Michael Gove – The Americans declared independence from us. We can do the same.

Worth a read if you have a few moments ?


A really good clear Statement from Michael Gove

that the UK media chose not to report in full !

You wouldn’t have heard it on the Today programme !


“For weeks now I have been wrestling with the most difficult

decision of my Political life. But taking difficult decisions

is what politicians are paid to do. No one is forced to stand

for Parliament; no one is compelled to become a minister. If

you take on those roles, which are great privileges, you also

take on big responsibilities. I was encouraged to stand for

Parliament by David Cameron and he has given me the

opportunity to serve in what I believe has been a great, reforming

Government. I think he is an outstanding Prime Minister. There

is, as far as I can see, only one significant issue on which

we have differed. And that is the future of the UK in the

European Union. It pains me to have to disagree with the Prime

Minister on any issue. My instinct is to support him through

good times and bad. But I cannot duck the choice, which the

Prime Minister has given every one of us.

In a few months time we will all have the opportunity to

decide whether Britain should stay in the European Union or

leave. I believe our country would be freer, fairer and better

off outside the EU. And if, at this moment of decision, I

didn’t say what I believe I would not be true to my

convictions or my country. I don’t want to take anything

away from the Prime Minister’s dedicated efforts to get a

better deal for Britain. He has negotiated with courage and

tenacity. But I think Britain would be stronger outside the


My starting point is simple. I believe that the decisions

which govern all our lives, the laws we must all obey and the

taxes we must all pay should be decided by people we choose

and who we can throw out if we want change. If power is to be

used wisely, if we are to avoid corruption and complacency in

high office, then the public must have the right to change

laws and Governments at election time. But our membership of

the European Union prevents us being able to change huge

swathes of law and stops us being able to choose who makes

critical decisions, which affect all our lives. Laws, which

govern citizens in this country, are decided by politicians

from other nations who we never elected and can’t throw out.

We can take out our anger on elected representatives in

Westminster but whoever is in Government in London cannot

remove or reduce VAT, cannot support a steel plant through

troubled times, cannot build the houses we need where

they’re needed and cannot deport all the individuals who

shouldn’t be in this country. I believe that needs to

change. And I believe that both the lessons of our past and

the shape of the future make the case for change compelling.

The ability to choose who governs us, and the freedom to

change laws we do not like, were secured for us in the past by

radicals and liberals who took power from unaccountable elites

and placed it in the hands of the people. As a result of their

efforts we developed, and exported to nations like the US,

India, Canada and Australia a system of democratic

self-government which has brought prosperity and peace to

millions. Our democracy stood the test of time. We showed the

world what a free people could achieve if they were allowed to

govern themselves. In Britain we established trial by jury in

the modern world, we set up the first free parliament, we

ensured no-one could be arbitrarily detained at the behest of

the Government, we forced our rulers to recognise they ruled

by consent not by right, we led the world in abolishing

slavery, we established free education for all, national

insurance, the National Health Service and a national

broadcaster respected across the world.

By way of contrast, the European Union, despite the undoubted

idealism of its founders and the good intentions of so many

leaders, has proved a failure on so many fronts. The euro has

created economic misery for Europe’s poorest people.

European Union regulation has entrenched mass unemployment. EU

immigration policies have encouraged people traffickers and

brought desperate refugee camps to our borders. Far from

providing security in an uncertain world, the EU’s policies

have become a source of instability and insecurity. Razor wire

once more criss-crosses the continent, historic tensions

between nations such as Greece and Germany have resurfaced in

ugly ways and the EU is proving incapable of dealing with the

current crises in Libya and Syria. The former head of Interpol

says the EU’s internal borders policy is “like hanging a

sign welcoming terrorists to Europe” and Scandinavian

nations which once prided themselves on their openness are now

turning in on themselves. All of these factors, combined with

popular anger at the lack of political accountability, have

encouraged extremism, to the extent that far-right parties are

stronger across the continent than at any time since the


The EU is an institution rooted in the past and is proving

incapable of reforming to meet the big technological,

demographic and economic challenges of our time. It was

developed in the 1950s and 1960s and like other institutions,

which seemed modern then, from tower blocks to telexes, it is

now hopelessly out of date. The EU tries to standardise and

regulate rather than encourage diversity and innovation. It is

an analogue union in a digital age. The EU is built to keep

power and control with the elites rather than the people. Even

though we are outside the euro we are still subject to an

unelected EU commission which is generating new laws every day

and an unaccountable European Court in Luxembourg which is

extending its reach every week, increasingly using the Charter

of Fundamental Rights which in many ways gives the EU more

power and reach than ever before. This growing EU bureaucracy

holds us back in every area. EU rules dictate everything from

the maximum size of containers in which olive oil may be sold

(five litres) to the distance houses have to be from heath

land to prevent cats chasing birds (five kilometers).

Individually these rules may be comical. Collectively, and

there are tens of thousands of them, they are inimical to

creativity, growth and progress. Rules like the EU clinical

trials directive have slowed down the creation of new drugs to

cure terrible diseases and ECJ judgments on data protection

issues hobble the growth of Internet companies.

As a minister I’ve seen hundreds of new EU rules cross my

desk, none of which were requested by the UK Parliament, none

of which I or any other British politician could alter in any

way and none of which made us freer, richer or fairer. It is

hard to overstate the degree to which the EU is a constraint

on ministers’ ability to do the things they were elected to

do, or to use their judgment about the right course of action

for the people of this country. I have long had concerns about

our membership of the EU but the experience of Government has

only deepened my conviction that we need change. Every single

day, every single minister is told: ‘Yes Minister, I

understand, but I’m afraid that’s against EU rules’. I

know it. My colleagues in government know it. And the British

people ought to know it too: your government is not,

ultimately, in control in hundreds of areas that matter. But

by leaving the EU we can take control. Indeed we can show the

rest of Europe the way to flourish. Instead of grumbling and

complaining about the things we can’t change and growing

resentful and bitter, we can shape an optimistic,

forward-looking and genuinely internationalist alternative to

the path the EU is going down. We can show leadership.

Like the Americans who declared their independence and never

looked back, we can become an exemplar of what an inclusive,

open and innovative democracy can achieve. We can take back

the billions we give to the EU, the money, which is squandered

on grand parliamentary buildings and bureaucratic follies, and

invest it in science and technology, schools and

apprenticeships. We can get rid of the regulations which big

business uses to crush competition and instead support new

start-up businesses and creative talent. We can forge trade

deals and partnerships with nations across the globe, helping

developing countries to grow and benefiting from faster and

better access to new markets. We are the world’s fifth

largest economy, with the best armed forces of any nation,

more Nobel Prizes than any European country and more

world-leading universities than any European country. Our

economy is more dynamic than the Euro zone; we have the most

attractive capital city on the globe, the greatest “soft

power” and global influence of any state and a leadership

role in NATO and the UN. Are we really too small, too weak and

too powerless to make a success of self-rule? On the contrary,

the reason the EU’s bureaucrats oppose us leaving is they

fear that our success outside will only underline the scale of

their failure. This chance may never come again in our

lifetimes, which is why I will be true to my principles and

take the opportunity this referendum provides to leave an EU

mired in the past and embrace a better future”.


6 Responses to “Michael Gove – The Americans declared independence from us. We can do the same.”

  1. ian says:

    All I can add is, it’s early days. I don’t trust any of these cretins. Not one. This could be a trick or part of the plan. I don’t know obviously, but, in the getting something I want from government stakes, I’m still at zero. Their wants always seem to be different from what I want, and I’ll be really surprised if this is any different. They’re happy to give the illusion of democratic freedom at the moment, but mark my words, they’ll scare the masses shitless nearer the vote.

    • Tapestry says:

      Number one could be a big drop in sterling, say $1.25, maybe a hike in interest rates to follow that, and price rises. Economic pain for sure.

      • ian says:

        indeed Tap. I don’t fully understand how these money schemes all work, which isn’t really surprising as we were never meant to, but on Tap luckily there are folks like yourself who do. I would willingly ride the white water of exit and take the chances, though as with Scottish independence, many will be too afraid of the promised doom. PS if you hear anything on Adam, we would love a heads up, cheers.

  2. Gordon says:

    Those of us who are old enough to remember what it was like to live in Britain before joining the Common Market later to become the European Union will remember that we did well enough on our own. I’m not saying it was perfect by any means but Britain will survive leaving the EU as she did before joining it, so there’s little to worry about.

    Certainly, there are industries which benefit greatly by way of grants from being in the EU at present which will take a hit but on the positive side their products will be of higher demand by being competitive and trading freely.

    • ian says:

      A very sensible comment Gordon. I am sure that fear will be used in abundance nearer the time. No time for facts or hopes, oh no go for fear, the most potent driving force in politics. It will be hosed on thickly nearer the time. I’m with you 100% Gordon. Excellent to the point comment mate.

  3. Nicky says:

    There we where as Europeons just about to expand trade with our Russian Neighbours and Boom. The combined might of all the EU leaders could not shake off the false Jewmericans from stamping on our plans. The same lot whom introduced black slaves to the USA.
    I am totally sick of their bloody wars and unhealthy influence since the Drunk, Churchill sold us down the river to them and failed to give Bomber command approval to bomb the industriual heartland of Germany for most of world war 2, (Except with leaflets asking workers to down tools, Source: Nigel David Marwood Elton, Bomber Command, Over tea one day at his home in Cornwall). We now have a much wiser Russian leadership and hopefully wiser Eu leaders whom surely must have woken to whom is behind the wars generated between us to kill off (non Catholic) white Christian countries folk. 60 million Russians, self sufficient land owning Russians for the most part, Killed by their own. Tricked into killing off their own by a few dodgey half lifes. How long does Karma take to bring some balance back? I grow impatient at the weakness we have leading us.
    Iceland, A small little island in the North managed to do a better job than the whole of the EU in dealing out some form of correct action over the banking crisis. Time for a reset and some sequestrating of the trillions held by the same. In Gold Not paper coupons. I know this sort of thing gets people dead. Gaddaffi. The Maharishi. Anyone whom decides to make a Gold currency it would seem. That said we outnumber them by the millions. Have read more sense on this blog in one year than in any newspaper over the rest of my time back here.

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