|A view from the North|
“…Europe’s nations should be guided towards the super-state without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps, each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually and irreversibly lead to federation.” Jean Monnet.
The EU gravy train costs the UK taxpayer £55m / day gross, less rebate and less monies returned to the UK to be distributed as EU bureaucrats see fit, rather than as determined by our elected representatives. In reality, this cost is borne by a small proportion of our population. Small successive steps indeed – an ever rising financial burden, “club membership fee”, funding an expanding, unproductive, unaccountable elite. An elite which is corrupted and incompetent.
This elite feeds from the people, furnishing corporations with ever increasing proportions of Government spending, colluding with law definers and tax formulators to denude the masses of their earnings. And the rich get richer – small successive steps.
The EU elite and their corporatist backers generate debilitating and socially destructive competition in labour markets in the ‘richer’ EU countries. Through unrestricted movement of peoples from countries with disparate welfare systems, the attraction to motivated foreigners of countries with ‘free’ health care, a tolerant reputation and high minimum wages, results in dentists from Poland delivering groceries to English grannies, rather than fixing the teeth of Poles in Poland. It also results in fewer opportunities for young Britons to get on the job ladder. Tens of thousands of pounds in debt, armed with a degree in Political Studies from Sussex University, what job prospects are there? Burger flipping? Shelf stacking? Or perhaps ‘research’ or a career in the media or politics, serving the elite and draining the hard pressed taxpayer of his earnings? At least flipping burgers or stacking shelves is providing a productive service to one’s fellow man – only those jobs went to the Polish dentist. The Polish dentist, who, by the way, needs a house, transport, food and energy – not to mention schooling, healthcare and benefits for his children. (And at 600,000 immigrants + per year gross, 300,000 + nett, that’s a lot of schools, hospitals, houses, sewers, reservoirs and power stations to build, that we are not building.)
How can people, especially the young, protect themselves from such escalating problems? Will not more competition for jobs in Britain attract the masses of young unemployed in the south of Europe as the Euro-crisis cripples further their stagnating economies? When will our services break? Where will our home-grown destitute and helpless be housed? What can be done to ensure a stable cohesive society where young people can access local work and hope to establish a life and own a home in the land of their forebears, as the minimum wage becomes a maximum wage and the potential workforce for unskilled and semiskilled jobs becomes immeasurable? These young Britons can protect themselves by electing politicians who will protect and uphold their interests against the corporatist forces that would keep them, effectively, enslaved and by rejecting the LibLabCon who are the architects of our current predicament.
Truth Bombing – Advanced Level Political Trolling
Jean Monnet’s federal dream was to be built without the people understanding what was happening. Then there was the internet and the capacity for uncontrolled dissemination of information (and misinformation).
There are scores of ‘Professors’ at our universities who bear his name. ‘Monnet Chair’. On Election Day, May 5th, Paul Taggart, Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Sussex visited Huddersfield University to deliver a lecture which was open to the public. He was given a polite welcome by fellow humanities academics and a small audience. He courteously plugged the book of a colleague on the subject of Euroscepticism, who had made introductions. The lecture, “Euroscepticism and the Eurozone crisis” was delivered. It was dull and virtually free of definitive content, but to summarise: more research is obviously needed, there are Eurosceptic extremists from far right and also the left (not from the centre), yet the research indicates no discernible common criteria for the Euroscepticism, other than extremist views like those of Marine le Pen and Nigel Farage, for example. And of course, the word refugee was substituted in place of migrant and the word Europe substituted in place of EU, reflex action – was Ivan Pavlov working at Sussex? It was at these ‘word confusions’ during the Professor’s talk, that one attendee could be heard muttering.
The Q&A however, was a much livelier affair! The muttering man, bedecked in tie, Vote LEAVE badge and tidy tweed jacket, adopted what can only be described as a contemptuous and somewhat angry tone toward the Professor. He was prompted by the professor’s obfuscation and misinformation regarding the issue of democracy, of sovereignty ,of the function of the European Parliament and the powers of MEP’s, of the process of law creation, of the absence of the UK Parliaments influence, and hence the people’s on what laws are imposed. The attending academics attempted to chastise the angry man and block him from speaking, but he was having none of it. In response, one strange individual aired a thought that Euroscepticism was not an appropriate word, and that Europhobic might be more suitable, before drifting into a short conversation with Professor Paul Taggart on the meaning of the word ‘sceptic’. [This merely revealed that neither the strange man, nor the Professor, knows what a sceptic is or what the scientific purpose is that scepticism fulfils.]
Professor Taggart meekly accepted the corrections from the angry man, whose tone did not go down too well with a good proportion of those in attendance – I don’t think they were experienced in such forthright expressiveness. The man complained most vociferously when Professor Taggart claimed that the EEC/EU had been conceived as an economic proposition with no intention for political union. He read out Jean Monnet’s quote (given at the head of this article) and suggested that it is not believable that the professor, Paul Taggart, who along with some 200 other professors in the UK bear Monnet’s name, could claim not to know of this federalist intention. The atmosphere in the lecture was, frosty. The lecture had been Truth Bombed. I hope that this form of political protest, this open ‘in your face’ public display of contempt to those traitors in our midst becomes more common place – it is certainly more enlightening than the Neanderthal ‘slander, stigmatise, spit and assault’ variety of protest which is the hallmark of ‘the left’.
I enjoyed the display from the angry man enormously. One guy took on this Professor of Political Studies. A professor, who, from my single lecture experience of him, appeared not to have experienced in depth academic discourse with Eurosceptics, and was floundering and found wanting when challenged. The angry man departed quickly at the close of the lecture, his opponent defeated without a fight, so I didn’t pat him on the back and say “well done, Sir”. He left some leaflets behind in the foyer though. These leaflets showed Tony Benn and George Orwell Quotes – Benn’s five tests and a description of his first EU headquarters visit, and Orwell’s quote from a letter to Malcolm Muggeridge “…The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.” The leaflet also contained Jean Monnet’s quote [above] and strange references to Lord Haw Haw and treachery.
My conclusion was that if a young person is considering studying at Sussex University, or for that matter taking any humanities subject, they would be better off flipping burgers when they get to 18 and save on the big debt. They would of course be better served, should they have the capacity, to study a pure or applied science. A STEM subject.
But in order to ensure a stable and sustainable development to their society and the prospect of a prosperous and happy future, whichever course of action they pursue, these young people will need to vote LEAVE at the coming referendum and take back, for themselves, control of the country’s politics from the elite corporatist parasites that would bleed them dry. Vote LEAVE to take back control from the 1%ers.
“The fusion (of economic functions) would compel nations to fuse their sovereignty into that of a single European State.” Jean Monnet.
Jean Monnet was not a Briton. Did he not know? Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.