Let’s suppose that the referendum question is changed, so that it will now read:
Do you think that Britain should cease to exist as an independent democratic country and should become part of an undemocratic European super-state?
I think it”s safe to say that the majority of the electorate would vote “No” to this proposition. But this will not be the question, so the result of the referendum is in doubt. Instead of the straightforward choice I’ve suggested, we shall be asked whether or not Britain should continue its membership of the European Union: an organisation whose purpose and power has been concealed from us. Most people simply don’t understand what the EU is all about, and won’t be able to vote in the referendum on the basis of rational patriotism. Instead they will have to fall back on personalities and party politics: not “What is best for our country?” but “Whom can I trust to decide what is best for us?”
The EU has been sold to the people of Britain by subterfuge. In this respect we are unlike many other EU countries. People in Belgium to an extreme extent, in other countries to a lesser degree, really do believe that national sovereignty is best replaced by European sovereignty; and are not much concerned at the loss of a democracy to which they have never really become fully accustomed. British people are traditionally intensely patriotic and for centuries have grown accustomed to being governed by their own national parliament. Most British people still believe that we still are so ruled. They simply haven’t registered that anything significant has changed. We could not possibly have reached the point where we are now in relation to the EU, without an extraordinarily successful confidence trick, practiced on us by the very rulers whom, over the centuries, we have learned to trust.
But my alternative question really is the appropriate one. Whilst many politicians in this country might dispute its appropriateness, most politicians in Europe would not. They know perfectly well what the EU is all about, and they cannot understand how our political class has managed to play the European game for so long without the understanding and support of the British people.
UKIP is about to embark on a long campaign – maybe two years – to persuade the British electorate to vote against continued EU membership. Our campaign should be an educational campaign. We don’t have to persuade the electorate to vote against continued membership of the EU. We simply have to show them what the initials EU stand for and what effect EU membership is having on Britain. The rest will follow naturally. We should preface everything we have to say with something along the following lines:
UKIP is a political party. But we are not asking you to vote for us now. We’re not sure everybody knows enough about the EU to make a proper decision at the Referendum. We believe that it’s one of our jobs, as a political party, to make sure that everybody has the information they need to make up their minds. We intend to provide as much of this information as we can. We hope other parties will do the same and we would like to think that the media will too. At any rate, that’s what we in UKIP are going to do.
I think this will strike the right chord straight away, and to some degree get people on our side. From then on, we must live up to what we’ve promised. If we succeed in doing our job, not only shall we get the vote Britain needs in the referendum, but we shall also have helped to build on the reputation for honesty which UKIP deserves to have and to some degree already has; and that will stand us in good stead in future elections.
The media which we use in our educational effort will not necessarily be the same as were used in the election. Public meetings and leaflets will be needed; but the most exciting educational media is the internet. The power and effectiveness of the internet is currently being transformed by YouTube. Broadcasting transmitters are no longer necessary to convey video material into every home, worldwide. YouTube can do it. Steve Crowther’s very professional video Lost Horizons on the folly of wind farms shows how.
(Editor: While that is a well-produced EFD video, it only has 1500 views. This one from Russia Today with a Farage Parliament speech has 1.5 million views)