Think of the EU as a football team, do stop groaning, this part is very short.
is the goalkeeper and normally it has a 4-4-2 formation. Brussels France
and Germany are the two up
front, with the
among the mid field four but a stopper rather than a playmaker. There is also a substitute’s bench for those
small states who may or may not be involved. UK
From time to time there may be a tactical switch to 1-5-4, with
one. More rarely there might be a 3-3-4
but it would be wrong to assume that the Germany was one of the three
strikers. This may have happened now and
again but for tactical reasons only and not as a reliable team strategy. UK
In the 1970’s and ever since our leaders have banged on about the UK being “At the heart of Europe” but as Europe has viewed the UK as some kind of blood clot we have been more in the bowels than the brain or the heart. The only way that status might have been achieved was in the 1950’s when the Common Market was created.
The ideology and politics at the beginning revolved around the need for some coherence in the European Coal and Steel industries if regeneration and progress were to be made. It was clear that given American supremacy and
interests they either worked
together or risked failing. UK
There were also the risks entailed with the Communist parties in
being large enough to pose a significant threat to their establishments. What we do not understand now because it is
more distant history is that the histories of France Germany,
France, Italy and were ones of constant
turbulence and uncertainty from the end of the 18th Century to the
mid 20th. Spain
President De Gaulle blocked the
applications of the 1960’s because he saw the as a potentially disruptive
entity that was too likely to upset the fine balance that had been
achieved. It was only in the 1970’s when
was clearly politically weak and had lost direction that the Common Market
could dictate its terms. UK
UK leadership and the media tended to think that
we would be central to what went on because both France
had reason to be grateful to us. The
problem was they did not think so. Germany
The French thought that British blundering was just as responsible for the war as German aggression and the Germans wanted to take advantage of their newly gained prosperity and authority. Our essential problem is that our politicians and civil service has consistently misled and misinformed us as to the truth of our membership.
With cheap oil, cheap money, careless deregulation, personality politics and the belief that the masses could always be paid off with better benefits and easy living the show was kept on the road with easy credit, compounded in most of the EU by the creation of the Euro and low interest rates in the German and French interest.
What they did not understand was that the outside world had moved on as well. Globalisation had made
into more of a suburb rather than a centre.
When in the early 1970’s I passed through the container ports of
Felixstowe and Europort I blithely assumed that this was the European way. It turned out to be the way of the world
which was going to change both Europe and the . UK
The upshot of the recent financial crisis is that Europe and the
radically changed demographics, the end of old industries and severe
competition in the new, and their loss of will or understanding are now in
Before 1914 the
Ottoman Empire was the Sick Man of
Europe. Europe is now the Sick Man of
the World, the USA has
a bad dose of diarrhoea and sundry other countries a serious cough in the
is the badly
off form player who is being sent to the substitutes bench and it will be no
good sulking. UK
I don't know....Maybe it is my somewhat parochial attitude here, but I see the prospects of Europe as slightly more lively than the prospects of the United States.ReplyDelete
Oh, there will be hue and cry in Europe, but in the end, the individual countries will go their own way and begin to sort out what needs to be done.
I see the southern tier returning to their "long Egyptian night" and the northern tier treturning to the "Steel and Coal" days with limited cooperation in specific fields.
The US has a bigger problem. It is still preening about being thought of as a hyperpower and can't get over the fact that it's power cannot solve the problems of the world. It is going to have to go through the standard humility optimization process that former colonial powers have already completed.
"and it will be no good sulking"ReplyDelete
The answer is - don't sign a new contract.