Is this hypocrisy, Mr. Tebbitt?

Wiggia writes:

An interesting comment in the DT on Norman Tebbit’s blog.

A year or more ago, I raised a query with NT regarding the divided loyalties and allegiances of UK citizens who work directly for the EU, and particularly the EU Commissioners and their senior staff. Legally who do they serve, the EU or the UK and what about conflicts? I asked, how could they serve 2 masters? NT ducked the question, and I’m still not certain on this matter!

If, as NT suggests above, there is an oath taken by EU Commissioners et al to the EU this query in present circumstances seems more pertinent, and over and above any personal monetary considerations regarding ongoing EU pensions and perks.

Are UK citizen EU politicians and senior civil servants bound to the EU, or to the UK, or somehow both? Can such EU and ex-EU personnel be liable under British law for using their positions and access to facilitate EU wishes for any policy matters such as a referendum on UK Brexit, or even on Brexit itself, if the electorate and the UK government require such a referendum and/or elect to proceed with Brexit.

Are we, in fact, producing a series of ongoing and former UK citizen EU officials and politicians, still under oath to the UK but who have in fact become UK Quislings, at least partly funded by the EU?

Remember, after WWII both Laval and Quisling went to their executions still professing they were only acting in their countries’ interests!

Now that’s interesting because I have a quote of Tebbit’s in my book of quotations which goes:

The cricket test – which side do they cheer for? Are you still looking back to where you came or where you are? [Tebbitt on on immigrant loyalties, Los Angeles Timnes, reported in Daily Telegraph, 20 April, 1990]

So he queries the immigrants of a certain non-assimilating nature but when it comes to that word EU, he appears to go all soft. This might be wronging the man and I hope so but it’s looking to me that way.


3 responses to “Is this hypocrisy, Mr. Tebbitt?

  1. Can such EU and ex-EU personnel be liable under British law for using their positions and access to facilitate EU wishes for any policy matters

    Lord Tebbit still doesn’t get it does he. EU law is supreme and English Law is just a ‘historical curiousity’ (the words used by Lord Justice Laws in the case Thorburn v Sunderlabd City Council)

    Tebbit must stand up in the House of Lords and demand the repeal of the 1972 European Communities Act. It is the only way this country can disentangle itself from the EU!

  2. Absolutely, JD. It’s the whole standing up and saying the right thing which this is all about. People we would have expected to stand up in fact let us down. Wonder what Tebbitt stands to lose. Twould be interesting.

  3. This has actually come up before, but perhaps not with Lord Tebbit, but the answer is that in respect to the Commissioners their oath to the EU does not end when the stop being Commissioners they remain under oath to defend and promote the aims of the EU in their next/future endeavours.

    Worse than that (IMHO) they are guaranteed their Commissioners Salary for life, so in the cases of Mandelson and Kinnock, they are still on the payroll for the EU Commission today. When Mandelson dashed back to join the Brown cabinet it came out then that he was on (from memory) somewhere in the region of €185k as a commissioner, but his position in Cabinet worked out at about £120k so the Commission was able to immediately step in and compensate him for the balance, and it would be on-going – it’s the same for every current and former EU Commissioner.

    I wish I had the link I can probably look back and find it.