Back in the 1970s I voted NO in the Referendum on the Common Market as it was called then. The rhetoric at the time was that the Common Market was a “rich mans club”. I have seen nothing in the past four decades to change my mind.
Garret FitzGerald…generally regarded as Garret the Good let the cat out of the bag a few years ago. European integration was always the plan and Garret and his fellow Europhiles knew that European electorates would never agree to it….European integration has been achieved incrementally (certainly) and by stealth (as I would have it).
Now of course, that might be for the General Good. Maybe Europe has benefitted. Certainly the Republic of Ireland has benefitted. But the downside has been A Big Lie.
We were constantly told that there was no effect on Sovreignty…until we were told well it was far too late do stop the process.
Europe is not ruled thru Brussels..it is ruled from Berlin and Frankfurt. Emotive as it sounds…and it’s hyperbole but “come to the Cabaret old chum”….Wilkommen. Bienvenue. Welcome….to the Fourth Reich.
I don’t know if the Germans have a word for Schadenfreude…but they certainly need a word to demonstrate that feeling that many of his had in 2004 when there was all that hoopla under the Presidency of Ireland…about the expansion of Europe…bringing in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Malta.
Romania and Bulgaria are admitted as semi detached. But surely a lot of people saw that it was too much to bring in the former Communist bloc and too much to bring in nations with a completely different economic pedigree.
If Nobody saw the banking crisis of 2008, it is compounded by the fact that nobody saw every financial institution from Liechtenstein to the Cayman Islands due made rich by a lot of money with dubious provenance…from Afganistan or Colombia or Saudi Arabia or….Russia.
Seemingly the Russians have a fondness for banking in …Cyprus.
Now Cyprus is the latest country to be bailed out by the kindly souls in Europe. At a price of course. The wheeze to simply raid the bank accounts in Cyprus and impose a tax on saving…won’t work….not because it would inconvenience Cypriot families….but because it would seriously inconvenience Russians and lead to a flight of capital from Cyprus. The Russians might use the money to buy a football club.
Frankly I preferred the Russians when they were threatening to drop nuclear weapons on Western Europe. The fall of Communism has allowed the Russians to destroy Europe and the bankers in Frankfurt and London have been complicit.
Eurocrats have valued shareholders in banks more than they value their own so-called citizens. It turned out that it was a “rich mans club after all”.I hate to say I told ya so….but……well I did.
Is Europe really at peace tonight? What started as some noble experiment at ending war between Germany and France is now in chaos. The biggest ever experiment in Conflict Resolution is in tatters.
Cyprus has little option but to withdraw from the Euro and re-issue it’s own currency. It has to move to protect it’s own citizens. Spain and Italy will probably end up doing the same. A Europe of Equals???
That European expansion of 2004….it DOES have a precedent. Lebensraum….the Germans have done this before in the 1930s. That didnt end well either.