Two Lies For Europe

If I had the time, I could write hundreds of articles about the EU, but, ultimately, they would come down to one of two core lies spawned by it. We could ask why the EU seems to be such a source of lies, but it’s a plaything of political elites and if there is one thing political elites love, it’s a good lie.

The first lie is that almost every problem afflicting Britain today is due to the EU. Now, I’m no fan of the EU and the EU has caused a lot of problems (mostly deriving from the second lie), but, despite what a lot of people believe and a lot of politicians and civil servants would have you believe, the EU isn’t the source of all our woes. Oh, yes, a lot of those problems derive from European-inspired legislation, but the thing most people don’t really understand is that every new piece of European-wide legislation has to be passed by Parliament before it becomes law in Britain and, as a British law, is enforced by the British authorities. The problem is that, firstly, the British are more zealous in enforcing the law than some European nations (and the British more compliant) creating an uneven playing field and, more importantly, the British civil service loves nothing more than adding to these laws (usually to expand their power). Thus the EU might want to bring in a law that, whatever you may think about the EU itself, is quite sensible, fair and balanced, only for the UK version of the law to be expanded and twisted into something quite different, more intrusive and, frequently, far less fair and workable, which, while other nations are happily ignoring those aspects of the original law they find inconvenient, the British public seeks to abide by, no matter how awkward, and the British authorities enforce with real zeal.

And, what happens the moment someone complains about such distorted laws? The reply goes up from those in power, “Don’t blame us; blame Europe!” Which, of course, everybody does, letting the true villains off the hook to be re-elected (or, in the case of the civil service, escape being sacked). Of course, if the EU didn’t exist, we would doubtless see the same sort of power-grabbing and intrusion, but it would be much harder for those to blame to pass the buck.

The second lie, more often a lie of omission than commission, is that put out by the EU and its supporters, especially in the UK, that the EU is not and never will be, at least for some time, a single state. A perfectly natural lie, given that so many people in Europe are opposed to the creation of a federal superstate. Not a democratic approach, but fully in keeping with the top-down, elitist nature of the federalist movement. No need to upset the plebs!

Of course, such a lie, or omission in telling the truth about the EU’s agenda, is a problem because it is used to keep the people of Europe in the dark about the federalist agenda. But, the real problem is that an unwillingness to openly accept that Europe is moving into a single entity means that too many changes are done in a half-hearted and unfinished manner. I think most people would admit that, even if they are opposed to European integration, they would prefer a properly-organised federal state to the current, poorly-managed mishmash that exists.

Examples of this crop up all the time. Every time a member nation puts its own needs ahead of agreements they signed up to. we see its effect. In particular, we see it in the current furore over open borders and internal and external immigration. Open borders are, of course, part of the move towards making Europe a single state. But, so much involved in having a single state is ignored. Things like a European-wide consensus on ID cards and monitoring, the introduction of federal law and law enforcement, the harmonisation on benefits and taxation, and a proper European government to oversee such things.

Of course, if such things were introduced, the people of Europe would have to confront the fact the EU was becoming a single, federal state. Instead, people are sleepwalking into a federal future they don’t particularly went down a difficult and unpleasant path, rather than entering consensually via a well-ordered and pleasant one. The irony is that, by trying to avoid debate, the federalists have just done their cause more damage by creating unnecessary problems that increase nationalism, racism and hate and undermine European unity.

As I’ve indicated, I’m hardly a fan of the EU, but I would much rather approach it in honesty and have a free debate than continue the current path of self-interest and lies, in which direction nobody wins and the potential for disaster grows daily.

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