The British Government’s View
In recent weeks we’ve experienced the somewhat unedifying spectacle of a (fractured) British government cajoling and coercing its citizens to vote to support the ‘ever closer union’ of 28 nations becoming a European superstate. That superstate (today in the guise of the European Union) is, and would continue to be governed by an unelected, unaccountable politico-bureaucratic elite, the European Commission, with the UK a vassal state within.
The British Prime Minister’s view is that the people of this country would be better served by 28 unelected commissioners, vice-presidents and presidents dispensing laws from a palace in Brussels than it would be served by its elected House of Commons.
Incidentally, if you think that those opening paragraphs were somewhat fact-lite, or biased, then feel free to read this previous post, at least to get some feel for how the UK and its fellow EU member nations are governed under the Lisbon Treaty – which is the European Union Constitution by another name. The UK is bound as tight as a nut under the Lisbon Treaty. It’s a fact that if the UK remains within the European Union we shall continue to be swept into the vortex of a European political autocracy: a strengthening of European government, more and more European laws, European fiscal ‘harmonisation’ (that is, tax and spend laws set by the European Commission), European law enforcement agencies, a European army and so on and so forth. These outcomes are inevitable and over which the UK will have no influence for they are innate to the Lisbon Treaty and, moreover, represent the settled wishes of the European Commission.
Have you ever heard the Remainians set out in detail the features and benefits of rule by a foreign oligarchy? No, nor me. Funny that. Instead, the British government has threatened us with economic and social Armageddon if we don’t vote in favour of the UK remaining within the European Union. Indeed, bizarrely, the government says that not only will Armageddon befall us, but the Chancellor of the Exchequer will himself punish British society if we dare to vote to leave the European Union; he’ll do this by imposing upon us a ‘Brexit Budget’ come the day.
It continues both to baffle and to sadden me that the politics of the UK should ever have got to the point where a British government is, to all intents and purposes, itself traitorous. How unexpected and weird is that? To be traitorous is to betray. In this case, the British government is betraying the principles of freedom, democracy and sovereignty established in the UK over centuries through the expenditure of much blood and treasure. The self-appointed role of the British government in this EU Referendum campaign has been to argue for us summarily to dispense with a 1,000 years of history in favour of rule by a distant oligarchy – simply by placing a cross on a ballot form. To use a modern colloquialism, WTF?
It’s the Morning of Friday 24 June
My bedside radio clicks into life and I learn that the British people have voted in favour of the UK remaining a signatory to the Lisbon Treaty and, therefore, a member of the European Union. How do I feel?
Well, my first reaction is that, for now, I’m experiencing one of the outcomes of an obsolescent feature of British society: democracy. The British people had a political choice yesterday and made that choice. I’m laying here thinking, ‘If most of my compatriots believe that life in the UK will be better for us being ruled from afar, by people whom we neither know, nor choose, nor can we hold to account or reject from office, then so be it.’ It occurs to me that you and I will be unlikely to see Mr Vladimir Dombrovskis walking the streets of his vassal state any time soon, as was Mrs Jo Cox MP walking about her constituency last week. You’ll need to find out for yourself who is Vladimir Dombrovskis. However, he has power (for which he is unaccountable) over the way you and I will live our lives now that we’ve assigned emphatically the governance of our society to Mr Dombrovskis and his colleagues.
From here on, the British people will come to learn that Thursday 23 June was the last time they were ever invited to participate in the workings of their de facto government, the European Commission. From today – Friday 24 June 2016 – we must brace ourselves for an avalanche of ‘ever closer union’ as the European Commission moves to capitalise on the UK’s green-light to press on with the creation of the United States of Europe. The 28 technocrats in The Berlaymont (the palace of the European Commission) will be rubbing their hands with glee this morning. We need to get used to that hitherto unfamiliar term, The Berlaymont, from where increasingly our lives will be ruled, like the working of a ratchet, by an invisible, untouchable elite.
My next reaction is to feel let down. My twenty-odd years serving in the British armed forces taught me that one of the worst things, if not the worst thing you can ever do to your teammates is to let them down. This morning, I’m struggling to understand how and why so many of my team, my fellow British citizens chose to let me down in this way. Of course, if the vote turns out to be as close as the polls predict then it’s me and about 23 million of my compatriots who will be feeling let down, perhaps by other members of our families, by our friends and acquaintances, and by others in our national community.
I feel let down because I want to ask my fellow ‘Remain’ countrymen, ‘Did you really research this matter for yourself? Were you so swayed by The Prime Minister, by Bob Geldof, by the Governor of the Bank of England, by Jeremy Corbyn, by the Confederation of British Industry, by President Obama? Did you invest just a day or two of your life and discover for yourself the reality of the history of the European Union, it’s workings today and, most of all, its ambitions? Did you research a 1,000 years of British history and the sacrifices that came with it?’
But back to the democracy thing. I have to accept, of course, that 23 million of my national mates will have taken a rational decision to favour President Jean-Claude Juncker (unelected), over Her Majesty The Queen (also unelected, as it happens, but in a somewhat different league, and without any of the unchecked and unbalanced constitutional powers held by Mr Juncker).
I can think of a number of my real-life friends who will almost certainly have voted ‘Remain’ yesterday, but I must and will of course respect the democratic choice of my fellow Brits. But again, this makes me want to ask them, ‘Did you make a conscious decision yesterday to be ruled by a foreign oligarchy? Were you taken in by the Armageddon stuff? Do you believe that, we, the British people are singularly incapable of surviving and thriving in the world without the need to be ruled by 28 unelected, unaccountable, foreigners (OK, with a couple of unheard-of Brits thrown in)? Indeed, do you even know who are the Brits on the European Commission, your government-with-a-vengeance from today, in the same way that probably you know who is your local MP?’
If you voted Remain yesterday and you can say, honestly, that you made a conscious decision to surrender your self-determination, then so be it. But I still feel that you’ve let me down.
It Doesn’t Matter
There’s a third and final sentiment that runs through me this morning and it’s this: it doesn’t really matter if the majority of Brits have chosen to keep the UK inside the European Union. The reason is that, like all empires – as history shows – ultimately the EU will fail and collapse. Indeed, the signs of failure, if not of collapse, are evident today within the European Union. The problem now is that had we voted yesterday to leave the European Union we would at least have protected ourselves from the chaos of its death throes.
I defer here to the journalist, Simon Heffer, who says that empires like the European Union ‘fail because of over-reach, and because they seek to control people determined to control themselves. The EU is an empire (see the postscripted video below to listen to President Barroso talking proudly of his ‘Empire’), albeit one not achieved by military conquest; and the signs of its decay have been obvious since long before the current, and insoluble, crisis of the euro. The European empire will fail because the world for which it was created – the world of the cold war, and international Marxism, and pre-globalisation – no longer exists, and European states need a different means to cope with the future.’
So, here I am. It’s the morning of Friday 24 June 2016 and the British people have voted to remain within the European Union. I acknowledge that democracy has functioned; I feel let down by my compatriots; I feel certain that, in the end, all we’ve done is to have hitched ourselves to a sinking ship, to an empire which, like all empires, will succumb ultimately to its lack of democratic consent.
Finally, I leave you with a turkey voting for Christmas. Here, Daniel Hannan MEP – a man who wishes to see his job made redundant – explains the consequences of voting to keep the UK within the European Union.
Daniel Hannan MEP on the consequences of the UK voting to remain in the European Union …
All I would ask is that if you are one of my family, or friends, or fellow British citizens, then please be quite certain of the reasons for your voting choice on Thursday 23 June, and be conscious of the consequences. We’ll never get this democratic opportunity again. If in future we wish to recover our freedom and democracy then, sadly, history will once again repeat itself: we shall be forced to fight for those cherished gems of civilisation …
President Barroso tells us about his European Union ‘Empire’ …