Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Britons as Slaves? Consider Pre-History!

I am re-posting the blog, first published by International Business Times on Monday for my regular readers. I think something was lost by the placing of the somewhat incongruous advert at the top, which to me did not chime well with the content. It will hopefully make a more coherent read, especially when considered alongside my post of that same morning on this blog titled "The EU as heritage looters" (I also find the video downloads often freeze the screen and interrupt the reading experience on IBT, perhaps it is a problem with the technology?)

Britain and the EU - Will Britons become Slaves

British PM Cameron, as few can have avoided being made aware, is planning a major policy speech, trailered as detailing his (or perhaps his governing coalition's) ideas on a new settlement for the UK with the EU.

As this is a topic upon which I have been writing pretty much daily, for more years than my wife wishes to recall, it is natural that I would like to circulate my own ideas as widely as possible before Cameron opens his mouth and puts his countrymen in line for even more years of trauma and disappointment.

Before starting some myths are best dispelled. The main ones are as follows:

The Greek's may indeed have first perfected decent writing but -
As such, they were mere scribes for others’ wisdoms.
The Roman Empire was, in the main, a barbaric horror story.
The landlocked Mediterranean Sea was civilised from West to East.
Homo Sapiens may well have interbred with Neanderthals.
As a fact of the Earth's rotation, trade winds blow from the East –
Civiisation therefore also most probably crossed oceans from East to West;
HENCE, there is nothing particularly unique or special about Western Europe.

The statements above may be argued, but any with a couple of hours to spare, an internet  browser and reasonable working English, will probably be persuaded they are substantially correct after two or three hours of surfing. Collectively they destroy the ambition for an Imperial Western Europe which the EU has now quite clearly been shaped to deliver!

First Man may have walked around the coastlines from Africa, but others may also have begun elsewhere. Innovative Early Mankind, probably first inhabited islands, which he could clear of predators, and thus would have early on taken to the seas. Plodding Mankind would have carried on walking and being eaten possibly for centuries after his seafaring cousins were advancing by leaps and bounds.

In modern parlance we have tended to divide conflicting political beliefs, accordong to the  labels Left or Right, or alternatively Collectivist or Individualist. The left and collectivists are most logically the offspring of the Plodders while Innovative Early Mankind’s likely descendants are the maritime adventurers and strivers!

Britain has viewed its historic cultural roots as being as those of a maritime trading nation. It has on too many occasions in the past believed that its neighbours on mainland Europe would choose to share the individual freedoms, democracy and benefits this heritage brings. This was a mistake. Costly and repeated wars should have taught our island breed this painful basic fact - but they did not.

Thanks to the EU, we now have another chance to learn this lesson once and for all and never get involved in, nor dabble with the politics of Western Europe ever again! While  World Wars One and Two incredibly still failed to bring these facts home, surely the Treaty of Rome, Single European Act, Maastricht Treaty, Amsterdam Treaty, Lisbon Treaty, EFSF, EFSM, ESM, Fiscal Compact Treaty and the proposed now agreed in principle Financial Transaction Tax Agreement must finally convince us of this painful and truly quite awful reality.

Land-locked Continental ex-Sovereign EU Member States States, do not want democracy, they do not want to make choices, nor do they value individuality - they merely seem to want to live in peace alongside their foreign neighbour and to achieve that will meekly do as they are told by the more power-hungry or greedy among their number!. Why else do they accept all the above Treaties, mostly without a popular vote nor hardly a murmured serious dissent? They are the true heirs of the Plodders. Presumably the individualistic maritime adventurers for which the Aragon, Celts, Ciboure, England, the Low Countries, Navarre etc., were once famed, have long since sailed off for adventures anew and far away from Western Europe’s Atlantic seaboard!

Britain was happily geographically separated from the Continent when Doggerland was first engulfed by rising seas. Are there any left there now who still hold to the merchant adventurer beliefs of our forebears, who fought there way northwards to open new routes to Moscow and destroy the trading monopoly of the Hanseatic League, before then turning to explore westwards?

A referendum now, not several years hence - but soon, is the least Prime Minister Cameron can now offer his countrymen and women so that we may all find out!  Will then Britain leave the EU, or has Europe long since left Britain? Will the UK embrace totalitarianism and despotism as its near neighbours seem to have done?  It is in my view long past the time Europe, the World and above all Britain deserved to find out. In turn the world and Europe would do best not to interfere.

Those wishing to see the post as published by the International Business Times will find it here. For clarity also, IB Times has in recent of posts, described me as an ex-naval officer. In fact I served in the Merchant Navy on oil tankers! No offence is intended towards any in the RN in clarifying the difference


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