Monday, 6 June 2011
Did we lose a war that no one noticed?
It is not difficult to understand why leading thinkers wanted some kind of union between the nations of Western Europe after WW2. The Continent had suffered two crippling wars within thirty years. These had been devastating for the people - with so many killed or maimed, devastating for their towns and cities - with so many laid to waste and devastating for their livelihoods - with the nation's economies in tatters. However, by the beginning of the sixties the United States and the Soviet Union had demonstrated that, because of predictable technological developments, war between advanced nations was no longer a viable option. Nuclear weapons had brought the near certainty of mutually assured destruction in any such future conflict.
This state of affairs could have been predicted with the development of the V1s and V2s by Germany in the latter part of WW2 and then by the US with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, no doubt the deep psychological impact caused by the horrors of these wars, kept those pressing for union to continue - even though its purpose was already all but lost. Voluntary inclusion in a variety of European projects, such as the European Space Agency, would have been a sensible move, because it would spread the cost of expensive projects - but any agreement which limits the nation's freedom to act in accordance with that nation's and its people's interest was unwanted - particularly now, when one or many are struggling to avoid national bankruptcy.
The European project, started as a genuine attempt to protect the people from the horrors of war, has since been hijacked by those seeing the Union as a way to achieve personal benefit and wealth and there is very few, if any, aspects included which benefits the nation and its people as a whole. It was clear prior to the Lisbon Treaty being ratified by Brown that two thirds of voters did not want the treaty to be signed - with more than 80% wanting a referendum on our inclusion. This fact alone should make any honorable party vying for government offer a referendum on our membership - the disastrous consequences of our membership since should make it imperative.
At a time when we have high unemployment, to allow foreign nationals, whether from the EU or elsewhere, to move here to take the available jobs is a mindless stupidity for a nation deep in debt and staving off bankruptcy [apart to those benefitting from the measure]. Even the most simple can understand that this results in our debt being aggravated through having to pay unemployment benefit to national's kept unemployed as a result of this immigrant labour.
Although not EU law, our inclusion in the European Convention on Human Rights is also working against our national interest and a referendum, at least, is required to see that the people still want to be included. This Convention was originally developed to avoid a repeat of the Nazi's treatment of the Jews in the lead up and during WW2, particularly the Holocaust. However, this convention is now being used here, often to give, mostly, economic migrants superior rights to our own citizens and is costing the nation immense sums in legal fees - money we can ill afford and making the repatriation of many who are here illegally from being returned to their nation of birth.
Our European adventure has been disastrous and because of our dire economic condition, the impact of self-serving politicians not to offer the people referenda on each new development has come home to roost. The recent increase in the EU budget will, according to Daniel Hannan, cost us a net amount of £9.2 billion [an increase of 74%!] - this will more than wipe out the benefit of all of the spending cuts announced to date.
And what do we pay this for? To be governed by a group of Eurocrats in the majority and increasing number of areas of national life - did we have difficulty in governing ourselves before? Did we lose a war that no one noticed? For this is usually the only reason a nation submits to government by a foreign power. These Eurocrats create laws that are generally against our national interest and, because of the way the EU is constructed, effectively removes the peoples democratic right to change the laws so created.
We must have taken leave of our senses to keep electing the three main parties to government, each of whom wishes to see our continued membership?