Dear Dutch Friends,
Today’s London “Guardian” newspaper has a feature supplement with a lengthy article entitled “The Third Age of Peter Mandelson”, the British EU Commissioner in charge of trade.
There are several photoes with the piece, one of which shows Mandelson at his desk on which there is a bowl of limp tulips with an arrow pointing towards it and the caption: “THE WILTING TULIPS – A CRUEL REMINDER TO HOLLAND OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF IT VOTES DOWN THE EU CONSTITUTION AGAIN.”
It is likely that the writers of the piece picked up this remark from Peter Mandelson himself. This is another pointer to what looks like being the strategy of the EU elite to get the EU Constitution ratified, which Commissioner Mandelson will certainly be aware of.
First, get as many EU States as possible to ratify the Constitution by simple parliamentary majority. This should ensure that 20 or so of the 25 EU States will have ratified it by this time next year. That will put maximum pressure on France and Holland, and on French and Dutch voters, to go along with the Constitution too.
Second, with a new French President installed in office – ideally Sarkozy – put Parts 1 and 2 of the Constitution, the “pure” constitutional part as well as the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which can easily be represented as being good things and simple to understand, to another referendum in France, no longer calling it a Constitution, but rather an “institutional treaty”. Then have the more contentious and lengthy Part 3 approved by the France National Assembly, after which the French State can ratify the Constitution as a whole. An alternative trick would be to avoid a French referendum altogether by saying that the election in 2007 of a new President who supports the EU Constitution confers a new mandate for the French State to ratify it; for there is no constitutional requirement for a referendum on it in France. That is just a political matter.
Third, with last year’s No of the French people cancelled by this trickery, confront the people of the Netherlands with maximum threats and pressure to say that they will be blocking the whole of Europe if they reject the Constitution again. Tell them all Hell will break loose – even their very tulips will wilt! – if they dare to say No to the EU a second time.
There may be variations on this trickery, but that is now the general plan the Eurocrats have in mind. They have no intention of allowing the democratic voice of the peoples of France and the Netherlands last summer to block their plans for building an EU Superstate. The plan will come to a head during Germany’s EU presidency next year, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel working hand-in glove with the French and Dutch political elites.
Dutch democrats should therefore appeal to the peoples of Finland and Sweden and Estonia and the other EU countries where parliamentary ratifications of the EU Constitution are planned, to press their politicians not to join such an anti-democratic exercise, and to demand referendums on the EU Constitution in these countries too.
With good wishes,
Secretary of The National Platform EU Research and Information Centre, Ireland.
17 March 2006