An interesting article by Norman Lamont (who is a former senior government minister in Britain)
"…Given the disdain for democracy that is regularly displayed by Europe’s political class, the deepening political crisis in Italy is all too predictable. Yet again, we are seeing the pro-Brussels establishment showing that it will not tolerate any challenge to its project of political integration. In the mindset of the governing elite, the European orthodoxy must prevail, even when it means riding roughshod over the wishes of voters.
That domineering mentality lies at the heart of the drama in Italy, the Eurozone’s third- largest economy, where a coalition with widespread public support has effectively been barred from office because of Eurosceptic views. In the recent Italian election, the two most successful parties were the hard-Right League and the maverick Left-leaning Five Star movement. One might not like all their policies — I don’t — but they undoubtedly won the election. Both campaigned strongly against Brussels diktats on immigration and budgets.
But their attempt to form a Government was thwarted this week when the country’s President, arch-Europhile Sergio Mattarella, vetoed the proposed appointment of the distinguished economist Paolo Savona as finance minister. The justification was Mr Savona’s record of doubts about the euro which, it was claimed, ‘could provoke Italy’s exit from the EU’.
Denied presidential backing for a crucial position, the Five Star/League alliance had to abandon its plans for office. An interim administration has been proposed under Carlo Cottarelli, a pro-EU economist and former IMF official, who is, of course, far more acceptable to Brussels.
This turn of events perfectly illustrates the disturbing reality of European politics, where adherence to the ruling dogma counts for far more than any mandate from the people. In the mindset of the Eurocrats, democracy is acceptable as long as it produces the ‘correct’ result. The German EU Commissioner, Gunther Oettinger, yesterday suggested that the markets would soon be sending Italy a message about the consequences of voting for ‘populists’. We have seen such statements and attitudes time and again in the history of the EU.
Progressive opinion might be celebrating the outcome of last weekend’s abortion referendum in Ireland, but it was a different story in the previous decade. Then the Irish people twice voted against EU treaties: in 2001 against the Nice Treaty (which allowed the expansion of the EU to the east) and in 2008 against the Lisbon Treaty (which gave stronger powers to the European parliament). The pro-EU establishment refused to accept these results, forcing the Irish people to vote again so they would come up with the right answers.
That process was at work in Greece during their debt crisis in 2015, when the Athens government was forced to backtrack on economic plans that had the strong support of the electorate, which had rejected the savage austerity proposed by the EU.
Similarly in Britain, the pro-EU brigade has continually agitated against Brexit, urging that the result of the EU referendum should be ignored, or reversed in a second vote.
The conflict between democracy and the EU is inevitable because the European project is based on the erosion of national sovereignty. Lacking popular support, the work of building the desired political union can proceed only by bullying and deception.
Pro-EU ideologues continually taint their opponents with the word ‘populism’ — a term they use as a form of abuse meaning ignorance.
I have been sceptical about European political integration all my political career. I believe in democratic national independence rather than governance by an unaccountable bureaucracy…"