Councillor Allan Wright (Convener, Moray Council) appended his signature to a letter to the The Daily Telegraph earlier this week expressing support for Britain’s membership of a reformed European Union (EU). The fact that the EU is not open to reform seems to have slipped the notice of the signatories to the letter.
If you’ve been spending time on another planet recently you could be forgiven for having failed to notice that the EU is in economic, political and social meltdown. Economic growth in the EU is sclerotic: a fraction of the UK’s rate of growth. Youth unemployment in Eurozone countries is shockingly high, getting worse. The European political class is making all sorts of bully-boy threats against the UK in the face of a potential British exit (Brexit) from the EU. The EU itself is in a flat-spin over the migration crisis, with the Schengen Agreement (the free movement of people) in tatters and posing an existential threat to the whole ‘European Project’. The threat to the UK’s national security increases by the day, lacking as we do any meaningful control over our borders. By any standard, the EU is in an unholy mess of its own making. A union without a shred of democratic accountability was always going to be a fair weather arrangement. Now that the EU’s foundations are being shown for what they are, namely a massive political deceit, it’s no wonder that the Brussels mood music has become somewhat discordant lately.
Meantime, here in the UK all the main political parties have sworn allegiance to the de facto European government, the European Commission. The European Commission is an unelected cabal of thousands of self-serving bureaucrats which imposes its laws on the UK and other EU countries from gin palaces in Brussels. Our British politicians think that this is a brilliant state of affairs and speak up enthusiastically in favour of the UK’s continued membership of the deceitful, undemocratic and dysfunctional shambles that I described above.
The fact is that British politicians and, still less, the British people stand no chance whatsoever of reforming the EU for as long as the UK remains a signatory to the Treaty of Lisbon; it’s as simple as that. Our politicians are of the culture of the EU which is a culture of obfuscation and propaganda. So, brace yourself over the coming weeks and months for more and more evidence of our politicians’ blind love affair with Brussels.
Bear in mind that if on the 23 June you vote for the UK to remain in the EU, you won’t be voting for some benign continuation of the status quo. A vote for the UK to remain in the European Union will be a vote expressly in favour of ‘ever closer union’ (the creation of a United States of Europe); you will be voting to be governed by unelected, foreign institutions that are about as familiar with freedom and democracy as was the USSR’s Politburo. And we all know what happened to the USSR in the end.
It’s a crying shame that there’s not a single British political party, bar one, which will explain to us the depressingly harsh reality of membership of the European Union. It could be that our politicians have a lot to lose, of course.