No mention, of course, Michael of the diminishing rights of EU Christians then; or the buckets of saliva being thrown into their faces, or the limitations being placed on their freedom of expression. No? thought not!
While the Lithuanian president vetoed the measure last June, the Lithuanian parliament exercised its democratic right and overturned his veto. The law is due to take effect next March.
And so the European Parliament voted 349-218 to condemn the new law because they say it contravenes the European Convention on Human
And yet we are repeatedly told that the education of children and parental rights are not a competence of the European Union, see my last blog. And the Irish were duped into believing that the Lisbon Treaty (into which the Charter of Fundamental Rights is now incorporated) does not impinge upon national sovereignty in these areas.
The Lithuanian parliament has expressed ‘regret’ and ‘deep concern’ that the European Parliament attempted to ‘doubt the lawfulness of the law passed by the great majority of the democratically elected parliament of a member state, although this issue should not fall under the jurisdiction of the EP’.
Yet the Lithuanian parliament can ‘regret’ and express ‘deep concern’ until the cows come home. When the European Court of Human Rights speaks, its pronouncements are ex cathedra, perfect wisdom, infallible. The will of ‘the democratically elected parliament of a member state’ is of no consequence.
Interestingly, Lithuanian Labour Party member Mecislovas Zasciurinskas asked if this is a one-off attempt to interfere with the affairs of a sovereign state or the beginnings of an absolute dictatorship. Huhhhlo……… He said: “Some years back we called this ‘Moscow’s Grip,’ the tendency to meddle in everybody’s business…”
Is ‘Article 7’ (9 and 10) the fate which awaits David Cameron’s quest to ‘repatriate’ certain competences under subsidiary provisions? Are threats of expulsion the consequence of transgressing the divine right of the European Union? Will “do nothing Dave” back down when threatened with such?
Yes, yes and yes methinks are the answers.