Sunday, May 09, 2004

A reunited Europe? No, just a bigger prison camp

That is the view of Peter Hitchens, expressed in his column in the Mail on Sunday. Writing on enlargement, he asks, “how anyone could celebrate this modern tragedy with fireworks beats me”.

“For the European Union, lawless, corrupt, utterly unaccountable and undemocratic, does not meet the requirements it imposes on nations who wish to join it. Its internal decision-making procedures are as mysterious and remote as those of North Korea, its Parliament a pretence, its elections a grim joke.”

“Yet in this country hardly anyone, even now, is aware of its nature, of the terrible costs it imposes on us, on the way it has sucked the blood out of our Parliament and our courts, or its ultimate aims.”

“This is especially true of our politicians. Since the death of Labour’s Hugh Gaitskell, no major party leader – and I include the overpraised Margaret Thatcher in this – has really had a clue about what we are up against.”

“To try to correct this ignorance, two brave and diligent men, Christopher Booker and Richard North, have written a superb history of the EU and of Britain’s relationship with it. It is called The Great Deception.”

“Every MP, every civil servant, every journalist with any claim to understand the current state of the country, should read it. Yet it has barely been reviewed.”

“A tome about, say homosexual monks in Croatia would have got more attention from the miserable closed minds of the books editors of most of our major newspapers.”

“I urge you to put his right. Besiege your booksellers. Ask any politician or commentator who pronounces on this subject if they have read it. If they haven’t, they don’t know what they are talking about.”

“If the knowledge contained here spreads widely enough, the perfectly sensible idea that we should leave this horrible thing before it’s too late may yet triumph”.

How could I possibly disagree with that? Strangely enough, a benefactor who shares these views, paid for a copy to be sent to every MP, every member of the House of Lords, and every British MEP. I wonder how many of them have bothered to read it? If you haven’t already got your copy, you can buy it on the Amazon site where, at the time of writing, we currently rank as number 30. Click here.

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