Sitting out on the Western extremes of the European Union, Ireland must feel very alone in this time of financial uncertainty. While the rest of the world seem committed to supporting each other and each government is actively involved in negotiating for the best possible trade deals to support their own shaky economies, when your an Ireland cut off from the rest of the Europe, it must be even more worrying to be fighting to survive right now. So it is little wonder that the Irish people have finally succumbed to the European might and voted yes in today’s referendum.
If you look at the realities of their situation, there is a very clear reason for why Ireland should vote yes. But I do wonder at what cost this acceptance will have long term for us here in the UK and the world as a whole. Personally I don’t think the world is quite ready for a United States of Europe right now. And if what I read in the Huffington Post and Times of London is true, then we are all headed for yet another term under Tony Blair, I am even less convinced that we need a Europe united under one flag at this precise moment.
The fact that the Euro is finally a currency worth considering as pound sterling and the US dollar crash and burn is not our saving grace. The appearance that a united Europe will mean that preferential trade agreements will bolster up our withering economies is further from the truth today than it was ten years ago. When the West finally wakes up and realises that the bandwagon has left town and is headed towards South East Asia, the quicker that we will realise that a united Europe is not going to help anyone but the wolf in sheep’s clothing among us. Nay, Europe is not our saviour as Brussels would have us all believe. If anything Europe is a mix and match of unequal brides, different size yokes and a whole bag of skeletons in closets we never even knew existed.
Take for example the UK. New Labour assured us that there would be no mass migration of Eastern European workers desperate to find work in an attractive UK market. The reality was that huge numbers of migrant Eastern European workers flooded into the UK under the freedom of movement treaty between the new European States. All well and good while the boom was floating, but when the bottom was blown out, the first cry that went up was British jobs for British workers. We now suddenly find that three million British people are out of work as during the golden years when British people turned their noses up at minimum wage jobs, a work force willing to do the job and not argue about what they earned slowly moved into the country under our noses. Now that we all want a job so desperately, Labour can’t do a thing to help, knowing full well that Europe would come crashing down on them if they tried for one moment to protect British jobs.
I am still mystified at how European politicians can imagine bringing an area where more than ten different national languages are spoken together under one united parliament and tell us that the European politicians have the best interests of every nation at heart. No matter which way you look at it some countries are going to get cream pie and others will land up with sorbet instead. The intricacies of our agreements to stick to green plans, energy production, imitations’ goals etc on its own presents a mine field of hiccups that would give even the most seasoned project manager indigestion. Then consider if you will the intricacies of our different financial institutions, government taxations, employment laws, health plans, pensions policies, mortgage and banking regimes, and so much more to baffle even the most educated economist. When you look at places like the United States, or Russia where vast areas are brought together under one banner, you can see that the process was one of time, war and heartache. The North still fight the South in America to this day, even though no one will officially agree to that. The Union of Socialist Soviet Republics broke apart, understandably at the spectacular failure of Communism, but of more interest is the failure of a nation once unified under that banner to come to agreement on how to govern itself. Huge numbers of people died in a civil war in America and under dictatorship in the USSR before any sort of peace could realistically be achieved. What does that spell out in time for us?
Let’s throw another confusion into the mix. Spain has ETA, Northern Ireland has the IRA, Italy has the Red Brigade, Greece has the Revolutionary Nuclei, the PKK in Turkey just to name but a few of the terrorist organisations within Europe that are already fighting for a democratically independent and free country. So under the unification of European states we become a nation with more terrorist groups than any other nation in the world, and who does their fight now fall at the feet of? Do we all automatically become enemies of these groups, as we all stand for a unified country oppressing their desire to become independent? Personally I think it would be quite nice for the IRA to focus their attention at bombing Brussels rather than right here at home, but in reality if so many people are still actively fighting for a homeland in 2009, how on earth can we claim to be a United Europe? And all this before we’ve even begun to talk about the international war on terror!
I wonder how France, Italy, Germany and all the other European nations will like the fact that when the United Kingdom enters the EU officially we will be bringing with us the largest national debt since before World War two. For us I think that would be a wonderful break, our debt being swallowed up by the might of Europe, but can you really see the other members of the EU accepting to shoulder the huge black hole that Tony Blair’s New Labour created before walking out and leaving Gordon Brown with a mess unlike any other in the modern world. How is it that a war monger, thief, liar and traitor can suddenly be up for the most powerful post in the new Europe? We all knew that Tony Blair coveted after a position in Europe. Europe was the holy grail as far as the king of spin was concerned, and that is exactly how he has got where he is today. No one understands the power of spin more than Tony Blair. One wonders with this accolade in the wings, how much he is willing to pay Gordon Brown to keep him out of the lime light in his bid to rule in Europe. He must be trembling in his boots that Gordon will drop him right in it with a public hearing on the Iraq war. Unfortunately there can be no deal on the back of a matchbox this time around, and any promise to Gordon to take him on his coat tails into Europe must ring out like echo’s in an empty vessel as the bitter realisation of his defeat at the expense of Tony Blair dawns on the aging Prime Minister.
Yes I can see that the Irish need Europe. They need it a whole lot more than the slip of land between it and the shores of mainland Europe needs it. We know that the referendum on Europe must pass through a number of other countries now before it is finally ratified in Brussels, but let us be honest with ourselves in looking at the situation we now face as a continent. With America more and more focusing on its own affairs, and relations between ourselves and the US taking a decidedly frosty turn since Brown took office, we must ask ourselves where our real future lies. A united Europe is the only real opportunity on the cards, and to say we refuse to enter the Euro Zone now is to cut your own throat in more ways than one. As more and more work haemorrhages south of the equator we have to look within to find a solution to our spiralling debt and find new ways to prevent destruction in the form of destitution. While Europe will never be a popular subject with anyone who is a patriot to their national identity, alone we are doomed. The pound has taken a battering of a life time, and will not regain the ground it has lost. Taxation alone cannot repay the loans we have borrowed to prop up our beleaguered economy, and there is no more empire to rape and plunder for riches. The United Britain that we knew as the power house of the world, the leader of the free nations, the ruler and commander of the empire is no more. And this is the grim reality that must face us all as we awake to a 21st century Britain.
So if it means that we must face becoming part of the Euro Zone, then let us prepare for it, and begin to put our thinking caps on as a nation. Let us use our time wisely as France, Germany, Portugal and Italy have already done. Let us instead of trying to resist the change and campaigning our time and effort in this resistance, let us use our time wisely to establish a premier place for ourselves within Europe. Let’s not be left at the wings, with little say about decisions that shape our life style and the way our country is run, but let’s ensure our place at negotiation table as one of the leaders of the first world, this is surely our rightful place. We have been mislead by a wicked and cunning plotter, who for so long spoke carefully veiled words that led us as a nation to think that Europe was not in our best interests, while quietly plotting behind our backs to position himself as the saviour of the European Constitution. In times gone by it may not have been in our best interests to prepare to join the Euro Zone, but perhaps the time has come to admit defeat and work to ensure a decent place at the table when we sit down to feast.
Once Ireland ratifies the European Constitution and Brussels has all the power, it will be a lonely place to find ourselves pinned between the extreme west of Europe and the might of the East of Europe. Sandwiched in the middle is not the place to be, and while losing our identity as British people may not be easy to swallow, I have had to live through worse at the hands of the British politician as they failed to step up to the mark and accept their responsibility to their people who were persecuted and expelled from the land they worked as British colonialists. Becoming European will just be another step in this end game that politicians play. I do however believe that if we are going to be forced into accepting that the Euro Zone is our only hope for survival that we ensure that we get everything we deserve from the treaty.
We don’t want pussy foot politicians as our representatives in Europe. Under no circumstances should we roll over and accept what we are told, but our representation must fight to give us equal and adequate rights as members of Europe. If this is going to be “Our Europe”, then it must be spelled out that we demand the right to elect our leaders, and not be subjugated to living under an appointed leader. If this talk that Tony Blair is to be appointed as the first premier of the European Union then our representatives must shout from every roof top that they can find that this is not the will of the people. We have no wish at all to fall under the rule of this clown and poodle any longer, and have no wish to see a power house such as the European Union take such a dramatic step towards its own destruction.
If we are part of Europe we’ll have petrol at equal prices, and energy pumped directly into the UK, as we are an equal member of Europe and fully entitled to our share of the spoils. We will enjoy freedom of travel and when we want a job elsewhere we will be thankful that we have robust and energetic leadership that goes out and ensures that British labour is welcome anywhere throughout Europe and the Germans nor the French dare stand in our way if we want a job that a Frenchman or German wants. We will enjoy the same benefits as any other European, and if I choose to have medical attention in Spain where the weather will aid my recovery, I shall be entitled to have the treatment I require at the same standard and on the same basis as the NHS. France will wake up and realise that a raft of illegal immigrants camping on our doorstep is totally unsuitable as we are now Europe, and allowing them to sneak into Britain is allowing them to sneak into Europe, and therefore deal with the problem decisively and professionally once and for all.
Yes, I defiantly think we need to rethink our approach to Europe, and begin to realise that maybe, just maybe this whole “No Way, We Won’t Go!” approach to entering the EU is not in our best interests. I say this on the basis that we get good, strong and reliable leadership, that are willing to fight, maybe not a good fight at times, but fight to ensure that British rights, and the good of the British people are protected as members of Europe. I guess that after so many years of living under poor, inadequate, mediocre leadership, I yearn for some real direction from the politicians that I vote for. Where are the Churchill’s among us? Why can’t we find another Iron Lady to take us head first into a bold new world? If we are going to see a united Europe in my life time, dear god let it be with a decent British government in power at the time.