The concept that the ‘ordinary man’ is capable of great things and should choose who governs him, comes from ancient Greece. Strangely enough, that is the country which now had more of its democracy removed by the ruling elite of the EU than any other nation. (Editor’s Note: As Nigel Farage pointed out in EuroParl yesterday now that Greece has taken on the revolving EU Presidency)
From the time of Edward the Confessor when all the regions of England became united, and up until 1640, the King reigned by giving the rights of lands to nobles in exchange for money and manpower.
The nobles would generally agree on the administration of lands and apply laws emanating from the King’s Court via the Parliament. Eventually the needs of King Charles I to fight wars with traditional enemies, in France and Spain and Portugal, and even Southern Ireland, impoverished the nation and he called on Parliament for more money and men.
The common folk having lost much common land used for grazing due to acts of enclosure took this and other issues to the Members of Parliament who demanded from the King improved rights for ordinary folk. This also included the introduction of the Greek concept of Democracy, whereby those sitting in Parliament would be chosen by a vote by certain sections of the population.
The King who believed he ruled by the ‘Grace of God’ would in no way consider such a relinquishing of his sovereign right. When Parliament persisted in its demands, the King ordered Parliament to be dissolved. That forced the nation into civil war, between the King and his rich courtiers on the one hand and lords and the ordinary man on the other.
Following the civil war and the beheading of Charles I on 30 January 1649, the country was initially ruled by Parliament, still without a vote from ordinary folk, and then by Oliver Cromwell alone. On his death and the reinstitution of the monarchy of Charles II on 29 May 1660 the country has been ruled increasingly by the Parliament.
It is ironic that all men and woman over 21 years in Britain finally obtained the right to choose who governs us in 1929 and politicians started to give away that right in 1973.
The majority of Members of Parliament have been pro-EU for decades now, as they live in the surreal world of politics and treaties, and committees. The Civil Service has loved it as increasing amounts of bureaucratic work on regulations and directives has given them purpose and power.
Indeed, as previously they were the repository of advice and information to the British Government they now became the masters. Directives and Regulations now come down from the Commission and for incorporation into British Law.
The enthusiasm of the Civil service in refining these directives often makes them much more stringent and demanding on those they were intended to regulate. The British Government has become powerless to stop them and in most cases just gave them the nod of approval.
In the UK we have found their lives constantly being moulded by the changes in working practices and even in the goods in the shops. Virtually all types of business have had stringent and costly regulation and directives imposed on them, driving thousands of small businesses to extinction. The Health & Safety Directives now have become the straightjacket of the nation. The rights and benefits to illegal immigrants and foreign criminals are now greater than the rights of British people and their safety.
While the Liberal, Labour, and Conservative parties in government remain committed to the European project and ever-closer union, the people of Britain, (and other European countries) have become ever more alienated from the control and intrusion in their lives. Most seriously is the public feeling of loss of national identity and loss of redress over those who previously we chose to govern us.
In many countries within the European Union the elected governments have been trading away the rights of their peoples without their consent. Runaway socialism with its attendant welfare support and rampant bureaucracy has bankrupted many nations.
Large numbers of people of Britain have looked to the traditional three political parties for radical solutions to our declining freedom, austerity, sovereignty, and cannot distinguish between them. The EU with its Regulation, Directives, Court of Justice, Health & Safety,
Human Rights, and other laws buried within its several treaties now is clearly a large part of the problem and NOT a part of any solution.
Apart from British Civil war, or a European Civil war, or the collapse of Sterling or the Euro, the only peaceful way for Britain to become strong again is to massively increase trade with other nations outside Europe. Britain presently is unable to do that because it is just one of twenty-eight in the EU Trading Block.
Outside the EU Britain has the opportunity of making trading agreements with many of our former Commonwealth Nations as well China, India, Brazil, and the North American trading block.
Outside the EU many of the directives and regulations strangling small business can be swept away and we would be free to manufacture products suitable for many markets.
Outside the EU we can reinstate our territorial waters initially to twelve miles and police them to allow fish stocks to recover. Then to extend our territorial waters as Iceland and Norway have done to 200 miles and police them to allow fish stocks to recover.
Outside the EU we can subsidise our own farmers and allow them to become viable again, because without Britain subsidising European farmers through the Common Agricultural Policy their subsidies will diminish significantly.
All the above reasons are why the United Kingdom Independence Party has come into existence and is gaining support daily. It is not just happening here, there are similar parties now in Germany and France even. A Democratic Spring is underway in Europe.