Thursday, July 23, 2009

Old Politics as Usual: the Offer You Can't Refuse

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf last Saturday published an explosive story, throwing a potentially damning light on European politics. It involves threats, blackmail, extortion, broken promises and piles of unpaid bills.

The article answers the hitherto obscure question how come Libertas, the pan European party founded by conservative Euroskeptic Irishman Declan Ganley, floundered on the brink of victory in the  European Parliamentary elections last June. 

Ganley had promised to pay 1,1 million Euros towards the campaign in the Netherlands alone, but funds dried up and the public perception was that the party had disappeared into thin air. Libertas did best in France where it scored a single seat.

Ganley was the driving force behind the referendum on the Lisbon Treaty which was voted down by the Irish after its predecessor, the so-called "The European Constitution" had already been rejected by both the Dutch and the French. The Treaty in effect puts an end to the member states' national sovereignty.

The Irish referendum victory inspired Ganley to go pan European with his Libertas movement, which is in principle pro European, but skeptic on the execution and operations side of the project.

Since the election defeat, Ganley never publicly offered an explanation for his extraordinary behavior of not paying the bills and abandoning his political movement. Dutch Chapter leader Eline van den Broek - rooted in the Edmund Burke Foundation - only last week sat down with De Telegraaf to talk about the explosive story behind the events.

According to Van den Broek Ganley and his family were receiving death threats. Van den Broek sat at the multimillionair's kitchen table just a few days prior to the elections on May 28 when he told her about it. These threats originated in the world of business, in which Ganley is an important player. He was also told his business would not continue to flourish, should he hold on to his political ambitions.

It is unknown what the financial damage is of all these abandoned campaigns. In Spain, Greece, Portugal, France and in central and north eastern European countries, Libertas committees piled up millions of unpaid bills that Ganley had promised to pay. No one dares talk publicly, says Van den Broek.

Van der Broek is in touch with Ganley on an almost daily basis. He says he was leaned on by businessmen as well as politicians and pressured to stop his 'crusade' against Brussels. Enormous interests are at stake, linked up as they are with the Treaty of Lisbon. The latter is in effect the ressurected but already rejected European Constitution: a monument for contempt of democratic principles (vote on it until you get it politically correct)!

Undoubtedly smear campaigns have been launched from various quarters, notably by the federalistic, postmodern Left as well as the not so very Left, but equally pathologically obsessed heirs of Hegel: it could be they'd been talking through their tin foil hats, but some were actually convinced Ganley was funded by and was acting on behalf of the CIA and 'American interests'.

Now his, his wife's and his family of four's lives are under threat. In De Telegraaf interview Van den Broek assures the paper that the devoutly Catholic's love for his family is Ganley's Achilles heel. Yeah, and don't they know it ...


- "Bring Ganley Back"
- "Declan Ganley and Libertas" (a critique, to put it mildly)

- Filed on Articles in "Ruled by the Mob" -


James Higham said...

Good, I'm glad you followed this one up. EU Referendum also did a piece on him. Strange man methinks.

JD said...

Very interesting. Thanks for that, Jonathan.


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