Saturday, February 21, 2009

With no opposition, there is no freedom

[The present decision making system of the European Union is different from a classic parliamentary democracy, tested and proven by history. In a normal parliamentary system, part of the MPs support the government and part support the opposition. In the European parliament, this arrangement has been missing. Here, only one single alternative is being promoted and those who dare thinking about a different option are labelled as enemies of the European integration. Not so long ago, in our part of Europe we lived in a political system that permitted no alternatives and therefore also no parliamentary opposition. It was through this experience that we learned the bitter lesson that with no opposition, there is no freedom. That is why political alternatives must exist. And not only that. The relationship between a citizen of one or another member state and a representative of the Union is not a standard relationship between a voter and a politician, representing him or her. Václav Klaus, European Parliament, Brussels, 19 February 2009
Speech of the President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus in the European Parliament 12:35 PM 12:55 PM]

Václav’s fears are likely to have a strong bearing on the shape of the world union envisaged by Sri Aurobindo. However, we may treat it as a welcome development that at least the principle "with no opposition, there is no freedom" has now been firmly instituted amongst the Savitri Erans. [TNM]

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