As we consider the possibility of a referendum on withdrawal from the EU it might be worth considering the nature of those who oppose us. Of course there have always been a few who really believe that the EU is a benign and worthy organisation which is intended to preserve peace in Europe and to create continent wide prosperity. There is little one can do with such simple souls except to sit them down with a nice cup of tea and explain, as kindly as one can manage, that the Easter Bunny is a myth, Santa Claus does not exist and the EU is actually a pseudo fascist state, totally corrupt and that it will inevitably generate conflict. They will not believe you but they are actually a small minority so will not really matter when it comes to the vote.
Then there are the elitists, drawn from the upper reaches of society, who have always felt contempt for the democracy we have evolved in Britain, preferring any authoritarian model, whether of right or left. An example of these was Unity Mitford and her friends, who treated Hitler as some sort of god and would have been only too happy to see the Nazis run this country. Others of their sort, particularly so called intellectuals such as George Bernard Shaw and Bertrand Russell, suspended all critical faculties and believed all they were told about the wonderful world being created by Joe Stalin in the Soviet Union. Once these creeds were exposed for what they were these kind of erstwhile admirers, instead of recognizing that the British system of parliamentary democracy, common law and the sovereignty of the people was the best way, turned instead to the European project, yet another type of dictatorship, less obviously evil than their previous loves, but nevertheless inimical to our way of life. Fortunately the power these fools once enjoyed is less than it was but they are still around so can be relied upon to work against our freedoms.
Among the active politicians a similar sort of blinkered elitism became evident once it became obvious that the ability to govern was slipping away from the cosy consensus of the old school and moving towards making power available to those drawn more from the ranks of ordinary people. Macmillan, often lauded, although incorrectly, as Supermac, was the prime example of this as, once he realised that his kind of people could no longer expect to rule, chose, rather than seeing power pass downwards, to try to transfer it to the supranational organisation envisaged by the architects of the European project and in this he was ably assisted by arrogant and essentially undemocratic accomplices such as Edward Heath. It is amid the ranks of this modern political class that our real enemies now exist.
We know that big businesses prefer to deal with the EU, rather than individual democratic governments, as they like to be able to suborn easily corruptible apparatchiks, who have no stake in real democracy, while the same selfish considerations apply to the incompetents who run the banks, but it is the immense increase in the ranks of the professional politicians, whose only ambition is self advancement, that has truly undermined our nation. Once those elected to parliament possessed principles which included a belief in the nation and in democracy. No one could doubt that Churchill was a great patriot and democrat and, from across the political divide Attlee contemptuously rejected a young Edward Heath's suggestion that the UK should join the European Iron and Steel Confederation as the Prime Minister recognized the essential undemocratic intentions of the architects of the European project. Now however we have politicians who have never had a real job, going from university to political researcher, to MP and to MEP and who think of the whole thing as a career, not a vocation. They love the EU as it gives them a larger stage upon which to strut their little hour and a greatly enhanced number of job opportunities. It is pointless to try to engage these people in a real discussion of political values or principles as their whole intention is to protect their own position and to hell with the country and its democracy. These political adventurers are ably supported by the vast number of senior bureaucrats who see the EU as a way of gaining power without accountability to an electorate and by the useful fools of the media, who have no understanding of real democracy but persist in believing, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that to oppose the EU is the mark of a reactionary, rather than a badge of honour for all who believe in freedom.
Regretfully the nature of the vast majority of our opponents means that debates on the issue will not, on their side, be based upon genuinely held and honourable opinions, but merely upon a desire to preserve their own position and while we should make clear that we are arguing for the nation, for freedom and for democracy we must also expose the real motives of the supporters of this vile organisation.