Plan for the new Britain in the Anglosphere: Yes we can!
A manifesto for a totally new outlook on the world for Britain as the European Union slides away as a viable home for the UK
Friends, esteemed colleagues and family members gather round the dying embers as the final vestiges of a once great empire fizzle and pop before the night carries them away into the annals of history.
Like all great empires, the decline was hastened by poor political leadership; a significant change from the direction that originally made them successful; and a generic lack of vision or purpose.
Only for a brief spell under Margaret Thatcher did the smouldering embers once again burn brightly as her government, with a little help from North Sea fossil fuels, found cures to what had by then become known as the British disease.
In her day, Mrs Thatcher had been known as being highly suspicious of both the European project and a reunified and powerful Germany. Indeed, the Prime Minister, along with France’s Socialist President François Mitterrand, had expressed severe reservations about the future of Europe if, as they deemed inevitable, Germany became reunified and the dominant player in the European economy.
This was addressed over one lunch in the Elysee Palace in early 1990, when Mitterrand explicitly warned Mrs Thatcher that reunification would result in Germany gaining more influence over the future of Europe than Hitler ever had.
Over a remarkably short period of time their instincts have been proven right and, hyperbole aside, Germany is fast becoming all powerful within Europe. No, not in a militaristic or overtly nationalistic way: instead the power and influence they wield today is due to the strength and size of the German economy in relation to the rest of the Eurozone. Many of the other economies can best be described as basket cases, especially in the south of the continent.
Now, let us fast-forward to 2012. We live in a country that has long lost the debate on the future direction of Europe. Successive Prime Ministers had put up a good fight mainly for the cameras, but the real battle was lost from the outset. Most of the unelected European bureaucrats behind the European project see themselves as exactly that, Europeans. British Premiers Major, Blair, Brown and now Cameron have tried in vain to influence the direction by forever trying to expand Europe’s boundaries, thus hopefully slowing down the inevitable progression to a super state.
The process was easy to spot. First, it was the transformation of the European Economic Community into the European Community which then became the European Union we know today. It is, therefore, easy to predict that the next logical step will see the area being renamed simply Europe: a new nation state with the capital rightfully moved from its bureaucratic Brussels backwater to a resurgent and dynamic Berlin. All that was needed to close the deal was a federal solution to the Euro’s own problem. We are currently in the process of finding that federated solution.
Rather than address the issue at hand, British politicians have attempted to distract the population by arguing loudly over microscopic detail and/or timing on agreed policies. The elephant in the room is not to be spoken about. It is not to be mentioned by anyone. You see, the fact is that the Liberal Democrats, the majority of parliamentary Tories and most of the Labour Party fundamentally want Britain in a federal Europe.
They know that the public outside of the Westminster village and the readership of the delusional, self-important Guardian newspaper simply will not accept that. They therefore continue stall to until progression either happens organically, or another unforeseen event and/or crisis can propel the country towards that direction.
We see this in the lack of the much promised referendum vote.
For most of the population in the UK, Europe is seen simply as a set of friendly neighbours who we talk to over the garden fence. The Anglosphere made up of the Commonwealth and the United States is our true family.
Do the thousands of kids in Dundee, Port Talbot, or Grimsby buy the latest hit single from Bulgaria, or Romania?
Do they watch the excellent Spanish movies?
Do they follow the ups and downs of Greek television soap operas?
No, they buy the Canadian Justin Bieber’s latest single. They watch the latest movies Hollywood has to offer and follow Aussie soaps such as Neighbours and Home and Away.
So why not consider the Anglosphere as the solution?
A future within an Anglosphere free trade zone would see the UK reunited with its real family overseas. No more would Britain be looked at as the country that made some bad life choices and ended up running off with the (literal) neighbours.
Few British front-bench politicians will dare talk about the Anglosphere in the open, yet will be quick to pronounce that we need to be in the European Union. Why is this?
Is it because of post-imperial guilt in Britain?
Self-loathing left wingers with their “Little England” mentality will frequently claim that there is no future for the country outside of the European project or that Europe will somehow spitefully throw its toys out of the pram and ban all trade with us if we threaten anything other than total submission to their federalist agenda. –This is of course complete and utter nonsense. The European Union has a significant trade surplus with the UK and will not want to risk millions of jobs on the continent by damaging one of its most important trade partners.
Free trade agreements aside, let’s simply forget the social democratic wet dream that is a federal European Union and look towards the Commonwealth and the United States as our core allies. An economic alliance between independent and sovereign nations with the same key aims and objectives would create the best possible future for Britain.
So, here is the alternative plan:
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