Stay or Go?
I apologise for the length of this article but I prefer not to express myself via sound bites
DECISION TIME BUT DECIDING ON WHAT?
1. In the UK, the richest 1% of the population own more than the bottom 55% put together. (1) They have a political wing they fund called the Conservative Party. From well before the UK entered the then Common Market, the 1% and its party was split over Europe. Would they accrue more wealth outside or inside?
2. The "Insiders" won because at the time, the British economy was in serious decline. A majority accepted the historical truth that although we had been the first to industrialise, we had been overtaken in the production of iron, coal and steel by competitor nations during the 1870s. Between then and the 1970s we had fought two world wars that left us massively in debt; lost an empire and with it, cheap raw materials and a guaranteed market for goods made in British factories. The UK's old manufacturing industries were already dying in face of competition from south east Asia. It was a time of rising inflation and a large negative trade balances.
3. As the disastrous 1955 Suez Campaign showed, our influence in the world was waning and dependence on the Americans after their own disasters in Vietnam was looking increasingly dubious. The sole reason for our remaining at the top table for international conferences was only due to our possession of nuclear weapons.
4. Suddenly Europe looked very inviting...30 years of peace since the founding of the European Iron and Steel community (now 70 -the longest period of peace since records began); a ready market for high end goods and services and cheaper imports of continental goods in exchange.
5. So we joined but in only a half-hearted way...we wanted all of the economic advantages but nothing to do with the real aim of the EU..to create a continental Federal State (not a unitary state nor a Confederacy but something along the lines of the US constitution. With economies, intertwined war between member states would now become impossible and os it has proved.
6. Simmering below the UK surface was the ever present faction in the 1% opposed to the whole concept of the EU. Then came the opportunity to force the Referendum and for them the chance of a double whammy. Should they win with Gove and Johnson and Cameron/Osborne resign, then privatisation will presumeably follow at an increased pace. Should they lose, then Cameron will have to placate them and have the ideal excuse for a privatisation programme of his own
7. So like two medieval warlords calling out the feudal levies to fight their causes so the Ins and Outs called for our support. Methods have come straight from the Dr Goebbel's Handbook for Would be Propagandists...
The rank and file are usually much more primitive than we imagine. Propaganda must therefore always be essentially simple and repetitious.
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The essence of propaganda consists in winning people over to an idea so sincerely, so vitally, that in the end they succumb to it utterly and can never escape from it.
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The truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
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The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat
them over and over.
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If you tell the same lie enough times, people will believe it; and the bigger the lie, the better
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8. Sounds familar? I rest my case M'Lud.
9. Throw in emotive appeals to patriotism, the Dunkirk Spirit, Winning the World Cup and the Falklands but not Afghanistan (The average Brit's knowledge of their own country's past) and reason goes out of the window. The propaganda has been so successful we are all so steamed up about changes that MAY happen should the UK leave or remain in the EU, we are totally overlooking what WILL probably happen should a neo-liberal Gove/Johnson Government edge ever closer to the right. This will be the source of REAL change
10. Of course the 1% in the 85% of national and regional newspapers that they own will try to reassure us that their accrued profits will benefit us all due to the "trickle down" theory of economics. This did not work in Victorian Britain and it has not worked since. The "Panama Papers" confirmed what we already knew...profit does not "trickle down" it gets stashed in off shore tax havens and hidden bank accounts.
1. Office of National Statistics. Quoted in The Guardian, 3. july 2014
3. The rest...check out an average GCSE textbook on UK Political and Economic History post 1850