When the Nazis marched into Paris in June 1940, the newspapers were not full of explanatory notes, outlining the minutia of the legal changes under the occupation. Quite rightly, they focused on the main event – that the government of the nation had passed to the German invaders and that supreme authority rested in Berlin.
Remarkably though, in anticipation of the coming into force of our new, alien constitution, with the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the newspapers in the main concentrate on the minutia of the legal changes under the occupation. They do not remark upon the central change, that our government will on 1 December formally pass from London to Brussels.
The specific instrument of that change is the amended Article 9 of the treaty, which turns the European Council into a formal institution of the Union and creates the supreme government of Europe, involving a very significant transfer of power from member states. Our leaders have been hijacked and impressed into the service of the Union
But the government in Brussels is not our government, any more than the Berlin government of 1940 was the government of the French people. It is a government to which we owe neither loyalty nor obedience.
The big problem is that, on 2 December – the day after the treaty comes into force – nothing will look different. The genius of the "colleagues" is to leave the apparatus of their vassal states in place, to leave the façades intact, but to hollow them out from within. Thus, our prime minister is allowed to keep his title, although his proper designation would be Member of the European Council (MEC), to which he is now responsible.
Bizarrely, this is the one change which the media seems incapable of understanding. More probably, in common with the political claque, they do not want to understand. The implications are too profound, too enormous. So they bury their heads in the sand and go on calling the meetings of our new government a "summit".
In a way, it would be much better if there were storm troopers marching the streets and our public buildings were adorned with the flags of our new government, with the Union Jack banned. But the "colleagues" have learned from that experience. The Vichy model is much more successful and that, with modifications, is the one they have applied.
That then allows for deniability. With the gullibility of the media and the compliance of the gutless political classes, who wilfully deny the reality, the charade will continue for some time yet. But not forever. They cannot hide the truth forever. This 1 December will be a day of infamy. In time, it will be universally recognised for what it is. And it will be remembered for as long as it takes for us to regain our independence.
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