Author: by Stephen Hill
He promised an earthquake and he delivered an earthquake. And that makes him a unique politician! Cameron, who branded him and his ilk as ‘fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists’, now calls him a ‘consummate politician’. He has left Dave, not to mention Ed and Nick, looking like men blowing in the wind, trying to find their principles, as Dave swiftly and Ed gormlessly move to try and ape his policies.
What did Dave and Ed miss? (Forget Nick, he’s toast.) They failed to see that the EU has infected every part of our society and economy – from lack of housing, hospital queues, school places and low-paid jobs to predatory attacks on the City and industry. And what he has shown up is that the EU works for itself and no one else, and has lost touch with democracy and the electorate, and is irrelevant as to the issues of people today: the EU itself has become the problem.
An even bigger séisme was delivered outside President Flanby’s Elysée Palace by Marine Le Pen, who fancies herself the 21st-century Jeanne d’Arc, saviour of France’s sovereignty and control of its own economy. The sight of all the politico-losers who thought they could go on stuffing Euro-rubbish down the throats of the people with their ‘we know best’ attitude, now running off to Brussels to commiserate over another inconclusive dinner paid for by said electorate, is enough to make you guffaw at the lot of them.
The real point about the Farage and Le Pen victories is that they spell, along with all the other anti-EU groups across Europe, two essential facts: first, the bigger you make a democratically-deficit centralised government, the more determined become the separatist movements, as in the Basque lands, Catalonia, Bavaria, Scotland and now Veneziano.
And this inevitably sets in train a desire for the people to regain control of their own lives, with politicians who live near enough to hear their complaints, and this gives rise to fascism and revolts against the Centrist Tendency. Hence you have UKIP’s call to ‘regain our country’ and Marine Le Pen’s appeal to unite from the barricades as she waves Le Tricolore.
Farage and Le Pen have their separate nationalistic tendencies, and Farage had the wisdom not to forge any alliance with her, because it isn’t what either of them are about: they are both working with the grain of history to bring power back to their people, on a nationalistic basis. The writing is on the wall for the federalist unaccountable EU, and what must now be evolved is a Confederate Europe based on a democratic confederacy of nation states – Un Union des Patries.
The diplomats and politicians have their work cut out to define such an intra-governmental treaty, to replace the supra-national Treaty of Rome, 55 years old now and out-of-date. The world has changed beyond recognition since 1945, and the perennial issue will be how to implicate Germany into such a structure, which is no longer such a major issue.
Germany is now a completely different country to the one destroyed in 1945: for a start it is democratic, pacifist and very productive. The EU is a failed federalist experiment: UKIP and the Front National point to a very different confederate structure, based on mutual respect and the individualism of the nation states. Go figure, as they say in modern American classics.