As a member of UKIP I agree with John Stelzer [letters NNN 17 March] that the election of MEPs for the European Parliament is more democratic than the election of our own MPs. Had the proportional representation system applied in the UK at the last general election UKIP would have more than 80 MPs instead of just one.
The flaw in Mr Stelzer’s argument arises however because the European Parliament has manifested itself as a “rubber stamping” or at best an “amending” body for legislation passed down from the Commissioners [an unelected body] or the European Council currently represented by the leaders of the 28 member states. Under the latter body it is farcical and undemocratic that each nation’s vote carries the same weight although the population of Malta is nearly 200 times smaller than that of the largest country Germany.
The other problem with democracy within the EU is that one country can act unilaterally affecting all member states without seeking their agreement. A recent example of this is Germany inviting one million immigrants to its country. Once granted passports these unfortunate people will have the right to settle in any country within the EU which may be desirable but the process is hardly democratic.
UKIP County Councillor
Melton Constable Division
Norfolk, NR11 7LG