Europe is all over the place. Literally and metaphorically. We do not need to make a decision today.
We have nothing to lose in taking 18 months or so to learn properly about the running of the EU: its various ‘departments’, their present structures, their connectedness, their purposes and procedures… To learn what our future global and domestic position would be, both in and out. We don’t need to hear what some people say could or might happen. We don’t need agenda-serving ifs and buts, nor do we need any more distortion and scaremongering. We need the facts of what the EU provides and takes to better measure the value in what is subsumed and we need to understand our legal position and subsequent standing in global institutions for both outcomes.
I think, too, that it would be a good idea to see how the land lies after the result of the Scottish referendum. By the time Scotland has made its choice we might – no, should – be closer to identifying the bigger picture and thus our long term needs and expectations. Then we will be ready for the inevitable negotiating table. That this no-brainer of time and schedule is consistently overlooked by the hurry-up brigade is, to me, just further indication of how distorted, deluded and farcical our democracy is.
|The world is on the precipice of many dramatic potentials which lend themselves to isolationism, world governance, and, perhaps more terrifyingly, our status quo.
If every nation on the planet decided to ‘go-it-alone’ then ok, we can surely stand alone as well as most. Nevertheless, I can’t help but think that’s an unlikely long term scenario: isolationism and protectionism won’t endure.
Most of the apparent fragmentation within our local and global communities has been carefully manufactured and managed by the usual suspects over decades – centuries, actually. We must realise, or at least not forget, that these are The Powers That Be or Have Become: they do not represent the wishes, needs and dreams of their citizens. If they have their way the endgame may yield that much talked about authoritarian global governance, an arrangement which, under the present circumstances could leave we, The People, smaller, weaker, more disenfranchised and separate than ever. Then the world will feel as unquantifiable and illusory as if it were still unchartered: our superstitions unrestrained and our dependence sealed. If the future is ever to contain a one-world government I would hope it is through an organic process of consent, not a forced fabrication to maintain arbitrary control.
As for the status quo: well, that can be strung out for a while but it’s still entropic and fatalistically catastrophic.
From here, despite the ugly order and careless chaos currently playing out in Europe and particularly the Euro zone, my instincts tell me that we are better off inside, taking a leading role in building something we can and want to be a part of. I’m not advocating we join the Euro and I have no idea if staying in Europe will ultimately require it – that’s part of any negotiation – but I’m not so sure that it’s going to disappear either, unless it’s accompanied by the US dollar, the yen, the British pound and all the other established currencies in the IMF’s basket. The world is a small place: largely comprised of geo-political cultural and economic blocks, each seeking, ignorantly, increasingly violently and always clumsily to assert itself in matters of territory, religious ideology, military might, socio-political and economic theory.
Anyway, my instincts say that if Club Europe gets it together and we are significant members, then it would be a strong, viable and rational counter-balance to say, the in-your-face, my-way-or-the-highway Might of the United States and the enigmatic and introspective Might of China…
However, while that is my intuition speaking as much as my logic, I know I can cope with a stay in or get out result so long as the decision is made by well-informed and sufficiently emotionally detached voters – and if the margin of majority is undeniably representative. If this can be guaranteed, insofar as anything can be, then I am quite unafraid of the result.
We might be better off in; we might be better off out. I don’t know with enough conviction to vote now because I don’t know what kind of Europe I would be voting for or against. I do know I’ve read and heard a lot of superficial spin by all political colours that seem determined to supply sympathetic data but no reliable evidence. Emotive persuasions can be very useful if employed to wrestle consciously and honestly with the issues, but the self-interested arguments of those who are supposed to serve and or represent us during the inevitable national campaign must be clearly distinguishable from the facts.
Because emotion and crony bias are so insidiously woven into our political and media sources, we have surely learned by now that we have dig underneath their blah and blether to call them out. The only way the facts are going to surface with regards to our EU position is through time and insistence. Now. Not half way through or, as has become customary, after the decision has been made. It’s time we demanded, of our domestic powers at least, that they stop positioning us.