Friday, June 12, 2009

Daniel Kawczynski MP-Letter to the President of Poland

Below is a letter taken from ConservativeHome:

Dear President Kaczyński,

I write to you to acknowledge Britain’s debt of gratitude to the Polish people and to ask you for assistance.

The history of Polish heroism and support for the British people is long and glorious. During our darkest hours in World War Two, when the Battle of Britain hung in the balance, the contribution of Polish airmen helped tip the balance in the Allies’ favour. Eight Polish fighter squadrons formed within the RAF shot down 629 Axis aircraft by May 1945, with the Polish 303 Fighter Squadron claiming more kills than any other squadron during the war.

Winston Churchill, as ever, expressed this debt most compellingly, when he said of the Battle of Britain that, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

As we commemorate the Normandy landings on their 65th anniversary, we in Britain should remember that Poles fought there with us, as your countrymen did in so many theatres of operation. Often forgotten are the less publicised contributions, of Polish spies who are estimated to have contributed as much as 45 per cent of all intelligence reports from continental Europe, and Polish cryptographers, who, in helping to break the Enigma code, assisted in one of the key turning points in the war.

And in recent years Polish immigrants to Britain have contributed far more to the British economy and society than they could ever take out.

Once again, Mr President, we must turn to you in an hour of need. In 2005, all three main political parties promised the British people that they would be given a referendum on the EU Constitution. The Conservatives are the only major party to have kept this promise. Despite Tony Blair’s protestations that “what you can’t do is have a situation where you get a rejection of the Treaty and then you just bring it back with a few amendments and say we will have another go”, Gordon Brown has done just that.

The Irish people’s rejection of the EU Treaty in their referendum last year should have been the end of the Lisbon Treaty. The Republic of Ireland was the only country in Europe which had the opportunity to voice its democratic opinion, and the Irish people made it clear that they did not want a Treaty that transfers so many powers to Brussels.

At the time, the British Government faced a very clear choice. They could have done the difficult and brave thing and declared the Treaty dead, or they could have done the easy thing and joined others in starting the process of bullying the Irish people into a second referendum. Unfortunately, by pushing the Treaty through Parliament, they made the latter choice.

All 27 Member States must ratify the Lisbon Treaty for it to be enacted, however, so as long as you have not signed the Lisbon Treaty it cannot come into force. If this is the case at the time of the next general election, which is now at most a year away, and if a Conservative Government is elected, Conservatives will suspend Britain’s ratification of the Treaty and hold a referendum, recommending rejection of the Treaty. If the British people reject the Treaty, we will withdraw Britain’s ratification.

Although this is a very different fight for democracy, the EU needs to acknowledge that political institutions cannot be built in a democracy without popular consent. That democratic consent to the Lisbon Treaty has neither been sought from nor given by the British people. Poland can once again be a friend to the British people. Mr President, we need your help!

Daniel Kawczynski MP

Let's face it, withdrawal from the European Union can only come from the British Parliament, MEPs from all parties are only in it for the money. But we need more people like Daniel Kawczynski in Westminster, which is why I'll be standing in the next general election.


Basildon Girl said...

But for whom?

Gregg said...

The President of Poland. Assuming you meant'to whom'.

MikeP said...

Agree with the letter, but unfortunately not your feeling about the EU Gregg........

I think it's right that we have a Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty and I wish we could all say we were surprised at Labour's U-turn on the subject but.......

That being said, although I'm against the Treaty, I still favour the EU in some form. I think we have reached the absolute limit that I would like to see the EU go, maybe even draw back a little bit. But if this Treaty gets ratifies, then it will be an enormous step towards a United States of Europe or even worse, Union of European Socialist Republics.

The EU has been a good thing, in my opinion, not just for Britain but for Europe as a whole, but this is as far as it should go.

Gregg said...

I can't see that bureaucratic structures help people, or businesses, in any way whatsoever, and the EU is purely a massive bureaucracy, with all the associated costs.

What I've always loathed about the EU is the barriers to trade it puts up to developing/Third World countries. Not just in tariffs, which means that farmers can't export to us, but the way the EU dumps 'excess production' on developing countries keeping our prices high, and some farmers wealthy, while simultaneously putting farmers in developing countries out of business by undermining them with cheap produce.

My ideal Europe, indeed world, would be:

No trade barriers, complete free trade.

Complete movement of people-in other words open borders. But the circumstances would have to be right!!

Absolutely minimal government, at least in the UK, others can make their own choices.

For that there is no need for an EU structure, indeed I would drastically slash our own government and civil service as well as getting the EU bureaucracy off our backs.

The only role for government really is to defend us from external attack and to maintain order within, with the absolute minimum of laws and resources, including personnel.

Sean Gabb, ,is very good on these issues.

Anonymous said...

No, I meant for whom will you be standing.

Gregg said...

The Libertarian Party. Sorry, I misunderstood.