It’s nice to be tagged, even quoted by someone else but someone’s cage has been truly rattled. What is it with these ‘Eurosceptics’ anyway? They’re no fun, I tell you!
This is pure biscuit-taking,
In my experience, Eurosceptics are likelier to have lived abroad, more open to foreign cultures and more skilled at languages than Euro-enthusiasts.
Hmmm, where did this come from? Nice bit of myth-construction here. I have news for you, I’m actually fairly well-travelled and I speak 3 languages (I’m always open to learning more of them) and so are many other ‘Euro-enthusiasts no doubt’. I was also born in Germany and lived there for some of my childhood. I think of myself as a European, better still, I consider myself to be a citizen of the world; an Internationalist. Ooops, does that mean that I’m a filthy socialist too? Careful with those binaries! You’ll have someone’s eye out!
If Hannan or any of the other self-declared libertarians were true to their word, they would be arguing for the abolition of nation-states instead of joining statist political parties. How exactly can one call oneself a libertarian and be a supporter of the State while participating in a [Euro] statist institution? Is it the money? When it comes to states, there are no half measures; you either have them or you don’t. The smaller state is a myth.
Back to the Euro: the drive to ‘save the pound’ is driven by obsessives who see any move to the Euro as an affront to their sense of national identity. For me, the Euro isn’t the issue; it’s another capitalist sideshow. The real issue is money itself; what it is or, rather, what it isn’t. The question that I would ask them is “what is so important about pieces of debased metal and bank notes that aren’t tied to anything tangible or real”? Surely, in these globalised times, one form of money is as good as any other? In years gone by, money was based on some form of precious commodity. Even banknotes – being IOU’s could, theoretically, be exchanged for silver. Today’s money is based on nothing more than fresh air – that includes Sterling, the US dollar and any other currency that you care to name. Bretton-Woods is just another hazy memory of a long hot summer. But conveniently for our Euro-phobic friends, the spectre of Greece hangs over Europe – it’s a rather fortunate coincidence. But the problems with Greece would have happened with or without the Euro. It’s dishonest to use the example of Greece as an “I told you so” defence when the responsibility for their crisis and ours lies with the speculative activity of the banks.
Now that the Tories are back in power, they think they can mask their divisions over Europe from the rest of the world and these divisions are bound to come to the surface sooner or later. We still remember the Major years; our memories have not dimmed with the passage of time. But having to sit next to, or within close proximity to, the Europhiliac Lib Dems must feel pretty damned uncomfortable for a lot of Tories. I wonder how the Lib Dems feel about the Tory alliance with Poland’s Law and Justice Party? You know… that party of xenophobes and homophobes. It’s the company you keep, as they say…
Finally, how many people in this country actually know what their MEP does? Furthermore how many can separate the European Parliament from the tabloid-constructed image of the anally retentive ‘kill-joy’? I am not a fan of the EU, I think the European Parliament is a talking shop – the real power lies elsewhere. Still, the money must be good…the expenses too.
Nice work if you can get it.