Saturday, 16 January 2016
Beware of Politicians bearing gifts
The saying is 'Beware of Greeks bearing gifts' but in this instance those who want to Leave the European Union need to beware of Conservative Politicians, what they say and what the press reports them saying.
Chris Grayling, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Epson & Ewell and Leader of the House of Commons is reported as saying that the 'current terms' of membership of the European Union are 'disastrous' for the United Kingdom. Mr Grayling is, however, backing David Cameron's bid to renegotiate the United Kingdom's relationship with the European Union.
This does not make Chris Grayling someone who "plans to back (the) Leave campaign" as 'The Daily Telegraph' headlines. Nor does the report that he does not believe in staying in the European Union "with our current terms of membership unchanged". Rather, it puts him in the 'wait and see' lounge with others who argue that we should see what David Cameron manages to renegotiate before making a decision. These people each have a single vote just like you and me. They don't speak for me.
For me, I am not bothered what Mr Cameron has offered to him by the European Union. He can ask for what he likes; what he is offered will be something different. I do not want to be part of a political construct whose goal is ever closer union.
There are reports that Germany, who is the driving force in the European Union, has agreed to some deprivation of benefits to migrants in the United Kingdom but, in order to achieve this, some benefits will have to be withheld from United Kingdom nationals. If this report is true, that will be quite interesting in itself because United Kingdom nationals will then be publicly as well as effectively European Union nationals and the drive to ever closer union will be moved one notch nearer. Equality of treatment of all European Union nationals will be underlined. The Nation State of the United Kingdom is being constantly eroded.
If the current terms of membership of the European Union are disastrous for the United Kingdom, why isn't the political opposition party saying so loudly? Why aren't the Liberal Democrats?
In my opinion, public statements, especially on the subject of the European Union made by Chris Grayling and other politicians are not to be trusted. One could cynically argue that the 'Eurosceptic' politicians are lulling the Leavers into a false sense of security; that these politicians will rally to the ramparts of the Leave campaign when the time comes. I don't think that we can depend on that happening or that it will happen.
When the time comes, these politicians will probably argue that any deal Mr Cameron is offered is his success and lionise him like Wellington or Nelson. They will say 'this deal is brilliant and changes the terms of our membership; vote to Remain'
The European Union is a political construct dedicated to ever closer union. Whether we are offered associate membership, or limits on benefits, or the moon made of blue cheese, we will STILL be a member of a regional supranational power. This power can and probably will bludgeon the United Kingdom or the next Prime Minister - the heir to the heir of Blair (David Cameron) into submission. The United Kingdom will still be subordinate to another power. This cannot be allowed to continue.
The United Kingdom should not be a subordinate nation to anyone. It should be and can be again an Independent Sovereign State.
Vote to Leave the European Union.