesterday evening at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons made the following contribution to a debate on Fundamental Rights in the European Union.
"In the eyes of the EU, all rights are equal but some are more equal than others.
"In any democracy, the political rights:
- freedom of expression;
- freedom of assembly; and
- electoral rights
should be pre-eminent. Why? Because they are the key to all of the others: their recognition; their extent; and their limitations. Indeed many of the personal rights were established only with the exercise of these political rights.
"However, the EU regards the personal rights of : chosen or determined behaviour, freedom from constraint, prohibition of discrimination and freedom of movement to be paramount.
"If there should be a conflict between (say) freedom of expression and one of these personal rights, freedom of expression would be the loser.
"What they are really saying is that the political rights were simply vehicles for campaigning for their range of personal rights. Once these have been elevated to the status of having self-evident virtue, the political rights have served their use and have become redundant."
Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
The Charter was drafted cleverly to grant and withhold rights according to the opinions and priorities of those who drafted it.
Article 11 seems clear and unqualified in its granting the right of freedom of expression. However, we know that several member states place draconian restrictions on free speech in the areas such as ethnicity, religion and academic opinion.
Article 12 seems to establish the right to assemble in political
26th February 2014: This morning at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons was unsuccessful in his attempt for a Catch the Eye intervention during a debate on the Youth Guarantee schemes.
Had he been called to speak, Andrew would have said:
"Youth unemployment, like all unemployment, is a tragedy. There is an easy presumption that it is worse than unemployment of adults with mortgages and families. We must question that.
"There is little doubt that an unemployed youth, after training and education, would stand a greater chance of a job than would a youth lacking that training and education. However, when 50% of that age group are unemployed will it help all of them, most of them or many of them to get a job. I doubt it.
"The Youth Guarantee scheme is not a reflation scheme or a real-job creation scheme and it will cure neither the recession in the South nor the long term impoverishment facing Europe, as a whole, as the result of Globalisation. It will not rescue Southern European countries from the Euro-zone, allowing them to devalue.
"It will reduce unemployment figures and perhaps reduce the chances of a political backlash. Perhaps, it is really a Politicians' Survival scheme."