It seems to me entirely apt that this morning’s Cabinet session is the first one to take place on a Saturday since the Invasion of the Falklands in 1982. There’s no physical invasion this time, but the threat to our sovereignty lies just across the Channel….as opposed to the South Atlantic. And whereas last time – whatever one thinks of the Mad Handbag – we had a PM who we just knew was going to give Galtieri’s fascists a good kicking, this time we have a Prime Minister who (without being forced to by public, UKIP-driven pressure) would never have gone through this ‘renegotiation’ charade in the first place.
These are the facts:
- We are being asked to decide on the deal before it’s been ratified
- Real reform of EC dictatorship is completely absent from the proposals
- The Government’s primary argument for staying is what might happen if we didn’t
- The only other ‘reason’ is that we’ve obtained ‘a good deal’.
I’m going to return to my Life mantra again now:
“Harken not unto what they say, but watch closely how they behave”.
We’re being asked to Trust the word of these EU leaders and their apparatchiks. So for starters, we should all read these two statements out last night:
Francois Hollande: “Just because it lasted a long time it doesn’t mean that much happened.” Thanks Frankie, nice line in graceful support there.
Charles Michel, the Belgian Prime Minister: “We are very, very far from the initial British position that wanted to create a discrimination.” Dave removes knife from front, flies back to London.
The EC, eurogroupe and ECB (all unelected mobsters) have an abysmal track-record when it comes to the keeping of words and obedience to the law: Lisbon Treaty referendums, ambushing Yanis Varoufakis, Juncker’s bullying in Cyprus, Draghi subordinating Greek bondholders, endless lies from Schäuble about Greek debt levels, the Portuguese economy, the Spanish banking system, using Stournaras at the BoG to destabilise Athenian banks….their loveliness goes on and on.
None of this is being changed or even addressed: the Euronauts will continue on their road to FiskalUnion Hell, and our opting out clause about even this is shot full of holes.
Camerlot persists in suggesting we shall be lepers if we leave. What he doesn’t say is that the U.K. has been the top export market for German cars for more than a decade: over 20% of German cars wind up being driven by Brits. If we declared German autos to be leprous, Merkel’s economy would collapse. Trade is a two-way thing, and Britain has a trade deficit with the majority of EU Member States. We couldn’t survive without them? They couldn’t survive without us.
Not once was this blindingly obvious economic reality used to leverage real reform of European institutions during these “tough negotiations”. Because, of course, Cameron doesn’t want to leave. And the Eunatics know he doesn’t want to. The same thing that sunk Tsipras has torpedoed Cameron.
This is not a good deal, it isn’t a deal at all until ratified, and it changes nothing about the fundamentally corporacratic baseball bat approach used by the EC/EG/ECB Troika in its dealings with everyone. None of those three prongs of the Devil’s trident, for example, is to be made more accountable.
It boils down to a devious Tory leader covering a steaming stool with sauce hollandaise, in the hope of rendering it palateable….and then warning the diner that if he leaves the restaurant, he may never eat again.
David Cameron is gambling on the hypotheses that
- UK voters have no discernment of or interest in The Right Thing to do
- The British voyager gene has gone awol
- They’d swallow any old cack served up to them so long as there’s footie on Sky
- He can so confuse the facts of the agreement, the Truth will be hidden from view
- The Outers/Leavers are divided and will continue to be all over the place
Well, it’s three years since I left now – how time flies when you’re somewhere else other than Bugger-You Britain – and I see no sign at all that I made a mistake. I think we are opposed to the EU for many wrong reasons, and support it because we have lost our reason. And I think we in Vote Leave are going to lose, because for all that he is a loathsome, balsawood spined suit, David Cameron’s hypotheses are fundamentally correct. Cynical and dastardly, but correct.
I am going to campaign actively, but on the right issues: first and foremost, getting our democracy, rule of Law, judicial equality and liberties back. My reasoning is simple: if we The People only have Westminster to fight, it’ll be a lot easier.
And second, hastening the demise of the most stupid, expensive, dysfunctional, incompetent and thoroughly nasty shower of corporate fascists ever gathered together on one continent.
This time, the choice is ours….at least, in theory. We’re going to blow it, because we are a post-Imperial ragbag in decline. But I would love to help prove me wrong, and so that’s the basis upon which I’ll proceed.
Yesterday at The Slog: the unrepresentative representations of a retrogressive reprobate