I have to admit to you these are
not my words. They are the words of Dick Cheney, America’s Vice
President, on the stump three days ago. And we all know what he
is talking about.
But his words apply equally to our
fight in the United Kingdom against the growing EU state, which
seeks to destroy us. It seeks to take over our central
government and our local government. It seeks to take over our
It is more than 50 years since
this project - one European country - first saw the light of
day with the European Coal and Steel Community. Little by
little, and more recently in great chunks, everything which we
hold dear is being taken from us. Governments whether Labour or
Conservative have given away British freedoms - they have said
yes to the EU more often than they have said no.
Before showing how regionalisation
may in the future help to destroy this nation, let us look at
how much power we have already lost, so you will see that indeed
I am talking about an extreme situation.
I have been tracking our demise as
you know over many years now – my second book (The Last Days
of Britain, The Final Betrayal) covers this ground in some
My best guess is that today three
quarters of all the Bills that go through the House of Commons
and the House of Lords are at Brussels’ behest.
Here’s a checklist.
We do not control our own farming,
our own fishing, our own trade policy (we last negotiated and
signed a trade treaty on behalf of our businessmen in 1975), the
environment (all that health and safety legislation).
Legal supremacy has gone - the
European Court of Justice in Luxembourg can overrule everything.
Our foreign policy is constrained;
so too our ability to run our own economy – though thank God we
have not yet succumbed to the euro. We have limits on our
ability to tax - don’t forget that VAT is a Brussels tax
introduced under Labour as a preparation for joining the then
Defence is under attack, our legal
system is being eroded, policing is threatened, even our freedom
of speech is restricted.
Let’s look at it a different way.
It is as though about three
quarters of Britain was invaded, occupied and run by a foreign
power – from Dover to Carlisle from Lands End to Newcastle – no
longer independently British but with a client government in
You may think I am over egging it,
over gilding the lily to mix metaphors. Years of being told that
we are partners, co-operating nation states, we are in a club,
all very civilised, may have dulled our senses. As it was
deliberately intended to do.
It sounds extreme, it is extreme.
That is the attack on our central
government. But the process of dividing the UK into regions is
the other half of the coin – it is a Brussels’ led attack on our
democratic local government and replacing it with what the EU
calls consultative democracy.
This country is already divided
into 12 regions – three of them have an elected assembly –
London, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland is in cold storage
awaiting better times.
And on November 4th
(2004) the North East will be the first to vote in an all-postal
referendum to decide whether or not to have an elected regional
assembly. If they vote no they will still have the Assembly.
That’s how much a sham the whole
How did it come about?
Mr Prescott the Deputy Prime
Minister says that the regions are his idea, and his idea alone
and he has been working on it for 30 years. Wrong, Mr Prescott.
The EU Commission and its few
British Quislings say that the source is the all British Wartime
Commissions, which remained in civil defence planning for
several decades after the end of the war. Wrong again.
It’s all in the treaty of Rome and
in the acquis commaunitaire.
The Preamble of the 1957 treaty
includes this: ‘to strengthen the unity of their economies and
ensure their harmonious development by reducing the differences
existing between the various regions and backwardness of the
less favoured regions’. The treaty clauses are peppered with
references to regions.
The 1960s was a decade of advance
for the EEC’s regional policy. In 1961 the European Commission
held its first conference and set up three committees to look at
running regional policy across the EEC.
These reports formed the basis of
the 1965 First Commission Communication on Regional Policy. The
Commission emphasised that its authority on regions came from
the treaty of Rome and said every country must draw up regional
The First Community Economic
Programme of 1966 to 1970 emphasised integrating regional with
Working parties of senior civil
servants from member states met regularly to advise on regional
In 1969 in a second more
substantial statement, the Commission said that all economic and
social policy had to be determined at the European level or the
region but NOT by nation states…and I quote ‘if member states
were to remain responsible for regional policy then development
of the Community would be jeopardised’.
The EEC began to give grants on a
regional basis ensuring that the member countries would
eventually change their systems of local government to receive
crumbs from the Brussels’ table. That has a name – it is
So when we signed the treaty of
Rome British local government was doomed. We signed up to
regional government. We signed up to that EU statement ‘if
member states were to remain responsible for regional policy
then development of the Community would be jeopardised.’
Do you remember a debate about it
in the Commons? No - there wasn’t one. But there is no doubt
that both Labour and Conservative governments - Wilson’s,
Callaghan’s and Heath’s all knew. They were part of it. They
just didn’t tell us.
Now fast-forward 30 years. What we
see emerging is highly centralised power; few checks and
balances; minimal democracy; influence given to unelected vested
We are in what Brussels calls the
Post Democratic Era.
The London Assembly is an example
of the extreme centralisation of power that is taking place in
all 12 British regions. I was going to stand for the
Conservatives for the London Assembly, but when I investigated
what I would actually do should I be elected, I realised the
best I could achieve would be to write to Ken Livingstone and he
could then throw my paper in the bin.
I would probably be representing
the voters to a waste paper basket. The same centralising of
power is true in all the Assemblies, elected or unelected.
Ken’s powers of patronage are
extreme – those of a 21st century baron.
He appoints all 15 members of
Transport for London; all 16 members of the London Development
Agency; nearly half of the London Fire and Emergency Planning
Authority; the board of the Cultural Strategy Group; the London
Health Commission executive and just over half of the
Metropolitan Police Authority. He has a role in the appointment,
discipline and removal of senior police officers. That should
start alarm bells ringing!
An explosion of new posts
surrounds every regional assembly. There are the
civil servants, the lobby groups
and, another 50 and more new quangos. The cost to all of us is
Let me concentrate on the
lobbyists. 'Unelected stakeholders' is a concept foreign to
Britain. A stakeholder is the antithesis of democracy. But these
supplicants sit in the unelected assemblies. When the assemblies
are eventually elected, the lobbyists will be banished to
committee rooms - for form’s sake - but they will still be part
of the Assembly.
Because there are not enough seats
for all of them, new organisations represent a mish mash of
lobby groups simply to produce a single member to ‘represent’
them in the assemblies.
For example, every region now has
a Council of Faiths to represent Christians, Jews, Buddhists,
Bahais, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Druids and Pagans. That produces
one man to sit in the assembly. In the South West Assembly it
happens to be a Quaker from North Somerset.
A new network of Economic
Partnerships represents councils, health trusts, universities,
and government quangos. Again one person represents these
different groups inside the Assembly.
Add in the CBI, the TUC, ethnic
minorities, Help the Aged the UK Youth Parliament for those aged
between 11 and 18 and too young to vote but not too young for
the Assemblies. And on and on.
Even more bizarre, an organisation
or council can be represented in the Assembly through several
different stakeholders, so diffuse is the structure. It’s a
veritable cats’ cradle.
But it isn’t democracy. It isn’t
transparent. What happened to one man, one vote?
So far the Assemblies have limited
powers – no doubt they will get more but we have not yet been
allowed to know what they might be – we are in the dark. At
present they write strategic plans within the Brussels spatial
plan and lobby Brussels for money.
And to lobby for money the regions
have permanent offices in Brussels. So too do the county
councils. There are over 150 such offices in Brussels
representing regions across the European Union.
For what is happening in this
country is also happening across the EU. Every country is
divided into regions, sub regions, and sub sub regions,
interlinked by roads, railways, electricity cables and gas
pipelines to ensure dependency on neighbouring regions and to
cut across national borders deliberately with the aim of
destroying them. All induced by grants from Brussels.
Who defines a region? Well it
isn’t us. HMG in its White Paper ‘Your Region Your Choice’ says
‘that it is not necessary for a region to have a strong historic
identity to create a modern one,’ adding boundaries will
‘generate a good deal of fervour’ but no one will be able to
come up with better ones so the ‘standard regional boundaries
are right.’ That begs the question of whose ‘standard’
The answer is Eurostat, the EU’s
statistical service in Luxembourg. These boundaries have been
used since at least 1961 in Community legislation. And it’s all
done by population.
Last year this system was enforced
throughout EU by regulation - every local authority has to use
it. The excuse was the enlargement of EU. Her are the
populations for the regions:
million 7 million
Sub region 800,000 3 million
Sub sub region 150,000 800,000
In the UK we already have regions
but now here are sub regions and sub sub regions.
The division of this country has
still further to go right down to the parish councils.
In the Brussels' plan London is
region number UKI with 2 sub regions: an outer and an inner. And
London will have five sub sub regions.
Ken Livingstone says he will
abolish the 32 London boroughs 5 super boroughs, neatly fitting
that Brussels plan.
There will be no City of London
and there will be far reaching financial and planning
Every county council will be
abolished. Devon County Council is now a sub sub region of the
EU, UKK43, pending its abolition.
And there will be no England.
We in the reunited Kingdom are
going through huge changes, but what is happening elsewhere in
the EU? Here are some examples:
France has real problems.
President Mitterand in 1982 created 22 regions with limited
powers. But President Chirac campaigned in 2002 on
decentralisation assuring electors that the first article of
the French constitution, France is ‘a single and indivisible
republic’, was sacrosanct. In France this has not been
presented as EU issue: it is simply a matter for France. If it
succeeds the map of France will revert to the way it looked in
Portugal voted ‘no’ to regions
in a 1998 referendum. But the next year regional development
agencies were imposed on the Portuguese: Unelected
partnerships of local vested interests or stakeholders.
Poland had to change to join EU,
applicant countries now have to. In 1998 its 49 provinces were
abolished and 16 regions introduced.
The only ones not to change are
the 16 German Lander
I have painted a dispiriting,
disheartening and dire picture. Successive British Governments
have sold us out.
All of us in this hall and many
more besides are fighting back. So let me return to my
introductory remarks. Faced with this attack we cannot
negotiate, appease or reason. The only way is out.
© Lindsay Jenkins 2004
London, October 2004