EUROPE WARS: THE LAST BREXITEER & A CHRISTMAS CAROL


Star Wars

An open letter to Mr Douglas Ross MP, my Member of Parliament

THE RESISTANCE

You’ll be aware that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now on general release. I couldn’t help but draw a connection between the Star Wars film’s promotional blurb and the situation today as the UK seeks to extricate itself from the clutches of the European Union. Here’s the Star Wars blurb:

Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy …

And here’s the translation:

Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker lead the European Union in an all-out assault against Theresa and the UK for supremacy of Europe.

There were times watching the film last night when I had to resist the temptation to transpose those of us who voted for Brexit into the Resistance, and to think of the European Union as the First Order. After all, the European Union seeks supremacy of Europe through ‘ever closer union’ and the formation of a European superstate. Meanwhile, a small band of British citizens – the Resistance – representing just 3% of the population of the European Union voted for the UK to leave the EU.

THE FIRST ORDER

The EU elites and their enthusiastic-verging-on-rabid supporters here in the UK – think Tony Blair, Philip Hammond, Nick Clegg, Ken Clarke, Vince Cable, Amber Rudd et al, most of the British Cabinet/Government, the British Establishment, most of the British political class, British academia, the BBC and most of the mainstream Fourth Estate – are beyond furious that 17 million British peasants rebelled against the First Order European Union in June last year.

Blair EU-2

As one who voted for the UK to remain in the European Union, I don’t know if you, Douglas, form part of the furious elite who would prefer, when all’s said and done, to have the UK remain snared by The Treaty of Lisbon, governed by a foreign oligarchy (the European Commission) and led by the nose into a United States of Europe?

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

I voted for the UK to leave the EU, and I’m a constituent of yours. In this context, I’d like to ask you to take into account my thoughts on the Brexit process. You see, from where I’m sitting, it’s not the UK’s membership of the European Union which is at stake here; it’s democracy itself which is under threat. That’s not hyperbole; it’s merely a description of events as they’ve unfolded since the result of the EU Referendum 18 months ago. It’s hard to believe, but we shouldn’t be surprised, that in 18 months the British Government (the majority of whom would have preferred the UK to remain in the EU) has achieved virtually nothing in the name of extracting the UK from the European Union.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL IMPLEMENT WHAT YOU DECIDE

If it wasn’t so dark and serious, it would be at best bizarre to see so much institutional energy and resources now being directed towards subverting or, worse, overturning the democratic will of the British people. The Government spent £9 million of taxpayers’ money seeking to persuade people to vote to keep the UK in the EU. The literature – essentially EU propaganda – declared, ‘This is your decision. The Government will implement what you decide’. Thankfully, the British people weren’t taken in by Project Fear and instead opted for sovereignty, freedom and democracy over the unfounded threats of economic ruin.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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I’m reminded at this time of year of Charles Dickens’ classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’. In that story, a man loses all sense of proportion, of what it means to lead a good life. Economics prevailed for Ebenezer Scrooge above all else; he fell for the love of money.

The fanatics of the European Union told us, and continue to tell us today that economics is all; that if we strike out and away from the European Union we shall all become paupers; in the end, that’s all that matters. Neatly, for politicians anyway, threatening economic disaster plays to the worst fears of people. For me, the most profound moment in ‘A Christmas Carol’ is when Scrooge’s exquisite fiancé, Belle, gently explains to Scrooge why she must leave him:

‘You fear the world too much, Ebenezer.  All your other hopes have merged into the hope of being beyond the chance of its sordid reproach.  I have seen your nobler aspirations fall off one by one, until the master-passion, gain, engrosses you.  Have I not?

Scrooge & Belle

GUIDANCE TOWARDS THE SUPERSTATE

The founding fathers of the European Union knew then, as the Union’s unelected and unaccountable custodians and its fanatics know today, that if you play to people’s financial fears, you’ll have them eating out of your hand. Jean Monnet (1888 – 1979) was one of the European Union’s founding fathers. His philosophy of the EU was that:

‘Europe’s nations should be guided towards the superstate without their people understanding what’s happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps, each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually and irreversibly lead to federation’

Despite what the Europhiles assert – that the British people voted for Brexit largely on the basis of ignorance, bigotry and xenophobia – the fact is that the British people voted primarily to recover their sovereignty. The authority of the United Kingdom and its government must be created and sustained by people like me, the voters. We give our consent to be governed through people like you, Douglas, our elected representatives. British voters are, or should be the source of all political power in the UK; not the European Commission, the EU’s de facto government; not the eunuch that is the European Parliament; not the European Commission’s enforcer, the European Court of Justice (sic). The British people will be sovereign again within their own state: that is what they expect as a result of having voted for the UK to leave the European Union last year.

DEFINING WESTERN CIVILISATION

So, it worries me every day, Douglas, to observe the frantic attempts by the European Union and its supporters here in the UK both openly and covertly to subvert the process of the UK working to recover its sovereignty. In essence, these people are setting out systematically to attack and destroy democracy. I’d like you to bear all this in mind as you represent me in Parliament in the coming months whilst the Government fulfils its obligation to implement what the British people decided on 23 June 2016.

As Daniel Hannan pointed out in his excellent treatise, ‘How We Invented Freedom & Why It Matters’:

‘The three precepts that define Western civilisation – the rule of law, democratic government and individual liberty – are not equally valued across Europe. When they act collectively, the member states of the EU are quite ready to subordinate all three to political imperatives’

The political imperatives of the European Union are, ideally, to stop Brexit, or to make the result of the UK leaving the European Union to be so appalling that no other member state will ever contemplate recovering its national sovereignty. Those political imperatives will be dressed up largely as economic imperatives, playing on the fears of the British people and, indeed, on the fears of all the peoples of the European Union.

WHAT BREXIT IS REALLY ALL ABOUT

Therefore, I ask you, Douglas, never to lose sight of what Brexit is really all about. I don’t fear the world, sir, and nor should you or your fellow Parliamentarians. On the contrary, we should as a nation be excited and positive about throwing off the shackles of an unworkable, unsustainable and unwanted political construct, the European Union. I’ll wager that that Union is doomed, Douglas, and the sooner we release ourselves from it, the sooner we shall foment the process of releasing 500 million other people from it.

Merry Christmas and a Happy, Free and Democratic New Year to you and your family.


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28 comments

  1. Some years ago I was involved in a mergers and acquisitions project for a major computer company. There were several criteria we applied to see if a proposal would work. We asked questions of the intended target, including…
    What is their culture, what are their values?
    What language do they use (e.g. corporate BS or plain English?)
    Are they financially viable- assets, debts, potential?
    Management structure -do they run things along the same lines as us?
    Do both parties benefit, and how?

    In summary, are the partners a good fit?

    Apply these questions to the EU and it becomes plain that a Eurostate would be a disaster. It looks as if Germany and the UK might have been an 80% fit, France maybe a 65% fit.
    Italy, Spain and Portugal might have fitted into a union by themselves, with similar economies, similar values and working patterns and some kind of linguistic commonality. But they don’t fit the Anglo-German model.
    As for Greece and the eastern bloc, forget it.

    This, for me, is why the EU will struggle on, glued together by corporate and bureaucratic greed and the Euro, the currency no country can now abandon without economic disaster. What a crock.

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  2. moraymint- spot on as usual. apart from corruption I think we just expect too much from politicians.

    I’m including a link to a conversation Nikki Haley (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikki_Haley) had unknowingly with two Russian comedians that claimed to be from a non existent country called Binoma (something like that).

    The comedians claimed that the Russians had been meddling in their elections and Haley said words to the effect of: ‘we’re aware of this, we;re looking into it, this is what the Russians do.’

    This recording was published on an X22 Report, I look at these occasionally, the link is to just before the start of the phone conversation.

    Have a listen.

    Absolutely unbelievable, God help us!

    If we get this from the US Ambassador to the United Nations, I wouldn’t expect too much sense from your local MP.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Thanks Tim. It seems to me that there was never any question that extricating the UK from the EU was always going to be (a) complicated, (b) resisted and (c) lengthy. Like many of my ilk, I remain deeply suspicious of the British political class’s intentions and capabilities regarding the UK leaving the EU. I think the British political class (with a few notable exceptions) doesn’t want the UK to leave the EU; therefore, politicians’ intentions in this respect must be treated with suspicion.

      Furthermore, over the past 40 years or so, the British political class has been emasculated, undermined and de-skilled by the UK’s subservience to governance of our nation by and from the EU; in other words, our politicians are largely incompetent politicians when it comes to acting in the national interest.

      In all this, I take some heart from my assumption that, ultimately, the EU is doomed. The euro currency will be at the heart of the disintegration of the European Union, reinforced by a growing popular distrust across the nations of Europe of all things Brussels, ie populism (stated here in the non-pejorative form). I also rely to some extent on the continued disconnect between the political class, their allies in the Establishment and the media, ‘clever’ people arguing that the EU is innately good and nation states are innately bad, and the ordinary guy on the street. I believe that, on balance, the majority of Brits cherish sovereignty, freedom and democracy over the sort of latter-day regression to a 17th century style of governance and power preferred by the Eurocrats. We Brits have been there, done that, revolted against it and prefer self-determination over EU style governance-by-diktat, dressed up as democracy.

      Personally, I look forward with relish to the disintegration of the EU and I hope that it goes the same way as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics – which was never a union at all.

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      1. Thanks MM

        First of all, I urge you and your readers to take the linked report very seriously indeed. The Peterson Institute (PIIE) is a highly respected organization, and isn’t a lobbying group. Probably 99% of all comment on Brexit comes from people favouring one side or the other. So the PIIE view deserves extra attention. On this note, I might write my own blog on “Brexit”. I think I can add some value this way, just by being as objective as possible.

        There are two issues here but, again, 99% of comment conflates these two.

        First, is “Brexit” a good idea? This debate, which is likely to rumble on interminably, is ‘shades of grey’, with both sides able to make valid points, but usually preferring to heap abuse on their opponents rather than discussing the issues. Ultimately, whether Brexit is a good idea or not will depend on the outcome, and this in turn depends on how it is managed. Personally, I don’t think any UK government in recent times has been capable of managing the skin off a rice pudding.

        Second, will “Brexit” be implemented? This is a much more relevant issue, and is far more clear-cut. The British public has voted to leave the EU. Therefore, this must happen, in full, and not “in name only”.

        You are right that “the establishment” has a shocking record for doing what it wants, and ignoring the will of the people.

        My view is that, if they do that this time, they are playing with fire. Britain doesn’t have a whole lot of “democratic capital” to fall back on. No government since 1945 has won 50% of the vote (even Attlee fell just short). The Conservatives got just under 36% in 2015, but formed a government. There is no PR, there is no separation of powers, and the Lords – ludicrously – are nominated, not elected. So, when a majority result IS reached, politicians would be wise to respect it.

        If TPTB do try to evade this public will, they will be inviting anger. There’s a lot of anger around already, notably because of deteriorating prosperity (stagnant/falling real incomes, rising debt, under-funded public services and perceived unfairness), and trust in many institutions is at a very low ebb.

        So I hope fervently that TPTB act with vision and humility, and carry out the expressed wishes of the voters. Unfortunately, both vision and humility, and for that matter simple competence as well, seem to be in short supply nowadays.

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  3. MM

    Can I suggest that you, and your readers, check out this link as a matter of concern?

    Tim

    https://tuerchen.com/8bb844b3/6

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Thanks Tim, I’ll take a look. I don’t think I’ve come across Unlock Democracy before – but I like the idea!

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  4. Dear Moraymint, a wonderfully written, amusing and well presented blog.

    Wrong argument.

    I for one am very saddened and indeed embarrassed, that my country has chosen to leave the EU. I believe passionately we should be part of the EU, ( and the UN , NATO etc.) If anything I feel we joined too late, engaged too little and all have lost out because of it.

    We should be part of Europe and part of moult the European Union.
    For me it is about good governance and the best democracy we can achieve at the right level of governance. Democracy is never perfect and UK democracy, as represented by the House of Commons, is outdated and deeply flawed.

    At best we should organise ourselves at local, regional , national, continental and world levels appropriately. Each level doing what it is best to at doing. Ideally I would see the Uk, or Scotland, as a nation state in a federated Europe. Perfect! With Europe or EU doing what a continental power/ federation like the USA, India or China does. In my view we would be the better for it and our tiny wee world would be the better for it. If things aren’t right then we need to work harder, persuade more and keep at it.

    It is for me a falsehood, a mirage that we can stand as a single sovereign nation. We are deeply interconnected and interdependent

    The trick is choosing to join in, engage and shape that engagement. Not be happy with imperfection or innappopriate arrangements or powers. We need to work at this, consult and explore options and it is reasonable that we argue, change and develop.

    For me Brexit it is a backward step, a retreat and a mistake. Moraymint to paraphrase Belle “You fear the EU/ world too much Moraymint/ Brexiteers.”

    Democracy is not a referendum. A Referendum , indeed the Referenda on Scottish independence and Brexit, are a pretty clear signal to us all and should be respected for that. These signals are being worked through in the “after politics” but in the case of Brexit take time! If Scotland had voted for independence that would have taken negotiation and time!

    We are leaving. In a few years we will have left. We will look across the English Channel and wonder what are they are doing in Europe? Outside. Alone. Shame

    My hope is that we quickly understand our error regroup and reengage.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Some very interesting points here, Andy, and thank you for them. They merit careful consideration and a thought-through response – which I shall do in due course …

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      1. Andy, I would suggest that the bigger the organisation (in this case the federation of the united states of Europe) the bigger the problems. We have been ‘in’ for more than 40 years, and that period has proved to many of us that there are far too many differences between the UK and the rest of Europe to be anything other than good friends.

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        1. moraymint · · Reply

          Thanks sm. I’m pleased that Andy has put up his comment as he has. I’m going to look at it in some detail and do another post based on Andy’s comment. He makes various points which merit attention …

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    2. arfurbryant · · Reply

      Andy, I totally respect your view and I’m glad that you have posted them here. Thank you. I have a few points for you…

      [“For me it is about good governance and the best democracy we can achieve at the right level of governance.”]

      Andy, do you honestly believe that the EU is an example of ‘Good governance’? Do you honestly believe the EU is an example of good democracy?

      Let me give you an example to show why you might doubt your current opinion:

      The following are excerpts from Article 32 of the European Stability Mechanism (an official EU treaty document):

      [“3. The ESM, its property, funding and assets, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall enjoy immunity from every form of judicial process except to the extent that the ESM expressly waives its immunity for the purpose of any proceedings or by the terms of any contract, including the documentation of the funding instruments.
      4. The property, funding and assets of the ESM shall, wherever located and by whomsoever held, be immune from search, requisition, confiscation, expropriation or any other form of seizure, taking or foreclosure by executive, judicial, administrative or legislative action.
      5. The archives of the ESM and all documents belonging to the ESM or held by it, shall be inviolable.”]

      And from Article 35:

      [“In the interest of the ESM, the Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Governors, alternate Governors, Directors, alternate Directors, as well as the Managing Director and other staff members shall be immune from legal proceedings with respect to acts performed by them in their official capacity and shall enjoy inviolability in respect of their official papers and documents.”]

      What this means is that the Council can say or write what it wants and the people of the EU can never see, hear, complain or obtain recourse about whatever arguments – or not – have been used in the making of any decision. Is that democracy? Is it good governance, or is it control by diktat?

      **

      [“Democracy is not a referendum.”]

      I agree but equally a referendum is Democracy… in action.

      **

      [“In a few years we will have left. We will look across the English Channel and wonder what are they are doing in Europe? Outside. Alone. Shame”]

      Or… b, THEY will look across the English Channel and wonder what are they doing in Europe? Trapped, Powerless, Anger.

      Andy, the utopian idea of the EU, and the further idea of a single Earth without subdivision, may not be a bad one in the long term and I accept that such an ideal would have to start somewhere. The trouble with the EU current concept is that it has been initiated with the wrong mechanism. To try to control 27 nations with a politburo will only lead to consternation among the proletariat. Justice and democracy cannot be served by the current status quo.

      It is a fallible (and failing) formula and the UK is better off outside.

      But its great to have alternative views and opinions here! 🙂

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      1. moraymint · · Reply

        Thanks arfur. I’d also like to give some constructive feedback on andy’s comment; I’ll do this as a separate blog post presently …

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      2. reallyoldbill · · Reply

        This immunity from prosecution idea is not new in the EU. Exactly the same “protection” was written into the arrangements that set up Europol. Who in their right minds would believe that police officers/agents should be immune from prosecution for deeds that they perform in the execution of their duties? The only people I could think of are tyrants and despots. Nothing to my mind better demonstrates the perverted mindset of the Euro elites who cannot comprehend the concept of individual liberty and freedom under a benign legal system; to them everything and everyone is subservient to the state. Now where have we seen that before in Europe? It simply cannot end well.

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  5. arfurbryant · · Reply

    That is such a great piece, MM. Absolutely spot on!

    Happy Christmas and New Year to all…

    Arfur

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Merry Christmas to you too, sir. I’m reasonably confident that my MP will read the letter: I sent him this post in hard copy. I sent copies also to the Prime Minister, to Ms Ruth Davidson MSP and to the Chairman of our local Conservative & Unionist Association here in Moray. It’s vital to keep hammering home the message.

      PS Do share the post if you can arfur …

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  6. Great post – I cannot add anything to the comments – so I’ll just thank you for your efforts this past year and wish you and yours a happy christmas and new year. 2018 will be the make and break year for Brexit so I look forward to more of your insights on this blog.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Thanks very much, and the same to you wolsten …

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  7. Good comments which I will pass to my local MP. In no great expectation of anything g happening

    As I have said before – we ain’t leavin’ nuffin’ !!

    Transition/Implementation period? Don’t make me laugh…..how long into that before we hear the cries of “it’s all a tad hard and expensive, we just need another 12 months….”

    As JRM said – if during T/I we still have free movement, and still have ECJ supremacy then we are still de facto in the EU.

    Plus the “you have to adopt all the new stuff, but you don’t get a say or a vote”…..

    No – the sheer scale of the progressive barriers to exit I think will be too much this time round……

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      At the moment the barriers to exit seem and, indeed, are extremely high; that is by design, of course. Membership of the EU was always conceived and operated as a one-way street known as the Acquis Communautaire. However, as reallyoldbill points out below: if Brexit is stopped, or if the UK remains in the EU in all but name, I think we’ll be entering uncharted territory in terms of public reaction. The politicians are quite possibly underestimating the depth and strength of feeling about this matter. Typically, the British people are not making a huge fuss right now but rather going along with the blind incompetence of it all. However, if and when it becomes clear that the political class has indeed undermined British democracy, I think – and hope – there could be hell to pay …

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  8. reallyoldbill · · Reply

    Well said, Mr MM. As each new day passes I get the distinctly uncomfortable feeling that the forces that would defy the will of the people are gathering their strength and have not given up their efforts to frustrate the decision to leave the EU altogether if they can. That would be a direct assault upon the democratic fabric of this peaceful nation which could have dangerous and entirely unpredictable consequences for us all. If a democratic decision, lawfully made and expressed by the people of the UK, is not respected then the question must be asked: why should we be bound by the laws that are made by an establishment which has chosen itself to disregard the rules that allow a peaceful society to function? These anti-democratic forces are literally playing with fire, not just the futures of us all but the very nation itself, and they must be resisted by every right-thinking democrat regardless of which side they may have taken in the referendum. That goes doubly so for the elected and unelected members of our parliament which exists solely to serve the people and give effect to their wishes. When I hear the likes of Baron Malloch-Brown, a member of that parliament (although unelected by anyone) openly suggest that Brexit can be overturned and that the recently forced final vote on any deal presents the ideal opportunity to do so, we should all question in whose interests some members of both houses think they are acting, and whether they support the concept of democracy at all.

    There is far more at stake than just our membership of the European Union; we are at a seminal moment in the lawful and peaceful governance of the nation in which our political and legal systems will be put to the test as they rarely have been in modern times. Those who put themselves on the wrong side of history will have much to answer for if they cause those systems to be rejected by an angry majority, unwilling to accept that they should be impotent in the face of betrayal by those who refuse to acknowledge that democratic decisions have to be honoured however unpalatable they may find it. The foundations upon which a harmonious society is able to exist are much shallower than may seem obvious, and any cracks opened up by attempts to undermine the will of the people could be disastrous. Without trust it simply will not work.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Great, insightful perspective, Bill; thanks …

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  9. Well said, Moray….I await the response with bated breath (but sadly little optimism!).

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      And the same to you!

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  10. Shane P Earl · · Reply

    Hello MM
    First of all, well said that man.

    Have you seen Stefan Molyneux review of the same film? Released on his YouTube channel last night, 17/12/17

    My first thought on reading your post was to change the name of your MP for mine (nothing else needs changing!) and sending it to her.

    If the possibility of it backfiring on my credibility in future were not there, I would have done.

    I Will be sharing it all the same.

    Thank you MM

    Kind regards
    Shane

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Thanks Shane and I’m delighted that you’re passing these thoughts on to others. Like I said in my reply below to Dr Morgan, this is (supposed to be) a democracy after all …

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  11. Superb.

    You might have added that the Eurozone has to merge its budgets, essentially meaning its government in all financial and economic affairs including taxation, public spending and government debt.

    Trying to combine a single monetary system with 19 separate budget processes is economic illiteracy. Any student suggesting this in an essay would have been ridiculed, and rightly so.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Thanks Tim. I’d been needing to get that off my chest for some time! I’ve sent a hard copy version directly to Mr Ross MP and I’ve sent copies to the Prime Minister and Ms Ruth Davidson MSP respectively. This is (supposed to be) a democracy, after all …

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