EU lawyer Ralf Grahn is getting angry.
The thing that’s upsetting him is the existence of ‘eurosceptics’, people like me and many others, in fact a majority of the people in Britain and now, it appears, also Ireland. As he comes to grips with the realisation that not everyone around the continent of Europe is happy to be subjected into a state of eu serfdom, he finds himself becoming a little emotional. That’s a good thing, Ralf. It shows that you are at last getting to grips with the reality of the situation as regards the EU, and not hiding away in an ivory tower as do most europhiliacs on the make.
This is the post from his blog Grahnlaw today, which shows you what I mean – ‘Let’s call a spade a spade’ he says.
I agree with him.
Let’s do exactly that, Ralf.
Anti-EU by any other name
By the way, I have wondered at the widespread acceptance of the ‘Euroscepticism’ as the label people use, whose attitude reveals nothing sceptic. No doubts, no uncertainty, no open minds. After reading a lot of these outpourings, I am beginning to think that the ‘Eurosceptic’ in search of truths has yet to be born.
Thus, the label is woolly and misleading. Let’s call a spade a spade.
The early constitutional history of the United States saw the debate between Federalists and anti-Federalists. Let people who identify with Europe be called Europeans, pro-Europeans or pro-EU, and let the people who want to wreck the European Union be called by the most objective term available: anti-EU.
(Some of them, for reasons yet to be verified, deny that they are anti-Europeans. They are only vehemently against Europe’s common institutions and manifestations)
Another healthy distinction would be to see EU detractors clearly define what they are against (if a viable programme for anything proves too demanding).
Do they want to dismember the European Union completely, or would they be content to see their own country secede from the EU?
If they have nothing against the vast majority of Europeans deepening European integration, these campaigners could redirect their energies towards secession. With a sharper focus they could perhaps improve their chances of success.
Actually, if their ideals are the ‘free nations of Europe’, why not let the other free nations decide for themselves on cooperation and common action, without insult or injury?
Traders (and nations of shopkeepers) want to keep their customers happy and engage in profitable relations with their providers, don’t they?
Why cause a lot of aggravation, if they only want to live happily ever after behind their moat?
This is my reply to Ralf.
No Ralf. You are not pro-European. You are pro-EU or as we say, europhiliac.
We are (as you say) not eurosceptics at all, but EU-opponents, but as the media uses the term eurosceptic, we get stuck with it.
The idea from our opponents is that we have doubts, are not sure etc., but that’s not the case.
We are totally sure we don’t want the EU. As you say, the term eurosceptic is wrong.
But don’t play the Europe trick. We are pro-Europe – as a continent of democracies free trading. It is you who are anti-Europe and wish to destroy its current democratic way of life.
If you are so sure that Europeans desire the EU, why do you not permit them to vote on that?
You are deluding yourself that your programme of EU integration is popular.
Please understand. In Britain only 29% of voters want the EU as it is. The rest either want total withdrawal as I do, or they want a free trading relationship with no political relationship.
I am pro-Europe, as Europe could be – fast-growing, informed, free, confident – not the corrupt and naive structure that hangs around and destroys the way of life of millions of free people.
I was born free. I intend to die free. That’s why I and millions like me are leaving. I will only return if the UK gets out of the EU. Otherwise my children will grow up in another part of the world as free people, not European serfs.
That’s calling a spade a spade, I think you would agree.