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A Europe Of Regions? No Thanks 3 September 2006

Posted by David in Europe.
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The Germans wish to draw new boundaries that cross national Sortie EUborders. Now where have I heard that one before? This, of course, is the European Union which is fast spinning out of control and needs to see a psychiatrist. Under the new plans drawn up by the approaching German Presidency, Europe will be divided up into regions that are independent of all national borders, identities or cultures. Just like the Balkans, remember that…

This would mean Britain would be split up into: North Sea Region (east Britain), the Atlantic Region (west Britain), the Ireland-Wales Region, the Transmanche Region (south east England) and the Northern Periphery Region (north Scotland).

I am not too keen on living in the “Transmanche Region”, let alone government policy being decided for a region which is half British and half French. It completely undermines democracy, as for democracy there must be a ‘demos’ – a single, unified people largely sharing the same identity. Otherwise, the losing party in each decision will feel out voted (as they have been) by people they see as outsiders. It would be like merging Canada and the USA, Australia and New Zealand. They tried it before, it ended as Yugoslavia and fall apart in turmoil.

The EU thus attempts to create an identity though ‘Citizenship’ projects. Hence the nationalist symbols such as EU flags, anthems etc. Just like how Stallin and Saddam put statues everywhere, had ‘Civic Instruction’ in schools. The EU propaganda information budget is I understand, £450m per year. They even wish to hijack the 2007 Eurovision Song Contestas part of forced celebrations of the Treaty of Rome’s 50th anniversary – causing reminders of Soviet era forced celebration in Eastern Europe.

Schools and children are vital to their propaganda plot. EU Education Ministers’ Resolution 88/C-177/02 called on member states to
“strengthen in young people a sense of European identity;
prepare young people to take part in the economic and social aspects of the Community;
make them aware of the advantages [sic] of the EU; improve knowledge of the Community.”

I’m not a fan of state directed nationalism, I think it’s time we left, don’t you?

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1. Rob - 4 September 2006

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2. Serf - 4 September 2006

Funnily enough, yes I think we should leave.Did you see that it costs us £100.000 per minute to be a member?

3. Jeroen - 5 April 2007

I know this is an old blog, but still… How do you think the current nation-states (like the one you live in) were ‘constructed’ in the past? Employing identity politics is nothing new, – you referred to Saddam and Stalin – but they are put to work just as well (perhaps even to a greater extent) in the ‘old’ nation-states. Nations like Great-Britain, France, Germany, etc. have no ‘real’ historical grounds in the sense that they have ‘always’ reflected existing identities in the past. These national identities were ‘constructed’ just as well. In other words; what else is new?

4. The Bicycling Chameleon - 5 April 2007

Jeroen, there’s a huge difference. The nation building in the past was a slow and organic development, in Britain at least. The Romans at first occupied [most of] what was an island of tribes. After they left these become the ‘petty kingdoms’, but as early as King Ethelburt of Kent [circa 552] there was a recognised Bretwalda or Lord of Britain. In short, a kind of unified nation. In 886 Alfred the Great declared himself the first King of England after liberating London from the Danes. The Principality of Wales, under the control of the English monarchs from the Statute of Rhuddlan [1284], became part of the Kingdom of England by the Laws in Wales Acts 1535–1542. Wales shared a legal identity with England as the joint entity originally called England and later England and Wales. In 1603 James VI of Scotland became King of England as well, although there had been English control over Scotland before, and in 1707 the two were politically unified as one.

The English, Scottish and Welsh identities are ancient and natural, they were not ‘constructed’ by a central planner but grew from the people’s own shared experiences and history. The British one then grew directly from these.

There’s a huge difference between this and the EU’s attempts to create a wholly new identity, and Saddam and Stalin.


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