We have just celebrated the 70th anniversary of D-Day and I asked my young local fish and chip shop owner last Saturday; why did we do it? He looked at me curiously so I expounded, why did we invade the coast of France and why did all those men die. He said because we didn’t want to be ruled by the Nazi’s.
I said that we wanted to liberate the countries of Europe and we didn’t want to be ruled by a European superstate run by Germany. He looked at me curiously again. So I explained, where are we now. Ruled by a European superstate driven by Germany, so why did all those men die.
I went on to say that we finished the war in 1945 only for Ted Heath to make all those sacrifices pointless when he signed us up to the EEC in 1973, well knowing that it was the start to a political and economic union of Europe.
Well UKIP was formed in 1993 according to Wikipedia to liberate this country from being governed by this European superstate driven by Germany, and that is 21 years ago, so we have come of age. We have demonstrated this by significant results in 3 recent elections.
The progress towards the EU superstate and the loss of our sovereignty has been insidious. Has been done in miniscule steps, which in themselves seem of no consequence but has led to a steady and inexorable move towards governance by a technocratic and bureaucratic secretariat, known as the European Commission.
Prior to 1973 the elected government of Britain formulated laws with the assistance of the Civil Service together with the steadying hand of the House of Lords and always with the redress of the people through universal suffrage of all adults at General Elections.
In 1972/73 Geoffrey How enacted a little used constitutional tool known as an Enablement Act that would allow laws to be brought into effect without being discussed or approved by Parliament.
This in itself was treasonous as it made it possible for the Civil Service to produce laws and regulations and directives without redress in Parliament. This was followed by the European Act of 1973 signed by Edward Heath, without the consent of the people of this nation, which gave the European civil service, or commission, those same powers.
At a stroke the Conservative government of that time had relinquished the rights and sovereignty of this nation, that millions of people, mainly men, had fought and died for, not only in the Second World War but in the numerous wars preceding it over the centuries.
The Civil Service were no longer the servants of the government or the people and had in effect become Civil Administrators. Being unelected they have gained great power with no redress from ordinary folk.
What sacrifice those who fought had given, what loss of family, heritage, what damaged lives of those left widowed and those who had returned home, too traumatised to ever speak of the horrors. And for what? That Geoffrey Howe and Edward Heath could squander our independence and sovereignty just 28 years later.
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