Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Friday, 17 June 2011

There is not enough time!



Although a strategy of seeking success through the system of local government, particularly in the case of mayoral elections, is sound, in that it attacks the weakest part of the Nation's electoral process so biased in favour of the three largest parties - this approach is likely to be too slow to save England.

There can be little doubt that, since the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the consolidation of the EU as a United States of Europe has progressed at pace. The financial difficulties of Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain has been used as an excuse for the Eurocrats to become increasingly more involved in the actions of member states' national governments. This is, presently, particularly obvious in the case of Greece where the people are being obliged to endure substantial cuts in their standard of living - although the Greeks are not taking these changes willingly, as can be witnessed by the ongoing riots and demonstrations.

Germany, along with a supportive IMF, is the main financier of EU bailouts - being the wealthiest nation within the EU. It does seem that the German leadership is prepared to limit the disposable income of its people in order to see the EU project succeed. It is doubtful if the people of any other nation within the EU would accept these restrictions, but enduring austerity does seem to find an echo within the German psyche.

The best solution for each of these, once great, nations is to remove themselves from the Eurozone and return to their former currencies - in this way their currency would fall in value to find its natural level and, although this would make imports more expensive, their internal economic activity would remain far less affected. This is what is happening in the UK and, until we reach the point where we can no longer pay our debts - apparently awaited with gleeful anticipation judging by the Coalition's economic program - we should be able to avoid significant interference.

No doubt the conditions attached to the EU bailouts will remove the option, of the nations taking this route, from choosing to leave the EU instead. In accordance with the old adage 'he who pays the piper calls the tune', it follows that Germany will hold an extremely dominant position when deciding the future development of the EU and its nations - a position that China seems to be developing with much of the rest of the world. 

It is strange indeed that economic might has been able to replace military conquest in the domination of other nations. Even stranger, that this economic dominance has been achieved, essentially, through fantasies created by the advertising industry. These have convinced the, mostly female, population - those who are responsible for spending 80% of disposable income - to buy products made by foreign companies, abroad, as opposed to those products, when available, of British companies made in Britain. Seductive advertisements have become the modern weapon for nations, or corporations, attracted to foreign domination - a venture once the sole domain of the weapons developers.

Rather than removing us from the EU and its increasingly suffocating regulations, Cameron has chosen to remain in this debilitating club and pay the extremely high membership fees, he has chosen to stride the world stage as if we were still a global player and pay overseas aid to nations who are far richer than we. Although it seems certain that we will be unable last 10 years without falling completely into the EU/IMF clutches, there is little doubt that this will be the longest we might manage.

Ten years is in political terms two General Elections. This is the likely maximum time span available to those who hope to save England from being absorbed into the EU and being broken down into regions. Once we have become simply a part of the planned United States of Europe, we will be trapped for many generations since there will be no way for democratic release under the 'democratic' provisions of the EU. The only way out will be through violent revolution - and we are presently seeing what the human cost of this route is throughout most of North Africa.

I find it impossible to believe this end can achieve through local politics alone, and within such a short time frame. Our withdrawal from the EU can be achieved only through Westminster. The hope must be that the austerity program devised by the government and the hardships this will bring, will convince voters to step away from the three main parties, with their common attachment to the EU, and vote instead for an English party that offers withdrawal. However, for this to be the case the English party must be prepared and tuned to play this role so that we can hope to avoid the prospect of a '1984' type future.




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