Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Lives at risk
The Daily Express has picked up the story we discussed yesterday.
Lives are at risk, it claims and it is almost certainly right. Now contrast this with the piece below and the point I made yesterday has some force. Seventy years ago, "foreigners" were trying to kill us. Today, largely the same bunch of foreigners are still trying to kill us. And it really does not matter whether it is a bomb or an ill-trained nurse. You are just as dead.
Those seventy years ago, it was perfectly acceptable for Churchill to call Germans "Huns" and worse. Our parents were then calling our European enemies all manner of insults, and that was perfectly acceptable. That is the other point I was making. Fifty years of European political integration is not uniting us – it is dividing us, turning us back into enemies.
As Frenchmen, Germans, Italians, Spaniards and the rest, they are our friends and allies, and deserve our respect. As "Europeans", they are Frogs, Huns, Ities, Dagos and the rest. They become our enemies and rivals. They get our enmity.
The "colleagues" need to wake up to this before it is too late. Leave us be, without trespassing on the "nooks and crannies" of our daily life and we are friends. Interfere and threaten us, and we are enemies. And they really don't want that. Look what happened last time.