Thursday, September 26, 2013

Message to LibDems on Europe

I received an email from MEP Graham Watson trying to garner support for remaining in the EU that contained a survey loaded to produce the result he wanted in that questions presented no alternative to EU solutions.

Herewith my comments to him:

The LibDem claims that they and they alone are responsible for anything good done by the coalition government and were it not for them, the nasty conservatives would have ruined the country, are frankly laughable. The LibDems have demonstrated immaturity to the point of purility by making such outrageous claims. A Party, especially one as junior as the LibDems, that feels the need to belittle their partners in Coalition is not fit for govenment.

The Conservatives have their faults but they have generally resisted the temptation to reciprocate.

With regard to Europe, the majority of people in this country, remain vehemently opposed to becoming a county of an undemocratic political entity that has endevoured to build an EU superstate by stealth and deceit. The EU vision of the world is jurassic.  It is built on the old principles of power politics which have led the world to the precipice on which it now stands.

Britain should be the country that breaks this mould. We do not need to be nor should we be contstrained by the flawed vision of these European pen pushers. Trade should be free, not contstrained by political unions and trading blocks based on misconceived ideologies  and erroneous political perceptions of self interest that ultimately conflict with the equally misconceived perceptions of self interest of other political unions and trading blocks. At best it is weak thinking and at worst its plain insane.

The world must look to the common interests of all nations. Only then can we gurantee our own interests. Britain must open up to the entire world and not just a part of it. We must promote free trade with all nations based on level playing fields. We must be willing partners with all who are willing to be partners with us.

This country is in a unique position with our ties to the Commonwealth and we must build on that. India, Australia, Canada as well as many emerging, South American, African and Asian economies are every bit as important, if not more so than the EU alone. Let us free ourselves from the shackles of divisive political unions and instead build partnerships based on free trade and real mutual interest.

That is a vision of progressive freedom based on common interest, not self interest. That is a vision of the future  worth fighting for and one which would excite the people of this country.

That is the alternative to the mundane and outdated solution proposed by the Eurocrats. Where does it say in the manual of all wisdom that trade or jobs are dependent on political union? Its a fallacy. Jobs and wealth are dependent on trade not politics and trade builds sustainable partnerships and co-operation based on mutual interest which is in the self interest of all concerned.

Its time the political classes grew up and that very much includes the LibDems. The world needs radical new ideas in the 21st century to replace the old restrictive and divisive political philosophies that have served us so poorly in the past.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The nature of Nature

The universal nature has no external space; but the wondrous part of her art is that though she has circumscribed herself, everything which is within her which appears to decay and to grow old and to be useless she changes into herself, and again makes other new things from these very same, so that she requires neither substance from without nor wants a place into which she may cast that which decays. She is content then with her own space, and her own matter, and her own art.

Marcus Aurelius

Monday, September 02, 2013

The virtue of knowledge

"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when people are universally ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without the aid of foreign invaders."

- Samuel Adams