Thursday, 29 May 2014
Despite all the fun of the last week, as all over Europe new parties more closely representing traditional working people have taken respectable shares of the vote, the federal project rumbles on apace. Fuelled by fear and heavily funded campaigning to remain in the club, any potential exit referenda are likely to return such narrow margins as to be considered inconclusive and thus be effectively ignored. Attempts at reform are likely to fail, especially as the workings of the various institutions are effectively impenetrable to ordinary voters and the EU’s leaders are intent that should remain so.
So, where will all this lead? As workers from eastern states pour into the big three - Germany, France and the United Kingdom - and displace the unskilled, many of those who can are seeking to relocate their lives in more friendly climes. The low cost of living in the desperately depopulated former soviet states has been a pull in tempting adventurous Brits into early retirement. And many young professionals who can work via the internet are choosing to do so in countries where they may actually be able to afford a house of their own.
In the UK itself seaside resorts have become dole towns as the unemployable calculate they may as well enjoy their permanent holidays in fitting locations, leaving the expensive bustle of the inner cities to the workers. The Costas have long been the retirement colonies for those on stretched state pensions and with the uncomfortable imposition of multiculturalism many are seeking the prospect of ending their days among people like themselves, somewhere warm and welcoming rather than watch the towns they grew up in become veiled and unrecognisable.
The EU is divided into geographical regions but in a couple of generations it might make more sense to recognise those regions not by location but by occupation. Thus the major cities of northern Europe will teem with largely young but poorly educated people, working to make everything and pay for everything via their taxes. They will holiday in the Mediterranean where they will gain a taste for the comforts that await the end of their working lives and they will leave their children behind to work when they leave.
Educated professionals will continue, of course, to work wherever they wish but as now will congregate in concentrations of professional expertise such as major financial centres and high-tech campuses clustered around major universities. And when they eventually retire it will be to the leafy, unspoilt countryside in the climate of their choice.
The New Europe
In other words, no real change; it’s already happening. The burgeoning housing crisis will be solved by building pods for the drones in industrial areas and by the depopulation of the no longer productive. Watch as all that multiculturalism turns back into segregation as work and workers retreat from islamic cities and leave them to their new cold deserts and slowly but surely a new Europe emerges, politics becomes pointless and nation states are a thing of the past.