A New Beginning

As in most workplaces I guess yesterday, some colleagues and myself had a frank discussion about the referendum.  The age-division was apparent but the reasons not as straight-forward as have been caricatured by the mainstream media.  We are all professionally employed people so I’m not going to claim that this is representative of anything than among our group.  My younger colleagues voted Remain, but some did so reluctantly, as whilst they don’t like the EU and they don’t trust any politicians (both healthy outlooks in my opinion), they are worried about the future and didn’t want to risk the uncertainty of Leaving.  They are too young to know any different and should not be derided for that.  I can no more put myself into their mindset than I could that of my parents’ generation, born during wartime, experiencing austerity that I have never known.  These ‘millennials’ are well aware that Brexit could lead to the break-up of the EU and the Eurozone if other countries follow suit.  This will no doubt lead to the next financial crash being blamed on Brexit, rather than on the creation of the Eurozone.

So whilst some ‘millennial’ Remainers are being cast as cry-babies, I believe that that the vast majority are not.  Their worries should be respected and not ridiculed.  There are a minority of Remainers who are cry-babies, just as there are a minority of Leavers who are xenophobes, would be and still will be regardless of whether the EU exists.  The cry-baby Remainers are so angry that they don’t know what to do.  I heard a student couple this morning, with private school educated accents, talking loudly enough so that everyone around them could hear, how angry they are.  They’ll carry on being angry long after they should have grown out of it, but hey ho.

But it is not just the ‘millennials’ who need re-assurance, skilled workers from other EU countries need to be assured that their employment and residential status are not under threat.  Many may feel that it is and decide to leave, but if better employment opportunities existed in other EU countries then they would already have made that decision.  I’ll admit a bias in that I work with professional people from other EU countries and I don’t want them to feel threatened; but I also work with professional people from outside the EU and they have to meet skills and qualifications criteria in order to live and work here.  That the British economy depends on importing skilled workers, especially in STEM fields, is itself a damning indictment of the failure of our education system.  Migrants from other EU countries without professional qualifications should not fear deportation, if they are employed on a permanent or fixed-term contract basis and paying taxes; or if they work freelance in some field and can prove that they are self-supporting and paying taxes.  We need to stress to EU migrants that we do not object to the presence of the vast majority of them, but that the scale of immigration that the UK has experienced since 2004 is more than our infrastructure can cope with.  This is especially true in England.

There is one group of people who have been overlooked and who are justifiably likely to feel the most insecure.  In the first post on this blog I mentioned about Poland having lost part of a generation to children born in the UK to Polish parents.  These children and those uprooted from Poland by their parents should not feel that they or their parents are threatened with deportation; many of those who moved to the UK during their childhood sometime during the last 12 years are now young adults and stuck in limbo.  If they do not already have British citizenship they should be offered it.  The same applies to the children of other EU nationals though the scale of immigration from those countries has been nowhere near as large.  Of course the very fact that we were denied a referendum on the Treaty of Nice, which led to EU expansion, is why this issue has arisen in the first place.  Behind the issue are thousands of people who should not just be dismissed as statistics.

Immigration is a thorny issue and the fact that it came to dominate the referendum is that since 2004 anyone who expressed concern about the scale of it, and particularly its economic impact on low-waged, low-skilled workers, was slandered as a ‘racist’ by the ‘progressive’ corporate globalists.  That the scale of immigration has led to the slumlordisation of many inner-city areas and council estates, in which the housing stock was sold off by the Thatcher government, is something which these ‘progressives’ are happy to ignore.  Immigration policy henceforth should be to reduce the scale to a level which is more sustainable, no more than fifty thousand people a year say, rather than six or seven times that amount as it is now.

Apart from the privileged cry-babies, whom I mentioned above and who want the referendum result to be invalidated to force another one, the other group of Remainers for whom I have no sympathy are Labour voters (there is an overlap between these groups).  What happened on Thursday was the revolt of Old Labour (mildly patriotic and mildly socialist) against New Labour (corporatist, ‘liberal’ and globalist).  The late Peter Shore MP puts the latter group to shame:

Contrary to the lies told by ‘progressives’ in their defence of the EU, we British are not, by nature, an insular people.  We have long been more outward looking than most of the nations of continental Europe.  For more than four decades we’ve been continually derided that Britain is ‘small and weak’.  Britain is small but not weak and there are more than sixty million of us on this island.  We have been derided that Britain is ‘old and tired’.  Britain’s infrastructure is old and tired, but that is because our taxes have been diverted from upgrading our own infrastructure to finance the infrastructures of the countries of southern, central and eastern Europe, with lovely highways and bridges from Nowhere to Nowhere Else, such as appear on the Euro notes.  We can and shall develop bi-lateral trade agreements with other countries, that is what the ‘progressives’ are frightened of, that the EU itself is becoming redundant.

Anyway, unless another referendum is forced through or the exit negotiations stall, there is no point in doing numerous blog posts about Brexit.  That David Cameron has tendered his resignation as Prime Minister should mean that the government is not going to over-ride the referendum result.  The EU, worried that the electorates of other countries will demand an ‘exit’ referendum, wants Brexit completed as soon as possible before the trend catches on.  The SNP want a Dependence referendum so that Scotland can continue being ruled from Brussels, whilst Sinn Fein want an Irish Unification referendum to liberate English taxpayers from the economic burden of the Six Counties, so that all Thirty-Two Counties of Ireland can continue being ruled from Brussels.


Greenwashing the European Union

The Ecology Party originated in Coventry in 1973 with four people involved in the ‘survivalist’ movement, not exactly a bastion of left-wing thought for ‘watermelons’.  This group put up candidates under the title of ‘PEOPLE’ at the two general elections in 1974, picking up about four and a half thousand votes the first time and just under two thousand the second time, between the candidates which they fielded.  The name change to the Ecology Party came shortly afterwards and although it had marginal levels of support nationally, it still had enough to entitle it to a party political broadcast in advance of the 1979 and 1983 general elections.

Where, when and why the Ecology Party originated hasn’t really been examined that much.  With hindsight it might seem odd that a city whose economy was dominated by the motor industry should give birth to a political party opposing it, but then it could be seen as a reaction to that (although the same city had the world’s first bicycle factory).  It should have been obvious that none of the mainstream parties locally would accommodate any opposition to domination by large employers.  The Labour Party had run Coventry as a one-party state since prior to the Second World War, the Tories were not going to do anything against big business whilst the Liberals locally were as they continued to be, virtually non-existent.

The Ecology Party’s ‘small is beautiful’ ideology might seem the embodiment of parochial parish-pump politics, but its ethos was that of opposing large corporations, state-owned (eg British Leyland) or privately-owned (Chrysler, GEC), the big state and the trade union bloc vote.  It is important to remember that the Ecology Party was not a socialist party, if anything it leant more towards promoting individual initiative.  So why didn’t these ecologists become involved in the Liberal Party, which in the 1950’s / 1960’s could have accommodated their views?

What was significant about 1973 was that the UK joined the EEC, at the time something believed by most of the electorate to be merely a trading bloc.  That it was a Tory government (with a few dissenters) which did this was not surprising, as big business was always going to be the major beneficiary.  Not surprisingly also at the time was that most opposition came from within the Labour Party and the trade union movement, as they foresaw what came to pass, an enlarged labour market leading to downward pressure on living standards.  The Liberal Party was heavily in favour of the EEC and that is why it could not accommodate the views of those who formed the Ecology Party, as the latter were honourably opposed to the EEC.

Globally, the most significant political event of 1973 was the Arab-Israeli war which led to the Arab oil embargo and the creation of OPEC.  This more than anything focused public opinion on the importance of long-term alternatives to oil, hence the time was opportune for a political party singularly dedicated to ecology to be started.  If the ecologists were ‘hippies’ as some claimed and still do, then the Ecology Party would have been started five or six years earlier, but by 1973 the hippy ‘movement’, if it can be called that, was discredited.  Handing out flowers did not defeat Richard Nixon.

So how did the Ecology Party change?  With a rebranding exercise in 1985, to follow the success of Die Grünen, who themselves had started out of the protests against US nuclear weapons being sited in West Germany.  The assimilation of left-wing views into the Green Party came with the crossover in the membership of CND with those of the left and the co-operation between any organisations which were considered to be ‘anti-Tory’.  Where the assimilation of left-wing views into the Green Party might be considered as ‘infiltration’ came following the collapse of the Soviet Union, when ‘socialism’ became a hard brand to sell.  ‘Green-Left’ crossover groups developed but these in themselves do not explain the Green Party’s current love affair with what became the European Union (EU) as the genuine (classical) left was and still is opposed to it.

The answer is more rooted in the structure of the EU ‘parliament’ into ‘groupings’, such that nationally-based political parties fighting on issues important for their respective electorates become redundant.  The Green Party has become ‘Europeanised’.  Some may say that this is just adapting to new conditions, but in doing so it has betrayed its Ecology Party origins by supporting the very continental superstate which it ought to oppose.  There are of course other reasons.  Most politicians are driven by personal ambition and those in the Green Party leadership have found the European stage difficult to resist.  They have become part of the political establishment, supportive of supranational dictatorship where it suits their ends.  So in order to get certain ‘green’ directives issued by the European Commission, the Green Party and the others in its ‘grouping’ turn a blind eye to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which the Green Party has always claimed to oppose; but which fundamentally it cannot oppose whilst it supports the EU, because the CAP is one of the foundation stones upon which the EU is built.

The most disturbing trend within the Green Party and which has now become dominant within it, is that of control.   This is where the influence of the hard (regressive) left has been felt and this is where the Green Party’s enthusiasm for the EU has come from.  Genuine ecologists recognise that local people are usually the best custodians of their local environment; not always but they ought to be consulted, not ordered about.  Genuine ecologists also recognise that ecology is best managed from the bottom up, not dictated to from the top down.  Genuine ecologists support international co-operation, not supranational dictatorship.  The Green Party, like all the ‘green’ NGO’s financed by the EU, supports supranational dictatorship, where every aspect of every individual’s life must be controlled, from car usage to what light bulbs one is permitted to buy.

The Green Party, even after it had been rebranded from the Ecology Party continued to support the principal of national sovereignty, indeed the Scottish Green Party supported genuine independence (not the SNP’s oxymoronic ‘independence within the EU’).  However the Green Party has now betrayed its principals by opposing national sovereignty.  Whereas a genuine Ecology Party, if one still existed, would recognise that environmental legislation should be the responsibility of national parliamentary democracies; and these, responsive to their respective electorates, negotiate international agreements.  But the Green Party’s love for the EU is because it wants ‘environmental’ legislation to be imposed, not negotiated.

Moreover, the Green Party’s anti-democratic polity is perfectly in keeping with that of the EU.  A genuine Ecology Party, if one still existed, would recognise the right of every nation state to manage immigration to a level that is environmentally sustainable.  The less space and fewer resources per head of population that the country has, the more stringent its immigration restrictions need to be.  There are a few within the Green Party who recognise this and who more importantly recognise that a country – any country – has the democratic right, responsive to its electorate, to set appropriate immigration legislation, changing this according to circumstances.

But the majority view within the Green Party is anti-ecology as well as anti-democratic, unwilling to allow immigration policy to be decided by voters who are justifiably concerned by high immigration driven population growth (currently running at an annual level roughly equivalent to a city the size of Coventry) and the loss of green space due to inevitable urban expansion.  The Green Party is thus anti-green.  This is without getting into any of the economic and cultural issues; suffice to say with regard to the former that the Green Party’s ‘left-wing’ credentials are also spurious, as it supports the unlimited supply of cheap disposable migrant labour for unscrupulous employers and let’s not even talk about how ‘sustainable’ it is supporting mass economic migration.  The cultural issues of immigration are only pertinent to ecology if the high birth rate among women in certain immigrant groups is a consequence of their being forbidden the use of contraception should they wish to, but as the Green Party claims to support women’s rights then it should be fully aware of this, as it should be aware of the right of all women not to be raped in a game of ‘Taharrush’.

But the central issue in this referendum is governance, the supremacy of national parliamentary democracy, of which immigration legislation is only a part.  By supporting the EU and thus advocating ‘Remain’, the Green Party has shown its true colours as a reactionary anti-independence movement providing a ‘respectable’ front for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund in moving towards One World Government with only a veneer of ‘democracy’ and nothing more.


The origins of the Ecology Party are detailed in Dominic Sandbrook’s history book, State of Emergency, The Way We Were; Britain 1970 – 1974, pp 218-219.  Tony Whittaker, one of the four founders, was a former Tory activist, whilst Teddy Goldsmith (uncle of Tory MP Zac) united his ‘Movement for Survival’ with the group started by the four.

This is my last blog post before Thursday’s referendum.  It was never my intention for this to be a strictly political blog, let alone a ‘Brexit’ one, but we bloggers have fought back against the lies peddled by Project Fear.  We are part of broader movement to restore parliamentary democracy and can only make what contribution we can.  Thanks to everyone who has read and shared these posts.

A Modest Proposal

The cattle boat became a perfect image of the ambivalence of Irish freedom: a profitable export in the hold, a bitter exodus of people on deck.

In the first post on this blog, I made reference to Fintan O’Toole’s book Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, from which the above is taken from the Introduction.  One can infer that the human population of rural Ireland was and perhaps still is as expendable as the cattle being exported for slaughter.  The book is long since out of print, but I obtained a copy nonetheless, with the intention of finding out about EEC/EU farm subsidies and exactly where the money ends up, as I was aware that Irish beef production exceeds domestic and export demand with the result that carcasses are stored in deep freeze for several years, these being part of the ‘beef mountain’.

Driving people off the land to make way for grazing animals is not unique to Ireland, the Highland Clearances in Scotland were for the same reason and the same process still goes on in developing countries to feed the greedy supersized gullets of developed countries.  Detailing the history of ranching in Ireland, O’Toole references F. S. L. Lyons in saying that the power of the old (Anglo-Irish Ascendancy) landlord class was already in decline by the late 19th Century giving way to a ‘fresh breed of hard-fisted graziers, the bulk of them Irish and not a few from Catholic and Gaelic families’.  These are the power brokers in rural Ireland and the reason why Irexit, the possibility of the Republic leaving the EU, which is being increasingly discussed in the twittersphere, is unlikely in the forseeable future.

This is by way of introduction to the following video, which features Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, an Irish politician with a maverick reputation who supports Brexit, but doesn’t quite go so far as to support Irexit, instead talking about ‘a fundamental review’ of how the EU is run.  Flanagan is from County Roscommon and received the most first preference votes to represent a predominantly rural part of Ireland as an MEP in the multinational, multilingual talking shop bereft of legislative power that sits in Brussels.

He has recently become more widely known for trying to access details of the TTIP and for posting a blurry video of this on youtube.  The problem ultimately is that Flanagan knows that the economy of the area he represents would collapse without continued EU farm subsidy, even though this in itself keeps its dependence on large agri-business.  Look beyond the outward appearance and you have just another parish pump politician, an Independent who sits with the ‘Green Left’ group because genuine independents are not allowed in the EU ‘parliament’, an advocate for turf cutting in the face of the EU directive which forbids it.  The supranationalist corporate ‘greens’ with whom he sits obviously overlook that; though those who enjoyed a spliff during their ‘radical’ youth might approve of his support for the legalisation of cannabis.  But at least he is batting on our side and trying to persuade Irish people resident in Britain to vote for Brexit, something which Irish yuppies who are only here on a transitory basis (which begs the question why they are permitted to vote) are unlikely to; though Irish builders long permanently resident in Britain who face competition from Polish builders might prefer to turn the clock back to pre-2004 and hence vote for Brexit.

Support for Irexit appears to be growing – as is opposition to the EU throughout the rest of the EU – as it has become apparent to increasing numbers of Irish people that their country will be asset stripped through the privatisation of its infrastructure by orders of the Troika (the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund).  The most contentious issue at the moment being the imposition of water charges, which other countries have, but which in the Republic have been paid for through central and local government taxation.

Finally, Dublin’s chattering classes, to whom O’Toole belongs, like to talk about Irish people not knowing whether to look to ‘Boston or Berlin’.  The reality is that the Irish proletarian classes don’t look to either; they look to Liverpool and Manchester, London and Glasgow, even Birmingham and Coventry (though their football teams are crap).  For all that the Irish like to get one over on us, they know that their economic interests are more closely tied to Britain than to anywhere else.  They certainly wouldn’t support the Republic rejoining the UK, or us migrating en masse to the Republic to vote for it to rejoin, but they might tacitly support Brexit and a future Irexit, where they could trade with us as equal partners.

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International Labour Day


Today is International Cheap Disposable Migrant Labour Day, the 12th anniversary of Britain’s Labour Government – New Labour under Blair – opening the floodgates to unrestricted immigration from three former Warsaw Pact countries (one of which had already split in two), three former Soviet Republics and one former part of Yugoslavia (or part of former Yugoslavia, if you prefer).  It is strange that those so keen on multinational political unions overlook the fragmentation of Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.  Some multinational political unions are obviously ‘good’, others ‘bad’, the ‘good’ ones being those that provide unscrupulous employers with the largest possible pool of cheap disposable migrant labour; that provide affluent householders in the host nations with the opportunity to hire immigrant tradespeople at the lowest possible prices; that provide so much demand for rented accommodation that landlords can charge what they want.  Hurrah for the Labour Party.  Hurrah for the European Union.

Now you might think, hang on a minute, surely the Labour Party would be concerned that too high a rate of inward migration might just put downward pressure on the working-class that it once claimed to represent?  Not at all, for under Blair and his spinmeister Peter Mandelson, any pretensions of Labour being ‘working-class’ were washed away, except when it became necessary to hold on to ‘safe’ seats such as Hartlepool.  Mandelson was appointed Labour’s Director of Communications by Blair’s predecessor but one, Neil Kinnock, who like Mandelson has a left-wing background, of which he divested himself to become an EU Commissioner and a wealthy one at that (aren’t they all?)  Labour’s support among the working-class had already declined along with the trade unions and through the rise of self-employed, Sun-reading, Thatcher-voting, ‘white van man’, many of whom bought into the Tories’ property-driven boom-bust of 1987-92 and paid the price for it, by over-leveraging themselves and getting their homes repossessed.

So as the working-class had adopted Thatcherism, why shouldn’t the Labour Party go even further, to out-Tory the Tories, to pursue an ideology of Social Darwinism, the survival of the fittest and get rid of any elements of patriotic paternalism?  Those who support competition shouldn’t complain about that being from overseas.  The problem is that plenty of the working-class didn’t adopt Thatcherism and not just those in the former mining communities; millions stayed loyal to Labour principles and misguidedly voted for a Labour Party, whose leadership had abandoned them.  Millions of others, the low-skilled, the unskilled or the potentially talented but just dirt poor, got left behind by Thatcherism.  But even Thatcherism offered some hope for the last group.  In Thatcher’s Britain, all students had their fees paid by their local authority and those from a low-income background were eligible to receive a susbistence-level maintenance grant, which was enough to pay for rent, bills and food.  The Blair regime soon put a stop to all that malarkey.

The legacy of this disgusting policy of the Blair regime, implemented within a year of taking office, is the disenfranchisement of a generation from higher education; and hence the chance to improve their economic prospects by upskilling themselves.  Concomitant with this, manufacturing industry continued to decline under Blair and received little support, except where it became politically expedient to do so.  Labour’s legacy was rampant house price inflation between 1999 and 2003, which moderated but continued to grow during the following five years, with the encouragement of buy-to-let, which priced that same generation out of housing.  New Labour’s New Landlords must have rubbed their greedy hands with glee in 2004, knowing that unrestricted immigration would keep them in business; and better than that, they’d receive housing benefit from the government to pay for the cost of their low-income tenants.  Overall, Labour’s legacy was to shit on the indigenous working-class, removing all hope from them for a better life.

It should be no surprise therefore that when Labour needs to rely on the indigenous working-class, which were once the mainstay of its support, that support is now lacking.  Labour failed to regain office last year precisely because of this.  It lost a few million votes to UKIP, a party led by and still largely personified by a former commodities broker from ‘The City’ who was a Thatcherite Tory.  The ‘Kippers played the ‘left-wing’ card very well, but they didn’t really need to.  It doesn’t need to be explained to those who are too young to remember when Thatcher was in office that the Labour Party doesn’t care about them.  Labour has become the party which was happy to bail out the debts of its merchant banker friends, with Alistair Darling, former Chancellor of the Exchequer and former MP for Edinburgh Central & South West, who is one of the leaders of the ‘Remain’ lobby, being the person responsible.  The Labour Party supports the single European labour market (with immigration from outside the EU where ‘needed’ by its corporate benefactors).

Surely Jeremy Corbyn, as an ally of the late Tony Benn, must oppose this?  Unfortunately not, Corbyn recently claimed that the immigration that Britain – and mainly England at that – has experienced since EU enlargement, isn’t enough.  Although he refuses to campaign with David Cameron, it is clear that Corbyn is singing from the same pro-EU songsheet.  His middle-class preparatory and grammar school background is not as privileged as that of Cameron or Blair, but it is clear that Corbyn has never had to compete at the bottom of the economic pile for council housing or shop work.  That he has sold out is therefore unfortunately unsurprising.  By contrast, Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead, who was one of those that nominated Corbyn for the Labour Party leadership, is part of an honourable minority of Labour MP’s who do understand the impact that the increased economic competition, due to EU enlargement, has had on the indigenous working-class.  He is a man of social conscience in an otherwise overwhelmingly rotten Labour Party.


The Brexit Sideshow

If you are bored witless with how long this issue has been dragging out, you are not the only one.  It has only taken twenty-four years and six general elections to have a referendum on British membership of the European Union; and even then it was seventeen years since the one and only referendum on British membership of the European Economic Community, which at the time was known to most people as the ‘Common Market’.  Hardly a resounding endorsement of British democracy, is it?

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The ruling elites and professional middle-classes have always supported the removal of not just trade barriers, but immigration restrictions, because they know that increased competition for jobs and housing increases the disparities of wealth between themselves and the lumpen proletariat.  It should be no surprise therefore that a Tory government, that of Edward Heath – in which Margaret Thatcher was Secretary of State for Education – took Britain into the EEC in 1973, without a referendum.  Nor should it be surprising that the principle opposition came from within the Labour Party, whose electoral base was predominantly working-class and highly unionised.  Only when a Labour government was elected in 1974 was a referendum promised and held the following year.

As you can see from the picture above, the spin in 1975 was as it is today with ‘Europe’ being used as a shorthand way of referring, not to a geographical entity, but to a political project, the endgame of which was always the creation of a continental superstate.  At the time there was no way of knowing that in a decade and a half the Iron Curtain would have fallen and Germany been re-unified, but stealthily moving towards a Western European superstate was on the agenda, even though it was deliberately obscured from the voting public.  In 1975, Britain was held to be ‘the sick man of Europe’, the legacy of Heath’s terrible government which created an inflationary credit boom – so much for fiscal conservatism – when the global economy was already suffering the inflationary effects in commodity prices caused by the Nixon Administration’s dropping the gold standard in 1971.  The outcome was numerous strikes with trade unions demanding and getting inflation-busting pay rises, something which continued when Labour took over.

It was Margaret Thatcher’s successor as Prime Minister, John Major, whose government refused to hold a referendum on British membership of the EU and whose government later suffered the humiliation of the pound crashing out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, the forerunner to monetary union.  The deep rift within the Conservative Party caused by this refusal to hold a referendum still exists today.  The real change has come within the Labour Party and the trade unions, who have bought into the ‘Social Europe’ propaganda with the price being paid by working-class Britons in the form of increased competition for jobs and housing.  For middle-class Guardian readers and even more privileged Labour MP’s this is a price worth paying.  For Labour’s natural electoral base it isn’t, which is why Labour’s support among working-class Britons continues to dwindle.  The Green Party, formerly known as the Ecology Party, whose electoral base is among those who follow E. F. Schumacher’s ‘Small is Beautiful’ world-view, has also gone arse-about-face by supporting the EU.

So what hope is there of opposition, of democracy returning to the people?  Forget the EU-worshipping Lib Dumbs, they are worse than useless.  There are ‘dissenters’ within Labour and the Greens who haven’t whored themselves to the EU and whom we should all support to promote the ‘Left Leave’ view, particularly those of us who were brought up in ‘Old’ Labour voting households, who do consequently feel some sense of patriotism.  Hope however, appears to be coming in what ought to be the blindingly obvious, namely that a political union of more than two dozen countries, many with no common language, culture or history, simply cannot be held together, even by dictatorship.  This has become evident in the resurgent nationalism taking hold throughout Europe.  This in itself is not something to celebrate, but it is a natural reaction to the centralisation of political power in Brussels, including the EU’s demands upon countries that they take quotas of economic migrants from as far away as Afghanistan and Somalia, whose cultures are totally incompatible with those of the respective host nations.

Even a common language, culture and history are not enough to successfully hold a political union together, but having at least one of these is a minimum requirement.  The UK itself is under strain from Scottish separatists, who are ironically pro-EU, as they genuinely believe that Scotland, with one per cent of the EU’s population, can influence how it is run.   This weekend the Irish commemorate the ‘Easter Rising’ (led by a Scottish socialist) against British rule.  That the Irish ended up being dominated by the Catholic Church, ultra-conservative governments and more recently the European Central Bank are all separate issues.  They understand, from bitter experience, that if a referendum yields the ‘wrong’ result, they have to hold it again until the result is ‘correct’.


I shall be lazy in not putting comprehensive references, but if you haven’t read Dominic Sandbrook’s excellent popular history books of the 1970’s, State of Emergency and Seasons in the Sun, I have to recommend that you do.  The former details British entry into the EEC and the latter the 1975 referendum.

Going for Broke

Some thoughts from last year to add to the million and one other blog posts which have done the rounds on the net on this matter …

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No congress of a European nation may call on the key tools used to pull a nation out of a recession (increased government spending to create jobs, lowering interest rates to boost investment, printing more money to create demand through more liquidity).
– Greg Palast, from Armed Madhouse (2006), p 161.

Palast was stating that European Monetary Union is incompatible with Keynesian economics.  This is the reason that Gordon Brown, our ‘fiscally prudent’ Scottish Chancellor of the Exchequer – with his tragi-comic ‘son of the manse’ routine – was so keen to keep us out of European Monetary Union, as he knew that running a deficit at the peak of the economic cycle was unsustainable and would need to be inflated away. The Bank of England duly acceded by slashing the base rate from December 2007 onwards and indulging in several years’ worth of ‘Quantitative Easing’ to follow.  For the political left to support an inflationary policy is not new.  Harold Wilson’s ‘Old’ Labour government of 1974-76 gave in to every trade union wage demand, only realising when it was too late that pensioners and others on fixed incomes suffered most from falling living standards due to price inflation.

Support for European Monetary Union one would therefore expect to come from those who are fiscally conservative, with Angela Merkel being the most obvious.  It is bizarre that the BBC, the Guardian and much of the British political ‘left’ are such obsessive supporters of monetary union.  They support the EU and the ‘Euro’ in principle but they oppose the ‘austerity’ measures which are a core part of the credibility of monetary union.  What they want is for the EU to adopt inflationary economic policies which for obvious historical reasons most Germans are averse to.  Therein lies the problem of monetary union. As Palast also mentions, every ‘Euro’ nation must adhere to strict limits on borrowing, but they haven’t which is why the ‘Euro’ has failed as a surrogate gold standard.  It could only have succeeded through a fully fledged political union with a single treasury.

A way out of the Eurozone ‘crisis’ and the economic stagnation it has brought about would be to demerge the ‘Euro’ back into national free-floating currencies with all savings and debt in each country being converted accordingly.  The government of each country could then inflate away its debt according to previous tradition.  For the heavily indebted nations this would be punishing the prudent to bail out the profligate (as happened in the UK) and a run on the banks of those countries with most savings being withdrawn, as happened in Greece last year.  Only when the debt, now denominated in the new national currency, has been inflated away and the new national currency has stabilised, through an export-driven economy, would savings return to that country’s banks such that the value of that new currency would start to appreciate, thereby attracting more savings deposits.

Of course, demerging the ‘Euro’ would mean that the irresponsible bankers, who failed to assess the risks on the loans which they made, would have to make do with repayment in the same number of drachmas, pesetas, lire, escudos etc … which in each case would have a far lower value than repayment in the same number of  ‘Euros’.  But that won’t be allowed to happen, so the Eurozone nations are going to experience decades of debt servitude all in the name of a monetary union that no-one voted for.



Population, Migration & Sustainability


Comparative population figures and growth forecasts for different EU member-states are available from the the Eurostat website.  The high growth figures for the UK (or post-UK as it may well be) should be of alarm to all ecologists.  The Office for National Statistics has its own forecasts for up to 2035, thus, broken down into the four constituent parts of the UK. These indicate that within fifteen years, England, with a land mass of slightly more than fifty thousand square miles, will have an official population level of just over sixty million people.  The Eurostat data also forecast that Poland, Romania and Bulgaria will experience significant population decreases by 2040.  In the case of Poland, this is hardly surprising as it has already lost part of a generation to children born in the UK to Polish parents.  This is because the UK, along with the Republic of Ireland and Sweden permitted unrestricted immigration from the eight former Eastern Bloc countries from their date of joining the EU on 1st of May, 2004.  Germany, France and the other ten incumbent EU members blocked immigration from the accession countries for seven years, something to bear in mind given the German media’s criticism of the UK on the matter of immigration; and similar criticisms of the UK from the comparatively sparsely populated USA.

The UK and the RoI have long shared a Common Travel Area, along with shared residency, working and voting rights, reflecting the fact that all of Ireland used to be part of the UK, with the future status of Northern Ireland within the UK still ambiguous.  In pre-EEC terms there has long been a pattern of economic migration from Ireland to Britain, particularly to England’s major towns and cities. Unskilled and semi-skilled Irish labourers were used to fill labour shortages in Britain, the ‘navvies’ who dug the canals being obvious examples. Until the post-war ‘baby boomers’ started to come of age during the mid-1960’s, Britain had labour shortages, with Ireland being the principal source to fill these.  Writing in 1995, Fintan O’Toole quoted the level of migration as approximately fifty thousand people per year during the 1950’s and early 1960’s.  These Irish workers were automatically ‘settled’ and given the same status as British workers.  This state of affairs still exists and is likely to in any post-UK, non-EU arrangement between England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.  For a generation, the Catholic Church in England benefitted from the high level of Irish immigration in terms of bums on pews, more money in the collection tin on Sundays and the increased demand for Catholic schools, but assimilation into the host society took place quickly.

Although the presence of Polish and other Eastern European immigrants from 2004 on might seem no different to that of the Irish mentioned above, the significant difference is that there are no labour shortages to fill. The British economy has a surplus of unskilled and semi-skilled labour, so much so that wage levels can and are being suppressed to such a level by unscrupulous employers that the employees depend on tax credits and in some cases housing benefit just to survive, so slumlords are the other beneficiaries, courtesy of the exchequer.  Although the Poles, like the Irish, are predominantly Catholic, the benefit to Catholic churches and schools of their presence is somewhat counteracted by the need to employ additional priests and teachers who speak Polish.  Because the Poles have retained their own language then assimilation may take more than a generation.  The Polish immigrants themselves are now finding that their livelihoods are being undercut by Bulgarians and Romanians, who have been allowed to live and work in the UK since the 1st of January 2014.  The net effect for British people is a continued chase to the bottom with increased demand for jobs and housing putting downward pressure on living standards, all supported by those bastions of political correctness, The Guardian and the BBC.

Flick through the careers section in The Guardian and you’ll see that it is skewed towards well-salaried positions in the public sector; those which have so far not experienced the full effects of the Single European Market, which have affected the private sector.  It is therefore easy for The Guardian and so many of its hard left ‘liberal’ readership to have a pro-EU bias.  Just as the private sector has moved manufacturing jobs to east of the former Iron Curtain so that it can cut costs, then the public sector could do likewise with all PC-based back-office jobs.  I wonder how the public sector unions would react to that!  UNISON for example pro-actively supports Eastern Europeans being employed in the public sector in Britain, but why not employ them to do those British public sector roles in Eastern Europe?  If the roles are not be relocated then the salary for a public sector role, with the same skill-set and experience, should not vary between EU member-states.  Why should a health service manager, a chief executive for a local authority or a reporter for the state broadcaster be paid more in Britain than in Bulgaria?  Why not apply consistency of salary levels to EU public sector professionals and see how they like it?  What is good enough for the lower orders, in the chase to the bottom, should be good enough for them!

Although a political party preaching environmental sustainability should advocate stringent immigration restrictions (with only in very exceptional circumstances immigration being permitted), this is not the case with the Green Party, its standpoint is quite the opposite.  The way that the ‘Greens’ reconcile this is by claiming that our ‘First World’ lifestyles are themselves unsustainable and that if we were all to adopt a subsistence-level standard of living, then Britain – or even just England – could accommodate and support many millions more people.  Aside from the difficulty of trying to convince any of the electorate to think likewise, I have yet to met any ‘Greens’ who are themselves willing to make such sacrifices.  If they were, they wouldn’t be blogging about it on the net, as they wouldn’t have the hardware, let alone the power supply to go on-line.  Only those who have never experienced such subsistence-level living would consider it to be desirable.  I have experienced it only once when visiting the west of Ireland, forty years ago, where I was surprised to learn that some people still lived in cottages without an electricity supply or hot water, depending as they did on turf for fuel.  Nowadays, turf would have to be replaced by solar panels and a wind turbine, if the household surviving at subsistence-level could afford to buy them.

Michael O’Leary, a man not given to modesty as CEO of Ryanair, once claimed that he and Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of Easyjet, had done more than any of the politicians in the EU to enable ‘European integration’.  O’Leary may like to believe his own publicity, but this is not quite true, as it was the politicians and Eurocrats who made the relevant decisions; Ryanair, Easyjet and the other budget airlines have simply facilitated the mass migration of people from East to West, in which they have a Polish competitor, Wizzair. These airlines have allowed Polish and other Eastern European immigrants to Britain and Ireland to permanently settle, whilst still being able to visit their respective home countries regularly, cheaply and with minimal travelling time.  Not all migrate by aeroplane, some do so by car, as is obvious from the number of Polish and now Romanian and Bulgarian, registered vehicles on British roads.  This places ‘Greens’ in a predicament as they regularly preach against these modes of transport.  The Green Party, whilst supporting the rights of Eastern Europeans to live and work in Britain, prefers not to comment about their preferred methods of migration.  To be fair, some migrate by long-distance coach, but this still means a large volume of vehicular traffic that didn’t exist prior to their countries’ EU accession.

The obnoxious hard left support unrestricted immigration, not out of any altruistic concern for the immigrants, as they would like you to believe, but because they want those immigrants – or at least some of them – to be a destabilising influence on society. It is for the same reason that the hard left support the segregationist ideology of multiculturalism, not out of any love for other cultures.  Their ideology is one of Negative Nationalism, such as George Orwell described seventy years ago as ‘Anglophobia’.  But it is not a fear of England or Englishness that motivates them, it is a hatred of Britain and all things British.  The irony when they describe themselves as ‘anti-racists’ is that they themselves are the biggest bunch of racists and in-breds of all; their racism being directed towards the great mass of the British people, whilst they themselves are an insular community virtually unchanged since Orwell wrote about them.  They complain about ‘Fortress Britain’ as it there is something wrong with living on an island that has not experienced a military invasion for centuries. (The last one was led by King Billy and he was invited in by Parliament).  Because they see themselves as ‘revolutionaries’, then living in a stable society doesn’t do their street cred any good.  After all, how can they claim to be ‘oppressed’ when they aren’t?

When anyone in Britain, or just England, expresses concern about unsustainably high levels of immigration, there is a school of thought that goes you Brits colonised half the world so suck it up. This supposes that every British person alive today is responsible for the British Empire, when the reality is that hardly anyone alive today is.  Such views are from people who are always anti-British, Sinn Feiners and their American supporters for example, so they are not even worth a moment’s consideration, they are Negative Nationalists as above.  Even David Cameron bears no responsibility for the British Empire, though some of his landed gentry forebears may have done.  With reference to Syria, under the terms of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, it became an area of French influence, which doesn’t mean that the French should have to bear responsibility for it nearly a century later.  Ultimately, tribal conflicts between different groups of Arabs are issues for the Arab nations themselves to sort out.  That the ‘rebels’ in Syria and in Libya were abetted by the interfering hand of NATO means that it should be those within NATO who made those decisions who are held responsible and no-one else.  It does not mean that the indigenous populations of the NATO countries should be burdened with thousands of migrants from Syria or elsewhere.

Al Jazeera, the state broadcaster for Qatar, an absolute monarchy, peddles propaganda to the effect that the mass migration of Syrians, via Turkey, is ‘Europe’s crisis’.  Never does it explain why neither Qatar nor any of the other oil-rich Arab Gulf States are willing to take in any migrants from Syria.  Turkey, a member of NATO, but not the EU, has taken in approximately 1.8 million according to CNN.  Looking at the pattern of migration from Turkey into Europe, it is clear that it is primarily economic.  Those who arrive in Greece quickly seek to move on as it is well-known worldwide that the Greek economy is screwed. Slovakia will take a limited number and only if they are Christian, not Muslim, whilst Hungary has turned them away altogether.  Few have headed for Bulgaria or Romania, despite the former’s proximity to Greece and none are heading to Poland. Ever the Eurosceptic, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, writing in the Torygraph, believes that Jean-Claude Junker’s attempt to force EU member-states to accept quotas of migrants, will cause an East – West split, as if those countries which benefit from billions of Euros worth of structural funds will bite the hand that feeds them.  For the Polish government to refuse to take any immigrants, should it be asked to, would be hypocritical to say the least.

Angela Merkel announced that eight hundred thousand of these migrants would be permitted entry to Germany.  That the German government was willing to do so without even verifying the backgrounds of them, meant that it took that risk and its incumbent population lives with the consequences.  Sweden, which has a history of eugenics, is also taking thousands as its government’s latest experiment in social engineering; it has a recent history of accepting ‘asylum seekers’ who have gone on to commit rape, something that Swedish feminists and their political representatives try to pretend hasn’t happened.  It is hardly surprising that the governments of Eastern European countries do not want to take the risk; they have seen the effects of multiculturalism in Western European countries and have decided that they don’t want the same, but they should accept that those Western European countries, notably the UK, have to right to refuse entry to their nationals or even to repatriate them.  David Cameron announced that, over the next five years, the UK would take twenty thousand Syrian migrants from refugee camps in the Middle East.  Critics may see this as a token gesture, overlooking the high rate of immigration that the UK has already experienced since 2004 and how much money the UK already gives in foreign aid.

To summarise all of the above, there is nothing wrong with economic migration per se, but it has to be at a level that is economically and environmentally sustainable for the host nation.  The immigration policies of the host nation should be discriminatory, allowing it to choose only immigrants with skills and experience in areas where the host nation has a shortfall.  A meritocratic points-based immigration system, such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand have, which also requires that the prospective immigrant prove that he or she can be economically self-supporting, is the fairest method.  Equally, if the prospective immigrant has a criminal record and/or holds ideological views that are a threat to secular Western democracy then that person should be excluded.  All claims for ‘political asylum’ should be thoroughly scrutinised; those who just wish to use it as a fast-track to economic migration should have their claims rejected and be told to use the same due process that applies to everyone else.  British people have become justifiably weary and suspicious of ‘asylum seekers’ who are nothing of the sort.  Compassion is a virtue, but it should be applied to the deserving, not to those who have paid criminal gangs of human traffickers in order to get smuggled into the country.


For Fintan O’Toole’s figures on Irish emigration, see Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, Vantage Books, 1995, p18.

For Negative Nationalism, see Orwell’s Notes on Nationalism, written in 1945, published in Decline of the English Murder and Other Essays, Penguin Books, 1965, pp 155-179, with specific reference to p 173.

There is also within the hard left a strong strain of misogyny, which came to light following the attempted cover up of a rape allegation within the Socialist Workers Party (SWP).  Google ‘SWP rape’ and you’ll find several links which will provide further details.  The SWP’s alliance with the Muslim Association of Britain to form the ‘Respect’ coalition goes some way to explain why the SWP and the rest of the hard left have condoned by their silence the activities of the various ‘grooming’ gangs, which have raped hundreds of girls throughout England.

I originally published all of the above in September 2015, before the terrorist attacks in Paris and the numerous sexual assaults in Cologne and other German cities.  Angela Merkel’s grandstanding as self-appointed Leader of Europe, inviting anyone into the EU, is having disastrous consequences; all to fulfil the greed of European capitalists for an unlimited supply of cheap disposable migrant labour, greed supported by the ‘anti-capitalist’ hard left, who also attempt to make excuses for the rapists and terrorists.  Still, those young men are enjoying their rape and pillage of Europe and it would be ‘racist’ to stop them.

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