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In search of a European identity

Euro elections 09: “Bring it on”?

Really? Are you really sure, when talking about anti-EU mobilisation for next year’s elections, that you want to borrow the words of President Bush, speaking about Iraqi militants attacking US troops way back in 2003? You don’t think that might be, erm… tempting fate just a little? Just a tad unfortunate, perhaps?

And so my hopes for these elections continue to diminish. I’ve yet to hear any senior UK party figures (bar the single-issue UKIP and racist maniacs in the BNP) make any mention of the things. And the likelihood of these being the first elections in which I have been entitled to vote in which I decide not to bother rises by the day.

Then again, a surge in the anti-EU / eurosceptic vote could actually be a good thing. It may just – if it is sufficiently EU-wide, and not just among the usual suspects of the UK, Denmark, and so on – finally make these idiots we’ve got running things realise that, erm… the EU needs something rather more than half-hearted publicity drives to boost turnout and more shoddy compromise treaties. It might just, if we’re lucky, make them realise that the organisation’s in the midst of a serious identity crisis – one that will take some genuinely radical changes in attitude and approach to sort out.

I doubt it, but live in hope, eh?

7 Comments

  1. NM Do have any thoughts on what effect if any Declan Ganley`s party might have?

  2. Impossible to say at this stage, for a number of reasons:

    1) We don’t yet know how many candidates (if any) Libertas will be running, or where
    2) We don’t know what their campaign is going to focus on
    3) We don’t know what impact (if any) the shift from Republican to Democrat will have on them considering the allegations of their close ties to the current US administration

    A genuinely pan-European pro-reform (but not anti-EU) political party could be exactly what’s needed. But there remain far too many unknowns about both Ganley and his organisation to be able to make any sensible judgements about it just yet. What is known of Ganley and his business dealings hardly makes me overly optimistic that his motives are entirely altruistic.

    Having said that, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Libertas’ pro-democracy, pro-reform, pro-integration rhetoric is actually belief (the rumoured involvement of Jens-Peter Bonde is a promising sign, for example) – though I remain sceptical about the group’s motives, largely due to a combination of the secrecy that still surrounds its funding, the fact that its arguments against the Lisbon Treaty in the Irish referendum campaign largely consisted of nationalistic ones about Ireland losing influence, and thanks to most other “pro-reform” organisations in the past having turned out instead to be anti-EU. A reformist party I could get behind. Another anti-EU one in disguise? No thanks.

  3. Oh, and one last thing – the clincher will be where Libertas decides to run. If it avoids putting candidates up against existing anti-EU/eurosceptic parties like UKIP or Denmark’s June Movement, that’ll be a good indication that the “reform” rhetoric is just fluff. If it DOES run against anti-EU parties, expect their share of the vote to go down. Which could, short-term, reduce the number of eurosceptics in the European Parliament – but which would, longer-term, simply lead to the current resentment continuing to grow, so that by the NEXT EP elections we might be ready for some serious changes.

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  6. Senior (?) Uk party figures wont say much on the EU because they want it to remain the “elephant in the room”,something that noone talks about. To show the spotlight on this project and its impact on the UK would wake the electorate up, who may spoil the party by demanding that British politicians and civil servants actually work for Britain`s interest, and not the system that propagates their sinicures.
    Yes I do say it is a stitch up ,aided by the BBC.

  7. I don’t think Libertas will have much success at all. Election to the EP isn’t pan-European. They’re not going to be able to organize in so many countries in just six months. And, especially as Nosemonkey pointed out, they might end up competing with existing eurosceptic parties.

    But though, as long as European politics gets the spotlight this is fine by me. It’ll be great if turnout increases and more news media spotlight gets focused on the race. All I wish for right now is a good campaign by the pro-EU parties.