There has always been the completely unrealistic belief among euro-federalists, that should their obscene project fail, somehow the old borders of Western Europe would miraculously re-form. Comparisons of the supposed benefits of the grossly wasteful EU (and its forebears), were predicated on that basis for handy propaganda purposes of the ever more corrupt union.
Monday morning’s newspaper from a country, (Ireland,) where informed comment on overseas matters, is still considered worthwhile in their mainstream media, the north/south problems in Italy are covered, beginning as follows, link:
NORTHERN LEAGUE leader senator Umberto Bossi has issued a “penultimatum” to embattled prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, threatening to withdraw his party’s crucial support from the centre-right government.
At his party’s annual gathering yesterday in Pontida, Lombardy, Mr Bossi said: “Berlusconi, don’t take anything for granted. It could be that the league will call a halt . . . Your leadership at the next elections will be up for discussion if our requests are not approved. It all depends on what choices are made.”
Among the many questions arising, as hopefully the last, painful events unfold in the European Union’s death throes, is how deep will be the fragmentation that must then follow. I have blogged on this topic quite often and some such posts can be found here.
Belgium and Italy, already fractious before the EU, appear to this observer, obvious candidates for a split. Some may believe that the fissures in the UK may well worsen, although I am optimistic that this may not occur. Down the centuries the Scots have sometimes sought to undermine the English with continental conspiracies, often involving France. The EU has up to now, served them to this end, nevertheless it is my view that an independent Scotland, (to which, the Scots are most welcome if they wish it,) would not be economically viable.
On the other hand if Scotland did separate, this could cause a far more damaging split by the South East of England, which perhaps could then in turn lead to closer ties of the South West of England with other European Atlantic Maritime regions. London, could then become a leading City state, with New York and even Shanghai perhaps straggling and financing a ‘New World Order’ (ghastly thought).
Was Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, staking a claim to lead such a wealthy independent entity, rather than just bid to takeover the neutered Conservative Party, now clearly soon to be one of the early victims of the EU fiasco? More on these aspects at my blog on Tuesday.
Interesting times indeed!