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Well what ever you meant as a voter was a total irrelevancy anyway!Yes we No there were numerous breeches of the ‘Representation of the People Act’, not just at Caerphilly. Yes we No that ‘No’ votes were thrown away. Yes we No that the ‘No’ vote probably won the day. Yes we No the Governments handling of the Referendum was unethical. Yes we No that if there was a recount at least the people of Wales would be certain of what they voted for. Yes we No that The Assembly for Wales is being built on corrupted foundations. Yes we No the Government had already signed a treaty to emasculate Wales, at Amsterdam, before it was put to the electorate. Yes we No that ALL of the East of Wales voted against an Assembly. Yes we No less than one in six of the electorate of Monmouthshire voted for the Assembly & the destruction of Britain.
Yes we No there is now an Assembly for Wales; whether the majority of the people of Wales want it or not. Let us follow the lead of Her Majesty’s Opposition in The Subsidiary Parliament at Westminster: let us look at what it means & how to make it as good for Britain & Wales as possible, however useless that may in fact be.
The people of Wales were asked whether or not they wanted ‘An Assembly for Wales’, sadly they are now to get a thing called ‘The National Assembly for Wales’. This of course is a nonsense – Wales may think it is a Nation, but under law that has just as much relevance as you thinking you are Napoleon. Wales is not recognised as a Nation under either European or International law; to pretend by name to a status that it does not have is to sabotage the credibility of Wales from the very start.
We are already subject to The Welsh Language Act, to support a tiny minority language [less than 5% of the population of Wales have ever passed the simplest of tests of their ability to speak Welsh!]. Whilst Wales was a proud Principality within the United Kingdom there was some logic in this Act, as there was a protective mechanism through Westminster. Now of course The Welsh Language Act is nonsense, without an English Language Act. To impose The Welsh language on its own is foolish in the extreme when Welsh is not even recognised as a language in Europe.
A major danger of an Assembly is that with only 60 Assembly members it is far too easy to suborn, extreme minority groups can hijack Wales for their own personal gain. Westminster with ten times as many members is too big to control. Mad minorities viz ‘Mebion Glyndwr’ could persuade twenty members to an extreme view point they would then only have to threaten or intimidate eleven members to obtain a majority – what lunacy might they then perpetrate.
To understand what an Assembly for Wales
or any other region will really mean
requires reading the relevant Articles [263 – 265] of:
The Consolidated Treaty Establishing
The European Community,
Title II, The Treaty Establishing The European Community, Part Five, Title I, Provisions Governing The Institutions, Chapter 4, The Committee Of The Regions:
ARTICLE 263 (ex Article 198 a)
A Committee consisting of representatives of regional and local bodies, hereinafter referred to as ‘the Committee of the Regions’, is hereby established with advisory status.
The number of members of the Committee of the Regions shall be as follows:
Belgium 12; Denmark 9; Germany 24; Greece 12; Spain 21; France 24; Ireland 9; Italy 24; Luxembourg 6; Netherlands 12; Austria 12; Portugal 12; Finland 9; Sweden 12; United Kingdom 24.
The members of the Committee and an equal number of alternate members shall be appointed for four years by the Council acting unanimously on proposals from the respective Member States. Their term of office shall be renewable. No member of the Committee shall at the same time be a Member of the European Parliament.
The members of the Committee may not be bound by any mandatory instructions. They shall be completely independent in the performance of their duties, in the general interest of the Community.
ARTICLE 264(ex Article 198 b)
The Committee of the Regions shall elect its chairman and officers from among its members for a term of two years.
It shall adopt its Rules of Procedure.
The Committee shall be convened by its chairman at the request of the Council or of the Commission. It may also meet on its own initiative,
ARTICLE 265(ex Article 198 c)
The Committee of the Regions shall be consulted by the Council or by the Commission where this Treaty so provides and in all other cases, in particular those which concern cross-border co-operation, in which one of these two institutions considers it appropriate.
The Council or the Commission shall, if it considers it necessary, set the Committee, for the submission of its opinion, a time-limit which may not be less than one month from the date on which the chairman receives notification to this effect. Upon expiry of the time-limit, absence of an opinion shall not prevent further action.
Where the Economic and Social Committee is consulted pursuant to Article 262, the Committee of the Regions shall be informed by the Council or the Commission of the request for an opinion. Where it considers that specific regional interests are involved, the Committee of the Regions may issue an opinion on the matter.
The Committee of the Regions may be consulted by the European Parliament.
It may issue an opinion on its own initiative in cases in which it considers such action appropriate.
The opinion of the Committee, together with a record of the proceedings, shall be forwarded to the Council and to the Commission.
In short that pretentious load of Eurospeak boils down to Wales [nor any other region] will have no authority, no say, no representation & there will be 444 extra representatives to pay for in Europe. Plus, of course, all their staff and all their expenses - but no more democracy and no more control over the un elected dictator committee – the European Commissioners.
Let us look at what it means point by point:
1 The United Kingdom will have 24 members with 24 alternates on a
Committee with 222 members and 444 members and alternates in total.
2 The Member State [in our case the United Kingdom] shall propose
members, thus Wales has no representation enshrined in European law.
These proposals must be unanimously approved by the Council (of
Europe). Thus every United Kingdom member could be proposed from
3 If the Council approves the proposal, the Council can renew their term of
4 Nowhere herein does it say that members represent a region [viz. Wales],
in fact it expressly states that they shall not have a mandate or be bound
5 Members are not elected, they are proposed by Westminster and
appointed by the Council & their loyalty must be to Europe ‘..performance
of their duties, in the general interest of the Community’.
6 ‘It shall adopt its own Rules of Procedure.’ = It shall become a law unto
7 The entirety of Article 265 says nothing other than the Committee shall
have freedom of speech. The implication being that citizens of the new
State of Europe do not have freedom of speech.
8 There is no undertaking that the Committee has to be consulted, nor that
anything it says has to be listened to. Therefore since it has no authority,
no area of jurisdiction and no responsibility it has no reason to exist. Just
another costly waffle shop!
Let us assume that what was the United Kingdom decides:
to give two memberships on this new Committee and two alternates to each of the twelve economic regions, in the British economic subsidiary region of Europe. Wales would then have two votes, in isolation, out of 222 votes on the Committee of the Regions, less than 1% influence. To add insult to injury MEPs representing Wales are outnumbered 100 to 1 in the European Parliament, less than 1% influence again. This is what being master of ones own destiny and having an Assembly for Wales means for the people of Wales and every other, of the 12, economic regions in Britain.