Somehow, there are not a lot of people that realize this. But last Friday saw a stealthy, backhanded and decidedly undemocratic regime change. That this has happened without massive revolts around Europe can only be a function of the lies, stealth and deception with which the European political process was accompanoed.
Today in the Sunday Telegraph, Christopher Booker neatly summarizes the massive deception that has been perpetrated under our very noses. One that has culminated in the accepted version of the Turnip last Friday.
Three years ago, when Richard North and I were writing a history of the European Union, trawling hundreds of books and thousands of documents, nothing struck us more than how consistently this grandiose project has been built on deceit as to its true nature (hence our title, The Great Deception).All this leading to this leading to the conclusion that as of last Friday the EUnion is ruled by a European variant of a soviet:
It is more than 60 years since one of its progenitors, Altiero Spinelli, wrote that its aim should be stealthily to assemble the components of a supranational government and only to declare its true purpose at the end of the process by unveiling a "constitution".
It is more than 50 years since another founder, Paul-Henri Spaak, advised Jean Monnet, who was above all "the Father of Europe", that the only way to achieve their goal – a politically integrated Europe – was to pretend that it was only a "Common Market".
It is more than 40 years since Harold Macmillan and Edward Heath went along with this, deciding to withhold from the British people that the real aim was a European state – a deceit perpetrated by Heath in spades when he took us into the Common Market in the 1970s.
Of all our prime ministers since, the only one who did not go along with this concealment was Mrs Thatcher. In the last years of her premiership, she woke up to the dangers of this stealthy, relentless drive towards full political integration – and her determination to fight it played a crucial part in the way she was brought down.
In this respect, the decision of Europe's political leaders in 2001 that the building of the European state should culminate in drafting a "Constitution for Europe" was entirely in keeping with the strategies proposed by Monnet and Spinelli decades before, marking the moment when the "project" could at last come out in its true colours.
When, to their horror, it was rejected, their solution was simply to bulldoze it through regardless of popular wishes, as recent months have shown.
Of all the immense changes this will make in how we are governed, none is arguably more important, or has received less attention, than the formal creation of the European Council as the cabinet of our new government. The prime ministers who make it up are placed under a wholly new obligation to put their loyalty to "the Union" above that to their own countries.
Apparently the blogosphere is shocked into silence. If one had expected posts which expresses outrage at the betrayal, defiance in the face of it or just commentary on the sadness of the occasion our political representatives openly sided against their own people, one would be sorely disappointed. EU Referendum also notes this stunned silence, attributing it to a form if EUnion-fatigue:
With this treaty we shall finally be ruled by a government that cannot be dismissed, making Britain [and Belgium, and Germany, and the Netherlands, and 23 other countries - KV], in effect, a small part of a giant one-party state.
But what do you do when your politicians tell you bare-faced, brazen lies and, against all the evidence, keep repeating then and repeating them and repeating them? How long can we continue calling them liars, before we ourselves get sick of the sound of our own voices?There might be more then a small grain of truth in this. I myself sometimes get a little tired of repeating the message over and over again, evidently to no avail. But here it is, just one more time:
There are lies, there are big lies, and then there's the EUnion.FD Roosevelt is remembered, among other things, for saying that you can fool all the people some of the time, some people you can fool all the time, but you never will be able to fool all the people all of the time. Boy, did he get that wrong!