Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Executive Presidential Powers Referendum: Democracy Dies in Turkey!

President R T Erdoğan

Following the narrow referendum result in Turkey just a few days ago, the State of Emergency has again been extended by Parliament for a further three month period in the aftermath of the Ankara-staged ‘coup’ in July 2016 and this is the third such extension on the ‘recommendation’ of the National Security Board (MGK) just a short time after the referendum to dramatically change the governance system of the Republic of Turkey was so narrowly approved. Despite highly credible claims of corruption in the referendum process, nevertheless the modern-day ‘Sultan’ appears to be forging ahead in his goal to retain complete presidential power until 2029 during which time, it is rightly felt that the ‘Islamification’ of the country will be intensified, more human rights infringements and summary imprisonment of perceived opponents will inevitably increase and the already unstable region will become even more fragile.

During a late-night telephone conversation with a source in Turkey as the referendum vote was announced, there was no doubt in the eyes of the person concerned that the AKP machine had been mobilised and as a result, countless thousands of false voting slips had been stamped ‘Evet’ (Yes) as the will of the people was ruthlessly manipulated by those loyal to he who has become a self-styled neo-Sultan as he sets Turkey backwards by perhaps 200 years! Mustafa Kemal Ataturk must be spinning in his mausoleum! Understandably, main opposition party CHP have reacted angrily with Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the Republican People’s Party stating that on behalf of his party, “We do not acknowledge this election which will be written in history as the ‘unsealed election.’ We will not recognize it. The national will should be respected and the referendum should be repeated.”

In recent weeks and months a number of secular Turks have been on contact not only via social media but direct telephone calls too and one in particular has expressed his profound concern for his way of life as someone who is passionately secular and fears that the ‘Absolute Ruler’ will purge the country of men and women who wish to live as was established long ago within the Ataturk reforms of 1923-28.  As recently as this morning President Erdoğan is protesting that a ‘win is a win’. “I come from a football background. It doesn’t matter if you win 1-0 or 5-0. The ultimate goal is to win the game,”

There are so many reasons for the wider world to be concerned if not fearful of the developing events in one of the most strategically important countries in the region and one which has direct impact on wider geographical Europe and other bordering nations. Turkey’s notoriously ‘leaky’ borders allow a constant flow of would-be emigres to head in a Westerly direction and Ankara is playing games with the West using ‘tidal’ or ‘floodgate’ tactics that are designed to attract an ongoing flood of funds in the hope that the flood might be stemmed. A ‘tidal wave’ is ultimately more likely though!

But it gets worse because Erdoğan’s son Bilal has been variously implicated as being more than just complicit in dealings with Da’Esh particularly in trading for oil and gas quite apart from direct involvement in people trafficking. Even the suggestion though of criticising the increasingly paranoid ‘Sultan’ is to attract immediate arrest and imprisonment of those suspected of doing so. A lad of just 16 was jailed for a Facebook comment! Were this article to be published in Turkey, the writer and all associated would be likely arrested [or worse] too! It is a situation that is likely to get a lot worse.

To paraphrase the late, great Enoch Powell in the ‘Birmingham Speech’ in April 1964…”Looking ahead I am filled with much foreboding: I am like the spirit of Ataturk viewing the streets of Turkey flowing with much blood!”

There is more to unfold as the months unfurl…


Chris Green
 Beşparmak Media Services

Saturday, 20 February 2016

“The ‘talks’ are over: The Battle for Great Britain is about to begin”

Prime Minister Cameron and Chancellor Merkel of the '4th Reich'

After protracted talks (and even longer dinners) the negotiations with European Union member state leaders has adjourned and like Neville Chamberlain tried to convince the country with his ‘Peace in our time’ speech at Croydon Aerodrome in 1938, David Cameron will now attempt to sell to the electorate – and many members of his Cabinet – that he has secured ‘Reforms in our time’ in relation to Britain’s ongoing membership within the EU. If anything, the recent talks together with mass-media speculation has polarised the two camps, the Eurosceptic’s or the Brexit group and the Europhile ‘Remain’ band of largely liberals and lefties, but not exclusively so. As this article is being drafted, the date for the referendum has yet to be announced but we can be assured of a very interesting run-in to the recently announced date of the 23rd June 2016.

Unlike other member states, Britain has never had the opportunity to vote for membership of a European Union. The referendum in 1973 was for what became known as the Common Market which inter-alia, in one fell swoop cost us control of our agricultural and fisheries industries and it is noteworthy that Cameron’s negotiations have not touched in this area of considerable national interest. The only other time we were allowed to vote was in 1975 – this writers first ever vote – and for the benefit of younger readers, it is worth reviewing the Common Market Referendum of 1975 as shown below and as reported by the BBC:

1975: UK embraces Europe in referendum 

British voters have backed the UK's continued membership of the European Economic Community by a large majority in the country's first nationwide referendum. Just over 67% of voters supported the Labour government's campaign to stay in the EEC, or Common Market, despite several cabinet ministers having come out in favour of British withdrawal. The result was later hailed by Prime Minister Harold Wilson as a "historic decision". For him the victory came after a long and bruising campaign against many in his own party, following Labour's promise to hold a vote in its general election manifesto last October.  

Faced with the referendum question, "Do you think the UK should stay in the European Community (Common Market)?" Britons voted "Yes" in most of the 68 administrative counties, regions and Northern Ireland. Only Shetland and the Western Isles voted against the EEC. Since then, successive governments have consistently denied the British electorate our say in respect of ever ‘closer union’ with the EU although Mr Cameron’s negotiations appear to have gained a Red Line in relation to precisely that during these talks.
During the last 20 years or so, three significant treaties have been signed and ratified without the electoral consent or mandate of the British people which have each ceded more and more sovereignty towards the ‘foreign entity’ that actually IS the EU. We cannot directly elect the government of the EU neither is this unwieldy organisation accountable to the wider electorate, indeed even the accounts have not been signed off because Price Waterhouse cannot – for professional reasons – ratify them and therein so clearly hangs a tail.

Great Britain is the second largest nett contributor to the funding of the European Union behind Germany. Amongst other things, these funds pay for a massive Civil Service machine and a fairly meaningless European Parliament that shuttles variously between Brussels and Strasbourg. We also bail out economic basket cases such as Greece, a nation that should never have been allowed into the Union in the first place, neither too should Greek Cyprus but the latter for very different reasons. Additionally, Britain has a trade deficit with the EU and as such, we are needed rather more so than the opposite. We can – and should – be trading with the world and, as Churchill said “if it is between Europe and the open seas, we shall always choose the Open Seas”

There is another very important consideration here in relation to the ‘Remain-Leave’ Question. It has to be the ultimate irony that on the 23rd June 2016, the British Electorate will be empowered by way of the democratic process to vote on whether or not we recover our sovereignty and self-governance or we cede even more powers to what might well become the United States of Europe. If the electorate vote to Remain then the democracy tool those that so vote have used maybe the very instrument that effectively ends democracy in this country.

If Great Britain is to remain a sovereign Nation State after June 23rd this year, it is critical that eligible voters get off their butts and cast their votes. True patriots will vote OUT whereas the gain-sayer’s (IN) cede their nationalities with their miss-placed crosses.

To conclude; late on the 3rd August 1914, on the eve of what was to become World war One, the then Foreign Secretary Sir Edward (later Viscount) Edward Grey, was quoted as musing “The lamps are going out all across Europe; we may not see them lit again during our lifetime”. In his case, this was to be so as he died in 1938 just as Chamberlain was doing his ‘Peace in our Time’ routine. Countless thousands of men and women have died for this country during the past 100 years so that our land may be a self-governing democracy. The battle is on now to ensure that they did not give their lives in vain.

Chris Green

Beşparmak Media Services