Putting a cat among pigeons

PUBLISHED: 11:40 02 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:25 10 June 2010

IT was reported in the Sunday Telegraph on July 20 that the Irish millionaire Declan Ganley has disclosed far-reaching plans to give voters throughout the European Union a referendum on the handover of power to Brussels. He is to field more than 400 cand

IT was reported in the Sunday Telegraph on July 20 that the Irish millionaire Declan Ganley has disclosed far-reaching plans to give voters throughout the European Union a referendum on the handover of power to Brussels. He is to field more than 400 candidates in next June's European Parliament elections in 27 countries, including Great Britain, where voters have been sidetracked by governments that have happily ratified the Lisbon Treaty without any democratic input from their voters.Great Britain has 12 European Parliament constituencies and it will certainly be a novelty - and a huge relief - if the formerly non-democratic endorsement of the EU's Treaties hits the buffers! The vehicle for Mr Ganley's initiative will be his pressure group - Libertas. He claims to be well on the way to raising the money to fund his project.As a long-standing critic of the way that the EU has concentrated power in Brussels, at the expense of democracy, I and very many others will say: "Great, bring it on." If Mr Ganley would welcome financial contributions from the voters in the 26 countries then he should place advertisements in their national papers.His initiative will truly put the cat amongst the pigeons for it has previously been all too easy for Europe's political elite to ride roughshod over their peoples. His initiative will also present UKIP with a conundrum for it no doubt expected to do well in Europe, next June, against the three main political parties in our country.David Owen,2 Portland Court,1 Portland Avenue,Exmouth.

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