Would YOU Espouse An End To Britain – For I Would Not!
A speech for destruction so called socialism and subsequent servitude & analysis.
Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins – Greg_L-W.
if you have no confidence in Britain and do not value the values espoused by Britain and seek servitude and denigration of global principles of trade and the values of democracy you will find resonance in this speech recently delivered below to the Labour Party conference:
For me as a lifelong socialist, Europe has always been a paradox. It was set up by catholic liberals and conservatives in the 1950s as an answer to the nationalisms that destroyed Europe in the first half of the 20th century.
Left wing or socialist it certainly wasn’t and never has been. Today, Europe is firmly in the hands of conservatives in the European People’s Party with their officials in place controlling the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF.
Yet for all that Europe is the only regional block in the world where workers’ rights are written into the treaties that govern Europe and which are upheld by its supervisory court.
In North America there is a free trade agreement (NAFTA) between the US, Canada and Mexico. But it excludes all social rights from its provisions. Mexican lorry drivers take their Corona beer to the US-Mexico border and there have to offload the bottles onto American trucks controlled by the protectionist Teamsters union with all its dubious history.
Mexican workers are not allowed to share in prosperity further north and as a result become economic migrants forced to enter the US illegally. Or they turn to narco-crime because unlike Europe there is no free commerce and no free movement across frontiers.
I do not want barriers to British lorries driven by British workers and British products made by British workers springing up which would be one of the consequences of Britain leaving the EU as so many Tory MPs believe should happen.
It is no secret that I am a convinced internationalist. I have seen far more support from the European Parliament for great international causes of human rights and justice from Palestine to Colombia than I have from any national parliament including our own.
I oppose the current austerity ideology of the dominant European People’s Party conservatives that have imposed hardship and damage on many European nations and in the case of Greece driven millions into poverty.
Germany had its debt written of in 1953 and Poland in 1992 and Ireland was given €10 billion by George Osborne in 2010 to bail out corrupt and crooked banks.
The punishment of Greece to satisfy the ideology of economists in love with early 20th century Austrian economic conservativism is shameful. But I note that my friends in Pasok and Syriza do not support withdrawing from the Euro let alone the EU. Nor does Podemos in Spain. It is always workers and the poor who suffer when their currency is devalued, the price of essential goods and services goes up.
A return to a Europe of rival currencies may be the dream of the hedge fund speculators who finance Ukip and Europscetic think-tanks. It is not.
I recommend everyone to read Professor Ian Kershaw’s book “To Hell and Back. Europe 1914-1949” just to remind ourselves of what a capitalist, nationalist, frontier-closing Europe was like and the wars and exterminations of the Europe in the first half of the last century was like.
I want a different Europe but unlike David Cameron and Nigel Farage I am not prepared to take a risk with our participation in Europe from the EU to the European Court of Human Rights just to pander to those dreaming of the old Europe of populist nationalisms.
I want to work with progressive and socialist parties and thinkers in Europe in and out of government for a programme for relaunching European wide growth based on social justice and productive investment.
Britain can learn from many examples in the EU of making training compulsory, regional investment banks, social partnership, powerful trade unions and other measures that promote social justice and lessen the creed of greed that animates today’s Tories.
And when I recall the history of the 1930s and I listen to European People’s Party conservatives like the EPP Fidesz party in Hungary refusing to accept any refugees I worry that the rise of nationalist, xenophobe, border-closing Europe may be closer than we think.
That is why despite my many reservations about aspects of EU governance I do not support the Tory-Ukip-Daily Mail line of perpetual hostility to Europe that we have seen grown in power and influence this century.
Ukip is an offshoot of the Tory Party and nothing Nigel Farage says about Europe has not been said over the past 15 years by senior Conservatives.
If there is a danger of the UK pulling out of the EU – and there is – the fault lies squarely and completely with William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and David Cameron and the off-shored owned press for creating such animus and dislike against the EU in recent years.
Margaret Thatcher liked to quote Clement Attlee who called referendums “the device of dictators and demagogues”. David Cameron’s Brexit referendum announced in 2013 was a cynical, opportunistic ploy to try and win back anti-EU votes that had switched from Tories to Ukip.
Now he risks the isolation of Britain not just from Europe but a new isolationist Britain that will lose influence and authority in all world forums.
I do not want that to happen. But the clamour of the CBI, the City and other business outfits for a massive weakening of such Social Europe rights as do exist in the UK thanks to our membership of the EU will undoubtedly push many millions of workers and their unions to vote to leave the EU.
If David Cameron brings back some deal from the EU which includes the reduction of workplace rights what does a party that represents the world of work do?
The ball is firmly in David Cameron’s court. He has helped fuel anti-European passions in Britain since Labour won office in 1997. He has repeatedly demanded an end to or a weakening of Social Europe in Britain. He has called this unnecessary and dangerous plebiscite for opportunistic reasons. He is without honour or purpose on Britain’s place as a leading global nation including being part of a modern, reformed, growth-focused, socially fairer EU.
If when the referendum vote arrives the result is the isolation of Britain then the responsibility lies utterly with David Cameron. Labour will support membership of an EU that stands for democracy, human rights, international solidarity and fair play for workers.
This unnecessary referendum has been called by David Cameron and only he can lose it. Labour cannot win it for him. The responsibility for keeping Britain in Europe lies with Mr Cameron, no-one else.
Jeremy Corbyn’s bitter speech of hatred and self serving deprecation of Britain and the values Britain has striven to give this planet over the last two centuries as it liberated peoples from dictatorship and despots, famine and slavery.
Jeremy Corbyn gives us here an insight not into his self proclaimed socialism but of a vision of envy more akin to the doctrine of Communism. Yet he fails to note that Communism overthrew, rather than developed its predecessors, an overthrow steeped in blood and hatred that stripped one group or class of its wealth only to empower a new ascendant group that within a short period had in Russia alone cost the lives of some 30,000,000 as it placed the old wealth and power in new hands.
The hands of the new despots never reaching the much vaunted but under privileged peoples.
May your gods or history, whichever suit your beliefs be they superstition or pragmatism, protect our Country, our peoples and your family and yourself from such anti British and destructive values as Jeremy Corbyn and his few beguilled extremist followers would seem to seek to force upon us with the undemocratic brutality he all to readily presents as a wolf in sheeps clothing that may even manage to dupe the shepherds!
Let us not forget that it was Britain with the Anglosphere. the Commonwealth and her allies that brought both liberty and peace to many Countries around this planet and to Europe in particular fighting two punishing and hugely damaging wars in the last century against the desire of a minority to impose a centralised power structure and absolute control on Europe and beyond – a control as undemocratic and self serving as has been the EU in its growth of apparent control since.
Jeremy Corbyn as an extremist complainant for almost half a century would seem to have little understanding of duty and responsibility as it is easy to complain but as he is finding out rather more difficult to lead, particularly in his position of near isolation egged on by the politics of protest ignoring the great silent majority that failed to give him their backing.
There is the omni present danger, as Scotland will discover, that extremist politics will not only destroy the national equilibrium but in doing so destroy its host. A lesson hard learned be it at the extremist hands of the Bolsheviks or the barbarism of terrorists acting in the name of Islam as they have done amongst their own more moderate peoples who also follow Islam. Ask amongst your friends domicile in Scotland, Russia or Syria and you will appreciate the levels of hatred that the likes of Jeremy Corbyn are able to bestir be they Bashir al Assad, Al Baghdaddi, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Alex Salmon, Pol Pot or Nicola Sturgeon all of whom were swept to power on a wave of cunning rhetoric and the gullible support of a mass in protest – don’t forget bot Adolf Hitler and Jo Stalin were voted into power by a vociferous minority not on their merits but in opposition and protest fomented among an underclass minority.
Jeremy Corbyn’s speech above indicates all the dangers, all of the protest and none of the vision or factual command needed for peace and stability, prosperity and security. I am sure that those of you who have travelled extensively will be all too well aware of the comfort and stability, free education, full bellies and medical security and reassurance we experience in these United Kingdoms relative to the grinding poverty, endemic hunger, squalid housing and abject misery of most people on this planet.
We in Britain and even though 10 times as harsh the people of Greece are finding austertity a hard road to tread, but unlike the majority on this planet we are not stalked by starvation and our children do not starve nor are they sold into servitude as it is that very austerity that seeks to keep the ship of state afload rather than risk beaching it on the rocks by racing through the maelstrom investing money we do not have which is no more than a EUphemism for borrowing as would be the mantra of the wicked to seize power – whether through the evils of PFI used by the last Labour Government to sell off the NHS and other Great British assets and values or the present generation of scoundrels advocating borrowing to spend our way into even greater debt.
We had Old Labour then New Labour but the closest Jeremy Corbyn seems to come to Labour is to labour under a delusion!
Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins
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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain having only 8%, if united, say. The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy; yet it is willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States to impose democracy on them!The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, when we leave the EU and by then being a part of the Eropean Economic Area all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU vassal regions and can trade and negotiate independently on a global stage.One huge benefit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly in our own interest and that of our partners around the world in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and term imposed by unelected EU bureacrats.The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, which with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.
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