Lies, Damned Lies, and Political Promises.

When I was but eighteen years old, the lies and the deviant statements commenced, and they have continued, without pause or interruption, ever since. The barrage of position statements, government propaganda, newspaper, radio and the slow start of television ‘current affairs’ programmes hammered, or rather attempted to hammer home the  story that Europe would be good for Britain. Good for jobs, good for trade, everything would be rosy. When Edward Heath was making overtures to France and Germany about joining, there was a healthy scepticism within the electorate. So, despite his promise that no movement would be made without the full-hearted support of Parliament and people, he took us in, and the Parliamentary vote was only won by eight votes. No sound or sight of a Referendum then at all; we were not asked.

Great Britain was asked in 1975 by Harold Wilson if we wished to stay in, and all the lies continued, and as we had been told that the Commonwealth had been cast adrift, and all the trade negotiations with the EC were completed, and we would not be losing anything: we voted to stay in. Nothing was said about our fishing fleets being decommissioned, and fishing grounds being decimated by the Spanish and the French, that was all discovered later on.

The Thatcher years proved equally barren of the truth, partly because our Prime Minister didn’t realise how dangerous Europe and its Single Europe Act really was until it was too late. John Major proved himself a true Europe-lover, piloting through Parliament the Maastricht treaty by applauding our opt-outs, which weren’t really opt-anythings; as Europe swerved around the roadblocks, and brought in the Social Chapter through Health and Safety! The European Union, that creature of Jean Monnet, was born with that Treaty, and it has spread its tentacles ever outward from that date.

Fast forward to the Blair years, with ever more untruths perpetrated by the Master Liar himself, when he accepted and signed the Amsterdam Treaty. Asked? We weren’t even mentioned! With this Treaty came European citizenship, a Euro foreign policy, and all the rest of the euro-garbage. We were promised a veto, but, hey, that promise, like all the other ‘promises’ wasn’t worth the paper it wasn’t printed on.

Gordon Brown came late to the signing of the Lisbon Treaty, but didn’t give much weight to any question of whether the People should be asked, before signing up to ‘ever closer Union’, probably because he thought we were all ‘bigots’ anyway.

Enter Cameron, and his promised ‘Referendum’. He promises that the British people will have a choice, but only after ‘Reforms’ have been completed, or agreed, or something: which is fine, except: no-one has been told the extent, or limit, or indeed scope, of these mythical ‘Reforms’. Various briefings have emerged after ‘discussions’ with him, and her, and sometimes ‘them’; but the British people, who are being asked to decide if they wish to continue being governed from Brussels, or whether they wish to have their Sovereignty returned; have not got a single fact upon which to base their decisions. Ignore the fact that most of the ‘desirable’ options floated by commentators, politicians of all persuasions and senior civil servants all require Treaty Change, and treaty change needs every other Euro nation to agree, which will never ever happen.

As I wrote at the beginning, the lies continue, but grow ever more convoluted.

4 comments for “Lies, Damned Lies, and Political Promises.

  1. Henry Kaye
    August 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    The lying abilities of our political leaders is today very apparent – heaven knows how many voices have been heard saying that! But has it always been thus? I remember many years ago not caring very much what the politicos said; they never seemed to do very much that upset me but then I went abroad for 30 years and came back to a very different kettle of fish. Were our political leaders such liars? Or is it just that what they lie about today matters more to me?

  2. Hereward unbowed.
    August 1, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Who is lying about what though, we should move away from the idea that Westminster and the administration are somehow the good guys and Brussels are the bad uns.

    Brussels makes the rules but Britain helps draw them up and the likes of the Foreign office wanted Britain in the EU before the treaty of Rome was signed. Indeed after the war is was decided that we would join up with our “allies and friends” – Washington told us to. Once Churchill had kicked the bucket probably the only other man to see the writting on the wall was Enoch Powell but they did for him, marginalized, villified and cast Powell as some demon made man – remember the British press were complicit is briefing against Powell – mainly because he told the truth and nothing but truth.

    British press – is anti EU, don’t make me laugh.

    Lets pick out the Daily Mail, bedaubed with headlines about “battles in Calais” and telling, indeed screeching to all and sundry “something must be done!”

    Funny though, despite all the criticism of authorities on both sides of the channel, the Mail never once draws the logical conclusion that, only if Britain leaves the EU can we make any sort of attempt to reassert proper border controls and be allowed to kick out who we don’t desire to be here. The other shoe is, of course the ECHR and to which our courts and jurisprudence seems more keen to observe than is the procedural norm.
    So the Mail plays games with its readership, they rant and rail for the public’s sake but never do they really tell the truth. Could it be that the Mail Editorial and its owner have other ideas concerning British membership of the EU?…..

    YES! You’re fucking right to sarcastic about the Mail’s motives, the whole sorry ‘organ’ is a total fraud. Indubitably, the Mail sticks up for PC, equality legislation, all discrimination law which discriminate against white Britons [white Apartheid], the Mail supports the green mania and just about any feminazi crusade going about. The Mail, also told us how wonderful were in order, Tony Bliar, Gordon Brown [“a great chancellor!”], Jack Straw and the dote on John Major and just about any Tory grandee you care to mention particularly Ken and Tarzan – all noted dyed in the wool EUphiliacs.

    Times, Telegraph [now sister paper of the Graun], Independent? [what a laugh].
    Yes they all love the EU and as it is with Westminster [political parties] and the whole of the British administration: 100% EU Brussels boys all.

    So yeah, call out Brussels but know who the real enemy is.

  3. August 1, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    A couple of days ago I posted on France – A Failed State which bears on all this. It is not the only one in the EU and it is because of the EU that they have failed.

  4. The Jannie
    August 1, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Time to trot out an old favourite which becomes more true the more you dig.
    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

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