Whilst Cast Iron’s putative “renegotiation” ended up being the farce many of us expected, the subsequent delusional doubling down and denial of the facts by Cameron and its reception amongst the political class has left me utterly stunned.
Let us be clear on this. The ostensibly pro-Tory press reaction the very next day was sceptical at best (The Telegraph) with the majority actually expressing outright hostility (The Express, The Daily Mail, The Times, The Sun). Moreover, all provided detailed analyses explaining why it was such a sham. This has been something of a rarity for the British press, especially as it usually functions by providing damage limitation for favoured political parties. Meanwhile it is The Guardian (!) providing arse-covering flak for Dave whilst the likes of Chuka Umunna give their assent. The political-media world is turned upside down on this particular development.
In the normal course of things, the public don’t realise they’ve been had. Only the angry, the anoraks and the greasy-pole climbers take sufficient interest to check the details, find the cracks and the contradictions. So no matter what lies have been levelled or deceptions doled out, our political class can usually continue on target with nary a snarl from their constituents.
Not so this time. Political wisdom dictates that once the media’s cover is comprehensively lost like this to engage in a disciplined retreat. Instead Dave just magnified the bullshit tenfold, telling Boris in the chamber on Wednesday that his “renegotiation” had already achieved a “massive return of power”. I admit, I almost burst a blood vessel when I read that. I looked on in awe as our notional representatives failed singularly in not immediately laughing Dear Leader out of parliament.
Matters involving the EU are inscrutable at best, yet the tory leaning media outlets did an admirable task of explaining to the lay reader just exactly how they were being deceived. Reading the entirety of the EU treaties and studying carefully how its various parts (don’t) work together is the paragon of the foolhardy.
Only masochists such as myself have attempted it (although the company I’ve had along the way over the years has been (mostly) welcome). Reading the hundreds of pages of the consolidated, Lisbon-amended treaties and making extensive notes was no mean feat I can tell you. It has become a running joke for me now, waiting for the media to “learn” or “reveal” something shocking that the EU is planning, or able, to do that was already in black-and-white in the treaties for all to see if they had but bothered to look.
There are plenty of such examples I have yet to strike off of the list for our worthless hacks to notice. Article 24, paragraph 3 of the Lisbon amended Maastricht Treaty for example. Member States are expected to “support the Union’s external and security policy actively and unreservedly in a spirit of loyalty and mutual solidarity and shall comply with the Union’s action in this area.”
And how will the “loyalty” and “solidarity” be measured? Well, “[t]he Council and the High Representative shall ensure compliance with these principles.” That’s the Council of Ministers, subject to Qualified Majority Voting, and the newly created (post Lisbon) position of “High Representative” previously occupied by such a non-entity as Catherine Ashton despite having powers, to my understanding, greater than the EU president’s awarded by the Lisbon Treaty. Britain would always be bullied into submission on security and foreign policy issues despite being one of the two major military powers in the EU and therefore bearing the brunt of any military adventurism the ‘colleagues’ decide to engage in, in the future.
As if that wasn’t disturbing enough, Article 34, Section 2, subparagraphs 2 and 3 then have some shockers for Britain’s role in the UN Security Council. France and Britain, as two members of the permanent Security Council are expected to put forward the EU’s position and give way to the High Representative should s/he decide to get directly involved. In other words, the independence of Britain and France on the permanent Security Council, post Lisbon, is effectively gone. The mainstream media have yet to notice.
Tragically, being well informed on EU issues and its functioning is not something that can be easily transmitted through the educational sphere. On the whole, the academic sector, including core textbooks on EU politics, are dominated by career Europhiles. This means solid scholarly eurosceptic analyses tends to come from iconoclasts and curmudgeons outside the ivory towers. The very nature of the EU is willful obscurantism that I’m now certain the EU’s leaders and europhile activists and academics positively rely upon. This most certainly includes our Dear Leader.
The complexity of the treaties alone is enough to make one’s brain attempt to liquefy and bleed out through the ears in order to escape contemplating. One of the timeless examples is the original format of the Lisbon Treaty itself. It was originally just a list of amendments – ‘paragraph X in treaty Y should now read Z’. Gibberish on its own. It took a number of third parties to force the issue and write out the original treaties including highlighted amendments to produce the consolidated versions most of us refer to today.
Tusk letter, Tory Letter
Reading Tusk’s letter detailing this new “deal”, I was immediately struck how the majority of it was simply re-stating EU legislation. This is a tactic I’ve seen the EU bureaucrats engage in time and again. The worst part about it is that it works. If you weren’t already familiar with the contents of the numerous treaties, conventions and directives, the letter on its surface seems to indicate that there has been some kind of tectonic movement below. This is complete and utter bullshit, as was the letter sent out to the Tory faithful immediately after.
Tusk’s letter was bad enough, Cameron’s was far worse. It was nothing – nothing – but unmitigated lies. He writes for example that he has successfully “renegotiated” Britain “out of ‘ever closer union’ so we do not become part of a European Superstate”. This is an eye-wateringly colossal lie. A Goebbels scale lie. And one that Dear Leader and his faithful have endured no shame for repeating. Ever closer union is written into the treaties and it would take treaty-change, agreed to by all member states, to exempt the UK from this. Moreover, the source for this grandiose claim is Tusk stating that the UK “is not committed to further political integration”. This was an observation, NOT a concession.
Anyone who sincerely observes the EU at work and understands its fundamental Modus Operandi should be repelled. If ignorance isn’t an excuse for europhilia, then frankly, your motives are extremely suspect. And in some ways, if your income does not rely heavily on the EU and you still support it in full knowledge, it is much worse. Those few Europhiles I’ve persisted with (usually in person where they can’t escape easily or use idiotic rhetorical flourishes) and reached their a priori reasons for an unthinking and one way affair with the EU generally reveal a hideous small minded and hysterical bully inside.
You see, they call us ‘Little Englanders’ and worse, yet as is so often the case with these regressive types, their attempts to insult, belittle & safely re-define away rational objectors are actually profound acts of projection. They love the idea of the EU because it presents a much bigger bully than their hated UK government and is well on its way to being able to bully the remainder of the civilised West that has thus far remained out of its direct grasp.
They don’t care that the U.S., Russia, China or maybe even Israel could single handedly wipe the floor with the EU’s corpse in a shooting war. They just engage in mutual masturbation sessions over the much vaunted self-projection of the EU as the world’s soft power superpower. It’s not about concrete ability to provide for citizens or exert force in the world, no. It’s all about rhetorical advantage. Frau Murky invites the world’s pillagers & chancers into her home, wrecking civil society – and shortly quite possibly the economy too – in the process. But that’s a price worth paying to be able to do your virtue-signalling on the world stage, apparently. As it is for Murky, so it is for Europhiles including our own Dear Leader.
They’re thrilled that the Lisbon Treaty constrains future UK adventurism such as Iraq. By the same token, however, they’re happy to ignore the direct consequence that the UK is also committed to any adventurism the EU decides to engage in, such as provoking the Russian bear over Ukraine. Something that is *still* in process.
Turkey and the remainder of the Balkans are also in the accession process with god only knows what implications for UK security and foreign policy. And whilst we’re on the subject of Ukraine and Turkey acceding, Georgia could well be on the cards after Turkey. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather the UK had nothing to do with a shooting war with Russia over the EU’s territorial ambitions, yet accession of those three countries would put us on the knife edge, guaranteed.
None of this matters to Dear Leader of course. He’s one of many Europhiles, including Boris, who breezily welcome, nay demand, accession of Turkey to the EU. All in direct contravention of the UK population’s interests. He often talks about the importance of the UK staying within the EU in order to maintain its influence. Influence? It’s pathetic. 55 measures opposed in the Council of Ministers by the UK since 1996 and all 55 times the UK has been defeated.
The UK’s failure rate in the EU Parliament is almost as pathetic. And its already paltry percentage of representation –under 10% of the seats – is diluted with every single additional member state. With Turkey set to join and a population set to surpass that of Germany in a few years, the reapportioning of seats will mean that the UK’s level of representation may as well be a homeopathic remedy.
But our Dave seems to be a fan of homeopathy. The more his “demands” get watered down, the more certain he becomes that it will be effective. And the slavish coterie that surrounds him, willfully repeating and amplifying his bullshit? The worst kind of betrayal. Boris and May were just another couple of propagandists who pretended to be thinking about campaigning to leave, only so that they could claim that Dave’s Deal had persuaded them to stay in.
Dave promises us Beef, then downgrades to rabbit and finally pulls a dead mouse out of his hat. The last British Beef the Germans were scared of was inside of brain-diseased cows. Now we get treated to the political equivalent of the dead parrot sketch. So now we have reached Act 2 Scene 1 – where Dave and the EU Commissioners wink at each and deliver their pre rehearsed lines. There is no meaningful deal whatsoever. Having asked for very little and having been offered less than nothing, voting to Remain will give Brussels the impression that they can ignore the UK and kick us around with impunity in perpetuity. A strong, independent UK is their ultimate nightmare. Cast Iron and Co have now made it clear beyond all reasonable doubt that they are co-architects of our destruction. Damn them all to hell.
Pathetic. We deserve better. Much much better. As I’ve said before, our grandparents’ great struggle was against National Socialism. Our generation’s great struggle is against National Suicide.