I don’t know if you keep hearing from politicians that word “Reform”? I keep hearing it and I heard it again Thursday night on Question Time (14 May 2015).
Nigel was on top form and fantastic in putting his points across and should be congratulated on his re-election, or rather the NEC should be thanked for refusing unanimously his intentions to resign after his GE defeat in South Thanet.
One thing I’m concerned with is at 33 minutes in there was a lady at the back of the audience, who seemed to be under the illusion and “quietly optimistic and hopeful” that the EU can be “reformed” now Cameron’s won the General Election with a majority. It was inferred that EU attitudes had softened. Was she getting confused on what they mean by “reform”?
Let me explain what “reform” actually means depending on whose saying it.
Reform means to make changes in (something, especially an institution or practice) in order to improve it. That is the dictionary definition, but there is a perspective to be considered. One person’s idea of reform or improving on something can be to the detriment to someone or something else. A party goer might think that a new 140 db sound system is the bees knees compared to his previous hifi system that played soundtracks at 90db, but his/her neighbours might think otherwise.
For most people in the UK with issue of EU membership conditions, we would want powers back, opt outs on anything we wish, controlling our borders, make our own free trade deals, no EU/European Court of Justice/European Court of Human Rights jurisdiction in this country etc. and possibly withdrawal of our membership and keep the £55 million a day to spend on us.
But then there’s a significant minority of the UK population, which includes most UK politicians in LIBLABCONSNP and in the European Parliament/Commission, where reform means more integration or “ever closer union”. They want a United States of Europe, for their own ideological reasons, so “reform” means any improvement to get that goal, which includes deceit and deception to fool those that don’t like THEIR idea of “reform”.
So when Cameron, Hammond et al say they want “reform” in Europe it is code and doublespeak for “more Europe”.
Hope that’s cleared up what reform means.