23rd October 2012: This contribution from Andrew Brons, under the Catch the Eye procedure, came during a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on European Development Policy (EU Aid).
"The Report refers to the impressive rise of China, India and Brazil. For impressive, I would substitute threatening - threatening to the manufacturing sectors of Europe and particularly to that in my own country, the United Kingdom.
"The Report expresses surprise that their growth has failed to reduce their poverty. However, it is on their poverty and sometimes slave labour conditions that their growth has been based.
"The Commission concedes that the emergent economies should be eliminated from Development Assistance but only in the long term. In the meanwhile, they are destroying our manufacturing, while we are relieving them of the burden of looking after their own poor.
"Globalisation is applauded, in the Report, on the doubtful ground that it reduces inequalities between countries - another way of saying that the emergent countries are becoming richer at the expense of our workers.
"However, inequalities within countries are becoming greater as workers in member states are being thrown onto the unemployment scrapheap."
23rd October 2012: Yesterday afternoon at the European Parliament in Strasbourg Andrew Brons spoke during a debate on European Year of Citizens 2013.
It was allocated time transferred from another Nationalist MEP who could not get to the Parliament.
"Citizenship is quite different from Nationality. Whereas the latter is inherited and felt intuitively, the former - if not based on Nationality - is a legal relationship that is artificial and contrived.
"European Citizenship is an artificial concept because it is not based on a European Nationality.
"There is a European Identity but it is not based on Common Values; it is not a campaigning group!
"It is based on overlapping but not conterminous ancestries and, to varying degrees, ingrained similarities of behaviour and ability. Moreover the European peoples share a common civilisation.
"However, Europeans are not a demos and cannot be the foundation of a European democracy.
"European citizenship has been closely associated with freedom of movement of labour. However, movement of workers at the behest of Capital is simply a sanitised form of human trafficking.
(Whilst freedom of movement of labour is problematic, freedom of movement of claimants is quite mad!)*"
13th September 2012: This morning, in his last contribtion of the week at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons, under the Catch the Eye procedure, spoke during a debate on ways of achieving 'Better EU Legislation'.
"I suppose we should be grateful for the small mercies of subsidiarity and proportionality.
"The former tries with very limited success to prevent competences being exercised at EU level if they could more efficiently be exercised at member state level. Indeed when can they not?
"The latter attempts to prevent legislation going, and I quote, "Beyond what is necessary to achieve the objects of the Treaty". It is a pity that we can't cut off the last seven words and stop at the word "necessary".
"I should like to see a third principle being applied during the legislative process, for as long as we have to put up with EU legislation at all. I would call this principle the Cost-Benefit rule, which would require that the calculated benefit of all legislation, when quantifiable, was equal to or greater than the cost it imposed on business and the public.
"In December 2009, Open Europe published a list of the one hundred most costly EU laws and calculated the cumulative cost of them by 2020 to be 184 billion* pounds."
* This is the United States meaning of a billion: 1,000 million and not the British meaning of a billion which is a 1,000,000 million.
13th September 2012: Yesterday at the Plenary Session in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons was unsuccessful in his attempt to 'Catch the Eye' of European Parliament President Martin Schulz in order to speak during the debate on Jose Manuel Barroso'sState of the Union Speech.
Andrew waited unsuccessfully for three hours for the opportunity to make this speech with a seemingly unending number MEPs chosen before him.
Had he been called to address the chamber, Andrew would have said:
"Mr Barosso has spoken of some of the real problems facing the EU today - its real economic problems.
"However, he has ignored the long-term existential problem facing Europe and not just the EU.
"Europe is not just the EU. It is a continent. However, it is not a natural continent defined by physical geography. It is a continent defined by a collection of related but distinct peoples, with related but distinct cultures and, in the words of the Commission's 2020 document page 7: "We can count on the talent and creativity of our people." Perhaps that should have been peoples in the plural.
"The most profound changes that Europe is undergoing are not even the institutional changes that the EU is bringing about. As reprehensible as those changes are, they are not irreversible.
"The gravest challenge to Europe is to its existence as a distinct range of peoples and nation states.
There is a real problem of falling birth rates and ageing populations, but importing young people from the Third World will not turn them into substitute Europeans. They will turn more and more of Europe into the Third World."
12th September 2012:In his third speech of the week at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons, under the Catch the Eye procedure, contributed to a debate on a Common Foreign and Security Policy for the European Union.
"There is reason to hope that the countries of Europe, with their ancestral and cultural ties, have overcome their inherited rivalries and grievances. However, I do not see that as a legacy of the European Union but of an entirely understandable revulsion at the loss of life during two world wars and later conflicts.
"The emergence of common threats and challenges have led to a convergence of the interests of the nation states of Europe, whether within or outside the borders of the EU.
"We are undergoing a neo-colonial challenge from Third World immigration. Our industries and our jobs are threatened by the emergent economies of the Far East, South Asia and Latin America. Our cultural values are threatened by aggressive religious predators.
"However, convergence does not mean congruence*. Our interests are not identical. We have distinct alliances, friendships and interests of both kinds that are attributable to ancestral and historical differences. "A presumption of common interest where none exists will be unsuccessful and even counter productive."
* Agreement, harmony, conformity, or correspondence.
11th September 2012: Yesterday evening at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons gave a One Minute Speech (under rule 150)on Debt, Reflation and Inflation.
The British National Party MEP said:
"The dilemma facing many member states - both inside and outside the Eurozone - is that their economic and budgetary problems require contradictory solutions.
"Their debts require cuts in government expenditure or increases in taxation or both.
"Their recessions require reflationary measures, devaluations and withdrawal from the Eurozone, where applicable.
"Unfortunately, Keynesian reflation, whether by bank-created credit creation or Quantitative Easing money creation, tends to be inflationary, because the expansion of the money supply precedes - sometimes by years in the case of huge infrastructure projects - the increase in the quantity of goods and services. Furthermore, credit creation leads to an increase in sovereign debt.
"Expansion by Quantitative Easing would be debt free but is still inclined to be inflationary.
"One remedy might be to recruit the unemployed and under-utilised contractors on special contracts that would put them to work immediately but for which full payment would be delayed until the large infrastructure projects had been completed.
"Increase in aggregate demand would then coincide with increase in GDP and not precede it."
11th September 2012: Yersterday evening at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons made the following contribution, under the Catch the Eye procedure, to a debate on the alleged transportation of prisoners through European Union countries by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States of America.
"Illegal detention is not only a wrong in itself but its illegality, with a lack of official records, facilitates the ill-treatment of the detained.
"I hope that it should not be necessary to say that torture can never be justified morally.
"However, if people are not persuaded by moral arguments, we should point out that torture is ineffective, because it produces unreliable information. Furthermore, the propaganda value to terrorists of proven cases of ill treatment is immense.
"Political leaders in many European countries have to account for their actions and some seem to have a case to answer. However, they, like the detained suspects of terrorism, have the right to a presumption of innocence in any judicial process.
"I am convinced that full judicial inquiries should be conducted in the relevant European countries.
"However, I would oppose the legislation that the resolution calls for to give the European Parliament a general power to place member state security services under scrutiny. That is the role of the Parliaments and judiciaries of member states."
5th July 2012: Andrew Brons has been quoted on Russia Today, along with the Front National leader Marine Le Pen, after they both voiced their criticism of the new proposed copyright law (ACTA) during a debate in the European Parliament yesterday.
The television channel reported:
"Marine le Pen had joined a broad coalition that should secure the demise of the unpopular law in Wednesday’s vote."
It then went on to say:
"The specific legal implications of ACTA have not been finalized, but among other concerns opponents fear that it will infringe on privacy, introducing surveillance techniques that would radically curb the freedom of the Internet.
“Imposing ACTA would mean that we would have the machinery – filters, content analyzers, monitors – that China has in order to control the Internet,” said Andrew Brons, a British National Party parliamentarian."
4th July 2012: This morning at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons spoke, under the 'Catch the Eye' procedure, during a debate on The Programme of the Cyprus Presidency*.
"Talking about growth and employment will not be enough to secure them. The single greatest cause of unemployment in Southern Europe is the Euro that is overvalued for them. They do not need to be helped to stay in it; they need to be rescued from it.
"Globalism and trade agreements with emergent economies are destroying our manufacturing bases and throwing European workers out of their jobs.
"The new Presidency refers to the demographic change in the form of ageing populations and mentions the necessary responses to that phenomenon. I wonder what they might be?
"Yes, you've got it! The European Pact on Migration and Asylum - a forward looking and comprehensive immigration policy and better integration of third country nationals of different cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
"The Third World young will be replacement Europeans for unborn European babies. Except that they won't; they will bring the Third World with them and transform parts of Europe into the Third World.
"Distinctive peoples are not the product of distinctive cultures. Distinctive cultures are the product of distinctive peoples."
* The Presidency of the Council changes every six months. The Government of Cyprus became the President of the Council on 1st July 2012 and will remain in that position until 31st December.