Thinking about the Common Fisheries Policy. A letter from Fargle is on Hugh Fearnley-What's His Name's campaign site:
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He's right about the dreadful discard policy. But he can't stop talking bollocks.
So Hugh went to the top. He met with EU Commissioner Damanaki (Fisheries portfolio) and for the cameras, she said that "you the people can make this change" - when in fact this isn't true. The EU parliament has very little say and is easily ignored by the Commission, which is the only body that can really regulate.
The UK MPs you elect can't do anything about it, the UK government can't do anything about it, the MEPs you vote for are powerless to initiate reform. No one you vote for can initiate or substantially change any CFP reform. It is at this point I have to ask the question, what sort of democracy do we live in when we can't change a policy by the ballot box?
So does the EU Commissioner support reform or not? And why did she say the people can change things?
She does support reform but has been frustrated by the Council of Ministers. Who are elected.
Why does he do this rubbish?