The Europhile gerontocracy: Deluded Ken Clarke accuses Eurosceptics of "silly" arguments

Ken Clarke and his Europhile friends are making the same mistake as the geriatric leaders of the Soviet Union as it approached its demise. They've started to believe their own propaganda about their opponents being madmen. Well, bring it on Ken. Let's see how sane you look under the scrutiny of serious debate

by Westminster shrink on 21 December 2014 14:30

One reason why Eurosceptics are going to win if a referendum is ever held on British membership of the European Union is that the Europhile establishment is deluded to the point of being bonkers.

Along with the decades-old slanders of racism, xenophobia, and isolationism thrown indiscriminately against anyone who has dared to raise a contrarian view about Britain's EU membership -- Ken Clarke piled in today wailing about Eurosecptics' "silly" arguments -- they define and condemn themselves by their complete inability to understand the basic issues.

Clarke, speaking on the BBC (where else?), betrayed himself in precisely that fashion.

Britain would lose its influence in the world on issues such as Putin's Russia and the Middle East if it pulled out, he said. But the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy is a standing joke. Apart from the lowest common denominator, there isn't a common European position on these and many other of the world's major issues.

Even if there were, why wouldn't we be able to work with European friends as an independent nation?

And then there's the related "isolationist" canard. But Eurosceptics are, in the main, internationalists, in stark contradistinction to the parochial Europeanists who have not got to grips with the globalised world.

We want Britain to play a role in the world. We just don't want our laws made in another jurisdiction.

Is that so difficult to understand? Apparently it is. And the reason for that is that Ken Clarke and his Europhile friends are making the same mistake as the (pre-Gorbachev) geriatric leaders of the Soviet Union as it approached its demise. They've started to believe their own propaganda about their opponents being madmen.

Well, bring on the referendum, with all the attendant debates, and we'll see who ends up looking as though they're a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic. It aint going to be us. Got that Ken?

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