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Bill Of Frights

by | 12th, December 2003

‘“WE the people,” begins the US constitution.

One too many Cooks

That simple opening line is one the leaders of the European Union’s 15 present and 10 future members should consider as they wade through the 300-page long draft EU constitution.

The preamble of which, as reproduced in the Independent does not bode well: “Our constitution…is called a democracy because power is in the hands not of a minority but of the greatest number.”

As any scholar knows that’s a quotation from Thucydides, author of The History Of The Peloponnesian War and other stories of European hatred and loathing.

We the people who did not get a referendum also learn in the Independent what each country is after in an expanded European melting pot.

Luxembourg, for example, “does not like majority voting on taxation because of the country’s banking industry”. Sweden is ”anxious to preserve traditional neutrality if the EU defence pact is in the constitution”. Greece is a strong supporter of the “mutual defence clause being enshrined in [the] constitution”.

France and Germany have had enough of starting pan-continental wars and invading each other and want increased rapprochement hence the EU.

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