It's not often counterbalance published the views of others - it is, as it says on the tin, a personal and idiosyncratic view of
In fact we can only remember doing it once before, when we published ASBO or Anarchy? from a chap called Howard Clemmow back in Feb 2007.
However, a friend sent us a clipping of a letter published in
the Daily Mail from a lady called Anne Palmer from Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. Under the heading "Betraying the Crown" we found something with which we could not
agree more. We reproduce it below in the hope that those who wrote and published it first, accept the tribute in which we now publish it.
Betraying the Crown
The Tories are promising a 'referendum guarantee' on all future
transfers of power to Brussels. If a future government tries to transfer further competences from Britain to the EU, a national referendum would be required by law before it could be ratified. Have they not read the Treaty of Lisbon?
47 gives the EU as a whole a legal personality, so the EU itself can `speak with one voice' to ratify any future treaties on behalf of all 27 countries. This includes the power to go to war.
In the UK, to date, for many things, including the
decision to fight wars or to ratify treaties, our Government uses the Royal Prerogative on behalf of the British Crown.
The power of the Crown is held in trust by the executive and passed on to the next government. Article 47 of the Lisbon
Treaty means our Government has handed over the Royal Prerogative to foreigners.
Yet the power of the British Crown is the ultimate authority - or sovereignty - behind Parliament, so it is not in the power of the Government to give away the
Royal Prerogative to anyone - and certainly not foreigners.
By this action, not only our Government, but also the Crown, has been made subservient to the EU.
EU treaties are designed to be permanent, so given that the EU is planning for the next 50 years, the gift of the Royal Prerogative is one
which cannot be taken back.
I believe this gift was not in the power of Ministers and that they could, at a future date, be held guilty of sedition against the state.
Is that clear enough for the Tories?
Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
In our book, Edward Heath should have been tried as a traitor to his country for giving away the birthright of the fishing community of this island people.
This latest step by Gordon Brown should attract the same fate.
As has been
shown with Iraq and now Afghanistan, and by some MPs who have displayed little concern for propriety, exploits entered into against the will of, and without the consent of, the British people will come back to haunt those who would set aside public
Dated: 16 November 2009