There buried in the detail are some deceptive and bland comments about the European Union Approvals Bill which allows for authorisation for the UK ‘to support measures and programmes in the European Union’. Among three programmes listed, it includes Europe for Citizens which according to government briefing notes ‘aims to develop understanding of the EU, its history and policy-making processes and encourage civic participation in the EU’. It also aims to ‘promote remembrance of Europe’s history, particularly the wars and totalitarian regimes of the 20th century’.If anyone wishes to know what is about to happen with matters EU in the UK, one place to start is at the European Scrutiny Committee website (ESC). What do we find there?
A ”Europe for Citizens” Programme with a budget of €229 million for the period 2014-20. It seeks to ensure continuity of funding for a range of activities already supported by the EU under the current Europe for Citizens Programme (2007-13). When did our press and politicians tell us about all this?
So just as David Cameron blows hot and cold over an EU referendum – signalling that he may “propose” a bill and then backtracking – we find that his British coalition government actually supports the objectives of the Europe for Citizens Programme, citing the fact that it has “synergies with the Government’s “Big Society” agenda and youth policies, as well as the focus on “localising action at the lowest possible level” and empowering individuals.” This is no more than brainwashing.
We also it seems have a Scrutiny Committee prepared to issue a conditional “scrutiny waiver”? And we have a parliamentary system that is supposed to scrutinise the government of the UK?
Here is the link to the official briefing note on the Queen’s speech. Click here >>>
There were 9 UK wide Bills proposed, and 4 Great Britain only Bills, and one each for Wales and Northern Ireland and 3 for England and Wales only; These are: the Water Bill, the Offender Rehabilitation Bill and the Anti-social Behaviour Bill.
There were also 3 bills with England only jurisdiction; one closing the Audit Commission, a Bill to enable HS2 and a Care Bill.
There is also to be a new National Curriculum and exams reform for England only and Teachers pay arrangements and apprenticeships reforms all just for England only.
What real democratic mandate from the English Nation to reform our schools etc does a Scottish Minister in the British Government actually have? It would be good to have an English minister in an English Parliament decide these things after being elected by an constituency to represent the English nation!