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"Mr President, as Mr Juncker presents his new Commission this morning he is telling us that they are all in the last chance saloon. Well, I tell you what, Mr Juncker, I will come and see you there, but you are going to have to introduce me to them because this is very much a bunch of nonentities, unknown. I spoke to MEPs this morning who will be voting later, and most of them could not even name half of them. The one from Britain is so obscure that his name is Lord Hill but it should be Lord ‘Who?’! The British public could not pick the bloke out of a line-up! He has never been elected to anything in his life – which means he is perfect for the job. I do not think that the European public or commentators understand what the European Commission really is. The Commission is the executive. It is the government of Europe and it has the sole right to propose legislation. It does so in consultation with 3 000 secret committees, staffed mainly by big business and big capital, and all the legislation is proposed in secret. Once something becomes a European law, it is the European Commission itself which has the sole right to propose, repeal or change that legislation. The Community method which was championed this morning, the means by which the European Commission makes law and holds law, is actually the very enemy of the concept of democracy itself. It means that in any Member State there is nothing the electorate can do to change a single piece of European law. So we will be voting against the Commission today, not on the basis of the individuals, but on the basis of the fact that it is a fundamentally un-, in fact, anti-democratic form of government. I suspect you are in for a tough time with this Commission. You are going to have the euro crisis which has not gone away and is going to get worse. You are also going to have the UK debate where it has now become unacceptable to the vast majority of British citizens for there to be total free movement of people extended to half a billion people to come to Britain. Mr Cameron masquerades as being an EU opponent, though I note this morning that the Conservatives are so brave that they are even going to abstain. I think this will be the last European Commission that governs Britain, because before the end of these five years we will be out of here."@en1

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