November 13, 2011 Leave a comment
José Manuel Barroso of the infamous Frankfurt Group writing in the Guardian intended for a British audience he makes the argument that economics, politics and the idea of globalisation and geopolitics is changing fundamentally he draws five conclusions
Firstly “we either unite or face irrelevance. Our goal must not be to maintain the status quo, but to move on to something new and better.”
secondly “the speed of the European Union and the euro area can no longer be the speed of the slowest or most reluctant member.” Nor “should Europe veer backwards to the 19th-century type of politics when peace and prosperity were supposed to be guaranteed through a precarious balance between a limited numbers of powers”
Third “the crisis has shown that we need a deeper integration of policies and governance within the euro area.”
Fourthly, “all member states need to support and trust the common supranational European institutions…to ensure that decisions essential to maintaining economic stability are not held hostage to political bargaining based on narrow national interests.”
Lastly, “deepening convergence and integration of the European Union must also involve deeper democracy.” He is “fascinated” by accusations that the EU officials are taking over elected politicians when, “Bodies like the European commission and European Central Bank have a duty to act in the common interest, especially when the political and economic stability of the EU is endangered. European governments take the final decisions and that national parliaments and the European parliament guarantee democratic legitimacy.”
In her article in the telegraph Janet Daley argues“this dream of a “modern” Europe is just the latest model of utopian ideology to leave wreckage in its path”
Her article is quite sound, but the situation we are dealing with as can be seen by Barroso’s op-ed is more dystopian than utopian,as the past week testifies. Barroso and his ilk are culpable of practising what George Orwell termed double-think in the extreme:
“to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic”
The believers in the ideology of the EU are like followers of a cult or religion any differing views or divergence from the rule book are seen as treachery, they are like worshipers in adorance to the EU icon and cannot see reality that is staring them in the face.
Janet Daley ends her piece by saying “I doubt that we – or the peoples of Europe – will get any say in it at all.”
I disagree, the people will eventually get their says, whether it be through the conventional measures is what is in doubt.