Well, there we go. Democracy in action, whether you like the result or not. Remember, the European Union only does sham democracy. The UK does democracy in the raw. Let’s take a moment to look at some sentiments about the European Union.
“I have never understood why public opinion about European ideas should be taken into account at all” Raymond Barre, PM of France, 1976 – 1981
“The age of pure representative democracy is coming to an end” Peter Mandelson, European Commissioner, 2004 – 08
“The European Union is a state under construction” Elmar Brok, MEP, 1980 –
“The fusion of economic functions will compel nations to fuse their sovereignty into that of a single European state” Jean Monnet, Founding Father of the European Union
“It is an illusion to think that EU states can hold on to their autonomy” Hans Tietmeyer, President German Bundesbank, 1993 – 99
“A Europe of nations is a relic of the past” Guy Verhofstadt, MEP, 2009 –
“The EU is a non-imperial empire” Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, 2004 – 14
“We need a political federation with the European Commission as government” Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner, 1999 – 2014
“The time of the homogenous nation state is over” Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, 2009 – 14
“I look forward to the day when the Westminster Parliament is just a council chamber of Europe” Kenneth Clarke, Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1993 – 97
“I see no case for having a referendum on [The Lisbon Treaty]. We don’t govern this country by referendum” Tony Blair, Prime Minister, 1997 – 2007.
“National sovereignty will soon prove itself to be a product of the imagination” Gerhard Schroder, Chancellor of Germany, 1998 – 2005
“The day of the nation state is over” Roman Herzog, President of Germany, 1994 – 99
“We must not bow to populism” Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, 2014 –
“The UK belongs to the European Union” Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, 2014 –
Thanks for that last comment, Herr Schulz (who he?). All I can say at this stage is:
“All the best with those barnpot ideas guys, but we Brits are about to relish our freedom” Moraymint, British Citizen, 1957 –
Once again, it’s coming down to the people of the United Kingdom to save the Europeans from themselves. At least this time we stand a chance of doing it without warfare. Let’s hope so.
Come on Europe. Who’s next?
You French, Italians, Dutch, Spaniards, Greeks, Portuguese … you don’t have to put up with all of that end-of-the-nation-state baloney above. Have a little faith in yourselves. Be proud of your history, your culture, your willingness to engage in peaceful and productive trade with your neighbouring states and other countries around the world – without being governed by some unelected, unaccountable, foreign oligarchy. Reject totalitarianism. Indeed, reject all of those alien ideas above; they are self-serving fallacies concerned ultimately with the subjugation of you and me.
I’m pleased at the result of the EU Referendum. But I’m surprised that so many of my compatriots preferred the alternative to sovereignty, freedom and democracy. What was that all about? If you voted Remain, please comment below and tell me what exactly you wanted from keeping our country under the yoke of The Treaty of Lisbon, and having our people governed by the European Commission. What were you thinking? And, today, are you really melancholy about being in that balloon in the picture above? Pray tell me.
Scotland’s view is strange. Desperate to extract itself from perceived English governance. Equally desperate to be governed by a foreign oligarchy. Explanations for this national mindset in the comments section below please. To the proud Scottish people I would say, run your eye down that list of quotations above again, and again, and ask yourself if those types of sentiments fit with your own sense of nationhood.
We now owe it to ourselves as a society to pull together in the name of our Queen and country and to set an example to the nations of the European Union and the rest of world. All eyes are upon us. But first, the Prime Minister must resign.
One of my favourite, easy-watching films of all time is, ‘Kelly’s Heroes’. As Oddball says in this clip, and I would now say to my friends in the nation states of the European Union:
“Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here?” Oddball, A Kelly’s Hero, WW2
Like Kelly said, “It’s a beautiful day …“