EU In or Out ?

Part 1 of a viewpoint on Europe by John Bean

 

2016-european-commission-1I view Europe as an excellent location to live in  and for my descendants to likewise grow old in. This place has been made so by its different sects of a common tribe. Its fascinating variety of languages from Icelandic to Basque have evolved over several millennia.  As is the nature of mankind throughout this globe the different sects have at times been inspired to settle differences with close neighbours by internecine war. The cause this has arisen from opposing political systems, starting with Athens and Sparta and hopefully ending in the 20th century with democracy versus fascism and the corporate  state, aided by the clash between British and German imperialism

Prior to the rise of modern weaponry, particularly aerial attacks, the bloodiest conflicts were those stemming from religious differences. One of the earliest  was the invasion of Spain by Moors of Arabian origin who were inspired by the new religion of Islam to destroy Christian Europe. Fortunately  for the still evolving European culture, and not just its Christian religion, we were saved by Charles Martel at the battle of Tours. Nine hundred years later another attempt to impose the non-European religion was made by the Turkish Ottomans. This time the threat was removed by joint  forces of the Habsburgs of  Austria and Hungary and a Polish army led by King  John Sobieski of Poland, who destroyed much of the Ottoman army outside the walls of Vienna. It was significant that by this time Christianity had become established into two opposing sects of Protestant and Catholic (as Islam appears to be doing in the 21st century). So strong was the split that the Protestants refused to help the Catholics in defending the Ottoman Muslims assault on Europe.

This was partly a result of the Thirty Years War primarily between Protestantism and Catholicism which   had ended just 30 years prior to the Ottoman Turks attack. It reduced the population of the German states by forty percent and took a hundred years to recover from the devastation. On a  considerably smaller scale the antagonism between Catholic and Protestant led to death and destruction in France (leading to Huguenot emigration to Britain) in England, Scotland, Wales and in Ireland in particular. The conflict between Britain and Ireland  was, of course,  also promoted by the desire for Irish independence from  Britain with whom it had no common land borders.

In the latter half  of the 18th century it was Britain who began the Industrial Revolution, which then spread throughout Europe and into North America. The downside of this achievement were the bad working and living  conditions it gave to many working people who had flocked into the rapidly expanding cities from the wage slavery of working on the land, and farmers whose small areas meant they also could no longer survive.

Driven mainly by the desire for more raw materials, Britain, France and Germany, a late starter, expanded their empires in Africa and Asia. The colonised people looked in wonder and admiration that began to turn to envy at these white people from Europe. The industrial society that founded the great social changes in Europe also gave rise to uncontrolled capitalism. This, allied with the imperialism of the three great nations above led to the disastrous slaughter of some of Europe’s finest during the First World War. Then within twenty years came a replay of this slaughter, made even worse than the first for Eastern Europe. Without the advent of Hitler and his distorted attempt to combine nationalism with socialism, this war to end all wars – at least in Europe – would never have come about.

For at least two years after 1945 more than 31 million refugees were on the move trying to find their original or new homes in Europe. Today, this is sometimes held up as an example of why we should not object to around five million Afro-Asian immigrants arriving in Britain and the rest of  Europe in the last decade. However,  12 million of these refugees were Germans who had been thrown out of the new geographical state of Poland, Silesia, Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia and parts of Russia, in all cases where their ancestors had lived for several hundred years. This was why the European Convention on Human Rights was drafted in 1950 by the then new Council of Europe. Note that it is nothing to do with the EU

Thereby the majority of the people on the continent, looking for a future of permanent peace, gave support to the formation of the first organisations looking for unity amongst Europeans. In our islands we British had less enthusiasm but nevertheless voted to join the European Community in January 1973. I was one of them; as someone who had been preaching for a European Confederation of independent states for nearly twenty years.

 

Note that this is not part of British Democratic Party policy but is a personal view of the writer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “EU In or Out ?

    1. ( Party Official ) For the record our Party is TOTALLY against the European Union SUPERSTATE , all it stands for and all the HARM it has done to the NATIONS AND PEOPLE OF Europe. For the detail and indeed sentiment of our Party , see our POLICY DOCUMENT. Regarding missed OPPORTUNITIES ,that’s us at the moment. With a DECENT NAME to go with our NATIONALIST POLICIES , WE have a WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY to be the growing Nationalist Party in this Country. Will we put the EFFORT in ? Time will tell , but WE SURE NEED TO UP OUR GAME !

      1. The EU could possibly have been a good thing for the peoples of Europe but even then it has come too late. If say it had been set-up in the 1890’s and helped to prevent the terrible slaughter of WW1 and WW2 and I had been around I could have seen myself voting for it but today it serves no purpose and looks to me like a solution looking for a problem to solve. Sadly, I believe this referendum will be lost and we will be staying in it not least for the fact the major opponents of the EU today in Britain are people like Tory globalist Nigel Farage and his merry men from UKIP, the original Tory Party and the City of London’s globalist bankers and the stay-in lot will point to this and say he is in favour of leaving do you REALLY trust his judgement and REALLY know the reasons people like him are in favour of leaving? In 1975, you had a wide spectrum of people for leaving from both ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ whereas today it isn’t so much and that will not work to the leave campaign’s favour.

  1. We must vote out but that is not the end our nationalist party must be
    voted into power.None of the parties in parliament want to change
    immigration but to carry on usual remember Johnsons proposed amesty
    for all illegal immigrants.

  2. A good article but the last point is, I am afraid, factually incorrect. The Tory government of Edward Heath wasn’t very democratic about this subject and following age-old undemocratic Tory tradition didn’t allow the British people to decide whether we wished to join the then ‘Common Market’ before our entry on the 1st January 1973. It was only the subsequent Labour government of Harold Wilson that held a referendum to decide whether we should STAY IN it in 1975.

  3. ( Party Official ) The IN campaign are having to rely on PROJECT FEAR more and more. The reason for this is that the FACTS ARE NOT ON THEIR SIDE ! Every time they bring some matter up , it looks even WORSE for STAYING IN !

  4. I see the Tory MEP Syed Kamall has revealed he is joining the campaign for a Leave vote. And his reason ? He believes that the EU discriminates against non EU immigrants ! ”People should be treated equally whether they are from Austria or Australia, from Croatia or the Caribbean, from Italy or India. Sadly that is not possible within the EU.”

    So this clown wants out of the EU because he mistakenly believes they are restricting the third world immigration he obviously thinks we don’t have enough of !
    As for immigration from the Caribbean, Jamaicans make up a third of our foreign prisoner contingent. We don’t want anymore, thanks.

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