Although, for those of us who remember how he dominated British politics fifty years ago, it is hard to believe that Harold Wilson has faded from the memory of the public, that is the case. Now he is probably remembered by those who concern themselves with public affairs for only three things, the creation of the Open University in 1969, the biased and mendacious referendum on the EU in 1975, and for his oft quoted comment, which has achieved long lasting fame, that ‘a week is a long time on politics’, said in the run up to his first general election victory. It has even eclipsed the famous, and equally accurate, riposte from the same era when Many Rice-Davies answered ‘Well he would, wouldn’t he?’ to a question at the trial of Stephen Ward.
Nothing in the years since has summed up better the reality that perceptions and attitudes can change faster in political matters than in most fields of human endeavour, and we have seen shining examples within the past couple of years. On the 22nd June 2016 David Cameron and the political establishment were still riding high, yet two days later they were plunged into chaos, as the British people rejected their beloved EU. The day before the American election last year the cosy club of Washington insiders were confident that the ultra liberal Hilary Clinton would win, only to be shell shocked by the victory of someone who represented the ordinary people of the USA, who were sick of the mess into which their country had been led by people such as her.
If a week is a long time, then how much longer does the approximately sixteen months since the referendum seem. When those of us who had spent years, or even decades, working against the EU, cheered the result at numerous counts around the country, we had hopes that a new dawn was upon us, and that freedom beckoned. However, even then, I said that we had won a battle, and not the war, and now we can see just how far the political establishment, and their creatures, are prepared to go to thwart the will of the people.
I suspect that many of those UKIP voters who decided to return to their traditional parties at the last general election, based on a belief that Brexit was an accomplished fact, are now regretting their decision. What we have seen since the election is the political establishment moving to undermine the result of the referendum, and indeed to reverse it entirely.
While there are those, certainly within the Labour and Conservative parties, who do put principle first, they are few and far between, and they are certainly not the party leaders. The Conservative party establishment has always betrayed the people over Europe, ever since Edward Heath persuaded the party conference to declare themselves the party of Europe. Even Margaret Thatcher, who eventually awoke to the reality, campaigned to stay in during the 1975 referendum, and, in office, signed the Single European Act, possibly the worst piece of legislation relating to the UK and the EU. Now we watch as an ineffectual Prime Minster, herself a Remainer, allows pro EU ministers such as Hammond and Rudd, to make the running, while the true Brexiteers are subject to constant attacks by the fellow travellers in parliament and in the media. In the Labour party the leader, himself a lifelong opponent of the EU, has allowed himself to be persuaded by the Blairites that the party should support effectively remaining in the organisation, which is nothing less than a betrayal of all those Labour voters in the North who made clear their desire to leave in June 2016.
The Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the SNP are all lost causes, determined to bow the knee to Brussels, whatever the cost to the British people, while the so called opinion formers, in the BBC and elsewhere, are deeply committed to their belief in the need to Remain, despite all the obvious and growing failures of the EU. These people are a fifth column for Brussels. Those who believe that a reformed EU will ever be on offer are deceiving themselves. Since its inception the organisation has not deviated from its ambition of establishing a single European state, run by unelected bureaucrats, and it is certainly not going to do so now. The issue is not about the economy, but is one of democracy, and no changes to the structure of the EU will ever remove its deliberately designed democratic deficit. Particular opprobrium should be directed at the SNP, who so worship the EU that they are prepared to join the Brussels bureaucrats in applauding the undemocratic methods the Spanish government is using to stifle independence in Catalonia, but who rightly would erupt if similar methods were used by London against Holyrood.
So where do we, in UKIP, and in the wider anti EU movement go from here?
I think it is time to take the gloves off, both at home and abroad.
Within the UK for many years we have been described as xenophobes and racists by the Europhiles and now they have added morons or gullible fools to the list, while too many of us have treated Remainers as misguided, but nevertheless decent people basically concerned with the future of the country. From now on we must describe them, and treat them, as either fools or knaves. The former are idiots, who refuse to recognize the truth about the EU, and swallow whole the propaganda pumped out by the BBC, and much of the media. They include all those business people, who completely fail to understand that the issue is not one of their profits, but of the survival of our democracy. The knaves, who know what is involved, yet still support it, are far worse. Over the years since Watergate we have often seen political scandals labelled with the suffix ‘gate’ and, for those who wish to hand control of this country to an alien bureaucracy based in Brussels, there is another gate, leading from the Thames to The Tower of London, whose name sums up just what these people are.
As far as the continentals are concerned, while we seek friendship with the peoples, those who control the EU, in particular the European Commission, are not what our politicians call them, friends or partners, but opponents and indeed adversaries. They have treated the people of the this county as fools, and seek to humble the nation to which most of them owe the freedom they have enjoyed since the defeat of the totalitarians. Our useless political class may desire to crawl to them but, by doing so, they bring shame on us all, and should be rejected as unworthy to represent the British people. We must not follow the president of Catalonia who has decided to join the prime minister of Greece in emulating the Grand Old Duke of York.
All Eurorealists should take every opportunity to write to the press, call talk shows and write to their MPs demanding that the will of the people be respected, while attacking the Remainers for just what they are. They should also boycott all those businesses and publications which are run by those who support the EU, and make known that they are taking such action. While it may not always be possible we should factor in the Brexit dimension so that, for instance, we favour Dyson products, drink in Wetherspoons, buy goods from outside the EU, rather than from within, and consider taking foreign holidays in Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, the USA, etc, in preference to, in particular, Germany. The economic impact of the seventeen million leave voters doing these things would make the EU producers, and their allies in the UK, squeal, and perhaps be not so gung-ho for bowing to Brussels. Hard hitting leaflets, with simple messages, such as pointing out that the people are being taken for fools, should be delivered throughout the country. We do not need to present detailed rebuttals of the Europhile position, as we won that argument, but we do need to make clear that the Remainers must be crushed. It is necessary to organise public meetings and marches, and to take our adverts in local papers, all driving home the point that this is a crisis for democracy, and that our politicians should get up off their knees.
If we fail then democracy in this country no longer has any meaning. We shall be trapped in the EU until its internal contradictions destroy it, but that could take years, and our people will suffer under a foul dictatorship until then. The message must be ‘Go now!’ and the enemies of democracy, both in parliament and outside, must be rejected by all decent people.