Political comment from a Eurorealist

I have been a convinced opponent of UK involvement in the European project since it was first mooted and am not a Eurosceptic, which implies doubt not certainty, but a Eurorealist who believes that the EU is bad for the people of the UK, and indeed those of the rest of Europe. In the 1970s I joined 'Operation Out' and helped deliver leaflets for the No campaign in the 1975 referendum. I spent twenty years on the national committee of the Campaign for an Independent Britain, being Chairman of the Campaigning Secretariat for five of those years, was, as membership secretary, on the first national committee of UKIP for five years, belong to the trade union group the Campaign Against Euro Federalism, support the Labour Euro Safeguards Campaign, which works within the Labour party for major changes to the UK's attitude to the EU, and support the Democracy Movement, manning street stalls and delivering leaflets on their behalf. I also provide articles for the Eurorealist bulletin, produced by long time activist Derek Bennett. Links to these bulletins can be found here

On a personal note I spent over forty years working in IT, have been a lifelong trade unionist and am a reader at my local church.

I realise that there are some who genuinely believe that the EU is a benign organisation but I feel that the truth of the aphorisms 'by their fruits ye shall know them' and that 'the proof of the pudding is in the eating', when applied to the European project, both confirm me in my belief that it has proved to be a disaster. It is undoubtedly to the great personal advantage of the political class, bureaucrats, big business and banks but very much the opposite for ordinary people being fundamentally undemocratic, irredeemably corrupt, a failure economically and politically damaging. The people of Southern Europe are being stretched on the rack of the Euro while the wishes of the electorates in all nations involved are ignored in favour of those of unelected Commissioners in Brussels.

As far as the rule of law is concerned we know that the Napoleonic system is the antithesis of our common law yet it is the former which provides the basis of Corpus Juris which is meant to be the means by which justice will be administrated within the intended single European state. Concepts such as habeas corpus, the presumption of innocence and the right of trial by jury will be ignored if this system is implemented and we have already seen how the European Arrest Warrant, beloved by our own political class, has led to blatant miscarriages of justice as British citizens are kidnapped by the authorities and handed over to foreign jurisdictions whose ideas of the rights of the individual are totally dissimilar to ours.

Some of those who may read the articles below may very much disagree with them but I hope that they will treat them as a sincere expression of belief about the EU and the current political scene, albeit often expressed in somewhat forthright terms, and not attempt to read into them a hidden agenda, a charge frequently unfairly levelled against those who reject the consensus concerning the benefits of membership of the EU. Contrary to claims by supporters of the EU those like myself are not motivated by any animus against peoples of other nations but consider that the democracy we have spent so long building is under threat. If the British people have ever wished to replace government by their elected representatives, in our own parliament, with direction from unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, then so be it, but I for one do not believe that they do, and it is certain that they have not been given the choice, rather being ushered into the situation by stealth.

Now that the British people have voted to leave the EU we face a battle with the political establishment to ensure that the decision is implemented. The deplorable attempts by those who voted Remain to overturn a democratic decision shows just why they love the EU so much, as its illiberal and undemocratic nature matches their view of the world.

Articles

Post referendum

2017 December - Quislings
2017 November - Hate Year
2017 October - What now?
2017 September - The real fascists
2017 July - A sea change in attitudes
2017 June - Nemesis
2017 May - The General Election June 2017
2017 April - The Eeyores of the BBC
2017 March - Cry Freedom!
2017 February - Alia Iacta Est
2017 January - Ignore the nay sayers
2016 December - That was the year that was
2016 December - The Forgotten People
2016 November - Travels in a foreign land
2016 September - Democrats they're not
2016 July - Britain's greatest day since V E Day

Pre referendum

2016 June - What's next?
2016 May - A report from the front
2016 April - Sabotage
2016 March - The Elephant in the room
2015 December - A complete farce
2015 December - The modern fifth column
2015 December - Sense not prejudice
2015 November - The deindustralisation of Britain
2015 October - A travesty
2015 September - Education
2015 August - Carpe Diem
2015 July - Where do we go from here?
2015 April - Tories not patriotic
2015 March - The managerial class
2015 March - Madness
2015 February - The true heirs of Magna Carta
2015 February - Whose Votes?
2014 December - How wrong can you be?
2014 November - Lessons from the Scottish referendum
2014 September - Continental views of the EU
2014 August - Something rotten in the State of Denmark
2014 June - Why does UKIP exist?
2014 May - The betrayal of the working class
2014 March - No champion of the Environment
2014 February - Fear itself
2013 December - Who are these people?
2013 November - The continued betrayal of Britain by the BBC
2013 October - The parasites of the British political class
2013 October - Not all the parasites are in Brussels
2013 September - Strategy, not tactics
2013 July - Not only but also
2013 June - The Long March
2013 April - A day in the life of . . .
2013 February - Thoughts on the referendum
2012 December - What sort of people do they think we are?
2012 November - Turn back to the world
2012 August - Lampooning the forums
2012 July - We were, and are, right
2012 June - They knew the truth
2012 February - Candles and Lamps
2012 January - The obvious conclusion
2011 December - Six impossible things before breakfast
2011 October - The NewLibs
2011 August - How much more?
2011 July - The Euro - disaster beckons
2011 April - Don't trust the Tories
2011 February - Those whom the gods wish to destroy
2010 November - Patriots may become a minority
2010 May - Some Speck!
2010 March - The BBC - A disgrace to the nation
2010 March - Just what do they claim to conserve?
2009 November - Time to decide, time to speak
2009 September - We were right
2009 September - The Essence of Democracy
2009 August - Campaigning for freedom
2009 April - Beware of tired old politicians
2009 March - The Gordian Ratchet
2009 March - Who is to blame?
2009 January - The destruction of a great nation
2008 September - What follows
2008 July - The Outer Party
2008 March - Useful idiots
2008 March - The Professionals
2007 January - The Curious Incident
2005 September - Green it isn't
2005 August - The Nature of the Beast
2003 February - A Wilderness of Monkeys
1996 October - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Speculative fiction

2013 April - Other and better worlds
2007 September - The Genesis of a Masterpiece
2006 January - The Death of Britain


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