A name well known to older readers of your paper, the late Bristol MP Tony Benn, asked five very important questions of politicians which I repeat below.
What power do you have?
Where did you get it?
In whose interests do you exercise it?
To whom are you accountable?
How can we get rid of you?
These are important questions I believe everyone should be asking of the 28 EU Commissioners before casting their votes. The answers are simple.
The power of the commission is absolute; it alone in the EU has the power to propose new legislation and EU law is superior to all national laws.
Unlike MPs in the UK MEPs in Brussels can only “suggest” or “amend” new laws, they have no real authority, an important matter reflecting the lack of democratic accountability in the EU.
They obtain that power from the 1957 Treaty of Rome, signed into British law (without a mandate) by Ted Heath in 1972.
The commission exercise that power for their own ends, not the betterment of Europe, as 50 per cent unemployment, a falling world GDP and huge levels of corruption at the highest levels show all too clearly.
A new report showed corruption in the EU cost the taxpayers £675 million last year alone, or nearly £2 million a day.
Through civil wars, magna carta, suffragettes etc we have a long, proud history of fighting to gain our democratic rights.
Yet our weak politicians are throwing away our rights to those 28 individuals who are accountable to no one, being unelected, appointed by other commissioners and other high ranking EU officials (Treaty of Rome).
Finally, since the EU’s highest are unelected the electorate (you) hold no power over them.
Put those five answers together and the lack of a democracy in the EU is blindingly obvious.
Don’t take my word for any of this; the signs are all around, you only have to look, even the EU’s own website admits that only the commissioners can draft legislation.
We have but one chance to restore a proper, meaningful, democracy in Britain on June 23, by leaving the EU.