Re: Roger Helmer...
In the first AM piece, a commenter (Jeremy Poynton) posted the following:
But it is not going to happen, is it Roger, as the EU brooks no opposition and will break its own laws if it has to – as we have seen from the bailouts. Clearly. none of the major party has the balls to stand up for democracy. It took me forty years of voting to vote Tory (in desperation to get Labour out again) and about 12 months to realise I wouldn’t vote Tory again. Or Labour. Or LibDem.
Who exactly DO you represent?
To which Mr. Helmer replied in the second piece:
Jeremy Poynton: “Exactly who do you represent?”. (I think you mean “whom”). I represent about 4.2 million people in the East Midlands, and I have been elected top of the list on three successive occasions — 99, 04, 09. I think my democratic legitimacy probably exceeds that of most correspondents to AM.
He is of course completely wrong... He represents the CONservative party, who have given him a place on their list for election to the EP. And of course everything you have said about that party Richard is correct.
There may well be 4.2 million people in that region, but the CONservative party represents none of them or their interests, just like all of the other parties don't (including UKIP!), they only represent their own, and none of them have any power or influence over the EU politburo either... The politburo has designed it that way in a carbon copy of its erstwhile parallel, the soviet politburo.
Helmer is either confused or downright dishonest.
As you suggest he is just another drainpipe climber, mind you he could be worse, he could be like David Campbell-Bannerman who doesn't even represent his party's interests, only his own.