Europe – should we stay or should we go?
I find myself conflicted over Europe. This is a new thing for me. For years I have been very clear: the United Kingdom, which has never had the opportunity to vote for membership of the Union (only a ‘common market’ or free trade area), should leave the European Union as soon as possible.
My reasoning is very simple. The European Union is undemocratic. Laws are created by the European Commission, which is an unelected and unaccountable body. This is just plain wrong. In fact, it is anathema.
In a word, I do not trust Europe.
The difficulty is that I now trust my own government even less.
This current Cameron government (and a Labour government would be just the same – in fact, was just the same under Brown and Blair before him):
- is creating a central database of everybody’s health records, which it will then sell
- wants to create a national DNA database, hiding it within the NHS since Europe has said it would be illegal for the police to create one, which it will then sell
- still supports massive bonuses to the bankers who damn near destroyed society, and may yet still be the root cause of civil wars in Europe
- presides over and defends a lawless intelligence service that seems to think it is legal to tap the internet’s fibre communications cables
- introduces internet censorship for everyone through the guise of a ‘porn filter’
- is working hard to scuttle the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which would be wonderful for the people, but awkward for big business
- wants to make it a requirement for the ISPs to keep everyone’s communications data, and then make it available on demand to law enforcement (and others) without judicial oversight
- etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera
In short, while I distrust the European Union, I actually fear the UK government. And this is my problem: an undemocratic body is now the greatest hope I have to protect my historical freedoms from my own elected government.