I must confess to being a Eurorealist. It was once a deeply unfashionable opinion but I have had much the same stance since 1992. I remember then, being but a child, hotly debating this topic with my dear cousin Edgar. He is of a europhile bent. I was dead set against the Republic of Ireland acceding to the Treaty of Maastricht. Notably this was the site of a worse battle in 1944.
I support UKIP but still harbour fantasies of a career in the Conservative and Unionist Party. Daniel Hannan MEP is the one thing that anchors me in the Tory Party. It is like Michael Foot said to Old Labourites – stay and fight.
The EU is not such a bad idea for those who like it. However, it is about degrading nationality and I like mine as it is. It is about taking power away from ordinary folk and giving it to elites. To enter the elite on has to have a liberal left worldview. They denounce demagoguery by which they mean democracy when it does not go their way. \
They hold referenda and disregard the result when they dislike it. The EU uses any excuse to grab power. It does not like individual rights except for gays and to stop the death penalty. I am favourable to both of those. However, it likes secrecy and gagging whistleblowers. It is very inefficient and corrupt. It believes in over regulation which I detest.
I would like the British Isles to secede from the EU. The UK should sign a trade treaty with India and then get automatically expelled. The EU would probably try to make and example of the UK and punish her.
The EU breaks it own rules all the time – witness the Growth and Stability Pact.
Europhiles try to conflate Europe the place with europhilia. They say one should be a europhile if one has ever eaten pizza. Eurosceptics sometimes fall into the same trap by being xenophobic. Some europhiles are xenophobic towards the US, Turkey and others.
I am implacably opposed to Turkish entry into the EU. I would not even have let the Czech Republic in. I looked at the example of German reunification. This created a drag on West Germany. The same would be true of the Western EU. Lo and behold millions of migrants went west. This was entirely predictable. The Irish Rep and the UK were the inly states rash enough to led in all the people of the new 10 states. We need the workers, bosses said. Yes, that is because we made being on benefit a career path. Anyway from this month people from the new EU states can claim benefit in the UK.
Turkey is much poorer than the others. There will be a stampede west. Let us face it people have very old-fashioned attitudes there. Germany has the biggest population in the EU and this is falling fast. It is the same picture in most EU states. Turkey’s population is growing and it would have more and more political control. Many people in Turkey dislike gays, dislike the permissive society, dislike alcohol and gambling. The judicial and educational system of this country has very little integrity. A deeply corrupt country, Romania, was allowed to join the EU and this is scandalous.
I do not condemn people from migrating legally. I have done so. I ask people to be aware of it. We should face up to the fact that immigration is a mixed blessing instead of burying our collective head in the sand and pretending that it is all good news. People are afraid of being branded racialist if they observe certain negative repercussions of mass immigration.