The Rt Hon. the Viscount Grey proudly deposited the motion on the clerk's desk and took his seat on the left side of the chamber. As he looked over his shoulder, he saw the rest of the Derbyshire delegates and dignitaries file into the gallery. An unusual number had turned up for this motion. There were the other three members of the delegation, the former Premier Commissioner, Michael McDowell, and the Prime Minister of Derbyshire and Fife. They had all turned up to express their concern for the Union. Lord Grey's ruminations came to an end as the Speaker mounted the dais to read Lord Grey's motion.
Whereas the European Commission is no longer functional and in accordance with Chapter II, Article VII, Section 1 of the Constitution of the European Union; and
Whereas there is a vacancy in the Office of the Commissioner for Economics; and
Whereas there is alleged inactivity in the Office of the Commissioner for Internal Affaires; and
Whereas the presidential style of the Office of the Premier Commissioner has made actions of the Commission for Europe ineffectual and dis-united; and
Whereas it is alleged that the Office of the Premier Commissioner has committed acts or behaved in a manner unbecoming the Office of Premier Commissioner; and
Further noting the diligent work of the Office of the Commissioner for Foreign Affaires and the Office of the Commissioner for Defence and Peacekeeping;
the Council for Europe does express non-confidence in the Commission therefor; and
Decrees that said Commission be hereby dissolved from the date of issuance hereof; and
That elections be held to said Commission in accordance with the various Articles of the Constitution and Acts of the Council for Europe that govern said Commission.
The Speaker finished reading the motion and called, "The Rt Hon. Leader of the Opposition."
Thank you Mr Speaker. It is under the gravest circumstances and with the heaviest of hearts that I am called upon to address you today. We all know and understand that the European Commission is all but broken. The presidential style of leadership exhibited and forcibly stuffed down the throats of Rt Hon. Commissioners by the Rt Hon. Premier Commissioner has run its course. We must come together today to end this grave turn of events and elect a new Commission so that the work of the People may continue.
Speaking on behalf of a former Premier Commissioner, the Rt Hon. Mr McDowell, the presidentiality of the Rt Hon. Mr Stipe is unprecedented. It has been the traditional and understood role of the Premier Commissioner to act as first amongst equals. It is my allegation that the Rt Hon. Premier Commissioner has taken a might too much of the 'first' to heart. Diplomacy and defference is supposed to lead the European Commission. The Commission is supposed to be the 'educated' House; the body that might be able to forsee conflict in the future and plan ahead for eventual conflicts and tribulations.
Instead, the Rt Hon. Premier Commissioner has disregarded the wants and needs of the People and the ideas and contributions of his fellow Commissioners and made a mockery of his institution. Instead of being a subject to respect, the Rt Hon. Premier Commissioner has become a joke at parties.
The avowed arrogance and self-serving nature of the Rt Hon. gentleman has also served to disgrace the title of Premier Commissioner. Whilst representing the entire region, he has consistantly failed to act as a regional ambassador or a representation of the will of the People.
Given his election to the Office of Premier Commission with six votes for and nine against, the Rt Hon. gentleman might have conceived that there were issues with unity in the region and that the Rt Hon. gentleman might work to bring together the Union and further support and develop the peace and prosperity of the Union.
Rather, the Rt Hon. gentleman has done more to unite factions against him. Through his actions of one-sided opportunism and self-glorification, not to mention his dictatorial role in the European Commission, he caused severe disaffection in the Commission itself. This was evidenced by the resignation of my Rt Hon. friend, the Rt Hon. Commissioner for Economics. This may also have led to the inactivity of my Rt Hon. friend, the Commissioner for Internal Affairs.
The point we come down to is that the Rt Hon. Premier Commissioner has set his sights on a collision with the People of the European Union, whom we all have a duty to serve. Let us be rid of this distraction and have fresh elections to set a new course for Europe, a land we have all come to define and love.
This measure requires seventy per cent approval to pass. It is therefore imperative that we join together to express our dissatisfaction and give ourselves another opportunity to establish the rule of law in our beloved Union. Thank you.