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The United Dingdom - stating the bleeding obvious so you don't have to.
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Politics can be confusing. I should know, I've been
called a Nazi for some of my fairly mainstream views, yet I have no sympathy
for parties like the BNP; as a matter of fact I abhor socialism, which is their
underlying ideology. On the other hand I can see that unrestrained freedom has
its downsides because I also believe we have a duty to help those unable to
help themselves. According to the leftists this means I can’t be a Tory, yet at
heart I'm pretty sure I must be.
If I support UKIP that makes me a fruit, apparently, or
in the closet, or some such thing. Oh, for certain, wanting to regain control
of the UK’s own fortunes absolutely must make me a racist, yet UKIP is the only
party that expressly refuses membership to racists, which policy is then said
to be biased against those who wake up and change their political allegiance.
We wake up today to news that some experts are disputing
the case made by some other experts for spending vast sums of money we don’t
have on HS2, for benefits nobody can quantify and absolutely nobody except
potential bidders ever asked for. And yet another bunch of experts are
undecided about the state of BP and whether it has yet paid sufficient penance
for daring to make so much profit before the Deepwater Horizon incident. In every arena it seems that those who are paid huge sums of
money to know about things later turn out to have known fuck-all.
The thing I’m most confused about (I'm not really - the only way is out, but bear with me) and about which nobody really knows is the EU; are we having a referendum or what? And if
we do, what is the likely outcome going to be? And will it make any difference,
either way, to anything?
Everybody now knows, surely, that Heath took us into the
Common Market on the lie that it was a trade agreement and not a massive plan
to create a country called Europe. Some even insist that, worse than just a
massive lie, the whole arrangement was and remains contrary to the UK constitution and is therefore illegal.
But it was the Tories, the most patriotic party, that oversaw the move while
Labour, the most natural of EU bedfellows, that wanted us out. Now, the
opposite seems to be happening but I’m not so sure.
So, do the Tories want us to be IN or OUT of Europe now? What
does the ‘revolt’ by half the Tory backbenchers last night mean, when they voted
for an amendment to the Queen’s speech ‘regretting’ that she hadn't mentioned, at least in passing, the humungous white elephant blocking the door to the
chamber? And does it make any difference what our supposed elected officials
want if the EU says otherwise?
And what, exactly, does Cameron’s proposed Referendum
Bill actually mean? I read Dan Hannan’s (as usual, brilliant) telegraph blog
about it, but I've forgotten the detail. Does it mean there WILL be a referendum,
or there won’t be one, or there’ll only be one if DC gets back in and doesn't ‘forget’
to hold it? Has he finally shot that elusive fox, or has he just given
everybody more cause to suspect treachery?
At stake is the prospect of UK independence, or being forever
shackled to an institution that can (and does) overturn democracy and rob
private bank accounts or impose massive spending increases such as this demand
for an extra three-quarters of a billion pounds per year at a time when
everybody’s belts are tight. Surely there must be a massive case to demonstrate
that the benefits outweigh the costs? Yet there isn’t; there are only hollow
words and two decades of unaudited accounts. Running a continent? This lot
couldn’t run a corner shop.
But the confusion over Europe doesn't start and end with
the Tories. Does anybody know what the increasingly desperate Labour party
stand for now? And where are the LibDems with their EU hokey-cokey: in-out, in-out, shake it all about? They say that membership of the EU is low on people’s priorities,
way behind jobs, immigration and the economy at large, but that doesn't mean
people are actively pro EU. If anything, as the EU affects all of those important issues (and many adversely) it can be shown to be easily the top priority.
In my life, which has been anything but parochial, I have met few people in
favour, but a clear majority broadly against.
A dangerous game?
So, as the great propaganda machines of state creak into life expect two years of repeatedly and confusingly seeing answers to the following impossible questions.
Is the EU:
great/bad/brilliant/bad/superb/bad? Or is it,
Which way round is
it? What was the question again? Does 'yes' keep us in, or does 'no' get us out? Do we cut the green wire, or the red? Nobody knows, so let’s get the hell out of there before somebody blows the
bloody doors off.