Today I started this entry with a terrible tragedy happening in the European Union capital of Brussels in Belgium. It started with an attack in a public transport area consisting of a train network and an airport close to the EU’s offices. So far there have been 34 people killed in the blast and 200 injured in the chaos. I sympathise with them like the rest of Europe does and I pray for the survival of freedom and democracy standing tall amongst the carnage. I was working at the Science Museum that day working on a volunteer shift keeping a watchful eye on the visitors as they gaze on our collection of wonderful items that Daesh would be likely to strike against. They claimed responsibility for the attacks on Brussels a few hours later and as Daesh continued to issue their warnings against the peace of the west I was beginning to wonder about the European Union itself. It’s a large bloated problem in itself that just can’t handle a crisis properly. However I am a compassionate person and I will not drag this terrorist incident where innocent people have lost their lives into the debate. So I will move on to what I really want to share with you – the referendum on the British membership of the European Union.
I remember where I was when the Prime Minister David Cameron announced the date for the referendum, I was in the university gym and the date was set for the 23rd June 2016. I was so relieved for this chance to have come I put it on my calendar in my phone. For years I had been a silent anti-European Union protestor and staunch nationalist of Britain and the Commonwealth. Now I have decided to come out screaming against this overbearing tyrannical monster that holds individual sovereignty back from it’s member states. Well there may be some fairness in it’s parliament but they are mostly biased in favour of it’s founding member states Germany and France.
Now what exactly is this European Union, well some of my theatre friends refer to it still as the Common Market but it is evolved from that and it is no longer a free trading block on the continent but a supreme super state of nearly all the European nations put together with the vast majority of laws made in Brussels. They even make laws that our own British Parliament can’t overturn. Where did this vile overbearing pack of condescending socialist skunks come from? In the years after the Second World War there was a call to rebuild the nations of Europe with a political system of collective thinking and integration to wipe out the extremist nationalism that had dragged the continent into war. In 1952 the European Coal and Steel Community was formed as a step to integrate the nations and this started with Germany, Italy and France putting it together. Now when this establishment was created there were two different visions for Europe that it’s creators had in mind. One from Britain’s wartime prime minister Winston Churchill for a United States of Europe with intergovernmental operations and the other was from a French economist and former member of the League of Nations called Jean Monnet who had an alternative form of unity that he conceived in the 1920s. Monnet became fed up the way the League had operated unsuccessfully in securing the peace in post war Europe after the First World War. Monnet saw that the vast number of nations had created too many decision makers for the League to make any significance in it’s role for European peace and it was frustrating for him. Monnet just didn’t trust the independent member states to make a decision because they were making the running of the League too laborious. Monnet’s vision was considered to be better because it had the same common values as the architects that the European Economic Community had. These architects were taught by former fascists which included Hitler’s economics adviser Walter Funk, who had played a part in the systematic persecution of the Jews and was tried at Nuremberg for crimes against humanity. Coincidently Funk’s economic unity ideas bare an uncanny resemblance to the EU’s modern economic practices.
Churchill had an idea for Europe that would never have been like the supranational system of governance that it is today. Great Britain has a history of taming this vast continent through it’s mighty power and passion for freedom and democracy. Had Churchill played a bigger part in the establishment we would have stuck with the Council of Europe. This was an intergovernmental system where it was rich and free for the member states to live in economic, political and social cooperation. It was as he described it where Britain is ‘linked but not compromised’ and ‘interested and associated but not absorbed’. In comparison to the ECC the Council of Europe was designed to protect the democratic freedoms of it’s member states while retaining their own national sovereignty. All the ECC and then later the EU did was introduce laws to it’s members and expect them to follow them altogether while having a partial control of their own affairs.
We fought back against Europe to keep it free from the fascists and supremacists who tried to rule with an iron fist on every occasion. But in 1973 we ended up falling in love with the continent and joined the community in an undemocratic entry by the Europhiles Ted Heath and Harold Macmillian who had been briefed about the political union that it sought to become as Monnet had planned. But they kept it secret from Parliament and the public selling it as only for the concern of ‘jobs and trade’. Even after taking us into Europe, Heath made a number of promises telling us that our sovereignty wouldn’t be lost and that the ECC wouldn’t get involved in making our laws but they eventually did. The same broken vow goes for everything else across the supranational ideas of European federalism.
The European Union was properly recognised in 1992 at the Maastritch treaty after the Cold War when the Soviet bloc countries converted to capitalism and the plans for Monnet’s single currency idea would become reality, along with the formation of the European Parliament becoming the democratic body of the community and reducing the sovereign governments of it’s member states to regional governments. This treaty was never given a referendum for joining in Britain unlike some other countries like Denmark and France which didn’t even stop the treaty being signed. One of the European commissioners to bring the Maastritch treaty to the table was a French economist who was president of the European Commission at the time called Jacques Delors. During his presidency he created a three point plan for the creation of the single currency which also included further political integration that would further shackle its member states. Margaret Thatcher famously criticised his plans for the creation and saw it as the establishment of the European Superstate that everyone feared would come. In Parliament she said ‘no, no, no’ to Delors and the The Sun newspaper ridiculed Delors with a headline reading ‘Up Yours Delors!’. The United States of Europe once dreamed as a beacon of hope for the devastation that engulfed Europe in the war became the most powerful social-liberal bureaucratic superstate on the planet that some people saw as the Fourth Reich. It was as some people described ‘Hitler’s bastard love child’ strangling the continent with no accountability to anyone.
In my lifetime I have seen the EU become a monster so large that not even a big chunk of the continent can quench it’s hunger for power. The Prime Ministers that I lived under in my younger years were Tony Blair and Gordon Brown during the era of New Labour. These people were social liberalists who had turned a party that was a cult of socialist middle class members into a party of optimism about social justice and free markets. Among some of the things that I watched them do was the integration of more laws and civil rights to allow the EU to intervene in British law like the Human Rights Act 1998, shrinking the rebate that Margaret Thatcher used to get money back from the EU that wasn’t being spent on Britain, signing Britain up to the European Constitution in 2009 with the Lisbon Treaty, helped introduce mass immigration from the EU member states and promoted the inclusion of the former Soviet bloc countries into the EU and trying to introduce the single currency to Britain. It was not a good time to be a nationalist or a patriot neither, everyone who expressed their national identity was belittled and victimised as a racist and a supremacist. It was like a leftist equivalent of a dictatorship and soon it led to a rise in support for right wing ideas that turned conservatism into a new counter culture. I have an MP called Andrew Rosindell who is very Eurosceptic and is a proud and passionate royalist who really believes in the greatness that Britain can achieve just like I do. It’s like as if I have coincidently happened upon a town with an MP who shares my ideas. Incidentally the constituency where I live is the most Eurosceptic part of Britain. Marvellous.
My reasons for contempt of the European Union
Okay then what exactly is it that I don’t like the European Union for. I discussed this with some of my theatre friends and they just acted like there is no complaints, but since I can reach out to other intelligent people out there I am going to give you my seven reasons for wanting to mark ‘out’ on that ballot paper on 23 June. Nigel Farage is calling it ‘Britain’s Independence Day’. Although I am a Conservative I have to agree with him on this one, I am a UKIP sympathiser and some of their ideas agree with me.
First of all this is the one thing that is probably priority number one for most Britons where immigration has got out of hand and is wrecking this small island socially and financially. I have my own issues with immigration but let’s start by generalising it. The western half of the EU has a borderless entry free network of travel called Schegen, which allows you to travel and trade with the neighbouring country without any passport checks. This is bad for the security and safety of the country but it does have it’s benefits for economic growth for trade and tourism. I can take a holiday between France and Germany and Denmark without having to show my passport at a border crossing toll point. This is not good for security for the country and neither is the EU’s policy of freedom between it’s member states. The EU Freedom of Movement directive is enshrined in the law of the EU’s treaties and that creates a mess of gargantuan proportions. Although it allows for the free movement of goods, capital and services it also means that anyone can go through for work, study or leisure just as it was originally made for in 1985. This is also an advantage point for criminals and mass migration and benefit tourists. Ever since the introduction of the Eastern member states into the EU there has been a population explosion in Britain and a social demographic that has seen a lot of makeovers of a foreign influence and a refusal to integrate into British society. Some of these foreigners come from farther afield in Asia and Africa but with the EU there were no restrictions to control the influx. Wherever they come from freedom of movement is not catered for this country when it can’t manage it properly. The problem is not just the immigrants themselves it’s the way the system is managed.
One of the most significant things about this free movement is described in New Labour’s immigration policy. They actively promoted unlimited immigration at the expense of Britain’s social welfare. It put a heavy strain on the country’s education sector and health system with a shortage of school places, housing places and hospital provisions with no regards to a sensible debate to solve the crisis. Today some schools in this country have no kids that speak English as their first language and there are too few qualified doctors and nurses in the NHS who can handle the vast number of patients, some of which require translators to communicate with patients and pupils. And as if that weren’t bad enough it also led to a change in the communities in and around the country. Many working class Britons both white and non-white witnessed such a change in their communities that they felt like they were experiencing an alien invasion. These immigrants mostly East Europeans took their new found liberty of movement to set up their own micro-communes within the towns. They weren’t integrating they were segregating and in effect it side-lined the native Britons who felt like they were being neglected by their own government. Any criticism of this system saw those who did not agree with them as ‘racist and bigoted’, but there was no racism to declare. It was just the top brass protecting their own selfish interests and their business partners. Something that even the Equality and Human Rights commissioner Trevor Phillips understands, especially when he warned that we were ‘sleepwalking into segregation’ shortly after the 7/7 bombings. He was criticised by people within his own government when he mentioned segregation. It offended even the people New Labour were supporting. These people were not only businesses seeking cheap labour, but lawyers and human rights activists seeking to make money out of the chaos. Blair had invented a social problem for one group of people, the lawyers, to make a profit out of and another, the business leaders, to make money out by keeping the cause of the problem in the country, the economic migrants.
One of the most frequently used statements that business leaders and pro-immigration campaigners use in their support of immigration is that they take the jobs that native Britons don’t want to take and that allows the foreign workers to keep coming and going. Now those people who refuse the jobs often admit to not wanting them because they pay too little and they don’t like the jobs at all. I must admit that I agree with these business people because I am one of those school leavers who never got a job at all and one of these reasons why I have never got one is because I don’t like them and therefore I can’t sell myself to them. I once got an offer for an interview to a job in the city for an office junior position and the wage was so low that I would have spent half of my salary on train fares. But let’s consider the rest of the citizens of my country and their lack of employment and access to public services.
Let’s take a look at that argument from another angle. The business people are turning many British workers away and think they are job snubs or too lazy to work but the immigrants are willing to take a low wage and they are better skilled and capable of taking on the workload better. How so and what are the factors involved in this? Well there’s the lack of work ethic due to a vast number of liberties and civil rights, the availability of cheap labour, the schooling of the jobseekers and the workers (both foreign and British), the opportunities that are available and the government’s ideas of progress on social and economic issues.
Let’s start with the lack of work ethic. What happened to the hard working proud working class man of Great Britain who would happily grind his fingers to the bone in a traditional working class job like plumbing, taxi driving, cleaning, accounting, painting or construction work? In the early days of our membership of the EU we worked hard in those jobs and we needed the Common Market to increase our trade and jobs where we needed them when there was a labour shortage. There was also a lack of workers after the war and we had brought them in under our own terms and conditions so we didn’t have to put up with a biased job market. Later when the Thatcher revolution began there was a new kind of worker which ran his own company where he ran his own tradesman firm and hired local builders and drivers for his company. But when New Labour came along they started a social engineering project that would make the classic working class jobs look bad. The Blair administration actively encouraged children to go after university degrees and higher education plans spreading false ideas about them being stuck in dead end jobs and poor households if they didn’t try to aim for executive internships in big companies.
People in working class jobs like waste disposal and farming were made to feel like peasant workers and created a belief that people with degrees were better educated and able to go into five figure salaries straight out of university. That was a big lie, and it was all down to a modern politically correct school system that set kids up for failure with no grasp of the real world. They were encouraged to milk their privileges like spoilt upper class kids and I feel ashamed to have been one of them and it made me a conservative looking for a way to think differently. My school set me up for failure and it has left me unemployed and achieved too little late in life. The schools of that era virtually eradicated failing grades and the teachers were made to be so soft on the pupils that they were unemployable before they even took their final exams. This government has made the country so tolerant not just to foreign visitors but also to ordinary people who can’t add up or read properly. There was so much political correctness in the school system that I was being made to accept the limitations and forget about my ambitions.
What jobs are these immigrants that British school leavers are shunning? No work however menial it may be is not beneath your dignity, there was a time when jobs like these were known as opportunities. If you could sweep the floors or pick fruit in a field then you could use that experience to show just how valued you were as a worker and demonstrate your abilities and skills. The immigrants are taking the low skilled jobs and those of a skilled tradesmen. Factory workers, plumbers, gardeners, corner shop assistants, take away outlets, etc. What’s so wrong with these jobs, well I would apply for them but I wouldn’t know how to sell myself to them. I did try but I couldn’t get pass the interview. For the ordinary Britons and young jobseekers they don’t even try. The trouble was that the government at the time was creating so many civil rights and liberties that many people felt like they had rights that also acted as counter measures against grafting. To make matters worse what they didn’t realise was that although they had a right to refuse the job the employers had a right to choose the staff they wanted to take on. So there was just as many choices to be idle as there were to work. That was one of New Labour’s biggest mistakes, with too many civil liberties the law was apparently back to front. But that’s another story. When you have a plentiful supply of cheap labour it’s easy to reject someone local in favour of someone who is more willing to work. Which does look good for a greedy boss but unfair for the British worker.
This kind of work ethic can be better explained by the comparisons between a socialist worker and capitalist worker. A socialist worker works hard for a decent wage in a job that he either likes or hates and goes home at the end of the day to spend on whatever consumables he can afford. He may not like the job but at least it puts food on the table. To him a job is just an outgoing labour exercise with which to earn your keep. He’s not after a career, but a job to keep himself busy. The capitalist worker on the other hand has a completely different attitude to work, he loves his job and everything that comes with it. He actively works in it to fulfil the needs to bring wealth to his premises in a creative way that advances his outlook on life. What makes the capitalist richer than the socialist is that he is free and creative to do whatever he wants, whereas the socialist worker is poorer because he doesn’t try and expects society to provide for his needs in return for the labour that he undertakes. Well the days of the ordinary worker who doesn’t like his job are long gone, you don’t go to work in a job to save up for a holiday or a new car you go into work to make something of yourself. Modern employers are looking for people who are willing to work hard for the love of the labour to advance his place of employment and seek the better in himself. Work is not something you do, the jobs you do define who you are. That’s why the most successful people in life excel at what they do. If you love food, go into catering. If you love building things, go into a construction trade. If you are interested in reading and counting, then accounting is a job for you. However if you can’t stand customers then don’t go into a job that requires talking to people. If you can’t stand noisy environments don’t work in the theatre or the aviation industry. If you have a mental health impairment like me and you can’t sell yourself to a boss then try and make something happen for yourself and start a business for yourself.
This is something that might explain something that I don’t understand about how many working class Britons missed out on jobs. If they were being beaten by cheap labour, why didn’t they try to take advantage of the unregulated banking system that New Labour introduced in their first term of office? Some countries give their people opportunities by giving them free money to set up a job for themselves so that there are a plentiful supply of businesses to offer jobs for people to apply for. Consider the People’s Republic of China, they have a situation where the number of jobs are greater than the workers and so they have to sell their jobs to the workers to get them aboard. In Britain the number of people is less than the jobs and so jobseekers have to compete for the role by selling themselves. Most of the success stories of capitalism come from people who create something for themselves rather than watch the world go by and look for a job.
As for the education of the immigrants who take those jobs they were better trained in their homelands where the schools that they went to made them better equipped for the world of work and they were better disciplined in their jobs. They had better opportunities to learn how to bring an income into their families. Did you know that these countries like France, Germany, Italy and Spain still hold the grammar and secondary modern school systems? This is something we threw out in the 1960s and 70s because we were much interested in trying to create new ways to embrace liberal ideas even if they were counter productive. Maybe if we hadn’t abolished that system then perhaps British schoolkids would know better about beating the competition and I wouldn’t be wasting my time with gaining useless qualifications. I was told to take the soft subjects at school but one of them wasn’t media studies, it was art and geography. The education I received was watered down so much you couldn’t really get any sellable qualifications. To make matters worse today’s school are so heaviliy politicised that they are much more interested in making them get good grades and stay in education for longer that they can’t get ahead in the workplace. Sadly for my generation I got the education of a system that set me up to fail and told me not to try. The government was giving it’s people so many rights it made them feel like they didn’t have to bother about work or responsibility. I once went for an interview for a job at the Ford factory in Dagenham which was for an apprentice engineer. One part of the interview included a group test which involved me and six others discussing a project idea to be brainstormed together. When the interviewer told us to start not a single one of my group shifted a brain cell into gear. They looked at me in the face and expected me to do all the thinking. It was so intimidating and revolting I couldn’t think of what to do next. This is just the kind of reason why immigration is easy: a stupefaction of schooling and a lack of discipline.
Blair and his New Labour government hadn’t just brought in the cheap supply of labour, they also sabotaged the prospects of working class Britons. In effect the bosses had to hire the immigrants. That is the reason why we have Romanian fruit pickers on farms, Polish plumbers, Bulgarian office clerks and German baristas in coffee shops, Spanish nurses in our hospitals and Italian waiters in restaurants. What kind of careers were British school leavers looking for, well some of them went to university and didn’t get the graduate careers they wanted, they also became obsessed with the celebrity culture and pursued careers in music, fashion and media and some of them just ended up on the dole docked onto the benefit system. It was like as if the working class was being destroyed and replaced with a slave market of foreign labour. I remember saying to a friend if that is the government’s attitude to immigration then you might as well reinstate the slave trade.
But dismissing home grown talent isn’t the only thing, there is a lack of workers that are skilled enough to take jobs outside the EU. We can turn away a skilled doctor from Australia better than we can turn away an unskilled Bulgarian architect. Our NHS is already under strain in such a way that the doctors and nurses needed to allow the freedom of movement within the EU to get a sustainable healthcare service are not there. In 2013 a report from the Commons health select committee found that 80% of A&E units cannot provide the ward coverage for patients by a ward consultant for a 16 hour shift. There is also a shortage of doctors in general practice surgeries meaning that the hospitals are having to put up with minor injuries. And if that weren’t enough many medical students and junior doctors are choosing to work abroad because of the stifling working conditions brought about by unfriendly laws and bad wages. There is an EU law that states that junior doctors should work for no more than 48 hour shifts a week. However because of the lack of doctors in this country the NHS is suffering and the junior doctors are having to opt out because it is putting patients at risk. It’s also no good for the junior doctors because the 12 hour day pattern that they currently undertake is stressing them out with exhaustion and making them mentally exhausted. If we didn’t have this law in place and the government wasn’t having to pay all that money to the EU then we could provide more training spaces to nurses and doctors and we wouldn’t have to shackle their working practices.
There are reports of patients being left to die because the staff are not there to look after them. Where are the immigrant doctors or the British doctors when you need them? Of all the immigrant workers in this country they are more likely to be illegal immigrants or agency workers in conventional trades rather than professional staff in medicine and education. The schools are also suffering and if that weren’t enough the teaching staff are having to deal with too many children who don’t speak English as their first language. One school in Leeds became the first to teach English as a foreign language to pupils in 2014. How can you have a system of free movement when you can’t organise the infrastructure or expect them to sustain it efficiently. The bureaucrats and the liberal socialists who are running the system just don’t care about the effects it has on society.
Right that’s the introduction and my first reasons for leaving the EU. I will upload the next post as soon as I have got my arguments set up. This should be done in stages, just like how the EU got it’s teeth on our governments in stages as well.