Should someone who received less than ten percent support of the European electorate become Commission President? If this ludicrous choice is questioned, who decides? A closed-door European Council cut off from democratic accountability? 57 percent of the electorate did not vote. Of those that did vote, up to a third voted for parties opposed to the lead candidates of the main parties (SpitzenKandidaten).
In the UK it is estimated that less than 0.2 percent voted for any party associated with the EPP’s Mr Jean-Claude Juncker.
What does this tell us?
It does not tell us that Mr Juncker is unpopular in the UK. He wasn’t a candidate for any party. He may have had scads of supporters but few could express that in a vote. It tells us that the political parties in UK conspired to make sure that a candidate like Mr Juncker was not considered in the ballot, directly or indirectly.
In reality no-one at all voted for Mr Juncker as President of the Commission! No ballot paper in all the European Union was headed ‘Election of the President of the European Commission‘!
The facts tell us that the elections are FIXED, undemocratic and falser even than the Soviet Union’s. At least they had proper ballot papers! In other words, the whole process stinks!
All the governmental parties all across Europe are involved in this political SCAM. They consent to say only one of their self-defining elite in a sort of Politburo — a member of their political parties — can become the President or a member of the Commission. The politicians have made themselves into SUPER-Citizens. Only they have the ultimate vote.
In fact there is nothing, NOTHING, in the European treaties that says the Commission President should be first elected to the European Parliament. NOTHING. Nothing about any elections. The governments must chose the Commission based on impartiality or independence. No treaty article talks about SpitzenKandidaten in any language, including German.
The Treaties say the opposite. No one associated with the European Parliament CAN be a candidate for the presidency of the European Commission. This was discussed at length when the Lisbon treaty (then named the Constitutional Treaty) was initiated more than a decade ago. Otherwise the advocates of a political Commission would have introduced an article saying that the lead candidate of the biggest party would automatically become Commission President. It was clearly nonsense then. It remains nonsense today.
Even if there were a smidgin of legal justification for the scam, there is another major problem. The public has no free choice about who will be the Commission President. The SpitzenKandidaten are decided by Party Political Machines. Mr Juncker received only 382 votes –less than half of the 800 party activists who could vote.
Could you get more than 382 friendly votes to stand? The Treaties are clear that all European citizens have the right to be considered to become European Commission President. How many friends do you have on FaceBook?
If the politicians were even a little more honest they would have created a presidential election where citizens could have voted for whomsoever they wished. Citizens should use something like the Citizen’s Initiative process to select candidates whom they consider honest, and who can find fair solutions to European challenges and are experienced with combating public mischief, abuse and corruption. The governments should set up an impartial Jury which could then select the best candidate. The treaties say that the Commission should be INDEPENDENT. It should have members who are impartial, who have renounced any partisan interest or personal gain, in order to be seen to be honest and fair.
This system combining the voice of the Citizen and the impartiality of a Jury would fulfill the requirements of the Treaties. The present political nepotism contradicts Treaty law. All nepotism contradicts justice. Will politicians learn why public trust is sinking into the abyss? Are governmental politicians ready to assume a higher level of political honesty? Or do they still have the mentality of ego-centric schoolchildren?
The Politicians’ SCAM tries to eliminate 98 percent of the European public who are not paid-up members of a political party. Does any politician believe this can go on forever without serious legal consequences? Big problems loom about legitimacy of all subsequent European laws and budget!
The reason why the Founding Fathers said that all citizens have the right to be considered as a candidate is simple. The post of Commission President is highly political. But it is not Party Political. It takes an honest and totally independent person to be truly political in office. He or she has to deal with of national governments, consultative committees, the Court of Auditors and the European Parliament. The President has to manage the budget free from any hint of doling out money to political friends or any private interests. Instead we see vast amounts of public money being slurped to political parties and party networks without the taxpayer being able to say ‘NO! ENOUGH!’. The Commission should be composed of people whose honesty has been tried and tested and they have shown they have a robust, honest character. They should embody Europe’s universal or supranational values.
Are the Party Machines free and independent of open and secret interest groups? Obviously not. The reason they are called parties is that they are PARTISAN. They represent open or hidden interests. The Commission is Europe’s anti-cartel agency. It is easy-peasy for an unscrupulous cartel to spend a few billion euros on a political party so that it can influence anti-cartel decisions worth many more billions!
The treaties define the Law of the Commission. It says that NO active party politician may become a member of the Commission. The Founding Fathers like Schuman were well aware that cartels controlling political parties led to two world wars! Before World War One, an international armaments cartel sold weapons to all European states. British soldiers were killed with British bullets. German weapons in the hands of their enemies killed Germans and Austrians. And French industries collaborated with German ones! And all these national champions (in the secretive international arms and raw materials cartels) had the support of the national political parties! In fact some of the parties and newspapers only survived with the active financial subvention of enemies!
Party politicians have turned the Treaty law upside down. They have illegally banned ordinary citizens from the Commission and unbanned party politicians. Is the law fair to ban party politicians today? Why do the treaties still discriminate against party politicians, making it illegal for them to be Commissioners? There is sound reason and judicial logic.
Exclusions are necessary for democracy. Parliaments also have exclusions. They eliminate some citizens to ensure the smooth working of democracies! Contrary to popular belief, not every citizen can stand for the European Parliament elections. Some very honest and upright citizens are excluded by law.
Who are they? And why?
These banned people include the most impartial people that you can think of. Their number includes judges, civil servants, the military, the national and European Ombudsman.
And actually it is quite normal. Would you as a Right-winger want to have as a judge in Court a person who had been elected on a rabid Left-wing policy or vice-versa? Would you want civil servants or generals to be espousing ideological party political propaganda? Should they they be standing up in the European Parliament and denouncing government policies?
Judges should be neutral and independent. If they have an obvious interest or bias, judges have to recuse themselves from a case. It has to be judged by a judge who is seen to be free of such prejudice.
The same goes for the Ombudsman. Would you like to put a case before the Ombudsman about maladministration committed by such highly political institutions as the Council, the Commission or the Parliament if you knew the Ombudsman was a paid up member of one of their dominant parties? Would you have a chance of getting a judgement of maladministration if the Ombudsman might be penalized or demoted politically if he or she gave a judgement against the Party?
The reason why a judge or an Ombudsman is forbidden to stand for the European Parliament and electioneer for a Political Party is simple. Political Parties are the biggest lobby groups in the EU. They have fixed and ideological positions on many if not all issues. Who decides on these is often not at all clear. Occasionally investigative reporters reveal that policies are paid for by major companies, interest groups, unions or consumer organizations.
Hence such a politically active judge is seen as unfair and potentially able to give biased decision as an advocate of all those policies rather than impartiality. The complainant in Court has no assurance that he or she is getting any justice at all.
Here are some of the professions that some European Member States ban from standing for Members of Parliament.
- President of the Republic,
- Member of the royal family including spouses,
- Members of a national government,
- Member of the Monetary Policy Council of the national Bank,
- member of military, prison service or police force,
- Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of Justice,
- Supreme Court staff,
- Supreme Administrative Court,
- Religious functionary (din Adami)
- Staff of electoral Commissions,
- President or vice president of the Court of Auditors,
- Public Prosecutor,
- Executives in local communities,
- President of the Economic and Social Council,
- Member of the Commission for the Protection of Personal Data,
- Member of Committee on Access to Administrative Documents,
- Board Member of a publicly owned company,
- Director of a limited company, bank, commercial, industrial or private transport company,
- Director of a provincial credit establishment, medical insurance scheme or insurance company,
- Persons serving prison sentences exceeding 12 months,
- persons declared bankrupt,
- Any person who has been punished for an action which according to common sense makes him/her undeserving of being an MEP.
- Member of the European Commission,
- Member of Board of European Central Bank,
- Court of Auditors,
- Economic and Social Committee,
- Committees constituted by EU treaties to manage funds or to perform permanent administrative tasks,
- Board and Management Committee of the European Investment Bank.
Making any active politician a member of the supposedly impartial Commission is an abuse of power by governments meeting in the European Council. It is a betrayal of Europe’s citizens.
And it is also ILLEGAL.