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Setting the record straight

Sir,

Regarding ‘UK Conservatives in the EPP-ED: Will they stay or go?‘:

A couple of points: Your statement that I have “left the EPP to sit as an independent” is open to misinterpretation. I left the EPP’s group, but I continue as a full member of the Conservative delegation, and indeed have been re-selected to fight the 2009 election as a Conservative (as has Dan Hannan).

As for the observation that “non-inscrit status is no status”, you might like to note my experience. As a non-inscrit member, I find that I have more speaking time, more staff support, more access to parliamentary facilities and a great deal more “Information fund” money than I had with the EPP.

Today, for example, I shall speak in the formal, set-piece debate on “Ten Years of the Euro”. There will be only one MEP speaking per political group, and I have secured the speaking time for the non-inscrit. I will be the only Conservative to speak in this important debate. EPP Conservatives will be represented by the EPP President Joseph Daul, an unreconstructed French europhile who will hail the euro as a crowning achievement of European integration.

Regards,

Roger Helmer MEP

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  1. As the UK still doesn’t get the idea of the Euro (and of the European project) and as Mr Helmer has not been known so far for constructive contributions I find his presence at the said debate rather irrelevant, whatever his status may be.

    Generally, I think that we should expose the so-called Eurosceptics as what they really are: Xenophobes who are struggling with the concept that other Europeans are equal and that decisions on the future of the continent should be taken collectively.

  2. Children, children, please.

    The Euro, MEPs, fair representation, democracy and the EU construct. 10 or so lines, no confering, discuss.
    1 A good thing, lowers pointless risk of currency exchange, speculation etc, suggest federal tax rate need
    2 MEPs – who are they and what do they do. How often have any of you who are MEPs knocked on your constituents doors (after working hours cease), explained potential positions, sought their opinion.
    3 Fair representation – bloc votes/ groups are likely not what constituents want as the compromises within them are opaque
    4 Democracy – ie representation of your voters views, not the delegated dictatorship which currently runs. Democracy in the EU, ha ha. Not yet, I’m waiting. E-voting sounds reasonable to me, including a none of the above option/ amendments/ reasons for opposing proposals
    5 The EU construct – strength in unity, good in name. Lets look at an example though. Ireland got its turn for development funds, squandered them on tax incentives to US companies, economy soured, the companies went away. Where were the infrasttructure, long term needs issues adddressed. No where. I welcome the potential Lisbon Treaty’s II clauses to police money profered. It can’t be fritered away like this again. Where’s the unity in subsidising differential tax breaks for non-EU (or even EU) companies. For goodness sake, get a grip of yourselves.

    Yours

    A Largely Ignored Inconvenience or Tax Payer

  3. Comment by Ronald Grünebaum | 2009/04/24 at 08:44:58
    As the UK still doesn’t get the idea of the Euro (and of the European project) and as Mr Helmer has not been known so far for constructive contributions I find his presence at the said debate rather irrelevant, whatever his status may be.

    The people of the UK understand the massive power grab made by the unelected commission of the corruption ridden democratically deficient eussr all to well, that is why Bliar, and Broon refused to give us the referrendum they promised to get elected. Personally i am fed up with my countries contributions to this uneeded entity, we have been net contributers, i.e. we pay foir this rubishg since Heath dumped us into it in the 70’s. It is thime that the self serving failed politicians like Barosso, and never elected political lightweights like Ashton got their cards, and we regained democracy in our countries.

    Comment by Ronald Grünebaum | 2009/04/24 at 08:44:58
    Generally, I think that we should expose the so-called Eurosceptics as what they really are: Xenophobes who are struggling with the concept that other Europeans are equal and that decisions on the future of the continent should be taken collectively.

    Generally those people who call themselves europhiles who make stupid comments about people who understand the eussr should not be allowed to vote, Oh to late we don’t get a worhtwhile vote anyway as the eussr parliament is a toothless piece of eussr propaganda.

    I don’t have any problem with other europeans who are not politicians, but I fail to see why my country should be forced to accept people who can’t speak the language coming and adding to an overstretched health care, and social services because they get more for not working here than they would in their own countries.

  4. Roger Helmer MEP is one of the finest and principled MEPs that one could hope to meet and a cultured man who is certainly no xenophobe.

    Curious also that sceptics tend to be married to non-Brits, whereas the euro-enthusiasts tend to stick to the home turf for their life partners.

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