On matters EUnion it’s very hard to come up with a decent post these days. One reason is the fluidity of it all. Another reason is the sheer tempo in which various political leaders are falling over each other in an apparent contest to see who can make the biggest ass of him- or herself. The squabbling, the will-he/won’t-he leave in Italy and Greece is fast becoming very tedious indeed. The bog plans, both from the EUnion and the those solemn promises from the G20 all appear to be dead even before anyone has answered the question: Yes, but how are we going to implement this? It all smells a bit like incompetent people, running around like headless chickens, waiting for the inevitable hammer to fall. It sort of feels like we’re approaching the end of the end.
But then I read a couple of posts that hint at the bigger picture, the drama (for that is what it is) behind the drama play-acted for our delectation. It may just be that waiting in the wings is the monster we’ve been dreading all along. The monster which we hope will die, as we hope the euro will.
At the G20 summit in Cannes at the weekend, a small number of delegates could be seen sporting lapel badges announcing their membership of the Groupe de Francfort (GdF). This has become the informal leadership body of the eurozone, the A-team set up to deal with the crisis – or rather to continue dithering over what to do about it. Members of the GdF include Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, and Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president. The group also comprises the chiefs of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the EU Council. It has been called Europe’s Politburo – and the nickname is particularly apposite. For if the European Union has exhibited one defining characteristic over its lifetime, it has been a profound dislike of democratic decision-making.
As the Telegraph observes, the GdF is something that would have been familiar in the old Soviet Union – a self-appointed body of powerful individuals prepared to topple national governments if they fail to toe the line. It wan’t so much the happy couple Merkozy, but the entity calling itself the GdF, who were issuing ultimatums to Greece and Italy, leading to the fall of governments in both countries.
This development is all the more troubling because of the name they have chosen: The Frankfurter Group. That jives a little too comfortable with Die Frankfurter Schule, doesn’t it? Parker-Joseph is understandably upset:
With such leaps in the openness of undemocratic takeover it cannot be long before the tyranny begins. The use of the plethora of draconian laws pre-prepared by Blair & Brown, the rounding up of dissenters, camps for re-education, disposal of the patriots.
This is an evil that must be stopped now, before this continent finds itself in the grip of war yet again. It is an evil that already infests our shores, our political body, our institutions and the plethora of ‘agencies’ and fake charities.
And if you should think Parker-Joseph is exaggerating, I refer you to Mary-Ellen Synon, who noticed a sinister pattern in choice of incumbents in both Italy and Greece: It stinks: EU to install puppet governments in Athens and Rome
As feared, the EU and its collaborators have pulled off a coup in Athens. Now what can only be called the occupying powers are preparing to install their own man as the new Greek prime minister.
You doubt it? Just look at the two names that have ‘emerged’ to lead the new government: Lucas Papademos, who was until last year the vice-president of the European Central Bank, and Stavros Dimas, a former European Commissioner.
Over in Rome, where the EU is manoeuvring to bring down Berlusconi, the name ‘emerging’ to be the next prime minister is Mario Monti. Monti is not only a former European Commissioner, but he is also the author of a report commissioned by José Manuel Barroso on the future of the single market –which was a report meant to plan ways the powers of Brussels could be further extended into every part of the member states economic and fiscal lives, including taking control of corporation tax rates.
More, Monti is a member of the Spinelli set, a euro-fanatic group set up by members of the European Parliament and Brussels heavies such as Jacques Delors to press the construction of a final, centralised government in a country called Europe.
All of a sudden it doesn’t look like the end of the EUnion after all. It isn’t the end of the end. It is starting to look frighteningly like the end of the beginning. The beginning of a dark era in our benighted continent. The beast we thought slain in the late eighties/early nineties of the previous century is being nursed back to health by people who abuse their democratic mandate to end democracy and the rule of the people.
And before you (my fellow compatriots) say ‘Yes, Merkozy and van Rompuy and Barrosso are very nasty people. We won’t have anything to do with them’, remember this: It is not just them. Mark Rutte, Jan-Kees de Jager, Nout Wellink, our entire political and social leadership is consciously leading our small, damp corner of the world down this path. There is not a single credible political or philosophical school of thought that is serious about taking NL out of the EUnion. Not even the PVV. (of late). It is the very same people we vote for that are leading us down this treacherous path.
I whole-heartedly agree with Parker-Joseph, this is evil. And it must be stopped. But I sometimes despair at the disinterested shrugs with which this sort of news it received. For all the ‘festering rage’ against matters EU, there seems to be no desire whatsoever among the Dutch to stand up and say: “NO. Here’s where it ends!”. Maybe because the threatening shadow looming over us is of something so great and evil that it is unthinkable it ever could be real.
But just in case, shouldn’t we make clear what we find beyond the pale, what we will not stand for? Shouldn’t we start thinking about setting up our defences? Shouldn’t we start thinking about what it means to be free, and what it is worth to us? It is evident that we have nothing to expect from those that presume to lead us. So it will have to be up to us to withdraw consent, to register our grievances and to “legally proceed to the choice of another prince for [our] defense”. Isn’t that exactly what we should do?
[UPDATE001] And to hammer the point home: Mrs. Synons latest: Butchery of the little people in pursuit of ideology.