“The European Union has always been the enemy of democracy. Its relentless destruction of national sovereignty through the creation of a federal superstate has never had any consent from the British people.
Nor do the autocratic empire builders of Brussels have the slightest representative legitimacy. Powerful figures such as Herman Van Rompuy, the Belgian nonentity who was appointed president of the EU in 2012, are far less accountable to the public than any of our district or borough councillors.
The Upper House used to be portrayed by supporters as a bulwark of moderation, pragmatism and British common sense. Today it has become an echo chamber for the European Commission, eagerly colluding in our national demise at the hands of Brussels.
The tactics of these pro-European parliamentarians were profoundly cynical. They wrecked the proposed legislation by tabling a deluge of amendments which meant there was insufficient time to complete the Bill’s passage. As a result of this filibustering the public may well be denied any say on our future relationship with Europe…
The antics in the Lords embodied all that is so repellent about the cause of European fanaticism, in all its sneering arrogance, its snobbish disdain for ordinary voters and its abject defeatism. This is a movement of ideologues who are more eager to surrender to Brussels than show faith in the British people.
The arguments used by the pro-EU peers could not have been more hollow. With effortless pomposity they declared that the public is too ignorant to understand the issues. They further described the referendum as ‘a distraction’ from the management of the economy or foreign affairs. On that basis, we would never hold elections at all, which is exactly the way the Brussels elite would like it…It's not just we 'racist, Fascist, Nazi, homophobic, anti-Semitic, Europhobic, little Englander bigots' saying these things nowadays, is it?
Labour and Lib Dem peers have no shame. The spectacle of these unelected, unaccountable appointees queueing up to thwart the public could hardly have been more nauseating… This grotesque anachronism should not be tolerated any longer. Packed with has-beens and mediocrities the House is an affront to democracy and a danger to our nationhood. Thanks to the remorseless creation of life peers the Lords has become absurdly unwieldy with 835 members, far bigger than the Commons.
In fact the Lords is now the second largest legislative chamber in the world after the Chinese politburo. Tellingly the third largest is the 766-strong European Parliament. None of this trio are distinguished by their democratic enthusiasms.
The Lords costs £87million a year to run and peers can claim an ‘allowance’ of £300 a day for even the briefest attendance, a practice similar to that in the European Parliament, where members are notorious for clocking-in then disappearing…
It is a national tragedy that our civic life should be so heavily influenced by the EU and its puppets in the Lords. If we are to regain our democracy we must free ourselves from the clutches of the first and abolish the second.”