I'm going to squeam and squeam until I'm sick. Yesterday EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso turned up at a gathering of the political group leaders in Strasbourg to have what is described as an "Extraordinary exchange of views". They were talking about the Constitution amongst other things.
"I don't understand the nervous reactions [from the European Parliament's political leaders] to my statement that it is useless to return to the constitution. It is simply a fact, and you'd better recognize it. Let's first work, show that EU is necessary to get out of the crisis and then maybe we can come back with the constitution."
(On the 22nd Sept Barroso said: "In the foreseeable future we will not have a constitution, that's obvious. I haven't come across any magic formulae that would bring it back to life.")
At this cold douche of common sense Hans Gert Poettering, the floundering and increasingly pointless Westphalian who heads up the EPP/ED to which the Tories are allied, reacted with truly heroic irrelevance and stupidity,
"No. The constitution has to be approved. We just have to wait for a new French president [expected in 2009]. Mr. [Atzo] Nicolaï [Minister of European affairs of the Netherlands], told me that the constitution is not dead in the Netherlands. The Commission should give positive signals instead!"
Poettering was backed up in this blind assault by his fellow Teuton and leader of the Socialist Group Martin "capo" Schulz,
"The referenda gave power to the Eurosceptics, and the fact that the 'yes' side is doing nothing, makes the success of the 'no' side. Where are those leaders who signed the treaty of Rome? If the national elites do not cooperate, there's no way we can succeed."
A better example of the new 'post-democratic' European elite's position could not be found. Here is the leader rejecting democracy because he finds the position of the people unpalatable.
Monica Frassoni, representing the Green group laid in,
"It is your [Barroso] fault! You said that the Constitution is dead, You are no leader. We don't have to act in the national capitals, but here, in Europe. Barroso let people think that we had given up on the constitution."
This is the authentic voice of your government. Worrying isn't it?