Friday, January 22, 2010

Those embassies

The 13th Spitfire blog is chiding us very gently for not writing on the scandal of the FCO closing down embassies – ostensibly on cost-saving grounds – while at the time, the EU is opening up a whole raft of new embassies.

However, this is hardly news. We wrote about it on 12 April 2009, then noting that we had first written about what was happening on 8 June 2005. We also wrote pretty strident pieces in January 2008 and May 2008.

The EU has not been at all secretive in its intentions – even if the British government has been – and this was one of the reasons why we should have opposed the constitutional Lisbon treaty. We (our government) didn't, and Cameron's Conservatives have also pulled out of the fight.

Thus, progressively, British embassies are going to be replaced by EU embassies, with a few British officials renting desks in a common building. The writing has been on the wall for years, we warned it was going to happen and now it is happening. It is a bit late complaining about it now.

The only answer, of course, is to leave the EU – and until the British nation (and their politicians) wake up to that reality, we are going to see a lot more of this sort of thing. But then, come the next election, an awful lot of people are going to vote for the three main parties, all of whom support this sort of thing.

They deserve what they get. As for us - we have got past the point where we want to write about the EU, or analyse developments. We just want to destroy it, before it destroys us.