Whether your main interest is equality, liberty, democracy, economic survival, sovereignty, debt reduction, increased export potential, encouraging entrepreneurs, fiscal independence, social fairness, overpopulation, community mutualism or calling leaders to account, it has become abundantly clear since 2008 that you will have to forfeit every one of these aspirations if your preference is to stay within the European Union.
The EU is run by an unelected élite which largely ignores the individual, ignores election results, ignores State sovereignty, ignores debt mountains, ignores currency realities, ignores poverty, ignores its responsibilities and above all, ignores every legal and constitutional obstacle in its way.
It is dominated by a Germany sailing the Eutanic at Full Ahead Both towards a confrontation with the iceberg formerly known as France. It puts the banking system before citizens. It puts corporate shareholder needs before workers’ rights. And it puts The Great Federal Project before any considerations of cost, practicality, Member State rights, social anthropology and freedoms of speech.
In order to achieve ‘escape velocity’ however, the UK’s Brexit campaign needs to be cohesive, on the front foot, and persuading all the perfectly decent people out there who are confused, and thus undecided, about the pros and cons.
This is not going to happen if those who want out give all the limelight to UKip’s Nigel Farage, and disappear up their own parochial leadership contest. The one cast-iron certainty in all this is that those twin outcomes will hand an easy victory to the Stay In movement – a campaign to retain élite privileges at all costs: and there are no prizes for guessing who will bear the cost.
There is a new dedicated page at The Slog that will act as an information centre and call to action right up until referendum day….currently pencilled in for June 2016 – if the EU lasts that long. It also provides a history of EU/ECB/EC/eurogroupe lawlessness going back to May 2011.
We aren’t going to persuade any neutrals with bombast about migrants. And we’re going to look amateur if the Labour Party simply dithers while Hairgel Mirage taints the whole campaign with pub bore bollocks.
By all means let Mr Farrago work hard to retain the loyalty of his followers. But there are many fine people and true in the Labour movement who suspect the neoliberal anti-democratic instincts of the unelectable gargoyles in Brussels.
It is going to take an all OUT effort to check OUT of the European Union. We must do more than simply act OUT a drama for appearances’ sake. Rather, only a flat OUT effort will stop the British Establishment from chickening OUT of this, the most OUT of order attempt to create a corporacratic superstate in modern history.
And although that paragraph wins the 2015 Award for multiply naff uses of OUT, that doesn’t make it wrong. The Stay In tendency has a clear lead: to wipe out that lead, only an all-out effort of persuasion will do.