Being on Nights is a rarely a nice experience, waking up to hear Cameron stop his anti-Europe spin on maybe wanting a referendum on the EU, but definitely wanting to decrease EU powers over social and working legislation is pretty depressing news – though a familiar way to drum up some support for the flagging poll ratings the Conservative’s are suffering from, it is also a good distraction from the current problems facing the Tory Party. It is the same trick we always fall for in this country Flag Waving.
Bashing the European Union is always a vote winner, the depressing headlines about the latest EU directives (you know the ones, EU demands straight cucumbers etc) is a depressingly easy way to rabble rouse. Sunday is a another good day to do this type of thing, more people watching TV as the rain pours down during the eqaully despressingly predictable summer – no doubt the fault of the EU as well.
Looking at the reasons behind this latest comment is interesting.
Firstly there is the guaranteed Poll bump after Chancellor Osborne has done some fairly embarrassing U-Turns on taxation (costing about £750 Million), namely the cap of on charitable giving tax relief (a really good idea when you are desperately trying to breathe life into the Big Society), and Fuel Tax. The Lib Dems will no doubt take credit for these volte face whilst conveniently forgetting that they voted for them. Todays announcement is to draw a line under the OmniShambles of the past few months.
Of course the pledge that we would be returned to growth by the end of this Parliament (2015) is totally the fault of the European Union and nothing to do with the Tories mismanagement of the economy – a note to Tories when Labour left office the economy was growing.
Secondly wanting to claw back more power from the EU, of course this required so that Cameron can create his wage slave economy that his capitalist friends want, being the sweat shop of Europe is the ultimate goal of this administration; already the Tories have declared they want to repeal some Health and Safety Legislation to help the economy. Health and Safety legislation has obviously burdened the German economy to such an extent this the economy is still growing and most of the EU is NOT in recession like the UK economy.
Then there is the social bit – wanting to abolish the authority of the European Court of Human Rights would be a boon to Theresa May, Human Rights have always got in the way of capitalism, and Theresa May has never grasped the concept that Human Rights legislation is supposed to make the Government’s job harder! I am sure it would be OK because the Tories have proposed a written constitution, which will be worded in such a way to benefit Government, and tinkered with ad nauseam when it became inconvenient.
The problem with this country is that we have no vision, we have no idea of the ‘Grand Projet’ even the High Speed Line 2 (which I oppose) has been scuppered due to dodgy figures. This country has no soaring ideal, no sense of nationalism that is not tinged with racism, like an inadequate delinquent we lurch from blaming one person to another with no goal in sight.
We never had a sense of idealism, just the selfish gain of the Tory Posh Boys down the ages, if we had idealism we would still have National Health Service – which as I have said before is our finest achievement, now sacrificed on the altar of Conservatism.
When Cameron walked out of the meeting in Brussels in December (it was then I finally decided I had to leave this country) Le Monde wrote:
The British do not believe in the European idea. They are alien to this project, which is currently bogged down, but which appears to be more necessary than ever; to forge a single entity that will be able to exist as such among the other powers of the 21st Century.
We should have no regrets about what happened in Brussels. The ambiguity about the role of Britain has been cleared up: deep down the British, who joined what was the European Economic Community in 1973, are only interested in one aspect of Europe – the single market – while they have remained indifferent, if not hostile, to the rest of the European project.
What Le Monde still stands today, and it is our epitaph
Without a vision the people perish ~ Proverbs 29:18
We have no vision, we have capitalism – an isolated version at that – and at best we will be doomed to mediocrity, at best.