Joined: 03 Jun 2005
|Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:11 am Post subject: THE EU, AS LONG AS WE BELONG TO IT WE WILL VANISH IN HISTORY
|Victory? Not while we're in the clutches of Angela's giant vampire squid
By Peter Hitchens
Last updated at 11:33 PM on 10th December 2011
Funny, isn’t it, that British premiers always come back from EU summits boasting that they have defied the Eurocrats, or scored mighty victories over them.
Yet, year by year, this country grows less independent, more subject to rule from abroad.
What sort of defiance ends in a grovel? What sort of victory ends in subjection? The phoney sort, invented by government PR men and swallowed by a tame media flock.
Economically clueless: German Chancellor Angela Merkel pictured arriving for this week's meeting of EU leaders
The EU is a giant vampire squid that, having once clamped itself on to its victim, steadily sucks the life out of it until it is a husk.
As long as we belong to it, this grisly process will go on until England and Britain vanish from history.
Mr Cameron knows what will happen to his grand veto. At some point in the next 18 months or so, he will be ambushed by our EU partners.
It will happen in the small hours at some endless, vital meeting when his head is spinning from lack of sleep and boredom. Perhaps he will be trying to save the remaining scraps of Mrs Thatcher’s famous rebate.
And somehow the City of London will be subject to the rules he claims to have vetoed.
This, too, will be announced as a ‘victory’.
It has happened to all the others, including Margaret Thatcher herself, though at the very end she grasped what was going on and tried to alert the country. That was why the Tory Party destroyed her - and why it in turn deserves to be destroyed.
The puzzling thing about our subjection to the EU is that Parliament could end it in an afternoon, by passing a short Bill. The EU has no power to make us stay. Nor can it hurt us if we leave. Why would it? We buy far more from EU states than we sell to them. Trade barriers, even if they were valid under international law, would be suicidal for the EU.
Relations between us and our neighbours would be far warmer if we were not members. We have no real allies in the EU because no other EU nation (apart from Ireland, a sad and separate story) is remotely like us, politically, economically, legally or culturally.
Speaking a different language: European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (right) tries to make a point to David Cameron during Friday's negotiations
No other EU nation has similar interests.
Switzerland and Norway, just as exceptional in their own different ways, have sensibly stayed outside and prosper as a result. If these tiny nations can cope on their own, why can’t we?
Plenty of mainstream British politicians, Labour as well as Tory, know all this. Privately, they will admit it.
But, mainly for fear of the EU-loving BBC, they do not have the nerve to say so openly. And so the British public think it is impossible or dangerous for us to leave. And we are made to shudder at the prospect of being in the slower section of a ‘two-speed Europe’. I have no idea why this should be, as long as we’re in it at all. When you are on the road to perdition, it is surely better to drag your feet a bit.
And the EU, in the grip of the mad cult of the single currency, is hurrying towards disaster.
The new plans for clamping all these different countries in a German-made vice of austerity will fail, as the ‘Growth and Stability Pact’ failed before.
Chancellor Merkel and President Sarkozy, like Frau Merkel’s patron Helmut Kohl, are clueless about economics. They still do not grasp that the euro itself is the problem, that its lunatic rigidity is what is destroying Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Ireland.
They talk as if dissolving it would be some kind of Armageddon. Yet the Soviet rouble was dismantled to the joy and benefit of almost everyone involved from Lithuania to Tadzhikistan. And the Czechoslovak crown was smoothly divided into two during the ‘Velvet Divorce’.
Britain began to boom the moment we dropped out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism, a prototype for the euro.
But the French and German leaders are in the grip of a dogma - not quite as absurd as the Marxism that ruined Russia, but alarmingly similar in one way.
The madness takes a simple form. If the facts don’t fit the theory, then ignore the facts and carry on as before. That way leads to weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
Not only should we be glad to be in the slow lane on this particular highway. We should be looking anxiously for the first available exit - and for leaders brave enough to take it.