Sending a Message, Loudly

So today, the British are voting in a ridiculous election. They are voting for members of the European Parliament, a part of the European Union that they voted to leave almost three years ago. They would be long gone except for the incompetence malevolence of their government, politicians, and civil servants (better referred to as uncivil serpents). A bit of history from The Duran for those who haven’t kept up (like me). Of course, like many Americans, I’m reminded of what H.L. Mencken said, “There are two kinds of Europeans. The smart ones and those who stayed behind.”

 

Decades ago the British deep state hatched a nefarious plot against the British people.  The elite wanted to foist European unity on an unwilling populace. The notion of the conceited Whitehall elite was that the peasants were stupid and the mandarins knew best. In late 1940s the United Kingdom politely declined offers to join the proposed European Coal and Steel Community. This was an embryonic European Economic Community. As Churchill said ‘we are with Europe but not of it.’ One Labour MP sagely said of joining the European project ‘the Durham miners won’t wear it.’ Those were the days when MPs quaintly cared about serving their constituents.

Harold Macmillan sought British accession to the European Economic Community. The French President de Gaulle rightly rejected the British application. De Gaulle was doing the British a favour. He correctly surmised that the United Kingdom would never be fulling committed to the EEC and that the bulk of the British people were adamantly opposed to such a venture. Charles de Gaulle was a visionary perhaps 70 years ahead of his time. He said that if the UK were admitted it would be forever sticking its oar in. These were prophetic words!

In the late 60s Harold Wilson’s Labour Government sought British membership of the EEC and was again rebuffed. In the early 1970s Edward Heath’s Conservative Government applied to the EEC for a third time. On this occasion Heath’s efforts were crowned with success. It only succeeded through subterfuge of the grossest character. Heath was warned by civil servants that the United Kingdom would have to sublimate itself to European sovereignty. Nevertheless Heath would not let the truth get in the way of his vaulting ambition. He released an official statement that ‘this involves no loss of essential national sovereignty’. Edward Heath did that in full knowledge of this being an outrageous falsehood. The public were assured that the idea there would one day be a single currency was a preposterous scare mongering tactic. In 2002 Heath was asked whether in the early 1970s he had envisaged the UK joining a single  European currency. ‘Yes, of course’ he chortled.

As one judge said European law was like ‘an incoming tide’ in changing British law. You might consider all this desirable. Fair enough but Europhiles should at least have told the truth about it. The Big Lie has become the standard tactic of the Europhile extremists. In 2002 the proposed European Constitution was hotly debated. The UK’s Minister for Europe was an egregiously dishonest politician named Keith Vaz. Keith Vaz MP had the nerve to say that the European Charter of Fundamental had ‘as much constitutional significance as the Beano’. Vaz claimed that the said charter was not justiceable: it would not influence court cases. Vaz is a Cambridge educated solicitor but pretended to know nothing about law. This is the sort of shrieking lie that characterizes Europhile discourse. Only days after making this grossly dishonest statement Vaz acknowledge that the charter was in fact legally impactful. Tony Blair denied that the European Battle Group was a nascent army. There is a clue in the word ‘battle’. The President of the European Commission Romano Prodi said ‘if you are not going to call it an army call it Mary Jane!’

Read it all. This is what the British had the sheer effrontery to vote to get out of, good freemen and women that they are. But the British deep state is working hard to thwart that desire, as they have all across Europe. But the UK is another matter, as Maggie famously said:

“We want a society where people are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. This is what we mean by a moral society; not a society where the state is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the state.”

See that is the problem with the left, the deep state, or whatever you wish to call it, whether in Britain, Brussels, Washington. or anywhere else, they wish power, riches, celebrity, whatever, but they are unwilling to be responsible, they always blame someone or even worse, something else.

So my advice to my British friends today is to vote, and vote the Brexit Party, or vote UKIP, or vote for a man or woman who will stand stalwartly for Britain against all comers.

What this election really amounts to is a message to Brussels, and above all to Westminster, that as Dame Vera told us all so long ago.

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16 Responses to Sending a Message, Loudly

  1. Nicholas says:

    Here’s hoping that the results, when they come out in a few days time (the votes are counted on Sunday) will force the PM to step down. One wonders what will become of the Conservative Party. The spectre of Corbyn is enough to keep people voting for it in general elections in order to keep him out of power.

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    • NEO says:

      If you guys are smart, both Tories and Labour will be destroyed. Farage has changed everything this time, I think. Watching Ann Widdecombe being cheered in solid Labour towns tells you all you need to know. The Tories have self destructed as near as I can tell, not even the fear of Corbyn can save them now.

      For me this is a lot like watching the South turn Republican a generation or so ago.

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      • Nicholas says:

        I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to vote for her, since I live in the South West of England, which is her territory in this election. Jacob Rees Mogg’s constituency is not a million miles from where I live either (it is in Somerset). I admire her since she willingly left Anglicanism on principle when they admitted women priests. She has tried to represent her newfound Catholicism over the years on the TV when possible.

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        • NEO says:

          I like her quite a lot as well. Both for that and a goodly share of her politics. Although my knowledge of her is shallow, a bit of hasty research. But that happens, and I like ‘happy warriors’ on principle. 🙂

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        • Nicholas says:

          Her brother, now deceased, was the pastor of an Anglican church in Bristol:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Philip_and_St_Jacob,_Bristol

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        • the unit says:

          Is he deceased by means of Milkshake Missile? Down here in the south U.S. it’d be by Flying Moon Pie Frisbee. 🙂

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        • Nicholas says:

          😛 You reminded me of that scene in “Back to the Future III”, where Michael J Fox throws a Frisbee pie plate at a gun-toting lowlife at a hoe down. Seriously, though, I find it disgusting, not least because I love milkshakes and hate to see them wasted. When I lived in Belgium, I used to get coconut milkshakes and banana milkshakes at McDonald’s. Happy days, if not for my wasteline. Incidentally, George Conger, who speaks on “Anglican Unscripted” is the minister of a parish in Florida (I think northern Florida).

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        • NEO says:

          Really, seltzer bottle would be more environmentally friendly, or at least more mental. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Nope, we wouldn’t waste on a pol of any sort. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          George Conger
          LATEST POSTS
          After a two year hiatus, it is a pleasure to return to the roster of writers for GetReligion.
          Editor’s note: It’s been some time since the GetReligionista team included someone who wears a clerical collar, especially — as was the case with the Rev. Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans — someone with experience in mainstream and religious-market journalism. Another key: The arrival of a scribe who is very, very familiar with the unique media scene in Europe and in the Middle East. So, here we go.
          (No date there, so don’t know how old it is for religious-market journalism)
          His sermon from Sunday at his church is here. I’ll give it a listen. He’s just around the corner from me in Pensacola…about 350 miles. 🙂
          https://sothec.org/
          Oops, he thinks he sounds like a Baptist…from Philadelphia. OK. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          They do have some there, I guess. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Indeed! 🙂

          Like

    • the unit says:

      I read you’re voting the D’Hondt method. Is that Drive thru in a Honda? 🙂

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      • Nicholas says:

        Who knows? Cranmer’s blog has an explanation of it, but in any event, I considered that the MEPs have little power relative to the Commission, so I voted based on the message I want to send.

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        • NEO says:

          I read some stuff on it, didn’t make much sense to me, either. Besides it’s just a talk shop, send people who stay on message and talk loud. Maybe they’ll throw you out of the EU. 🙂

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