This hollow fabric either must enclose,
Within its blind recess, our secret foes,
Or ‘t is an engine rais’d above the town,
T’ o’erlook the walls, and then to batten down.
Somewhat is sure design’d, by fraud or force:
Trust not their presents, nor admit the horse.
Richard North, presuumably out of frustration, writes in an article entitled EU Referendum: Invincible stupidity and frivolity about the inability – or even the wish – to face facts that are exhibited by political commentators and our media. He ends with these words: But if this is the way the campaign is going to be fought and reported, the temptation to walk away from it begins to look overpoweringly attractive.
For some time now it has been obvious that the forthcoming referendum on the UK’s EU membership is in the process of being ‘managed’ in order to achieve the result that the political class desire; namely a ‘Yes’ vote to remain a member of what is an odious political construct. This is underlined by another article from Richard North; one entitled: Reading the runes. In this article he links to one from Autonomous Mind, this entitled: EU renegotiation: For Cameron, all the world’s a stage.
Talking as I do to school sixth formers to promote the case for leaving the European Union and the need to ‘re-construct’ the present system of democracy, I am struck by one fact. Obviously not one pupil has known life ‘outside’ the European Union; and more importantly, of the teachers I have met, neither have they. One also has to feed into this the ‘input’ that the European Union has into our education system (Captain Euro – witness: The Norway option is not an option – and this). Read that quote by H.L. Mencken once again, please (one from decades ago): A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes….. – and then ask yourself why the current wish for votes in the forrthcoming EU referendum be given to 16 & 17 year-olds.
Why is it I get the feeling that we, the ‘knowedgeable’ section of the public, are being taken for fools? Why is it that I also get the feeing that the ‘unknowledgeable’ section of the public are being taken for the fools they so obviously – and unfortunately – are? As Autonomous Mind writes: the EU referendum is not being ‘rigged’?
Because those of us who have any understanding of democracy are, through the ageing process, becoming a dwindling number, it is perhaps understandable that the belief we may as well ‘pack up shop and go home’ – and thus accept the inevitable – is growing?