The Facts About The Regional Assemblies

Vernon Coleman

Regional Assemblies are, it is claimed, there to offer the English people more democracy. This is a lie. They are there because they will replace England when the EU becomes properly divided into regions. England already has nine regional assemblies (one for London and eight secret ones around the country).

The Regional Assemblies are already set up. They have buildings, staff, members, huge budgets and power. They operate in secrecy because the members are appointed not elected.

The Regional Assemblies were established under the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 which itself came as a result of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty which adopted the EU Regionalisation Plan. The Plan will abolish England's 48 counties and replace them with nine European regions.

The regional assemblies `carry out a wide range of advocacy and consultancy roles with national government bodies and the European Union' but their public profile is very low. Each acts as a Regional Planning Body with a duty to formulate a Regional Spatial Strategy, replacing the planning function of county councils. They will, in due course, report directly to Brussels.

The members of eight of the nine English regional assemblies are not elected. They are `appointed'.

The single exception is the London Assembly, which has 25 directly elected members. It was created under the Great London Authority Act 1999 but is, effectively, the 9th of the regional assemblies set up to `manage' the nine regions which England will become when it is officially destroyed by the EU.

There is, curiously, some inconsistency in the naming of the nine assemblies. They are:

London Assembly
East of England Regional Assembly
East Midlands Regional Assembly
North East Assembly
North West Regional Assembly
South East England Regional Assembly
South West Regional Assembly
West Midlands Regional Assembly
Yorkshire and Humber Assembly

The 2004 vote was an attempt by the Government to formalise the existence of these already existing assemblies. When the voters of the north east rejected their assembly (which unbeknownst to most of them they already had) the Government quietly abandoned its plans to make the assemblies elected. But the eight unelected regional assemblies (including the one in the north east) remain in place and despite the referendum defeat, the Government has no plans to disband them.

At no point has the Government ever admitted the truth: that the nine assemblies are, in reality, merely physical manifestations of regions devised by the EU to replace England. (It is incidentally, to fit in with these EU regions that the police in England are being reorganised into `regions' which don't seem to make much historical sense but which make a great deal of sense as far as the EU is concerned.)

The physical addresses and telephone numbers of the eight unelected regional assemblies are not advertised widely. But key them into an Internet search engine and you'll find them easily enough.

The post democratic society we have been promised is, it seems, already with us.

In an attempt to bring Regional Assemblies out into the open, and to make them acceptable to English voters, the Labour Government decided to have a referendum in the North East; to ask the people there if they wanted to have a regional assembly. Labour chose the North East because they thought that was where they stood the best chance of winning the vote. They spent a lot of time and public money campaigning for a `yes' vote. The Government never mentioned that the Regional Assembly was part of the EU plan for a United States of Europe. Nor, as far as I am aware, did any national newspaper, national TV or radio station.

When the people of the North East voted on whether or not they wanted a Regional Assembly, 197,310 voted `for' and 696,519 voted `against'. It was a humiliating defeat for the EU, for Labour and for flirtatious former croquet player `Fat' John Prescott (who had `masterminded' and spearheaded the `yes' campaign).

How appropriate that the Government's humiliating defeat at the hands of voters in the North East should have taken place on November 5th 2004 - the night when the English celebrate Guy Fawkes's attempt to destroy Parliament.

The New Fascist Labour Government naturally pretended that the unsuccessful attempt to force a Regional Assembly on the people of the North East was an act of political generosity on their part. Their line now is that the voters of the North East have stupidly turned down a great gift.

Politicians and national media all carefully avoided the truth; which is that the North Eastern Regional mini parliament already exists. As do other Regional mini parliaments around the country. They may be secret. The members may be unelected. But they already exist.

And both politicians and the national media also carefully avoided the fact that these new Regional Parliaments are nothing to do with providing an extra layer of political representation for English voters but are simply part of the EU's plan to get rid of England and the House of Commons and to replace the former with nine EU regions and the latter with nine regional EU parliaments.

The significance of the rout of Prescott cannot be over-estimated. This was one of the most important votes in England's history. (You wouldn't know this from the way our utterly dishonest media dealt with the election. Not one TV network ran a programme dealing with the election. Not one national newspaper put the vote result on its front page the next day. Are national media editors and correspondents stupid or bent? Dunno. Probably both. There's a lot of EU money sloshing around these days.)

Europhiles were said to be devastated.

But they did not, of course, close down the regional parliaments they had already set up.

Including the one in the North East of England.

Despite the resounding `no' vote, the North East of England has a Regional Assembly.

The Regional Assembly building was already fully staffed and operational when the people of the North East were asked to decide whether or not they wanted one. And the `parliament' was filled with appointees. None had been elected to represent the people in the Regional Assembly.

That's democracy EU and Labour style.

Copyright Vernon Coleman 2011
Taken from OFPIS by Vernon Coleman (available through the shop on this site).