METRIC MARTYRS PRESS
Europeans of the Year
This was the second year for the EV50 Awards and
the event was held in the imposing Musee des Beaux-Arts in
The Awards are to recognise the most influential
Europeans of the year and there were a number of categories which included
Politician of the Year, MEP , Visionary, Journalist, Commissioner, Business
leader and Non-EU citizen and of course the category of Campaigner of the Year
which was won last year by the Metric Martyrs, Herron and Thoburn.
Unfortunately, Steven and his family came down with
gastro-enteritis the night before the event so he was unable to attend, but his
position was taken by one of the Defence Fund's Trustees.
The event was again a sparkling and glamorous
affair with politicians, dignitaries, ambassadors and celebrities, and of course
the rebels from Sunderland.
Sponsored by GlaxoSmithkLine, Microsoft, Adecco and
Burson-Marsteller there was no expense spared, but fortunately, coming from
Sunderland the lobster, mignonette d'agneau and Lambrini (or was it
Bollinger?) didn't impress us !
One thing that everyone remembered from the
previous year was the stinging address delivered from the platform as the Metric
Martyrs collected their award, and was even mentioned in this
year's opening address.
Voting for the winners had been conducted by
internet polling, but unfortunately this year there were not many shocks or
We were warmly welcomed and enjoyed the company of
Mr. EasyJet, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Marta Andreason,whistleblower and exposer of
EU fraud, who we had backed to win the Campaigner of the Year category, as well
as the Russian and American ambassadors.
The winners of the various categories
Commissioner of the
MEP of the
Politician of the
Year..............Pim Fortuyn (big round of applause from a certain
section of the audience for the man who dared challenge the elite but
who paid the ultimate price)
Diplomat of the
Year..............Romano Prodi (well, well, well
Visionary of the
Year..............Valery Giscard d'Estaing (well,well, well
Non-EU Citizen of the
Business Leader of the
Year..Wim Duisenberg (well, well well ! Obviously disappointed at
being beaten by the Martyrs last year, he had been moved to a different category
! The dishevelled President of the European Central Bank won as the successful
euro currency was loved by all :-( The German economy stagnant. Massive
unemployment. Portugal on the bones of its a**e, inflation in Ireland, Greek
businesses striking against the euro, the French are also revolting...a success
? And they want us to join ? More chance of spotting Lord Lucan riding a Unicorn
to victory in next years Grand National ! Perhaps that is why Mr. Duisenberg
appeared to have had drunk last year's EU wine lake. His acceptance speech was
Stanley Unwin incarnate).
The Campaigner of the Year
category included many of the famous and infamous, comprising Peter
Caruana who by campaigning to keep his people British has put the EU
Leaders as well as the British Government between a 'Rock' and a hard
place. Marta Andreasen was the whistleblower who was suspended
for exposing fraud and corruption in the EU. The chief bookkeeper exposed the
fact that the EU's accounting system was open to abuse and she was promptly
removed from her post by the Fraud Commissioner, Mr. Kinnock. Pope John
Paul II weighed into the EU enlargement debate by saying that the
future of Europe should be based on Christian values and not on directives and
The winner was announced.....Pope John Paul
II. There was a polite ripple of applause. The great and good of the EU
breathed a collective sigh of relief. Had Andreasen won they may have faced a
barrage like last year. So the fraud and corruption may continue unchecked and
unchallenged with an accounting system that makes Enron look like a pillar of
We enjoyed the event which was not a stones throw
away from the imposing glass monument to the hubris and arrogance of the
political elite, known as the European Parliament.
Democracy has about as much place in the EU as a
black and white shirt in the Stadium of Light.....but as long as we can keep
sticking a spanner in the works eventually the House of Cards will fall. The EU
is an institution based on foundations of sand. Without those deep democratic
foundations known as the consent of all its member states peoples' it is only a
matter of time before it crumbles into three metric tonnes of dust.
We had an early flight back to the North-East as I
had two speaking engagements at Newcastle University.
One approprately entitled 'The Death of Democracy'
and the other 'Regional Assembly...Yes or No ?'
As I enjoyed a pint and fish and chips last night
after a hectic few days amongst the great and the good....a few quiet moments of
contemplation and a wry smile....a couple of stubborn raggy-arsed market
traders' names on a trophy now held by one of the most powerful,influential and
important men in the world.
I don't think that he will be using it to stop the
brown paper banana bags blowing off the counter ;-)
Tel. 0191 5657143
ps. At the Camelot Oyster Awards
held at the Globe Theatre last week the final result was :-
Neil Herron (runner-up) in the
Susan Tron (Stepney Bank Riding
School, Byker ) was also a runner-up in the Regional Winners
The North East did well with the above two nominees
at the national event.
Metric Martyrs have a new supporter...Speakers at
the event included David Blunkett and Cherie Booth
The Home Secretary announced that his favourite was
the Metric Martyrs Campaign ( covered yesterday in the Sunday Telegraph) and
realises that we will not stop until we win...and he fully supports us, although
he did point out that he wasn't sure about the rest of the Cabinet
Cherie Booth QC was to be offered the position of
lead counsel in the upcoming case to the ECHR in Strasbourg, but in light of
recent events we have decided that we have to be careful of the company we