|Common Market referendum in 1975 as viewed by Jak in the London Evening Standard.
BRITAIN AND EUROPE: THE
END OF OUR VISION OF EUROPE A NATION?
by Robert Edwards (ESA No 59, Spring 2016)
The results of
the EU Referendum do not change our vision set up by Sir Oswald Mosley in 1946 in his book The Alternative.
This was followed up by the creation of Union Movement in 1948, a movement which I joined in the 1960s as a teenage soldier.
We believed in Europe and we believe in Europe today.
The reactionaries have won for now but sooner rather than later their
trust in free trade economics and market forces will prove an illusion. It is easy to say we should stand on our own two feet
and reclaim our democracy. They are mere slogans without any real substance.
Britain is not independent and free
when you still have your money supply controlled by a cartel of private banks. Hence inflation or deflation, depending on
too much or too little out there in the economy. The International Monetary Fund rules the conditions on loans to which British
governments must conform. In reality, it is the big moneylenders who dictate to us and this makes a complete mockery of democracy.
The little Englanders ignore this aspect of the real world and prefer to go off to the pub singing Rule Britannia. The mincing
dandy, Nigel Farage, has had his big day with this referendum result but his days as an elected politician are over. In fact,
Ukip is now totally irrelevant and should disappear up its own back passage. The only Ukip MP, Douglas Carswell, is known
to despise Farage and may well challenge him for the leadership sometime in the future.
The future of the union of the UK is
also now put at stake with Scotland overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the European Union. Northern Ireland, likewise.
The Scottish National Party has been given an opportunity to push for another referendum on independence. It will come, for
sure, now that Britain prepares to withdraw from the European Union and in which Scotland sees its future ... to give up one
union in favour of a greater union of Europe.
To say that Britain can no longer play a role in Europe is misleading. We can negotiate
trade terms and this must be on the agenda whoever is Prime Minister. Cameron sees this being put into gear in October when
he steps down as Prime Minister.
However, our belief in Europe a Nation is a vision that transcends the bankers’ European
Union of today, which is as far removed from a true union as you can stretch the imagination. The big moneylenders have dominated
the politics of the EU, offering ‘bail outs’ to member states struggling with repayments on a previous ‘bail
out’. The proper word for it is usury ... lending at exorbitant interest for the sole purpose of acquiring the assets
of a country when that country defaults, by design of course. They raped Greece this way, robbing that ancient and classic
country of its state assets, including many of the Greek islands given away as the private property of their financial chums.
Germany acted as a conduit for these moneylenders with Goldman Sachs manipulating the European Central Bank. With the IMF,
they were dubbed the Troika, originally the name of a Russian vehicle pulled by three horses. This is what the European Union
The idea of free movement of labour across Europe was something ill-calculated. Free movement could only work if
the economies of member states were stabilised and workers’ wages levelled throughout the continent. Poland now has
an increasingly large ageing population with fewer younger people paying the taxes to support state pensions. The reason is
obvious. Mass migration to Britain has brought about this social and economic crisis. Nothing is ever thought through.
This is why a democratically
elected European government is important so that such movements can be regulated in the interests of all of Europe and never
to the disadvantage of any one member state. Instead, it has been chaos.
The threat of migrants camped around Calais and other coastal towns
in northern France was not created by the European Union. Most of them came across the Mediterranean from an ungovernable
Libyan coastline. This state of affairs began after the Nato attacks on Gaddafi’s state, destroying infrastructure and
murdering thousands including Gaddafi himself. It was a collusion between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Sarkozy
and Defence Minister William Hague. All three are not only war criminals but the architects of the unrestricted passage
for people smugglers and their clients en route to the land of milk and honey known to the African continent as Britain.
This has nothing to
do with the European Union but entirely the US-led Nato which has never restored the countries it has bombed to pieces but
always left them ungovernable and unstable, their resources plundered and their history obliterated. The creation of a European
Army, including Britain’s soldiers, would have offered an alternative to Nato. With Britain’s withdrawal, this
appears to be unlikely and so we have to tag along with Washington’s neo-con designs until our leaders in Europe wake
up to the fact that we remain under American military occupation and our liberation from it is desirable to the majority of
Europe will now only become truly united through revolution, by a massive civic uprising by the mass of ordinary
people. This will come about through necessity. Our leaving the bankers’ Europe should herald this noble cause, which
is now the real alternative.
Europe a Nation offered more than a means of Europeans coming together in common purpose. It
meant a new system.
That system offered a way out of this free trade international competition that favours low-wage economies, while
those who give their workers a fair deal fail to compete successfully.
Look at France, together with a ’socialist’ President.
The government there wants to impose new labour laws that would make French business ‘more competitive’.
They want to strip the workers of their rights. Now, that country is plagued with mass protests on the streets and the workers
are not going to back down. This form of civil unrest is the only course for French workers. They have no other options.
Solidarity across Europe could overthrow existing governments in the way that French workers could over throw the
French Republic. It’s been done before.
In 1975, I remember the leader, Oswald Mosley, instructing us to campaign
to stay in the Common Market (or EEC as it was called) because he reasoned that it was a step forward on the path to Europe
a Nation. We sold the Union Movement paper ACTION with the front page banner heading “FORWARD TO ACTION
IN EUROPE A NATION ... Britain stays in! The people of Britain have spoken at last! They have voted
for Europe in their millions, against all the prophets of doom”.
Oswald Mosley appealed to Britain
to choose between being ’the head of Europe or the tail of America’. Jeffrey Hamm wrote on the back page of issue
number 197 of June 1975, “The referendum campaign proved a mock battle and a sham fight because neither
of the umbrella organisations laid before the electorate the real reasons for staying in Europe or coming out”. Sounds
He went on, “Perhaps we have been a little unfair in branding all anti-Europeans as
Little Englanders; some are ‘one-worlders’ and we have witnessed a most unlikely alliance of the extreme Right
and the extreme Left under this banner. “Not out of Europe but into the world’ they cried as they girded their
loins for the long pilgrimage to the promised land, in search of a favourable balance of trade. The Left used to believe that
world trade was dominated by international financiers of the capitalist system ... the extreme Right also denounces international
financiers, who jostle for pride of place with the Reds under their beds.
Union Movement alone stands for
an economic union of all Europe with a European government (elected by the people) leading the European economy towards maximum
production for consumption within Europe.
We alone advocate progressively raising wages as production increases
for the guaranteed and insulated market our third force could provide.
Our government would guarantee by law the same rate for
the job throughout Europe, to exclude unfair competition, encouraging the most able to triumph and providing full employment
and high living standards for all”.
That is the vision and that is our aim today because the words of
Jeffrey Hamm are as relevant today as they were in 1975.
June 24th 2016 was a painful day for all true Europeans but Europe
will survive. The Remain campaign was fought on fear and how much money we stood to lose or gain. The Leave campaign was little
different apart from also attacking migrants into the bargain. “Johnnie foreigner must go” was the message from
Boris and Nigel. The old ‘wogs begin at Calais’ mindset.
We owe it to the youth of Britain and Europe to light a torch which
flame shall spread across a different Europe. A Europe for all Europeans.
Older voters in rural areas were conned by the Murdoch press
acting as Brexit propagandists, smearing migrants from the EU who came here to work. The
Sun newspaper said they were a threat to our communities. No, they are brother Europeans and shall always