Unelected EU leaders wrong to slam referendum in Crimea

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 March, 2014, 4:22am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 March, 2014, 4:22am

In their rush to vigorously condemn the referendum in Crimea as "illegal" and "illegitimate", I wonder if the leaders of the European Union - José Manuel Barroso, Herman van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton - have given much thought to their own positions?

Nobody voted them into office, and not one of the 500 million people that they claim to represent can kick them out. The EU is about as democratic as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Perhaps their latest outburst is not surprising, as these people have previous form for rejecting the results of national referendums. In 2005, they rejected the will of the people of France and the Netherlands after they voted not to accept the European constitution.

Then, fearing further democratic defeat of the "EU project", they decided that the plebiscites in the UK, Poland, Sweden, Portugal, Ireland, Denmark and the Czech Republic would not be necessary and got them cancelled.

These self-same so-called leaders then conspired to repackage the rejected EU constitution as the Treaty of Lisbon, and again decided that consulting the people would not be necessary. Except that one nation, Ireland, decided that it was necessary and, in 2008, rejected "ever closer union".

Furious, the EU leaders dismissed this result and ordered the country to vote again in 2009. This time, with the EU propaganda machine at full steam, the desired result was procured, the EU got its treaty and more power.

After such virulently undemocratic behaviour, that unelected EU leaders denounce the Crimean people for exercising their choice to determine their own future is both sickening and sinister.

Polls show that around 66 per cent of the EU's 500 million people have absolutely no wish to be governed by the incompetent, corrupt and fundamentally superfluous layer of bureaucracy that is the EU.

That they carry on regardless, endorsed by US President Barack Obama who recognises and deals with them, means that the future of democracy and liberty in Europe, and on this planet, is anything but secure.

James Walker, Jardine's Lookout