The motion at the Torquay conference on this issue and overwhelmingly approved, stated explicitly UKIP MEPs should not join a Pan European party without a majority vote of the whole party membership to do so. Bloom's action shows the contempt he has for the views of the ordinary party members.
Worse, it is the same tactic as used by the LibLabCon establishment to deny the British people a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty where pledges were given and when they became inconvenient swept aside. UKIP cannot have it both ways. Either it stands for grass roots democracy or it does not. Farage's statement that UKIP is a bottom up party is shown as another falsehood.
I expect Farage will follow Bloom very soon into Ms Bonici's party. Only a vote for Tim can halt this huge confidence trick perpetrated by the Cabal on UKIP members. I quote Tim's comments on this development below.
Memo on an e-mail from Sharon Bonici to interested individuals (including UKIP MEPs) about a new pan-European party, to be called “the European Alliance
I have highlighted key passages of the e-mail in red.
Note that the e-mail refers to:
1. The proposed new party, to be called “the European Alliance”, without clarifying whether – for example – existing Eurosceptic parties, such as the UK Independence Party, are to keep their present names in future elections.
2. The alleged urgency of making a decision about participation in such a pan-European party. (To whom and what are the “paper work” to be handed in? The question is basic.)
3. “European funds” being made “available to us”. (From whom are such funds coming? The European Parliament? Assume that the funds come from the European Parliament. Then – in the event that UKIP MEPs were to participate in “the European Alliance” – their activities would be funded by the European Parliament, an institution avowedly central to the project of European integration.)
4. The possibility of the “consent” of party members, the meaning of which is (to me at least) unclear, but may intended as a fig-leaf to pacify those UKIP members who at the 2010 Torquay party conference voted overwhelmingly that the issue of pan-European parties must be decided by the party membership.
5. Godfrey Bloom, as already confirming his wish to participate in the European Alliance project. (Mr. Bloom is said to be “EFD”, not “UKIP”. EFD stands, of course, for “Europe of Freedom and Democracy”, the existing pan-European grouping to which a majority of UKIP MEPs are attached.)
6. A closing line, in which the European Parliament is acknowledged as having the power “to approve the new Alliance”. This is – almost certainly – the power to approve the Alliance, meaning the power to approve the Alliance in order to establish the Alliance’s eligibility for various monies from the European Parliament because it meets certain criteria of pan-European-ness.
(These notes prepared by Tim Congdon on 27th October, 2010.)
Tim's last comment is spot on. Joining a pan European party is supporting the EU in its aim to become the new Fourth Reich. Our fathers fought and died to keep us out of the Third Reich. Let us stop our political class trampling on their graves.