LOOK HOW FAR WE’VE COME
Not very, if truth be told. The post above was two years ago and I’m still blogging about the same things but with ‘updates’.
I’m sorry but I’m not as patient as I was. And it’s not just the wars; it’s the economy, the inter-changeable feckless governments, the encroaching State of the EU
The EU doesn’t recognise England as a country – only as an area of Regions – so don’t be surprised at the anti-English and anti-Scottish rhetoric in the media. Divide and conquer; subvert, infiltrate. And haven’t they done a good job of breaking up the Union? I wonder how much Alec Salmond’s SNP has been promised in EU loans and grants. We know how much the BBC gets – check it out – it’s millions per year in loans and grants. The BBC is not only licence-payer funded, it’s EU-funded as well. Switch it off!
I’d rather the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland could be as it was, but life moves on and the UK is irrevocably changed. Blair’s government put paid to that with the Devolution Bill. Labour were elected in May 1997 and four months later in September the referendum was held, in Scotland only. What they did, in their arrogance, was isolate England completely. That Northern Ireland should have its Stormont Assembly, that Wales should have increased powers for its Assembly and for Scotland to have increased powers for its Assembly while England isn’t recognised at all is absolutely unforgivable.
This is why England should fight against the status quo. England, of all the countries making up the United Kingdom, has been most betrayed in this wholesale sell-out to a federal European superstate. The latest betrayal is by Cameron who tells us that this major constitutional issue about the break-up of the Union will be decided by Scots voters in a Scottish referendum only.
That’s an insult. Do the opinions of the Welsh, Northern Irish and English not matter at all in this? We’re left with no option but to demand control over our own policies, our own government, our own country and I do believe that, when the time comes, the English will step up to the plate and face down the EU and our own elected government of the day. If it’s good enough for the Scots, it’s good enough for the English.
My only reservation in all this is that it plays into the hands of the almighty EU. Localism and the Big Society isn’t a Cameron initiative, it’s EU-derived. Devolution and regionalisation is a part of a bigger picture and we must be watchful.
My very first post, my first dipping of a toe into the waters of blogging, was:
“A multitude of causes unknown to former times are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor.“
Edgar, who was one of the first to comment, had it right, “These are the things, GV, that people will look back on and think to themselves, ‘How did I not see it all coming?“
And people will look back and wonder. Then they’ll wonder why the media never reported fully about governance and the EU; they’ll wonder why pages were devoted to Cheryl &Cole or Charlene & Theron; they’ll wonder why the media let our Westminster Assembly accuse each other of petty Party politicking when they were actually consensual on the over-arching topic that mattered most: that of who governs the country. Then they’ll understand why they were portrayed as indolent and feckless obese couch potatoes watching daytime tv and eating deep-fried Mars bars while foreigners took their jobs. Then, perhaps if it’s not too late, they’ll be out on the streets.
There is never any joy or satisfaction in saying ‘I told you so’; there’s never self-satisfied contentment when things one has predicted will go wrong, do go wrong; there’s just regret and a greater determination to set things right.
Let’s end with some words I’ve also quoted before. The man was right and this paragraph needs shouting from hilltops, from beacon to beacon, up and down the land until everyone gets the message:
“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”